Dahab, South Sinai– 10/05/2013 – SINAI SAFARI-The Bedouin Desert Experience today announced that it has received a Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
Having been on desert safaris in both India and the UAE in the past – with extremely differing degrees of what you might call an ‘authentic desert experience’ – I can honestly say that ‘Sinai Safari’ is completely in a league of it’s own when it comes to feeling truly part of your surroundings and the extremely old and traditional way of living that I was hoping in some way to be a part of for a short time.
On top of the absolutely stunning scenery, alive and vibrant at both day and night (I got to take some excellent long-exposure photos in the moonlight), the actual safari itself is like nothing I have had before. The experience could be easily described like this: Two Bedouin friends have gone to camp out, live off and enjoy the desert for a couple of nights (very much like their people have done for hundreds of years), and you and a group of friends have been lucky enough to be invited along as their guests.
You are in no way treated like a tourist on one of the big organised tours; never are you herded around on strict and annoying itineraries and fussed over every second of the day – but at the same time, the sense of relaxed expertise and calm exuded by your hosts ensures that at no moment do you feel in any way unsafe or uncomfortable in what is, for many I imagine, a new and unfamiliar outdoor environment. Trek as much as you like, sit and take it all in as much as you like, the final choice always seemed to rest with us… No pressure at all.
And I’m not exaggerating when I say the food is nothing short of fantastic. Breakfast lunch and dinner cooked in front of your eyes on the fire with mesmerising talent and technique. Watching delicious fresh flatbread made from scratch and baked under the coals is a particular favourite memory for me.
Basically, it is hard to fault. Comfortable and warm under the night sky (with the only slight bother being my friends’ incessant snoring!), we all felt nothing short of relaxed, sometimes exhilarated, and always entertained. Our Guides Salah and Moosa were expert, welcoming, communicative and at times hilarious with jokes, songs and stories.
It’s also worth mentioning that the booking, organisation and logistical planning of the tour was also a breeze – taken care of without a worry on our end at all. In short, they think of everything so you don’t have to.
If you want to do the desert the way its meant to be done, then check these guys out.
“Photographing the unforgettable desert planes of Zorgon.”
Lots of beautiful things could and should be said. Much of which you can allready read in other reviews about sinai safari guides. Therefore I will focus on my most important and genuine expierience. Thing is, besides a wonderful desert expierience with all professionality and scenics, Maruan managed to guide me in all my plans and demands.
I am enraptured by the beauty of the desert and I am photographer and biologist.
When I want to visit the desert I would above all like to be at the right place in the right time to have optimal light conditions.
Maruan had the places lit for me in colors never to be forgotten.
And he “lit” them with patience I do not often get confronted with, if you do understand what I mean.
In a one day privatetrip I did not only gain trophies of desert planes as alien as the lands of Zorgon and as beautiful as fantasy -though as real as geographically is- but I also felt as free, curious and safe, as one can feel on a trip into the desert. And besides having all the quietness and peace one can possibly want, I also felt as if I additionally got a little something more than one could possibly hope for in a one day trip. Almost like friendship on a path through the sinai desert. Definitly love for the scenery in which I would dwell much longer than a day. And perhaps more culinary pleasure than I could have ever imagined in the desert to feel right.
If you search for someone who understands your wishes for a private trip or want to do serious photography, search no further, trust maruan, or better work something out with him, that suits you. You will love it.
p.s. For my self, I will be back.
p.p.s. I don´t know when, but …..soon.
“Best desert excursion ever”
I used to go in desert excursion since I was 10 years old. My father used to take me and my brother in such trips very often and since then my love to desert trips have grown remarkably. However I never thought that I’m GOING YO ENJOY THIS DESERT TRIP as much ad I did.
my 2 guides Sullivan and Salad both were great and they have given me one of the best desert experience ever. they are very much aware of the best places in the desert and they know how to bring you close to the beduin culture as possible.