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2-DAY SERABIT EL KHADIM SITE BY JEEP
Jeep Safari to the only Pharaonic site of Sinai!
DAILY DEPARTURE FROM ANY SINAI CITY, YEAR ROUND

 

While its pharaonic ruins are not so spectacular compared to those in the Nile Valley, the remoteness and rugged beauty of 'Serabit El Khadim' make it a very worthwhile trip when you're in Sinai. This 4WD trek will take you on great experience to Wadi Mukattab 'Valley of Inscriptions' with its remarkable Byzantine graffiti, and the only Pharaonic site in Sinai 'Serabit el-Khadim' where turquoise was mined and a natural rock-formation known as Gebel Fuga or the 'Forest of Pillars'.

Serabit El Khadim is a locality in the south-west Sinai where turquoise was mined extensively in antiquity, mainly by the ancient Egyptians. In 1904, archaeological excavation revealed the ancient mining camps and a long-lived Temple of Hathor, dated to the 12th Dynasty, the Egyptian goddess who was favoured as a protector in desert regions. Petrie excavated at the site in the first decade of the 20th century, and there he found evidence of the first earliest alphabetic inscriptions called proto-Sinaitic script, recording the names of Semitic workers and labor.

There are a number of plinths, large cartouches, and stone baboons. The road barely is marked and is not paved from the main shore highway along the Gulf of Suez to the site. The climb to the temple from the dirt road is a moderately steep one and the temple can be reached in less than two hours.

In her book 'A History of Sinai', Lina Eckenstein theorized that Serabit El Khadim was the historical site of Mt. Sinai where Moses received the 10 commandments. This theory comes in no small part to the site containing a temple of Hathor which is believed to be the Golden Calf idol constructed by the Hebrews while Moses was on the mountain top.

Valleys of Wadi El Akhdar & El Ramla
Tomp of Sheikh Hebus
Gebel Fuga 'Forest of Pillars'
Serabit El Khadim Mountain & Godess Hathour Temple
Wadi Mukattab 'Valley of Inscriptions'
Private tour exclusive for your party
Local escort / guide during the tour
Meals and soft drinks included

ITINERARY / SCHEDULE DETAILS

Day 1: • Pick up in the morning from St. Catherine, Dahab, Nuweiba or Sharm El Sheikh. • Meet up with the 4WD at 'Wadi Shoqyraa', 40 KM from St. Catherine. • Drive on/off-road via the valleys of 'Wadi El Akhdar' (the green) and 'Wadi el-Ramla' (the sand). • Visit the holy tomb of 'Sheikh Hebus' and the 'Forest of Pillars'. • Arrive at 'Serabit El Khadim' village and camp at 'Barakat Bedouin House' for overnight.

Day 2: • Start early hiking to Mount Serabit El Khadim (755m). • Visit the ancient Egyptian temple of the Goddess Hathor. • Breakfast at the camp and drive back to 'Wadi Mukattab' and 'Wadi Fieran'. • Transfer back to your starting point. End of the tour.

Please note the exact sequence of sightseeing and sites visited may be altered to suit local conditions, weather or other circumstances beyond our control. All included visits will be operated where possible.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

• Wear good shoes. Sun protection, hat and sun glasses are useful in the heavy sunlight
• Take a bottle of water with you for the walk
• This tour supposes a physical effort. A little climbing through the canyon is involved
• For those who don't like to do the hiking part, they can spend time at 'Ain Hudra' oasis
• Lunch is freshly prepared and cooked on the open fire. Vegetarian option on request


GREAT REASONS TO GO

• Explore the stunning canyons of the Sinai's interior on foot and by 4WD
• Visit a real Bedouin oasis
• Lunch and all transport included; suitable for the active walker


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Adult 12+ years
Child 2-12 years
Infant -2 years
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Sharm El Sheikh
Dahab
Nuweiba
St. Catherine
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ESSENTIOAL INFO
Activity: Jeep safari, Hiking
Trip duration: 2 days / 1 night
Group size: Min. 2 ppl, max: any
Age restrictions: Min. 10 years
Departures: Daily, year round
Start from: Sharm, Dahab, Nuweiba, Catherine
Tours customizable: Yes

TRIP DIFFICULTY RATING
Moderate (grade 3 of 5): Average altitude 700m and 2-3 hours walking with medium / high elevations. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Previous trekking experience is desirable but not essential if you are confident of your physical condition.

DRESS CODE / WHAT TO BRING
Daypac for carrying personal items
Sleeping bag, camping mat
Flashlight
Loose layered clothing
Walking shoes or boots
Extra pair socks
Head cover, scarf / hat, sun glasses
Sun cream / protection
Extra batteries for your camera / phone
Small snacks / energy bar for the hike
Personal toiletries, hand sanitizer
Your passport / ID.


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