Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt

April 6, 2012

Sharm-el-Sheikh is a city located on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula.  It is a resort city, with wonderful SCUBA diving and snorkeling in the Red Sea.

As inviting as the ocean is here, we chose the excursion called ‘A Camel Caravan Ride in the Sinai Desert’.   Our buses took us out to a place near a Bedouin camp, where there were a lot of camels waiting for us.   The camp was located at the base of some mountains.

The adventure started with trying to get on the camels.  When you’re older and stiffer, getting on takes some ingenuity, even with help, as there is a ‘saddle horn’ at each end of the saddle.  But as you can see, we made it.  The camel ride to the entrance of the Bedouin camp lasted about 20 minutes.  Fortunately, dismounting was easier than mounting the camel.  We were greeted by some dancers and then followed them down into the dwelling area.

We thought we were supposed to have tea, but it turned out to be breakfast, catered by the Hilton!  We were also supposed to be able to try some of the flat bread we saw them making as we walked in, but that didn’t happen.  While we were eating we were treated to a show with different kinds of dancers.  All too soon we were heading back to our buses.  Even though the scenery is stark here, it is beautiful.

Our tour ended with a drive through the city.  The photos in the album will give you a glimpse of what we saw and experienced.

We enjoyed our visit here.  If we ever return it would be worth it to go snorkeling, or SCUBA diving, or even to ride in a glass bottom boat or semi-submersible.  The people we know who did those activities were pleased with them.

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                                                                            Susan on a camel

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