Visit the Bedouin: Egypt's Vanishing Nomads
- Desert excursion: Travel with your guide in a four-wheel-drive vehicle through this stirring, soulful landscape, with photos stops to capture its timeless beauty.
- Bedouin welcome: Step into tent, sip aromatic tea, tour the settlement, and see how they make bread. Learn about the Bedouin lifestyle and about the challenges they face.
- Camel adventure: Feel like Lawrence of Arabia as you glide across sandy expanses – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride a one-humped Arabian camel.
About This Safaga Tour
You'll feel like you're in a movie. And you'll meet descendants of people who made history. The acclaimed movie Lawrence of Arabia told the story of the Arab Revolt of 1916-1918 – the beginning of Arabia wresting independence from the ruling Ottoman Turks and starting the fall of the six-century-old Ottoman Empire.
The hardy, desert-dwelling Bedouin were central to the ultimate success of the revolt. Forged from the heat of the desert, these original Arabs had for centuries ruthlessly raided their enemies, often neighboring tribes, for what they needed for their nomadic existence. The Bedouin were uniquely adapted to the desert and knew it well. So, while woefully outnumbered by the Turks, they proved to be masters of guerilla warfare, stealth, and guile, tormenting the enemy by blowing up bridges, raiding garrisons, and derailing supply trains.
While today's Bedouin no longer rely on plundering for their existence, their lives may be more complex. Their ancient customs and traditions have come face-to-face with a modern world of mobile phones, television, and computers. Some still maintain traditional ways that date back thousands of years. For others, the ancient lifestyle is vanishing, as the pickup truck displaces the camel and 100-gallon water barrels replace the wells.
But no matter which path modern Bedouin choose, they are perhaps best described by this poetic saying: "The Bedouin are strong like the desert, soft like the sand, moving like the wind, forever free." Don't miss your chance to meet them.
While considered brave and ruthless, the Bedouin are bound by a code of honor and known for their hospitality. (The Knights of the Crusades admired Bedouin ideals and adapted them to their code of ethics.) Bedouin generosity even extends to enemies. They believe that an enemy who had "once dismounted and touched the rope of a single tent" should be treated as guest and friend. Until they next met in battle, we assume.
Please exit the port terminal building or go to the end of the tender pier drop-off to meet your guide. Look for our displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
Jeeps carry 8 persons seated in 2 rows, facing each other. The camel ride is optional and requires some agility to get on and off. Be sure to listen to the camel rider's instructions careful. Rest room facilities at the Bedouin Camp are squat-style.
The amount of walking is about .5 miles but the nature of this walking over sand makes it strenuous. If your mobility is limited, this tour will be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Adventure, Scenic, Cultural
Beverages - Mineral Water, Bedouin Tea
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
To take part in the camel ride portion of this tour, you must be at least 8 years of age.
To take part in the camel ride portion of this tour, you must weigh less than 265 lbs.
Special Medical Restriction
The jeep and camel rides in the desert are bumpy and dusty. This tour may not be suitable for persons suffering from back problems.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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