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Your guide for camping in Ras Mohammed – دليلك للتخييم فى راس محمد

Before  I go to Ras Mohammed, i tried to plan my trip before i go from online resources, as I usually do. Only to be surprised by the lack of information! there is NOTHING useful whatsoever about going to Ras Mohammed protectorate or on camping there.

So now after i came back, i decided to write this “homage” post explaining every thing you might need to know about camping in Ras Mohammed.

Here’s a summary followed by full details:

  • Camping allowed: Yes
  • Entrance time: 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Cost: 5LE entrance fee
  • No permissions needed (everything done by the rangers at the gate)
  • Mobile signal: everywhere
  • Electricity: no
  • Non salty water: at the gates (not available after 6:00pm)
  • Distance from Sharm El Sheikh: 20km
  • Toilets: not recommended :)
  • Places to visit: Mangroove channel, Earthquake crack, Yolanda beach (diving), Main beach (snorkeling), Observatory beach (EXCELLENT scenery)
  • Recommended Camping time: 3days 2 nights

Before i go, i called the protectorate on these numbers: (069)366-0668/0559 they are available from early in the morning (7:00am) to noon. I asked about permissions and entrance fees and time, they told me that i could enter from sunrise (i asked if 6:00am was ok, they said yes….but in real life it was no :) )

We arrived early, you’ll know you’re there when you see the huge statues at the gates shown in the picture below, you’ll also be around 20KM away from Sharm. We had to stay until 8:00am for the rangers to come
.

Ras mohammed protectorate entrance

As soon as they came, they were very friendly, they checked our ID’s gave us the tickets, each ticket is 5LE + 5LE for the car. They asked if we will camp, and asked for how many days. They gave us a few information about the place and on where to camp.

Ras mohammed entrance sign

ras mohammed entrance gate

We had a map of the protectorate and a GPS device (i’ll put the coordinates soon).

As soon as we entered, we headed to the Visitors center, there was only us there, we met one of the workers, he showed us a 20mins movie about the protectorate in the video room(it was nice, but it seemed rather old and boring).

ras mohammed sign

We then had a glance at the museum in the visitors center, nothing really interesting there, but you’re not going to spend more than 15mins there anyway.

ras mohammed gates

We then headed to the camping area, it’s just next to the laboratories building, it’s guarded by borders guards, they asked the same questions we got asked at the gates and let us in.

There are 3 main places to camp, each separated by a small hill which makes it private. The best one is the one in the middle, the beach is sandy and not full of rocks like the others, it’s nice if you have kids or don’t have your swimming shoes. Though the corals there are not as good the main beach or Yolanda beach, it’s nice if you’re too lazy to go anywhere else while camping.

We chose a place for our tent, unloaded our stuff and left them there. We then headed to the Mangroove channel (المنجروف). It’s nice to see all these trees growing from the salty water, it was a little bit crowded then, there was like 3 buses full of Italian visitors :)

We then headed to the earthquake crack(شق الزلزال), which is a huge crack in the land that was done by an earthquake, and the water started to flow in the crack.

Right next to it, there is the Magic Bay (الخليج المسحور), the water magically disappear and then reappears later in the same day!!! (i couldn’t see it happen, but a friend of mine did)

We then headed to the Observatory beach, where you climb a small mountain (hill), well, actually you don’t really climb, there are stairs. On the top of it, there is a telescope (?) and there is the MOST AMAZING VIEW YOU COULD EVER SEE. You’d see Aqaba bay and Suez bay at the same time, a lot of yachts, corals, turquoise water and a lot of birds and falcons.

We then tried to snorkel at the main beach, but it was too windy on that day and were cold and tired, so we headed back to the camp.

Here is a list of the stuff you need to bring with you:

  • Sleeping bags (very important)
  • A tent (to sleep in with the sleeping bag, not REALLY important, but it will help a lot with the ants, bees and flies)
  • Swiss Knife (very handy)
  • A butane stove (unless you want to eat raw, cold and tasteless food)
    butane stove
  • Canned food, bread etc (you could also have some BBQ if you have an ice box)
  • Ice box (if you have one, not really necessary)
  • Water and drinks
  • Candles (you could use empty bottles to put the candles in, use the swiss knife to cut them in halves)
  • Flash light
  • Camera + batteries
  • GPS (if you have one)
  • Hammock (if you have one :) )
  • Music + book + entertainment stuff (a.k.a Games)
  • Wood & coal to make camp fire (there is wood in the protectorate, right after the the camping area entrance, on the left, there is a huge pile of unused stuff, you can take wood from there, but it’s not guaranteed to fulfill all your needs, or to be there when you go :) )
  • Matches & lighter
  • Marshmallows (for camp fire :D )
  • Waste bags
  • Snorkeling gear (or diving gear)
  • Swimming shoes (you don’t want to walk on the rocks\corals with bare foot)
  • Insect repellent (OFF!) and insects killer (New Pyrosol, ra7et el zanna :P )
  • First aid kit (didn’t use it, but could be handy)
  • Plastic plates, cups, forks etc
  • Toilet paper & Tissues
  • Binoculars (if you have one)
  • Jacket (could be a bit chilli)

You are not allowed to go outside the camping area or use your car after 6:00pm until 8:00am, but you can have a walk on the beach around the camping area.
There is nothing to do at night, except watching the stars, walking on the beach, listening to the waves, sitting around the camp fire, playing games, talking with friends, listening to music, reading a book, eating marshmallows, cooking tea on the camp fire.  :D

ras mohammed camp fire

You have to watch out from the ants and insects, they will attack as soon as they smell food :) and they are very persistent.

Do not worry about seeing flashing lights in the sky, it’s not UFOs, it’s the discotheques in Sharm El Sheikh. :)

Ras mohammed map
Here is a map
of the protectorate from Parks Egypt

It’s a great experience, you have to try it, it’s one of the most amazing places in the world, it’s really fun and you’ll never forget the adventure of camping there.

Ras Mohammed – راس محمد

Am going to Ras Mohammed protectorate today :) i’ll be camping there for 2 days.

 

With nothing but 3 of my friends, sleeping bags and canned food….we’ll see if we’ll survive :)


Pictures by Anel Van Veelen

Expect new stories to tell when am back :)

Mubarak

Is it just me, or did someone else notice this?
i’ve been following Al Ahram for the past 3 days, and everyday the main title has to start with “Mubarak – مبارك” and there is a smaller article on the main page beneath it titled “Gamal Mubarakجمال مبارك

Is that a coincidence?or that’s some kind of subliminal message, implying that It’s always Mubarak and it’s always followed by Gamal Mubarak?

or maybe am too big on the conspiracy theory?

We’ll see …i’ll keep an eye on that from now on that i’ve noticed it :)

Tagged – تاج

I’ve been tagged, YAY!! :)
Zero Effect tagged me, it’s the first time i ever do this…well, seems nice, thx dude
The Rules

  • Post 10 random things about yourself
  • Choose 5 people to tag and a reason you chose each person
  • Leave them each a comment directing them to your blog so they know they are it
  • You can’t tag the person who tagged you (you’ll have to make new friends)
  • As a courtesy to the person who tagged you, please let them know when you have posted so they can have the sheer delight and extra work load of reading your answers)
  1. I have a lot of DARK secrets that burdens me and want to reveal them to anyone, but I can’t.
  2. I can twist one of my fingers 180 degrees.
  3. I have a great taste of food and tea, if i could change my work, i would be a food critique or tea taster.
  4. I don’t have confidence in my self.
  5. I have a great skill of wasting time.
  6. I can stay awake for 3 days with not even an hour of sleep, as long as there is something interesting to do to keep me awake.
  7. I can watch a movie and forget it’s beginning 15 mins after it ends, by the next day, the whole movie will be like a deja-vu to me. It’s great when you have to re-watch a movie you already saw with a friend again. Or when you’re really bored. But i can never tell you the story of a movie.
  8. I always sing when am driving alone. People in other cars think am crazy.
  9. I can never say”NO”, if anyone ask to do anything for him\her i’ll do it, even if it will mess up my plans.
  10. I never “make” tidy my bed, and probably never will…i don’t see why tidy it up in the morning when i’ll just mess it up again at night :P

    5 persons to tag…hmm, well that’s a bit difficult

    Soufi, BabyBlue BabyBlue2, Nousha

    Well, i dont know, i don’t really read non-technical blogs much…3 is enough i think :)

    The Countryside – الفلاحين

    My mom had to visit some relatives who lives in the countryside last week, guess who had to drive her there? yep, thats me.

    Let me tell you something, driving in Cairo, is like heaven comparing to driving there. first of all, there is no such thing as a “Street” it’s like a myth there… all what’s available is just a road of dust, full of holes.

    And if you find anything similar to what we call a “street” it won’t be exactly as we know it.

    The amount of speed bumps in any street, is directly proportional with the amount of people living in that village, that’s because (according t my guesses) when a new baby is born, his father build him a bump. زى ما عندنا كدة العقيقة و ندبح عجل…هناك بيبنوا مطب

    The total distance traveled from my home in Nasr City, to our relatives is 103KM which should be drove in less than an hour on any normal road.
    BUT!!! according to the amount of speed bumps i told you about, i got there in 2 hours 45 mins.

    Yes, that’s almost 37Km\Hour, it’s like moving slowly in Salah Salem at 6:00pm on Thursday night. BUT FOR ALMOST 3 HOURS!!!!!

    But i can’t really say they’re wrong about that, because in the very small space between 2 bumps, i’ve seen the most crazy and dumbest drivers ever in my life.

    If they removed the bumps, i guess the Egyptian population would decrease by 25% in less than a week.

    Off course, on my way, i’ve passed through many villages عزب و قرى و نجوع وكل حاجة.
    so seeing names like “, كفر شبرا بلومة,,شطانوف,,,كفر أبو طشت,,بهمس””Shatanof, Kafr Abou Tesht, Bahmas” is very normal .

    I was speaking to our relative there, and he told me the origin of some of the names, let’s have a look:

    Current Name

    Original Name

    الإسم الحالى

    الإسم الأصلى

    Shatanof

    Chateaux Neuf

    French for: “The new Castle”

    شطانوف

    شاتو نوف

    Sangerg

    Saint George

    سنجرج

    سان جورج

    Senterees

    Saint Theresa

    سنتربس

    سانت تيريزا

    I must also say, that i ate some AMAZING food, stuffed pigeons, vine leaves, ro2a2 and fried ducks :Dحمام و بط و رقاق و ورق عنب

    It was nice,,, really nice, apart from the driving part, and the dust everywhere…i had fun :)

    Tourist in Egypt – خمسة سياحة

    I had some friends coming from the US and they wanted to visit some touristic places in Egypt et all.

    So i decided to take them to a couple of places trying to *impress* them with the Egyptian *civilization*, anyway, since my last year experience with foreigners at the pyramids REALLY sucked, and was very embarrassing, i decided to change the plan a little bit.

    We first went to the Egyptian Musuem in Tahrir , it was ok, the tickets are 50 for foreigners and 2LE for Egyptians.
    There was no one annoying us, or trying to trick us, or pushing us to buy stuff from him like it was at the pyramids.

    We went in, AND….. i was really shocked, i hadn’t been to the museum in like 5 years, i couldn’t really remember if it was like that before or not.

    But trust me, IT SUCKED! everything is dirty, no good lighting at all, i could barely see anything, all the description and writing is bad and non informative.

    All the antiquities showed are in a VERY poor condition, the place is very crowded and VERY unorganized, there are even statues thrown on the floor and covered under the dust.

    There is no way you’d understand anything from the explanation written on items unless you rent a private tour guide.

    Long story short, they were really bored and un-interested in everything they saw, i felt the same too….well maybe except for the Tutankhamen mask and the mummies room (which costs 100LE for foreigners extra)

    So we left, and headed to the Citadel of Saladin, they wouldn’t let us park there, so we left the car in Azhar park, and took a taxi to the citadel. I must say the view is really amazing from up there.

    As soon as we got in, some photographer tried to convince them that the *tour* starts from his shop and wanted to take pictures of them in Pharaonic cloths. Luckily i spoke a couple of words in arabic, and the guy left us alone.

    We had to take a long walk until we got inside, and there was nothing much to see, except the architect of the Muhammed Ali mosque , which is amazingly excellent.

    citadel3.png
    citadel1.png

    We took a tour around the place, we entered the police museum and the Qasr Al jawhara museum, I must say they both sucked, nothing interesting at all, everything in a VERY poor condition, the place smelled and the rooms with jewelry and interesting stuff were closed.

    citadel2.png

    We left, took a taxi back to Al Azhar park, we had dinner in Trianon up on the hill. We really enjoyed that dinner, it was excellent, the weather was great, the food is more than perfect.

    So, until when we will not take care of our history and our tourism industry

    Will we ever treat the tourists in a good way?

    Will we ever take care of our monuments and provide a good environment\place to show them?

    i must say, that if i was a tourist visiting Egypt who is willing to know about the Egyptian history, i wouldn’t probably come to Egypt, i think I’ll go to the British Museum. Or just go to another country that takes care of their history and provide a good environment for tourists.

    But! i had a lot of fun that day, it was nice after all that time in Saudi arabia, i had to do something like that, even with all the negative things i saw, there is room for improvements (i have high hopes for the new Egyptian Museum being built now on the Cairo-Alex desert road)

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