The Sinai, known locally as Sina, is a triangular peninsula linking Africa with Asia. The Sinai is geographically unique, separated by the Suez Gulf from the Egyptian Mainland on the West and by the Red Sea from Jordan and Saudi Arabia on the East, with the northern border running along the Mediterranean sea. The Sinai peninsula is divided into two distinct administrative areas: ‘Shamal Sina’ in the north and ‘Janub Sina’, the South Sinai where tourism is centered and where all of our trips run from.
Holding such a strategic position between Africa and Asia has meant that the Sinai has a rich, fascinating, and at times tumultuous, history stretching back to 3000 BCE when ancient Egyptians first recorded their explorations here in search of iron! In the past the Sinai has been under control of the Ottoman Empire, the United Kingdom and most recently under Israeli rule, right up until the late 70s when it was returned to Egyptian administration and has remained so ever since.
Most famous for being the site of the passage of the Israelites and the passing of the laws to Moses on Mt. Sinai, the Sinai is also home to several ancient Pharonic archeological sites, Nabatean ruins, and the Byzantine era St. Catherine’s Monastery dating from 530 CE. The monastery, situated on the lower slopes of Moses Mountain, or Jebel Musa, as it’s known locally, has served since this time as an orthodox Christian pilgrimage site, which to this day travelers from all over the world come to visit. We certainly have a long history of welcoming guests!
The local language is Arabic spoken in a variety of dialects, Egyptian colloquial and several Bedouin dialects which are native to the Sinai. The Bedouin tribes are the traditional inhabitants of the Sinai, for more information on Bedouin culture and lifestyle, check here English is also widely spoken in the coastal towns.
The southern Sinai desert is characterized by extensive ranges of craggy mountains and narrow wadis interspersed with sweeping wide-open desert plains. Surreal rock structures have been formed by years of wind and rain, crafting magnificent canyons and gravity-defying formations, all surrounded to the South and the East by the Red Sea, home to a diverse and rich marine environment of coral reefs and marine life. For more information on the flora, fauna, and geography of the land, check here
Our base town is Dahab, a once sleepy Bedouin fishing village situated between the desert and the Red Sea coastline on the Eastern side. An hour north of Sharm el Sheikh and the airport, Dahab is now a thriving and lively town with a laid-back hippy vibe. Dahab is home to local Bedouins, Egyptians and a large community of expatriates, all of whom are drawn here by the sunny climate, diverse range of land and water-based activities on offer, and the friendly and welcoming community. Dahab offers easy access to the desert and is a great starting and end point for our trips.