Accommodation is found in settlements at the beginning and end of the Sinai Trail. Towns like St Katherine and Nuweiba have everything from Bedouin beach camps to upscale hotels, and monastery guesthouses. On the trail itself, other options are available. The highlands of St Katherine are home to a network of Bedouin orchards, some of which offer lodgings to hikers. Some of these orchards date back to Byzantine times and although they are basic, usually offering no more than a space in an old stone hut, perhaps with an outside toilet, they give hikers a point of contact with working hubs of Bedouin culture. Bedouin encampents with a similar feel can be found at Ein Hudera: an oasis at the mid way point of the trail. There is one ecolodge on the trail – built by the Bedouin community of St Katherine with funding from the EU – and hikers can sometimes pitch tents next to Bedouin homes, with the families preparing meals and giving water for a small fee. On the Sinai Trail itself, often the only option is to sleep under the stars.
Accommodation near Nuweiba (beginning of Sinai Trail)
Basata – Gulf of Aqaba, 24km north of Nuweiba, near Bir Sweir trailhead. Beach camp. Single huts €23/ LE210, double huts €20/LE180pp, triple berth chalets €26/LE245pp. Camping €10/LE90pp. 10% discount on all prices for single women. Self-catering kitchen with food stocked & ready to buy, chef-cooked meals at dinner time, communal bathroom, beach, mosque & carpark. Reservations recommended in advance, especially in busy holiday periods. Call +2069-3500-480 reserve and visit www.basata.com.
Sahara Camp – Ras Shetan, near the Sinai Trail start at Wadi Melha. Beach camp. Single huts LE120, double huts LE100pp, inc. breakfast. Mosquito nets, electricity sockets, fan on request, restaurant, communal bathroom, beach & carpark. Call +20109-027-2022 to reserve and see www.sahara-beach.net.
Castle Beach – Ras Shetan, near the Sinai Trail start at Wadi Melha. Beach camp. Huts LE100pp inc. breakfast. Mosquito nets, electricity sockets, communal bathroom, security guard, restaurant, beach & carpark. Call +20122-739-8495. See www.castlebeachsinai.com.
Maagana Camp – Ras Shetan. Beach camp. Single bungalows LE150, double bungalows LE100pp, inc. breakfast. Single huts, LE90, double huts, LE75pp. Mosquito nets, fans & electricity sockets in all bungalows but not beach huts; communal bathrooms, restaurant, beach & carpark. Call ahead to reserve if possible on +20100-384-5549 / +20128-419-0279. See www.maaganacamp.com.
Nakhl Inn – Tarabin Beach, Nuweiba. Family-run hotel. Single rooms $48/LE345, Double rooms $28/ LE200pp, both inc. buffet breakfast. All rooms have fridge, a/c, en-suite bathroom, WIFI, beach with snorkelling rental, open kayak facilities. Call +20122-210-5906, see www.nakhil-inn.com.
Sababa Camp – Tarabin Beach, Nuweiba. Beach camp. Huts LE60 pp inc. breakfast. Restaurant, communal bathrooms, beach & carpark. Call +20122-057-7989. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
El Badawy Camp – Tarabin Beach, Nuweiba. Basic guesthouse. All rooms have a/c. Single rooms LE120, double rooms LE90, inc. breakfast. Restaurant, private bathrooms, private garden & beach & carpark. Call +20106-525-4115 and see www.elbadawycamp.dk.
Accommodation near St Katherine (end of Sinai Trail)
Monastery of St Katherine Guesthouse – St Katherine. Single rooms LE240, doubles LE200pp, triples LE170pp all inc. breakfast & dinner. Bathroom, a/c, heater in winter, café/ restaurant with meals for LE45. Contact tel +2069-347-0353, fax +2069-347-0543, no email. See www.sinaimonastery.com.
Fox Camp – St Katherine, below Mt Sinai. Bedouin camp. Rooms LE75 pp inc. breakfast. Backpacker rooms LE30. Camping spots in olive garden. Private or communal bathrooms with heater in winter, WIFI, restaurant, Bedouin tent, free tea & water, UN garden for medicinal herbs & organic kitchen produce, guide & camel hire available. Contact +20109-473-2417 or +20100-389-7416. See www.sinaidesertfox.com.
Mas’oudi Camp – St Katherine. Rooms LE110pp inc. breakfast. Guesthouse. All rooms en-suite, with heater in winter, restaurant, Bedouin tent, free tea, organic garden for kitchen produce. Guide & camel hire available. Call +20100-336-5369 and see www.masoudilodgesinai.co.uk.
Bedouin Camp & Guesthouse – St Katherine. Bedouin camp. Near middle of town. Single rooms LE55-100, Double rooms, LE45-75. Private or communal bathrooms, WIFI, heater in winter, restaurant, guide & camel hire available. Call +2069-347-0457. See www.sheikmousa.com.
Moonland Camp – St Katherine. Bedouin camp. Walking distance from town. Single rooms LE60-80 with en-suite bathrooms. Restaurant, car park, guide & camel hire. Call +20105-088-3022.
Ahmed Salah’s Garden – St Katherine. Bedouin garden. Single rooms with en-suite bathrooms LE50-75. Self catering accommodation. Guide & camel hire available. Call +20122-351-4898.
On-trail accommodation (first half, near Nuweiba & Ein Hudera)
Sheikh Salem’s Tent – Near Wadi Disco, below Jebel Mileihis. Camping pitches near Bedouin homes. Camping free, cooked meals available from LE30 & drinking water. Guide & camel hire available.
Rardia’s Garden – Ein Hudera oasis. Palm leaf shelters & camping area for tents, LE25. Basic toilets, water for washing, cooked meals around LE30 & well water for drinking. Guide & camel hire sometimes available. Contact Rardia Mohammed on +20101-326-9553 ahead if possible so she can prepare.
Sabah Camp – Ein Hudera oasis. Palm leaf sheters & camping area for tents, LE25. Basic toilets, water for washing, cooked meals from LE30 & well water. Guide & camel hire sometimes available.
Faraj Ghanem’s Garden – Ein Hudera oasis. Palm leaf shelters & camping area for tents, LE25. Basic toilets, water for washing, cooked meals from LE30 & well water. Guide & camel hire sometimes available.
Nawamis Lodge – Nawamis Village. Bedouin camp/ homestay. Bedouin tent available in lodge grounds or camping pitches near Bedouin homes, LE25. Water for washing, drinking & cooked meals available from LE30. Camels & guide hire always available. Call Faraj Sabah on +20100-378-2491.
On-trail accommodation (second half, near St Katherine)
Ramadan’s Garden – on Sinai Trail route, between Mt Sinai & Jebel Katherina. Bedouin garden with furnished stone room with beds (LE40pp). Unfurnished stone rooms & tent pitches, LE30pp. Meals from LE30-50, drinking water available; fresh fruit in season, small colony of rock hyrax. Bedouin tent & tea. Call Salem Abu Ramadan, +20101-497-6289. Call in advance if you require meals.
Sebayl’s Garden – below Jebel Katherina. Bedouin garden with stone room, shade canopies & camping spots (LE20-30pp). Meals LE30-50, fresh fruit sometimes available to buy in season. Water for drinking & washing. Contact Sebayl Abu Taiyah on +20106-355-9597 or +20106-251-0713. Try & contact ahead.
Auda’s Garden – near Jebel Katherina. Stone room, shade canopies & camping spots, LE20-30pp. Meals LE30-50, fresh fruit sometimes available in season. Water for drinking, plus eco-friendly compost toilet. Call Oda Mohammed on +20106-061-3229. Try & contact ahead.
Umm Saad’s Garden – Wadi Zawatin. Stone room, basic shelters & camping area for tents, LE20-30pp.Meals LE30-50, fresh fruit sometimes available. Water for drinking, plus eco-friendly compost toilet.
Hussein’s Garden – Wadi Zawatin. Stone room, basic shelters & camping area for tents, LE20-30pp.Meals LE30-50, fresh fruit sometimes available to buy in season. Water for drinking, plus eco-friendly compost toilet.Call Hussein Abu Tawara on +20100-191-7856. Try & contact ahead.