Red Sea, Dahab land-based
RED SEA LAND BASED SAFARI
DATES & PRICING: availabe upon request
INCLUDES: all flights, transfers, 7 nights accommodation & breakfast
ADD-ONS: Luxor, Jordan extension (click for details), Dahab, Cairo city tours (including Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian & Military Museum)
* Return International flights from Johannesburg to Cairo
* Return Domestic flights from Cairo to Sharm el-Sheikh
* All scheduled transfers
* 7 Nights’ accommodation at the Nesima Resort in Dahab
* Breakfast Daily
Optional Dive Packages:
* 6 Dive Package
* 10 Dive Package
* Day Trip to Ras Mohammed & Thistlegorm
* Day Trip to Gabr El Bent
* Mt Sinai
* St. Catherines
* Optional Day tour of Cairo
* Half Day Tour of the Pyramids & Sphinx including transportation & guide & a day use hotel room
* Airport taxes
* Visa processing fee (R350)
* Lunches, dinners and drinks in Dahab
Tempered by sea breezes from the gulfs of Suez and Aqaba, temperatures are mild in winter and blazing hot in summer, often reaching 40 degrees (104 F) or more. Rainfall is minimal and limited to the winter months. Beware of the danger of fierce sunlight and cover up, using a good sunscreen.
Seasonal temperature variation is quite similar to that found in southern Sinai. Water temperatures range from the upper twenties (80s F) in the summer to winter lows as cold as 19 to 20 degrees (66-68 F). You may be comfortable enough in just a swimskin in summer, particularly if you normally dive in cold water. Conversely, in the wintertime, some locals use drysuits! A 3mm (0.12in) or even a 5mm (0.20) wetsuit would not be out of order for most of the year.
As autumn progresses to winter, the prevailing northerly winds in the area change. Long swells pushed by the south wind have the entire length of the Red Sea to build up, and by the time they reach the Straits of Gubal, they can be pretty powerful. Conditions are rarely so bad that diving is impossible, but the boat ride can get rough, particularly since so many of the sites in the area are on open-sea reefs. If you suffer from seasickness take a good supply of motion-sickness tablets.
Make your visit to Sharm El Sheikh something really special! Desert Safaris are the best way to experience the mystery of Desert. There are specialised desert safari packages and tour itineraries available for those interested in desert adventure travel. Enjoy camel and buggy safari in the dawn and witness the panoramic view of the sunrise over the mountains.
LOCAL DIVE ETIGUETTE
It is important that every diver does his or her bit to preserve the reef environment. Please note that the whole area is protected and no touching or breaking of coral, feeding of fish, fishing, wearing of gloves or little rings is allowed; offenders are liable for prosecution.