Sinai Desert 2017-11-02T15:29:51+00:00


The desert in the Sinai is very diverse with many different faces. There are wide open plains and high sand dunes, surrealistic sandstone hills and rocks carved by winds, flat topped ranges and plateaus offering dramatic views, rugged mountains and a maze of long winding wadis, green oases and hidden canyons. There are also a number of sites of archaeological interest, from Byzantine, Pharaonic and Nabatean times.

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The Colored Canyon

The Colored Canyon is the best known of all the canyons in the Sinai. It runs between steep walls displaying a palette of incredible colors and rock formations, starting off from a plateau and ending at a sandy wadi. Running parallel to it is another sandy wadi, from which another lesser known canyon starts.

The White Canyon

Starting as a crack at the edge of a sand plateau, it is a narrow sandstone canyon, opening to a wider wadi and leading to the oasis of Ein Khudra. A little climbing is involved at places.

Blue Desert

An open desert plain close to the town of St. Katherine, encircled by rugged mountain ranges, made famous by having several outcrops and rock formations painted blue by Belgian artist Jean Verame to commemorate the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel.

Ein Hodra oasis

Ein Khudra, meaning Green Spring, is a picturesque oasis with gardens and date palms, encircled by steep mountain ranges and vertical cliffs. It is very easy to reach from the main road. There are springs here – one of them is in a small cave, another overflowing from a fountain – which sustain a number of gardens. There are also ruins of archeological interest in the area.

Nawamis Site

Mysterious prehistoric stone buildings, dating back to the Copper Stone Age (4000-3150 BC), which are only found in South Sinai, in several areas. They are believed to be ritual burial chambers, always located at elevated points and facing west. This is the biggest and best-preserved site.

Wadi Isla

Along and winding wadi along the main caravan route connecting the center and the port city of El Tur. It is narrow and lush towards the end, with many date palms, canes, trees and a creek disappearing through a famous precipitous gorge. The sight of the massive floodplain and the sea from the mouth of Wadi Isla is also very dramatic.

Wadi feiran

The biggest oasis of South Sinai, runningalong the main road for 6 kilometers.There are some important cultural andhistorical sites within the oasis, alllocated close to each other and to thecommercial center. Three gardens andthe Convent of Feiran offeraccommodation. The impressive GebelSerbal massif towers above the oasis

Wadi Mukattab: The Valley of Inscriptions

Historic sight in beautiful natural setting – Wadi Mukattab, the valley ofthe inscriptions, is in an open sandy area along the off-road route to Serabit el Khadem from the Wadi Feiran asphalt road. There are ancient scripts on the rock faces for several hundred meters.