Sinai What to do off-course?

History and nature

Excursions to historic St Catherine’s Monastery and Mount Sinai operate from both Taba Heights and Sharm el-Sheikh. A favourite option is to climb at night to witness dawn from the top of the mountain, where Moses was given the Ten Commandments, then descend to visit the monastery, built in the 6th century
around a chapel housing the biblical Burning Bush. Among natural attractions is the mountainous Abu Galum natural reserve, between Taba and Sharm, where wildlife includes Nubian ibex, hyrax and striped hyena. Other natural wonders in the Sinai include thebrightly-hued sandstone formations of the Coloured
Canyon, the White Canyon and several oases.


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