Places to Stay

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.

Small buildings on sandy foreground with small bare hills in background
Woman with black robe and headcover, face covered by colorful scarf.
Beach scene with red rocky shore
Orange colored sunset
Stripped lion fish distorted through water with sun reflecting on it.
Rock stairs ascending in valley between two mountain walls
Woman traveler seen between two glass and metal containers
Stone tall, narrow building with two narrow arched windows at top
Several people in water, red beach
One tall pland shoot with birght purple flowers.

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.

Bedouin man and woman, both head covered looking into cave at the camera
View of the sphinx
Four Bedouin men sitting on carpets in the desert at night, clapping
View of the deserts sculpted by the wind
Dark sand in the front, white outcroppings in the background with a brilliant bl
Palm trees clumped with desert sand (light and dark) surrounding
Children dressed in skirts and dresses over pants
Travelers laying on their stomachs, clapping to the music
Desert closeup of crystal formations
Traveler body surfing down a sand dune
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Vacation in Israel

Israel is a country packed with magnificent attractions and sites, and since the country is so compact you can get to see most of them even on a relatively short vacation. If this is your first visit itcould be a good idea to book a tour – your flight operator may be able to help you select one as part of a package deal so it’s worth enquiring while you're booking your flights to Israel.

Amon el-Gezira Hotel | Luxor | Egypt

Amon el-Gezira hotel (Also spelled Amun el-Gazira) run by the friendly Ahmed Suleiman. Stay on the west bank. Have tea and share stories with Ahmed and family. Fill up on ful and falafel in the Egyptian breakfast. Taxi with Ahmed's brother to the nearby monuments. You will soon realize family is the most important, and there is always someone in the family who does what you’re looking for!

Two giant statues with hot air balloon in between
Three colorfully dressed children waving
Series of lion-like statues, many missing heads
Sillouette of palm and trees in sunset
View from above of river with green on both sides, desert away from the river
Wall painting at Hatchepsut Temple
Oaisis with rock buildings
Girl in colorful dress with covered head waving