Learn Arabic

The first words to learn in any language:

Yes = Aywa (eye-wa)

No = La or La-a (there is a hard stop at the end of the La, so it is La’ not Lah)

Common and useful words you are sure to hear, and will like to use:

Mumkin (moom-kin) = Maybe/possibly/Can I/Can you…

Insha-alla = God willing. Used whenever referring to something that has not happened yet. Get used to it, it is probably the most common word in the language.

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Egypt is the oldest travel destination in the world. Egypt has been handling visitors for over 2000 years.

The pyramids were already thousands of years old when the Greeks first came to visit in Egypt . More than any other place on earth, Egypt has 5,000 years of history that can still be seen.

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Eight small bright blue boats gathered for commerce as seen from above.
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Colorful sunrise with the horizon in sillouette.
Many lotus leaves floating in dark water.

Basata Ecovillage | Sinai & Red Sea | Egypt

Basata, an ecovillage run by Sherif El-Ghamrawy and his wife Maria.

Basata is always booked on Egyptian holidays, so call ahead. But you can come anytime if you have your own tent.

“Basata” means simplicity in Arabic, and this place lives up to its name. The camp/ecovillage is right on the beach with two mountains on either side, so there are no other distractions. You can stay in mud brick bungalows, huts, or in your own tent. There is a main hut complex with kitchen facilities and a lounge area.

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Orange colored sunset
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Bedouin Camping | Western Desert | Egypt

Travel through the desert with Samy Badri and his Bedouin friends and family. In Bahariya we are only around 37,000 people.

Getting around in jeeps, you will spend part of the day driving around the desert, just for the view and to get to other places. Stop whenever you want to run around and enjoy or inspect the natural phenomena and wide open spaces. Each night you will camp in a different place, sleeping out in the open (don’t worry it won’t rain). Samy and crew will cook great Bedouin food, and usually play music on the tabla and sing to round the evening out.

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View of the deserts sculpted by the wind
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Egypt Desert Life Getting There

Start out in Bahariya Oasis, about 350km S.W. of Cairo in the western desert.

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White Desert

Egypt Desert Life Things to Do

-Learn the variety of the desert: The white desert with fossils and limestone, the black desert, the crystal desert, small oases, and rolling dunes of the great sand sea

-Eat Bedouin cooking over open fire

-Join in Bedouin music and dancing at night

-Sleep under the stars

-Get stuck on sand dunes and help push the jeep out

-Look for ‘desert roses’

Egypt Desert Life Your Host

Travel through the desert with Samy Badri and his Bedouin friends and family. In Bahariya we are only around 37,000 people.

Taxi Ride

Taxis can be wonderful in Cairo. They are affordable, ubiquitous, you don't have to find parking, and you can leave at a moment's notice! Just be ready for a different approach to driving: no lanes, little space between cars and people, barely stopping at lights and stop signs, all compensated for with a lot of honking! Here is a taste of the taxi experience in Cairo.

Taxi Ride in Cairo YouTube Video


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