Happy Beach Thursday everyone! Today I present you a special guest post by Mina Mahrous about Ras Mohammed camping by the Red Sea in Egypt. It is a beautiful reserve that I had the pleasure to dive in Egypt (Yolanda Reef is superb!) and I am glad you will learn a bit more about it today from a local Egyptian. Enjoy!
Last December I went camping on the beach in Ras Mohammed with a friend who owns a small desert safari company. Ras Mohammed camping is amazing on so many levels.
One thing is that you have a private beach. Like really: Private!
Independent travel — and big city nearby
Another thing is that you don’t have to be professional; all you need is a car! Even if you don’t know how to light up a camp fire to cook, Sharm el Sheikh is a very big city and it is only 6 km away. Thus, you can go get food there and come back to your camp in no time.
For me, the Ras Mohammed camping trip happened suddenly, as my friend called me just a couple of hours before he reached Sharm el Sheikh, where I am currently working, and told me he had a traveler with him and they were going to camp in Ras Mohammed. I have met this traveler before when I was in Alexandria and so she didn’t mind if I joined them.
This was the perfect unexpected holiday. And yes, Ras Mohammed camping doesn’t need to be pre booked or anything, you can just show up at anytime, buy a day’s ticket at the camping area (which is always empty), and spend your day and night there.
I love camping. Be it on a beach or in the middle of the desert. The vastness of a place and lack of people around always have something to offer you spiritually; it’s just very humbling.
Once there, it is the tranquility, the beach, the sand and your tent. And the cooking utensils.
Here is how a typical beach camping day goes. As soon as you wake up you prepare coffee, for you and everyone else of course. Have breakfast and eat some of the cheap Egyptian Oreos (Borios; trust me they are really good when there is no food source in miles away).
Ras Mohammed: Unspoiled national reserve
You can then go for a swim or sun tan (yes, in December!). Ras Mohammed is a National Reserve Park. Not only the land, but also the waters belong to the national park. The reefs are really well reserved in that area and so it has one of the amazing snorkeling and diving coral reefs in all of Sinai and the Red Sea.
You can go hiking if the weather is a little bit cool, or you can take your car to move around the park and check out some other cool spots in Ras Mohammed.
At sunset you start lighting up the camp fire, it gets chilly and you’ll want to warm up around that fire after dark. Plus, what a better way to cook that late lunch/dinner? Together you start cutting the vegetables, washing the dishes, boiling water, etc.
The Egyptian army in our trip…!?
Dinner is served, always very delicious. And then the army arrived (army time? Yes! First time I saw them I covered my beer, thinking alcohol was prohibited in the area or so). Seems they just came to sit with us for a while, and some of them even drank with us. It was really fun sitting with the border security soldiers and hearing their stories and adventures.
It’s all good!
And then you fall in deep sleep. To wake up the next morning for views like this, and another pot of coffee…