Escape resort-ville and get out into the farms and desert plains of Egypt on this Sharm el-Sheikh tour that puts the ‘culture’ in ‘agriculture’. Get to know local Egyptian life, enjoy an authentic local lunch, and learn how the people of Egypt live.
What to Expect
Wave goodbye to the resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh and go from urban to rural on this full-day tour that takes you out to the desert plains and farming lands of Egypt. You'll be picked up from your hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh, for a 1.5-hour drive to Wadi Murrah, the entrance to the desert. Here you’ll meet a local farmer, your host for the day. You’ll be greeted with some refreshing Bedouin tea, and given an introduction into the local farm project and the kinds of ways in which you can help out.
After you've learnt what the farm's all about, it's time to get your hands dirty! Your local farm host will get you started on a few bits and bobs that will really help them with their project. It could be putting fences up or planting, but whatever it is your hosts will be more than happy to take suggestions. You and your group can work together to help out for the day, learning from each other and your farming host.
You’ll definitely deserve some lunch after that hard work! Your local host will cook up a fresh lunch made from farm produce, all cooked in the traditional way over an open fire. As well as picking up farm tips, this will be your opportunity to pick up some Egyptian food tips as well. Learn how to make fresh bread just like the locals do, and bake it to perfection under hot coals.
After lunch, continue by taking a short trek into the surrounding area, where you’ll learn about the indigenous herbs grown in the desert plain, and how they’re used to treat people for illnesses. This will give you even more information on how Egyptians have lived off the land for centuries, a far cry from the resort living you find in the center of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Towards the end of the tour, you’ll head back to the farm for a last cup of tea with your hosts, say your goodbyes, and head back to Sharm el-Sheikh. You'll be dropped back off at your hotel, where you can rest up after your day on the farm.
- English-speaking guide
- Transport to and from your hotel
- Lunch and refreshments
- Entrance fees
- Bedouin fees
- A farm donation
What's Not Included
- Drinks other than those indicated as included
Know Before You Go
Guests will have the opportunity to contribute by working on the farm with planting, building fences, and any small tasks the farm needs that day. Guests are encouraged to offer and share ideas on techniques, knowledge, and suggestions that they feel could benefit the farmer.
Comfortable, modest dress which covers your shoulders and chest is standard for tourists in Egypt. Walking or rubber-soled shoes are a must for this tour, and a fleece or jacket during winter months is advisable.