Once again, we took off and left Sunrise Lodge to our lovely guests (we’re totally full, of all totally wonderful people and that makes us feel fantastic!!) and of course Ahmed and we went into the desert for 28 hours. We stayed a bit closer to home this time; with Yusef again as our driver, we headed in the direction of St Catherine stopping off at different places along the way. We were invited for lunch at Yusef’s family’s house and then headed back out deeper into the desert, and stayed with Umm Rabia in an avenue of Bedouin tents. As always, hospitality was second to none.
Personally, it was a pretty momentous trip for me as it was my dad’s first visit to Egypt – it’s always brilliant to share this country with people who are seeing it for the first time. He was totally bowled over by the generosity and warmth of the people he met along the way, and baffled by the awesome geology of the area.
Whilst most tourists who visit Dahab pay an overnight visit to Mount Sinai, more should consider a longer adventure, taking in more of the local area and Bedouin culture.