The adventurer’s guide to Egypt: 10 unforgettable outdoor activities
Egypt is synonymous with ancient history, but visiting the country offers than monuments and museums. It is full of wonder and adventure and has something for everyone.
Vast deserts, stunning coastline, hundreds of species of marine life, mountains, and the magical River Nile, all provide the perfect setting for an unforgettable trip.
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Here are a few ideas on outdoor activities in Egypt to help you plan your trip.
Diving in Ras Mohammed National Park
A truly world-class destination for diving and one of the most popular things to do in Egypt. Most of the Red Sea’s 100 species of fish can be spotted around the stunning coral-reef ecosystems. The park lies on the southern tip of Sinai and is characterised by vertical overhangs which are more than 100m deep. Shark Reef and Yolanda are two of the most popular spots in the huge 480 km2 park.
Trek the Sinai Trail
The 250km route was created by three Bedouin Tribes, local volunteers and an NGO. It is the country’s first long-distance trail and takes you to the top of Egypt’s highest mountain, Jebel Katarina. It begins by the Gulf of Aqaba and finishes in the highlands of St Katherine. The multi-award-winning trail takes 14 days to complete.
Sunset camel ride through the the Sahara Desert
Ride a camel, or horse, through the Sahara Desert and witness an unforgettable sunset from the Pyramids of Giza. Experience the silence of the desert and the changing of the desert colours as the sun goes down. There are a number of tour operators and the length of the ride lasts anywhere between one hour and half a day.
Sailing down the Nile
What better way to travel down one of the most beautiful rivers in the world and witness some of the treasures from the days of the Pharaohs? See Egypt as some of the great explorers did and have true adventure. There are many different types of packages available and many types of boat depending on what you’re after. The traditional river boat is a Felucca.
Watersports in El-Gouna
El Gouna is the ideal location for watersport lovers. Kitesurfing, paddle boarding, and parasailing, are just a few of the fun-packed activities you can do at the Red Sea resort. The consistent wind conditions make it perfect for activity lovers, and the large, golden beached also provide the perfect setting for those who just want to relax in the sun.
Kitesurfing in Soma Bay
The sensation of kitesurfing has been compared to flying. The unrivalled winds at Som Bay make it the ideal destination to experience this feeling. The bay offers perfect year-round kitesurfing conditions and its surrounding deserts and pristine waters make it a breathtaking spot. There are teams of trained instructors and state-of-the-art equipment to hire.
Quad bike safari Hurghada
Situated on the east of Egypt, Hurghada provides the perfect backdrop for a desert adventure. Ride around at speeds of 30mph under the guidance of prpofessionals and conquer the terrains of the rugged sand dunes. The tours take you through Bedouin Village where you can try the local tea and smoke water.
Luxor hot-air balloon
See the wonders of Ancient Egypt from a higher perspective. Glide over the pyramids, monuments and burial ground of the Pharaohs and see one of the most fabled periods of world history from a unique viewpoint that only a hot air balloon can offer. Luxor is a living museum and a balloon ride provides and unforgettable experience there.
Fishing in Lake Nasser
The Nile perch is the largest freshwater fish in the world and it can be found in Lake Nasser. You can also catch Tigerfish and Moonfish in this peaceful, remote location. If you are looking for a quiet location to do a relaxing activity, this is the place for you, you may even catch a prize fish!
Star gazing in the Sinai Desert
Escape the packed resorts and wonder at the sky’s constellations in the quiet of the desert. There are various packages available, most include a camel ride from Sharm El Sheikh to the desert and normally food and entertainment is also included. There is also an astronomer to guide you through stars and planets.