We booked a V1 Desert Sprint Run at Hurghada Motorsport Centre for the whole family including two sons ages 16 and 19. This was a shorter but far more exciting ride into the desert and mountains without all the' bedouin experience ' which we had experienced on previous tours into the desert.
The booking was made quickly and efficiently through the website and on arrival in Hurghada direct communication with the Hurghada Motorsport Team which are mainly British. We were collected promptly as arranged [ UK time keeping I must stress not Egyptian time ] and taken to the centre. There everything was very well organised with a full safety briefing in the Pit Stop Cafe with water and soft drinks available.
Once allocated with helmets, sunglasses and essentials we headed onto the quad bikes for more driver training before we headed out into the desert.
The fast sprint run was exhilarating and our guide, Alex, took us up and through the mountains and along twisty desert paths. We opted to stop for a break for water [ all included in the price ] and to take pictures of the magnificent views.
Once back at the centre, we took some time out in the cafe to cool down with a few drinks and snacks, all very reasonably priced too!!
We browsed through some great photographs taken while out on our trip and brought 2 great pictures of the boys in the mountains.
We were not rushed or bothered but when we was ready we asked for our return transfer to the hotel, which was arranged promptly and within minutes we were in a very nice air-conditioned mini-bus.
We all had a marvellous afternoon trip, great value for money with no hidden extra costs as we have found before in Hurghada. Excellent and professional British staff where our safety was always No 1 priority. A full range of desert programmes to suit all.
Would definitely recommend if you are looking for a professional and fun quad trip into the desert.
On these trips, you drive a quad bike into the "desert", where you meet members of a Bedouin tribe, are served tea and a "barbecue", observe their way of lifeand watch the sunset. It's made to sound a lot better than it is, but it's a fun day. Riding the quad bikes is quite a thrill, and the view of the sunset over the mountains is lovely.
The Bedouins, however, are supposed to be a secluded tribe, so I can't see how they manage this when they spend all day, every day entertaining tourists. We all gathered around to watch a woman baking bread as if she were an animal in a zoo... there was also the chance to ride a camel (for about a minute) and to see the reptile museum, but these cost extra.
We booked our excursion with GEM travel (opposite McDonalds), and it seemed like the cheap option, as I saw a lot of much bigger tour groups on their bikes, one of which had their own kitchen. Our "lunch" was very brief, but substantial.
*Excursions tip - Every excursion you go on will involve someone filming you the whole day. They will then try to sell you the DVD of your day, along with an Egypt documentary, for about £14. Some of these are better edited than others, but you might want to make sure they'll run on your DVD player/computer first, because ours crash after the first five minutes.
If you are going on a desert safari from Hurghada and expect to be able to watch the sun set over the desert in peace you are wrong. A large number of other tourists will climb the same hill as you to have a nice view. If you are lucky everybody wants it to be quiet around.
The first time I was in Hurghada I went on a desert safari. I was picked up outside the hotel in the afternoon and as I was the first passenger I got the front seat. We drove through the desert and stopped a few times for photos. It turned out that two of my fellow passengers didn’t bring anything to drink, but luckily I had enough for all three of us.
Later we arrived as the first car to a Bedouin village (for tourists) and had some tea before walking around and riding camels. By this time a lot of people had arrived. After the sunset we had barbeque before returning to Hurghada.
I organised the tour from the hotel where I was staying (Three Corners Hotel).
'desert safari'-very cool experience if you have not been to a desert before, jumping on sandy
dinas (some even rolling down! LOL) and snooping around the beduines' village (although, those b.who collaborate with turistagencies are a bit modernised, justa bit).
again, if youdo not want to pay too much for the jeep safary (more van thana jeep) check out in hotel for local agencies
motor desert safary seemed more fun, as people said, and they spent much more time in that wonder of nature...
do not be with your group all the time
move aside a bit, sit or lie down on sand and watch, then close your eyes...all you will hear will be s i l e n c e and w i n d....i will go back to desert for that experience if nothing else;)
bread, sorta like pancakes, that beduine women make is nice, mint tea they will offer you is fine:) you will most probaby want to bring some water with you over there, as before they serve you one you may get very thirsty...no matter it will get warmed up in your bag, take a friendly advice
full of life
colors change so incredibly from late afternoon to sunset
jumping on dinas
I LIKED IT!
The desert here is redish and wide, with high plateaus with accumulations of rubble from eroded sandstone and limestone. Near the coast, a high mountain range of ancient volcanic rock runs the length of the Red Sea.
Completely different picture from the golden and fine sandy desert from Aswan and west side of the Nile.
Is there a better way to end a day in the desert than watch the sunset? That's what we did from the top of a hill a few minutes from the Bedouin village.
The picture's showing the Bedouin village and a pigeon house.
Here's the proof that there aren't just sandy deserts in Egypt but rocky, too. Look at that spectacular landscape with colourful mountains and canyons!
This is where we visited a relatively new well, a present from the state, and watered a palmtree nearby.
Exploring the desert on a safari is a fun way to spend the afternoon. These can either be taken in a jeep or quads. Most companies offer this in conjunction with a lunch or dinner with a bedouin tribe.
Desert Safaris can be booked through numerous agencies in Hurghada.
This was amazing trip to the desert. Although our tourist agency organized this kind of trip, we wanted to sign with local agency, one of many in Hurghada. And we had spent great time there!
First, they picked us up with van in front of our hotel, it was 4 in the afternoon. Then, when we reached desert, about 20 minutes ride from hurghada downtown, we were transferred in jeep, which drove us about 30 kms into the desert, right to the first settlement of bedouins.
There, we got us little 4-wheel motorcycles, for one or two persons. There was about 15 tourists in our group, among which there were about 10 egyptian young people living abroad, who also came to hurghada on vacation. We made wonderful friends with them, as they were very friendly.
Then, we experianced a wild ride through the sands and stones of the desert, racing with each other, about hour or so, until we came to the another bedouine settlement in the bottom of the desert mountain. We climbed up the mount, watched sunset, took photos, and then went down to ride camels, and see how bedouins live.
On our way back, it was getting really dark, and the only light was the one from our motorcycles, and the silence was amazing, just with creepy sounds of some desert animals.
When we came back to the starting bedouin village, we had great barbecue dinner there, with more stories of their life, enjoying music they played, and being learnt they local dances by our new arabian friends.
After coming back to hotel, we were full of sand, dirty and tired, but with most beautiful memories from Hurghada.
Though not as famous as the White Desert to the West, or the desert mountains on the Sinai Peninsula, the Eastern (Arabian) Desert that sits west of Hurghada are still strikingly beautiful.
Easy to arrange transport out here for a 4WD tour of the mountain scenery. Catching the sunset across these mountains, then watching the whole desert world drop into pitch darkness is really something to behold...
We booked the desert safari and spent only one day there, but i heard you can book more days as well.
It was very interesting to visit the beduine village and to see how they live. We had a lounch there and we drank tea.
We hired quad bikes and followed our guide over sunbaked sand judder bars for miles.
Eventually we came to a stop at the foot of a reasonably high hill made of sand and rock, held together by tussock.
We climbed to the top and then the guide made us run down the sand dune side all the way to the bottom.
Riding back in the dark wasn't so great as visibility was at a minimal. But the stars and flickering city lights in the distance looked beautiful.
It cost LE 150 per bike (for 2 people to share) and LE 100 per bike (just for one person).
A afternoo and evening in the desert. Meet the people that live there...buy there art and enjoy a traditionnal meal...with coke! ha ha ha!!!
End of our motorcycle ride - you can see I am full of sand...the scarf around my face and head had saved me from sunburns and full mouths of sand :)