The maximum is 12, but usually there are between 7 and 12 participants on any given expedition.
*Tailoring your own expedition is exempt from this and is uniquely catered to your group’s needs.
While any fitness level is welcome and encouraged to join, being comfortable with walking is an important aspect, as we will be journeying into the desert by foot. So although it is not required, we strongly recommend some form of sports or exercise at least once a week.
Each expedition has a different nature, so if you need any elaboration or have any questions regarding fitness level for a particular expedition please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Depending on the expedition and the time of year that you’ll be arriving, we’ll send you a detailed packing list of everything you need to comfortably enjoy your experience with us on the trial.
Some of the basic things you’ll need for all the expeditions are:
Since the 2011 revolution, Egyptian people along with the government have been working together and taking measures to make the country safe and stable for tourists. Both statistics and individual first hand experiences documented by foreigners testify to their success in doing so. Here at Insight Seekers, we can personally verify this as our team and the participants come from all parts of the world and find the country a safe place to live and visit.
As of May 2019, CNN has topped Egypt as the 2nd top destination to visit in 2020. In recent years, tourism in Egypt has been on the rise, tourism being a very important part of the country’s economy. Already in 2017, tourism grew by 55.1 percent welcoming 8.5 million tourists. More recently, in just the first half of this year, tourism revenues rose once again by 36.7 percent. According to a report by the World Tourism and Travel Council, Egypt expects a continued increase in tourism, with the prediction for the coming year to be around 11.7 million tourists.
Southern Sinai, Egypt is safe and peaceful place, especially the desert. The desert in which expeditions take place is a protected land. Only the local Bedouins who have always lived there, stay there. For any non-Bedoiun, there are several checkpoints and a requirement of a local Bedoiun guide to enter.
We’ve been doing these expeditions for 3 years now and have never had any participant who felt unsafe or had any concerns. As a matter of fact, we’ve had multiple participants share that they felt safer in the desert than walking around in their home cities.
As for the expedition itself, Belal the founder, is on every expedition. He discovered and picked the trails himself. Along with him, we have local Bedoin guides that have grown up and spent their entire lives in the desert. They know every corner, for it is their home. Their expertise and knowledge guarantee a safe journey for each expedition.. but just for an added measure, there is a vehicle with GPS a phone call away at all times as well.
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We most definitely can! All our food will be prepared on site with local and organic ingredients. As long as you specify your dietary preferences when applying, we can accommodate everything.
After applying, we will organize a time to discuss in detail about the expedition and what to expect. At this time, we ask you to communicate your needs so that together we can ensure you receive what you need. Since certain items are not available in Egypt, we work together to have the best outcome!
With the group sizes between 7-12 people, you’ll find yourself in a cozy group of new like-minded individuals from around the world. Our expeditions attract seekers from all over the globe, so we end up learning from each other as much as the desert and mountains.
The common language between participants will be English, while the guide is also fluent in arabic and the guide assistant in german. There are no age restrictions for who can join, so each group is a diverse mixture of varying ages and different backgrounds. However, everyone who attends shares the common objective of healing, self-discovery and character development in nature.
A form of medical insurance is a necessity, one that will cover you abroad. However, this is a personal responsibility. Travel insurance is highly recommended for those who do not have international coverage on their insurance at home. While our guides and team help you remain safe throughout the expedition and we’ve not had any accidents (other than the occasional stubborn blister) to date, ultimately life is unpredictable and we want to ensure your safety.
There will be a medical form to fill out as part of your application for the expedition to guarantee your safety.
We are always looking for passionate and talented volunteers to help us with our mission to improve people's lives. If you love the outdoors and understand how it is beneficial to people, we'd love to chat. You can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or apply through our Workaway page.