we just returned from a week furlough in Dahab. Prior to departure we arranged to go on Mady's 2-Day hike. We weren't really sure what we were getting ourselves into, but the adventure looked like the right pace so we took the plunge.
We really can't say enough positive things about HikeDahab.com and Mady. We noodled into the desert alongside the coast and stopped every so often for tea, nibbles and chats with the local Bedouins.
After a much anticipated arrival to our destination at Abu Hanza's in the Blue Lagoon, we decided to cool the limbs in the Red Sea. Whilst wadding through the water, I identified what I thought to be a flounder and some type of a grouper. After explaining to Mady that the 'grouper' looked like a large Japanese fighting fish, Mady briskly walked to the water's edge to identify the Torpedo Ray (capable of producing a 220 volt electric discharge) and the Lion Fish. She calmly explained the reasons not to move. We had a good laugh about it, but it goes to show that you really can't underestimate the value of having an informed and medic-ready individual on such adventures.
If you love dogs, Mady's fabulous canine beast will join you for the adventure. Aqua is such a great companion for the journey – she'll protect you and entertain you as she attempts to fly with the birds and maybe herd the goats.
Mady has clearly invested a tremendous amount of passion and energy into meeting the locals, finding magical spots amidst a huge desert and travelling in an environmentally and sustainable way. We loved the two-day hike so much, that we promptly booked the moon-rise dinner two days later.
The moon-rise dinner was another authentic experience. A small group of us took a short and easy hike up a craggy hill to a stunning overlook of the city of Dahab, the Red Sea, and Saudi Arabia. We witnessed the sunset plunge into the Sinai Mountains only to be greeted by the full moon elevating over the mountains of Saudi Arabia a half hour later. It was stunning. Once we descended we were greeted by Firaj and his friends who are some local Bedouins. Within minutes of arriving were sitting around a campfire on comfy cushions, sipping sweet Bedouin tea and fully engaged in conversation. Then they served us a delicious traditional meal until we could not eat anymore (portions are never an issue on Mady’s trips). After couple more teas and a couple more hours of chatting we were driven back to hour hotel having had yet again another fantastic experience.
We sincerely hope that more like-minded travelers get to join Mady and Agua on their adventures. We've posted out photos here:
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