Cairo to Istanbul 2010 travel blog

Richard relaxing at Sawa

View from lounging area

Absolute beach front - our cabin at Sawa

Camp before sunrise

Sunrise at Sawa

After our hard climb at Mt Sinai we were all glad to arrive at Sawa, our Red Sea beach camp.

And it's beautiful. Very undeveloped and supposed to be like Sharm el Sheikh used to be before mass tourism arrived. Apparently there were some terrorist attacks a few years ago which killed tourism for a while and the area is still struggling to recover. Cabins were very basic consisting of a mattress and mosquito net on the floor and a hammock outside. Electricity only available in the cabins for a few hours each night. Our cabin was right on the beach, only a few steps from the water at high tide - pure magic! Couldn't wait to get in the water, then lay in the hammock reading for the rest of the afternoon until tea time. We had brought our own beer in so had some refreshments to go with our meal.

On Tuesday morning a few of us got up at 5.30am to see the sunrise and had a walk along the beach then a yoga session to loosen up those stiff muscles after the Mt Sinai climb. Tuesday was windy so not a good snorkelling day so it was another lazy day for us before leaving at 1.30 for the 20 minute drive to Nuweiba to catch the ferry to Jordan.

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