Colored Canyon Safari Trip By Jeep Set Out From Sharm
“..Nowhere has the ancient ocean left a more brilliant legacy upon the landscape than at the Colored Canyon..”
“The Coloured Canyon in the Sinai Mountains of Egypt is a popular location for hiking and trekking”
A Land of Contrasts: Egypt is a land of contrasts – the “red land” and the “black land”, the white sands and brilliant blue skies, the soft curve of the dunes and the perfect angles of the pyramids. One area considered to be a vast, unbroken range of desert plains and arid mountains are the central and coastal regions of the Sinai Peninsula, but interestingly it is home to one of the most unique natural features in Egypt. The Colored Canyon is the result of ancient ocean activity across the now nearly water-less peninsula.
The History :Millions of years earlier, the Sinai Peninsula resided beneath the surface of the Red Sea, and as the waters receded they carved out deep grooves in the surface of the land. The canyon provides visitors with the striking evidence of this long-ago activity, and it also illustrates the composition of the canyon walls, which are primarily sandstone and limestone in a wide variety of shades, colors and hues.
When History Tell you That from Millions of years ago, Sinai was covered by the sea, and nowhere has the ancient ocean left a more brilliant legacy upon the landscape than at the Colored Canyon, near Nuweiba. A visit to the canyon provides instant recognition of where it gets its name. The walls of the canyon, which reach up to sixteen stories, are easily the most colorful and intriguing rock formations in all of Sinai. They were created by the erosion of water upon sandstone and limestone. In some places the deep coloration of rocks gives the canyon walls a prismatic and metallic sheen; in others, the stone is so smooth that it appears soft and pillowy. The canyon mouth is accessible by car, and its short length [about 700 meters] makes for perfect hiking. As one ventures into the canyon, the walls narrow in width to just a few feet in some places, giving the channel a close and secretive atmosphere. The canyon is most commonly compared to the Jordanian city of Petra, although here the spectacle is completely natural. You will said What a place for visiting!, Hiking and Trekking: Modern hikers and backpackers have been trekking through the Sinai desert and mountains for decades, following the same routes used by ancient tradesmen, pilgrims and locals. These “wadis” or canyons can be difficult to locate or reach, but the Coloured Canyon is accessible by car, and is only a short walk into the hills. The canyon is a commonly photographed location, with its contrasting textures of rugged and softly formed stones, and numerous depths of color and sheen. Some areas of the canyon reach over sixteen stories in height, providing dramatic effects in light and shadow, and giving the entire location a mysterious and ancient atmosphere. The nearest town to the Colored Canyon, Sinai Peninsula is Nuweiba. This smaller town along the “Red Sea Riviera” is a great place to find local Bedouin guides who are happy to provide tours of the canyon and its surrounding areas..
Set out from Sharm El Sheikh to explore Sinai. drive to Nuweiba to see the beautiful Coloured Canyon; Let your 4WD vehicle take you across the desert sands to Abu Galum and the colored canyons. Hike among the rocky mountains enjoying the many colors reflecting from the oxidized surfaces in the sun. The swirls of candy-colored rock at Colored Canyon are a popular day trip destination from Sharm el Sheikh, forming some of the most impressive natural features in the world. You’d swear the patterns covering the walls of this steep, narrow canyon were the work of a talented artist, rather than the forces of nature working their magic over millennia. It’s a pretty easy hike along the floor of the canyon, around 800 m [half a mile] long. This is a popular spot, so to appreciate the canyon’s tranquil beauty, try to arrive early, ideally before breakfast. Take a jeep safari for the 240 kilometer trip from Sharm el Sheikh to the amazing colored canyon. Keep your eyes open for the local wildlife including Nubian Ibex, Red Foxes and Striped Hyenas. Hike through the different formations of the mountains with a multitude of colors reflecting in the sun. The colors are clear evidence of the oxidization of the rocky minerals millions of years ago. On the way back to Sharm el Sheikh, stop by the sea front restaurant at Nuweiba to have lunch, before continuing to Dahab for some shopping.
The Canyon is located about 12 km north of Nuweiba, two hours from Sharm El Sheikh. It lies in a limestone mountain chain named El Tih, where, it is said, Moses was lost for 40 years. The area is only reached by 4×4 vehicles and you need to be accompanied by guides. The small oasis of Ain Furtaga is the beginning of the trek leading to this geological wonder of Sinai. Upon arrival to the entrance of the maze, you have a couple of hours walk ahead of you along with some light climbing, Simple but essential precautions are required in order to make the most of your day trip: make sure you are wearing suitable shoes, have all the water supplies you need but the minimal baggage to carry as they become more of a burden afterwards, As the name of the canyon suggests, the sandstone has been mineralized and stained in a variety of attractive ways transforming the cliffs to a spectacular multi-colored stone. The canyon itself is a water-eroded, narrow and twisting path formed over thousands of years into the rocks, surrounded by spectacular 60 meter cliffs with narrow slots with drops sometimes referred to as slot canyons – beautiful sculptured walls and cliffs made of sandstone with layers of amazing colors such as pink, purple, silver and gold, The path is little more than a meter wide and in some places the surrounding cliffs reach 80 meters high,The eroded rocky walls, fossilized shells and small phosphorous openings, seen only at a closer look, no doubt housed various sea creatures in the past when the canyon was once under sea level. Millions of years ago, Sinai was covered by the sea, and the Colored Canyon is one of the amazing legacies left by the ancient ocean upon the landscapes, With every step you take through the canyon, you will become even more impressed with the imposing geological formations and art-like shapes and imbedded patterns displayed on the cliffs. Keep a close eye out for details and you will find that your imagination can easily fly and pick out human and animal faces on the sides of the walls, As you follow the twists and turns of the maze, at one point the hike will involve sliding through a rather narrow hole in the rocks. Though at first it might seem a bit alarming, with the help of your guide, sliding down through the gorge will be a funny but definitely memorable experience, From the summit, you can make out the distant oasis and Bedouin village at a distance. Admiring the scenery and landscapes from that height, the view as the sun lightens the rocks, is simply breathtaking making it seem a million miles away from everyday life, The end of the canyon meets with a large sandy valley. Following this stimulating hike and in attempt to escape the baking heat of the desert, lounging around and snorkeling at the remarkable “Blue Hole” nearby would be the perfect choice for ending the day. The Blue Hole is a round hole in the reef table which drops down to more than 120 meters. The Blue Hole lies 10 km north of Dahab and is accessible via a 15 minutes off-road drive along the beach. On the other hand, relatively close Bedouin camps are also ideal spots for relaxing and having lunch in a traditional surrounding, Trekking through the Colored Canyon is a lot of fun and it is also a very popular day trip for tourists staying at the Red Sea resorts given its proximity. It is also easily accessed from any of the camps and resorts in Taba, Dahab or Nuweiba. The vast open spaces, ever changing scenery and extra-ordinary colors coupled with an abundance of clean, fresh air makes this a unique experience, which will definitely leave you with memorable impressions.
Sharm Touring Egypt representative Early morning will pick you up from your hotel to discover the top highlights of Sinai desert by modern jeep. We drive inside the desert to reach the to area of Colored Canyon by Jeep approx. 2 hours. located in heart of Sinai Peninsula about 12 kilometers north of Nuweiba.
Early morning, pick up from your hotel by air-Conditioned land cruiser 4*4 jeep safari. Upon your arrival to the mouth of the Canyon, you will get a short time of explanation about story of the Canyon. then Moving down to the Canyon, to start the adventure of walking of 700 M inside this amazing place. Rest in the Bedouin tent, to have a drink and get ready to climb to the end of the Canyon, where the jeep is waiting for you. Drive to Newbie city, where you will enjoy your lunch by the Aqba Gulf shore. After Lunch drive to Dahab city approx one hour. Free time for shopping in Dahab, or just have a walk in Dahab. After Dahab shopping, you will drive back from Dahab to your hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh.
- Pick up services from your hotel in Sharm and return
- All transfers by air-conditioned 4×4 Jeep
- English speaking guide
- Lunch during your trip
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- Optional activities
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- Passport, Flat shoes, Casual sport clothes, Sun hat, Sun Cream and Sun glasses.
Adult: 30 GBP
Child: 20 GBP
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