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Camping in Egypt: 7 Spots to Enjoy the Most Pleasant Camping Experience

January 13, 2021
Thinking about getting away from the hassle of urban life, to a more natural environment? From waterfront camps to desert camps and even city camps, there's no place that can rival the stunning experience of camping in Egypt. Camping has a huge number of benefits for everyone old and young that you and your friends or family can enjoy while spending time in the great outdoors, and Egypt's many natural paradises can easily offer you all of that. Take a look at the best places for camping in Egypt!

White Desert & Black Desert

The White and Black Deserts are located in the Western desert of Egypt near the Bahariya and Farafra Oases. Camping in Egypt in The Western Desert is a must-do so if you haven't been there before then you should give this spot a go. The White Desert in particular is popular among campers because of its massive white formations, which are some of the astonishing natural wonders in Egypt. They were formed over millennia of wind and sandstorms. The Black Desert got this name because of the layer of black volcanic material concentrated on top of the yellow sand dunes. Popular activities in those two amazing spots include stargazing, 4x4 safaris over sand dunes, visiting the Crystal Mountain and Aqabat valley, and swimming in natural springs at the oases. The White & Black Deserts are only about an hour and 15 minutes apart, so you can easily camp in both on a 2-night trip.

Ras Abu Galum

Ras Abu Galum is a national protectorate that lies on the Gulf of Aqaba, 15 km from Dahab. There, you can camp on the beach with a view of the mountains, skies and the sound of the water that you’ll never forget. Abu Gallum has a big number of huts and camps belonging to the local Bedouin where you can stay overnight. However, it's a better idea to bring your own sleeping bag and water bottles. Ras Abu Gallum is also home to Egypt’s Blue Lagoon, one of Dahab’s most awesome spots, that sets away from all the hotels and bustle of the town. The Blue Lagoon is a piece of heaven on Earth with calm turquoise waters and clean beaches made of thousands of colors. For camping in Abu Gallum, Contact any of the tour agencies or hotels in Dahab and they’ll organize the camp and a guide for your group.

Siwa Oasis

Siwa Oasis is the most famous and most remote oasis in Egypt. It is located in the Western Desert 50 km from the Libyan border. What's really awesome about Siwa is that it's untouched by modernity so it's an ideal place to camp and get away from it all. Surprisingly, this marvelous piece of land was isolated from the rest of Egypt up until the 1980s when a road connecting it to Marsa Matrouh was built. Today, thousands of people visit Siwa constantly to experience its unique heritage, history, and culture. People of Siwa even have their own language which is closer to Berber than Arabic. Camping in Siwa under the Milky Way in the Great Sand Sea is an experience to remember for as long as you live. Other activities you can do there are visiting Mountain of the Dead, Cleopatra's Bath, Shali Fortress, Temple of the Oracle of Alexander the Great, as well as swimming in the hot springs.

Ras Shetan

Lying in the east of Sinai between Taba and Nuweiba on the Gulf of Aqaba, Ras Shetan is one of the most popular places for beach camping in Egypt. Ras Shetan is known for its bohemian beach camps run by local Bedouins. The camps are a mix of beach huts or bare-bone chalets, and of course, you can set up your own tents right on the beach. If you’re staying in a beach hut or tent, then you’ll have access to a common bathroom. Most of the camps have simple menus and you can eat your meals in the shared main hut right on the water. And the most magical thing about the night is that there’s usually a large campfire where the Bedouins and guests from all over the world gather, talk, play instruments, and sing together.

Wadi El Hitan

Located in the Fayoum oasis very close to Cairo, Wadi El Hitan is a natural reserve that is perfect for a weekend camping trip to escape the noise of the city. As there's no phone signal in the reserve, Say goodbye to your social media, sit tight, and enjoy the most beautiful stargazing experience in your whole life. Wadi Al-Hitan was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005 for its natural beauty as well as scientific significance. Millions of years ago, this area used to be a prehistoric sea with a myriad of marine life, all of which is extinct now. Today, with unique whale fossils it possesses, Wadi Al-Hitan is offering key insights into the evolution of whales from land-dwelling mammals to marine-living animals. Each year, thousands of tourists and scientists come from all over the world to enjoy this paradise. From starry nights to hiking, this fantastic protected area has something for everyone.

Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam is a resort town on the Red Sea and it is literally a treasure full of magical natural spots. One of the best areas to camp in Marsa Alam is Wadi El Gemal National Protectorate. Situated on the Red Sea, Wadi El Gemal is one of the most underrated destinations in Egypt. The national park is a great camping site for bird-watchers, it is home to many different ecological habitats including some endangered species. Another perfect spot for camping in Marsa Alam is Kolaan area. Kolaan is truly one of Egypt's hidden gems; you can easily pick up a tent and go camp there. It’s probably the most gorgeous part of the Red Sea coastline, and some even refer to it as Egypt’s Maldives. Additionally, Marsa Shagra Village, Marsa Nakari Village, and Wadi Lahami Village all offer different types of camping in Egypt. You can either stay in a basic beachfront tent, a ‘royal’ tent, or even a beach hut or a chalet. But keep in mind though that camping here is not cheap.

Wadi Degla

Lying just minutes from Maadi neighborhood in Cairo, Wadi Degla Nature Protectorate is a perfect piece of the desert inside the city. This excellent camping trip is a getaway for those who are unable to travel to distant locations. With nothing but sleepy hills and spectacular landscapes, there is nothing but serenity and peace of mind at this place. At Wadi Degla Protectorate, you can enjoy a myriad of activities from jogging and mountain climbing to BBQing, hiking, and biking.

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