Two days Jeep Safaris
* Serabit el Khadeem tour
Wadi Feiran - the Sinai's largest wadi (valley) and one of it's most archeologically important stretches of terrain. It was here, according to locals, scholars, and legend, that Moses (pbuh) struck a rock with his staff, bringing forth a spring so his people could drink. Feiran is also the Site of Rafadim, the fabled oasis where the Hebrews camped and battled the Amelecites. For the pilgrims and believers who have been coming to this wadi for centuries, a journey through Feiran is to pass through an entire chapter of the Old Testament itself, Exodus 17.
The El Maghara assessment area lies in the northern part of west Sinai Peninsula and includes much of Gebel Maghara and the adjoining plains east to Risan Aneiza. El Maghara, North Sinai region is one of the landmarks for biodiversity in Sinai and Egypt.
Serabit el Khadim
Serabit el-Khadem) is a locality in the south-west Sinai Peninsula where turquoise was mined extensively in antiquity, mainly by the ancient Egyptians. Archaeological excavation, initially by Sir Flinders Petrie, revealed the ancient mining camps and a long-lived Temple of Hathor, the Egyptian goddess who was favoured as a protector in desert regions. Fewer than thirty incised graffiti in a "Proto-Sinaitic script" found in the temple have made Serabit el-Khadim famous among students of the history of the alphabet. The mines were worked by prisoners of war from southwest Asia who presumably spoke a Northwest Semitic language, such as the that was ancestral to and Hebrew.
Forest of Pillars
The name Forest of Pillars comes from the tubular columns of black lava that are driven up like many stalagmites from the surrounding rock, made up from reddish-yellow sandstones. This place is one of the most intriguing geological oddities in the Sinai.
We start at 08:00 and drive for three hours to Wadi Feiran. This is the oldest oasis the Sinai, where Moses struck his staff on the ground to provide water for the Israelites. From here we will drive to El Magara, where the ancient Egyptians used to cut turquoise. Here we will climb and look at the caves with hieroglyphic inscriptions. We will have lunch here. We will then continue to Serabit el Khadim where we will have dinner and spend the night under the stars or in one of the Bedouin camps. The next day we will climb for about two hours to see the Hathor Temple. We will then climb down to have lunch at one of the Bedouin house and drive for about one hour to Gebl el Fuga (Forest of Pillars) where we will see the pillar-shaped vulcanic rocks. We then continue to driving for about 3 hours to return to Dahab around 7 in the evening.
Including: experienced guide, food, Bedouin accommodation and transportation
Costs: 140 euro per person
This trip can be organised any day for a minimum of 4 people. Please book at least one day in advance. Please check with us to see if we have any other people booking.
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