Article originally published at www.egyptianstreets.com
Close your eyes. Imagine laying on a beach of soft sand, a cool breeze flirting with your hair while you’re listening to the music played by the waves on the shore. It is a full moon and you can see a soft white light flickering on the night’s dark sea. You turn your head slightly so the moon’s light kisses your cheek to find a sky decorated with coloured gems with stars covering every inch of the pure sky.
Visiting Ras Mohamed protectorate is a prize for the soul. It connects you back with Mother Nature.
Located only 15 kilometres away from the sunny Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh, visiting Ras Mohamed is both easy and inexpensive. With an entrance fee of EGP 5 per person and EGP 20 per car, visitors are greeted by the beauty of the place form the moment they pace the officials guarding its outer gates.
After six kilometres of driving in the protectorate you will discover a small port on the left and the entrance of the camping beach area. If you enter the camping beach area you are asked to leave your I.D to the borders guards for security purposes. You are also should told to inform the officials on the outer gate if you’re camping and how long you’re staying, as each extra night costs just five pounds.
You continue driving for another 5-6 kilometres until you reach the huge stone gate of Ras Mohamed.
Once you’re beyond the stone gate, get ready to enter a state of serenity and enthralment.
White sand beaches, Mangroves, the Magical Salt Lake, the Sharks Observatory, a microscope that shows you Suez and Aqaba bays, and of course a world of colours that lie beneath the Red Sea’s waters.
Camping in Ras Mohamed is one of the greatest pleasure you can have if you’re an outdoor person. But, there are certain things to be aware of.
First of all you should have a good food and water supply with you for the number of days you’re staying. Secondly, always cover your food and store it perfectly or the desert’s ants will invade it and leave you with nothing to eat. Thirdly, the sun can be scorching: be sure to have good quality sun screen with you, especially between 10AM and 3PM. as you can also get a camp shade with you, just be careful of the sun from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Finally, do not forget underwater goggles or snorkelling gear or you will miss out on the beauty hidden between the slow waves of the sea.
If you’re looking for an escape, Ras Mohamed is where you should go. With clear night skies, thrilling nature and a serene atmosphere, Ras Mohamed is best for anyone looking to escape the chaos of the city.
This article was written by Nour El Din and originally published on Egyptian Streets.