Quad Biking, Sharm El Sheikh
We had the choice of an early morning ride out or an evening one. They do it at these times so you can see the sun rise or set as its pretty nice in Egypts sky. We picked the evening one due to i carn't get up very well in a morning. We got picked up at around 4pm by bus and took to the quad bike center. My misses didn't want to ride a quad bike so she was on the back of mine. I got my quad bike and we was all in a line off around 14 or 15 quad bikes in one trip. We set off from the garage and followed the leader who was on a dirt bike. We went down some roads then set off across the desert. We rested at a couple of places where you could get a drink or snack and also at a place where we could climb up a bit of a place stone hill to see the sun set better. The sun set was amazing to see and its so quite out in the desert till the quad bikes start up. We ended up riding back in the dark but the quads had lights on any way for this. I enjoyed this trip but then i like riding dirt bikes or quad bikes. My misses enjoyed the sights etc but not to sure on the quad bike part. Worth giving a go to see the sun set and how peace full the desert is and how large it looks. Only advise i can give is take a scarf or buy one there and some form of glasses because the dust thats gets chucked up is painfull in your face. I wore sun glasses which where good till it got to dark. Also if you have long trouses if getting a lift on the back as the exhaust gets hot for the back rider.
We've been on the quads several times suitable for most ages, the local reps will advise you. Don't book through your tour rep as this is more expensive, see local sites. Sunrise/sunset trips are the best.
we all love the quads as well, they are so easy to ride, even for a novice, it takes a few minutes to get the feel for them and you can control your speed easily - we do them each time we are in sharm.....just remember to lift your bum off the seats slightly when going over a bigger bump or your whole body rattles!..they are great, young teenagers are riding them - one tip, we go very early, usually about 9 - 10 in the morning as it is not so hot yet, but we still get our heads wrapped up by the guide, scarfs cost 30 egyptian i think, but worth it, and secondly, at this time, it is quiet, and we basically get out on our own without other people there, which gives us more freedom.....another thing, dont be forced to book the video, it is rubbish quality!!!!....xx you will love it, give it a try!!
My two year-old rode with my husband. My 8-year old rode with me. It was so easy that I was able to take turns driving with her letting her hold the throttle and steer. The only problem is that your hand gets tired from holding the throttle in, but it's a very fun ride and you get a break just when you're getting too tired... but don't forget your sunglasses and either take a scarf with you or take them up on the offer to wrap your head Bedouin-style so you don't eat the dust from all the other quad-bikes on your tour. You follow your guide in a long line and you're in the desert - so the bikes kick up sand. We liked it so much, we did the rides on both of our trips to Sharm.
Take my advice and dish out the 20 euros for the ATV safari. He will take you on a journey through the desert passing by mountains, to Bedouin camps, and cutting through the pure arabian desert sands. We got to see young Bedouin children selling camel tooth on a necklace, trinket beads and begging for money. :) I even got to do some small talk with one of the bedouin men, practicing my bad arabic. and the guide showed us the camel will eat anything! We also shouted into the huge desert mountains to hear our echoes. Later we relaxed Bedouin style in their tents and played physical puzzle games, which was a cool way to get to know the russians. Then we climbed a small hill, which seems big in the desert.
The day started picking me up right at my hotel, called Sunset Partner Hotel! In the car i sat in the back with a very beautiful young russian girl. Then we met up with the rest of the russians in her group! Prepare your face from the desert elements with sun glasses and a headscarf. Also try to cover your skin from the sun. Once we had our powerful quads, we set off in the desert in a uniform line, first doing a trial circle run for practice. Then we set out! I started having a lot of fun, swirving side to side, jumping, standing, and reaching top speeds at some points passing some of the russians, which got me into a bit of trouble from the leader. He was a really cool leader, and did some cool stunts like standing on one footside of the ATV holding only one handle bar, and even ride on TWO WHEELS! The whole time guys in a jeep were giving us the thumbs up and recording us on DVDs.
Overall the day was very safe, relaxed, actionpacked, fun and interactive with others, which is really good as a single travelor in egypt.
ATV(All terraine vehichle) /motor biking to desert.
BEAUTINES OF SAND DESERT OF SINAI
To feel wind, pieces of sand coming against your face, to see blue sky and sand desert are worth of experience.
This kind of safaris are from 2-hours to whole day and evening. What´s bes you can drive for yourself and do something when safari is moving. Some refresement are arrangement in desert and meet to real bedouins in their camps if possible.
When we went Quad Biking a second time there was 6 of us, we was walking along the Public Beach and someone stopped us, and offered us a price (we was going to go back with Uncle Sam - see Quad Biking 1 tip) but he offered us it far cheaper, so we took that one. Due to him just being on the beach I cant tell you his name, company or anything. It was exactly the same as my Quad Biking 1 tip but we didnt go to the same people for Quads, we didnt spend as long in the camp, there was 4 more, so it was a group of 10 this time and we went a slightly different way around the mountains.
I still recommend the same things for when going Quad Biking
We went Quad Biking twice, with two different tour operators. Uncle Sam's was a better experience, he offered us a decent price for the 4 of us (all adults) for a day trip out into the desert in the Sinai mountains. You will have a mini-bus come and pick you up from your hotel to take you to the Sinai Desert to get your quad. It just happened to be that it was only us four who was there on the day so we had a leader that took the four of us out. We was going around for about an hour and a half and then we arrived at a bedouin camp out in the mountains. We spent about 45 mins - an hour there (this was due to the person who took us out taking me & another woman out on his quad for a faster ride in the desert singally). At the bedouin camp they offered us tea (for free) or cold drinks (which had to be payed for) there was also a woman there with small gifts which you could buy to take back. Then we went back off on the quads for about another hour an a half to 2 hours back to the where you got the quads. Then you will be taken back to your hotel in the same mini-bus.
While out in the desert i would advise a few of the following things, grab yourself a shemagh desert scarf (then at the hotel - like we did get them to ut them on for you) this way the sand doesnt get in your face that much, wear something that covers your eyes - preferably goggles, as silly as it sounds it works :D (well did for me both in Tunisia & Egypt). Try to take a bottle of water with you, you can ram them under the bars at the front/back of the quads (just check tht they are secure). Wear old clothes that you dont mind gettin wrecked, becuase you will be lucky if you wear them again let alone after washing them. They will only be fit for the bin after. Try to take a camera with you if you are with someone who has a bag becuase you see some wonderful views of the Sinai Mountains. Also if you are planning on the day trips then a good supply of sun tan lotion before you go
We went off in a BIG group but for this activity numbers really don't matter.
Kids went on quad bikes with us and had a fantastic time...as did we! TOP TOP TOP FUN!
Bouncing along the desert until Echo Mountain where kids and adults alike delight in a little shout. Then onto a Bedouin tent... I got the feeling that this tent was only here to try to rip the tourists off for over priced drinks and it felt like the tea was only given for a baksheesh!
Such a wicked activity you simply HAVE to do this. Somebody asked me if our travel insurance covered quad bikes... dunno, hadn't crossed my mind but might be worth a check. The guys running the trip kept a close eye on everybody and those that messed about were pulled aside and given a stern talking to which is good - the last thing (particularly with a kid on the bike) you want is some show off idiot in front kicking all the sand up so you can't see and then braking hard!
Such good fun. Tips are : wear sun glasses although when the sun has set and it gets very dark very quickly I couldn't decide what was more important - to wear the glasses and keep sand out of eyes but be so dark I couldn't see, or to not wear glasses be able to see but then get sand in eyes and be blind anyway!
Dish dashes can be bought but expensive so either get one first or don't bother.
I was pleased of my long sleeves, long trousers and trainers.
Not like a bike - if you want to turn right - lean left!
Was pleased I had my bottle of water with me.
Quad biking in Sharm must be the funniest thing we did in Sharm.
Book your trip in one of the many tour-selling-companys you find over all in Sharm.
I think we payed too much for the ride, somewhere between $40-50 for all four of us. But it`s worth it, I promise.
This is a definate. We went at 3.30pm but you can go early morning late afternoon to see the sun set / rise.
It is extremely hot and the sand blows up from the bike infront of you so wear long trousers long sleeved top and you must wear the head scarf they sell you, or you can take one will you and they will put it on tightly to make sure it doesn't come off.
We stopped twice for drinks at Bedouin tents and were offered mint tea.
We participate a safari tour with ATV's in the desert. The tour took more than 2 hours, guides were very helpful and proffessional. We sop by in a Beduin Tent and taste some tea, a small "tea in the desert" experience :)
I higly recommend for everyone to join this experience. But do not forget to take a big napkin to cover your nose and mouth.
I love quad biking - I've been in the jungle of Borneo, the beaches of Penang, the Sugar plantations of The Dominican Republic - and now - the deserts of Sinai. And so far it gets better every time.
Alot of people do this for the first time when they come to Sharm - My Mum was one of them - it's romantic, exciting and a great way to see the desert.
We went with the best. Taba Safari operates from just outside Naama Bay and the guys there are brilliant. They'll drive on two wheels, fly through the black desert nights and make sure everyone has a safe and exhilarating ride. Throw in a stop at The Echo Temple & a glass of tea at a bedouin settlement and you have a perfect trip.
Proof of this is that I went on this trip 5 times. (and would have gone several more if I could)
Tried Quad BIking in Sharm!
Was amazing! Realy enjoyed it!
Booked up in the shopping Centre in Sharm(The small boat within the shoping centre, sadly cant remember the name!).
Cost next to nothin each (8 pounds! )Was a great laugh. Lasted about 4 hours.
Picked us up from the hotel...on the Quad! Took us out into the desert. Camel Rides if you want (at an extra cost) Then of to shout in a canyon to hear your echo!
Then to a beddowin rest place for Tea!
Really good experience and would do it again!
The team who took us were great! Very Friendy and not pushy at all! Just wanted us to enjoy our time!
Got a DVD of the experence for £15! delivered to the hotel the following day!
All in All EXCELENT!!
Quad biking out in the desert! Brilliant fun and very easy to work despite my fear of not being able to drve one solo!
Two hour trip taking in the beautiful sharm sunset and time to shop for tea in a bedoiun hut and meet some of the local nomadic people.
Cheap to do and definitely worth a go!