Sinai trekking and safari: the complete guide

Updated and expanded in January 2016, the “Sinai Trekking And Safari: the complete route guide with GPS waypoints” presents, as its title suggests, all the important trekking and safari routes in the peninsula’s rugged interior. The Sinai mountains and deserts are a very diverse and immensely beautiful wilderness – yet, apart from a few better known attractions, the interior is very little known. Most people in the West think of the Sinai as a seaside resort, not as a trekking destination. And even if someone heard vaguely about the wonders of this land, there is little, if any, accurate information available to visitors. Those who do come and take a trek or safari don’t know where they are being taken. All this is now to change – this route guide covers it all, from coast to coast and to the southernmost tip.

Whether planning a tour on foot, camel back or by 4×4, you have all the essential information with over 100 maps, PLUS you can download all the GPS waypoints or view the routes – with photos – in Google Earth and Google Maps. The guide also contains other vital information; notes on culture, history and nature; illustrations; a catalogue of places of interest; and a part with a comprehensive list of useful Arabic words and expressions for trekkers.

First published by CreateSpace on Dec 07, 2013.
Second edition published on January 19, 2016.
ISBN: 978-1523348206
Page Count: 254
Trim Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Color: Black and White

Sample maps and illustrations

Over 100 maps and illustrations featured in the guidebook – below are the new additions in the 2nd edition.

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Maps and illustrations are by the author. You can look inside the book on Amazon.com.

Table of contents

Preface to the 2nd edition ……….6
Introduction ……….7
Information for visitors ……….8
Safety and security ……….10
The Bedouin ……….12
Camels ……….15
Geographical features and their local names ……….18
Fauna and flora ……….22
Common aromatic and medicinal herbs ……….23
Maps, GPS waypoints and viewing the routes on computer ……….24
Responsible tourism ……….26
PART 1: TREKKING AND CAMEL SAFARIS ……….27
The trekking and safari regions ……….32
Region I: Around St. Katherine (High Mountain Region) ……….34
Trek 1: Mt. Sinai¬ (Jebel Musa) and Jebel Safsafa (1 day) ……….37
Trek 2: Mt. Katharina (1-2 days) ……….47
Trek 3: The Wadi Shaq – Wadi Zawatin area (1-2 days) * ……….55
Trek 4: Jebel Abbas Basha via Farsh Abu Mahashur (1 day) ……….64
Trek 5: The Galt el Azraq circuit (3-5 days) ……….67
Trek 6: The Wadi Tinya circuit (1-3 days) * ……….72
Trek 7: The Sheikh Awad circuit (3-4 days) c ……….80
Region II: South of St. Katherine ……….86
Trek 8: Starting from St. Katherine or Mt. Katharina (1-2 days) c ……….87
Trek 9: Jebel Umm Shaumar (1-2 days) ……….90
Trek 10: From Wadi Rumhan to El Tur (2-3 days) c ……….93
Trek 11: Ein Kid (1-2 days) c ……….94
Trek 12: Nabq Protectorate and Sharm el Sheikh c ……….97
Region III: Between St. Katherine, Dahab and Nuweiba ……….98
Trek 13: From Blue Desert to Jebel Guna or Bier Safra (2-3 days) c ……….100
Trek 14: Along the Guna Plateau (3-4 days) c ……….104
Trek 15: Arada Canyon and Nosrat el Guna (2-3 days) * ……….107
Trek 16: Nawamis Site, Jebel Matamir, Jebel Barqa and Haduda sand dune
(3-4 days) * c ……….109
Trek 17: White Canyon and Ein Khudra (1-2 days) * c ……….114
Trek 18: Closed Canyon via Wadi Rum (1-2 days) * c ……….118
Trek 19: Jebel Mileihis (1-2 days) * c ……….121
Trek 20: Nuweiba, Abu Galum Protectorate and Dahab c ……….123
Region IV: Inland from the Nuweiba-Taba coast ……….126
Trek 21: Coloured Canyon from Ras Shaitan (1-2 days) * c ……….128
Trek 22: From the Coloured Canyon to Ein Khudra or the Nawamis area via
Jebel Berqa (3-5 days) c ……….131
Region V: Around Serabit el Khadim ……….138
Trek 23: From Serabit el Khadim to Wadi Mukattab (2-3 days) * c ……….140
Trek 24: Along the Tih Plateau (4-7 days) c ……….144
Region VI: Around Wadi Feiran ……….150
Trek 25: Jebel Serbal (2-3 days) ……….152
Trek 26: From Wadi Feiran to Sheikh Awad (1-2 days) c ……….156
PART 2: 4×4 SAFARIS ……….157
Places of interest accessible on and off road ……….160
Circuit 1: The big tour – coast, desert and St. Katherine (14 days) ……….161
Circuit 2: The desert tour with St. Katherine (9 days) ……….165
Circuit 3: The best of the desert with St. Katherine (7 days) ……….168
Circuit 4: The desert highlights (4 days) ……….171
PART 3: CATALOGUE OF MAIN PLACES OF INTEREST ……….173
PART 4: USEFUL ARABIC WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS ……….223
APPENDIX A: GPS waypoints of trekking routes ……….235
APPENDIX B: GPS waypoints of 4×4 circuits ……….240
Index of places, references, credits, further reading ……….247
Treks marked with * are easy-moderate; treks marked with c are suitable for camel riding.

 

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