Many people visit Egypt with a goal to study and learn about the history and culture of great wonders like the Sphinx and pyramids, but frequent visitors or adventurous travellers may want a little more bang for their buck. We have 5 exciting options to quench your thirst for fun when visiting Sharm el-Sheikh.
There aren’t many options for horseback riding in Sharm el-Sheikh, but the few equestrian centres there are offer a respite from the city as you take in the breathtaking views of the desert in all it’s glory.
Make sure you check reviews for each stable, as there have been some complaints about the manner in which the horses are treated at certain locations. The Edelweiss Equestrian Center and Stables at Sofitel Hotel have had glowing reviews.
Desert Quad Tours
If horseback riding isn’t your thing, you have the option of touring the desert on a quad instead. These tours are usually done in larger groups, and the ride is terribly dusty due to all the tires kicking up sand, so it’s important that you protect your skin and eyes with clothing and sunglasses.
The routes are pre-determined for safety, as some areas of the desert can be treacherous or contain landmines … stay with your guide. It’s also best to try and plan your excursion for early morning or evening, then the sun is not directly overhead – this not only offers respite from the desert heat, but allows you an unobstructed view of the sunset or sunrise.
There are several diving centres in Sharm el-Sheikh that you can choose from, but be diligent in your research – they are not all equal and they don’t all offer the same safety considerations. Look for companies the have European Underwater Federation Certification.
Whichever company you ultimately decide on using, you will be certain to experience the underwater rainbows of coral and colourful schools of fish in the Red Sea. With the proper planning, you can also see the Thistlegorm Shipreck or the Straits of Tiran.
It is advisable that you speak with a professional travel consultant to ensure the best, and safest, diving adventure.
If you want to see the mysteries of the ocean without getting your hair wet, you can always opt for a glass-bottomed boat ride. Usually, the tours last about 45 minutes to an hour, and as you view the reef and colourful fish, there will be commentary to briefly explain what you are seeing.
What visit to Egypt would be complete without a traditional camel ride? There are many options available for booking a desert tour by camel-back, and most tours include a Bedouin-style meal in the desert.
Make sure you dress for the weather – the desert gets hot during the day. You’ll want to bring along a supply of water to keep hydrated, and a little cash for tipping the camel guide who has to walk with your camel.
Most tours end with a trip back by bus, but you don’t generally hear too many complaints as the day can prove exhausting for some.