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Monday, June 10, 2013

Quad biking in the desert in Egypt

Egypt is not just about the Pyramids, the Sphinx or the numerous temples. There is a lot on offer for the adrenalin junkies and for those who love adventure. You can go hot air ballooning or give diving and snorkelling a go. Or you choose to go on a desert jeep safari or  enjoy quad biking in the desert.


On our trip to Egypt  we went diving, snorkelling, on the jeep safari and did quad biking as well. Quad biking is normally arranged as a part of the day excursion if you are on a package tour. There are lots of day excursion operators in Egypt who can arrange quad biking trip for you if its not included in your package. These trips are usually done early morning or late afternoon so that you can catch either the sunrise or the sunset.



The tour operator will transfer you to the Quad biking centre which is usually somewhere in the middle of the desert. We were a group of around 20 people. When we got there, we were briefed on how to handle the bike. We were provided helmets and our faces were covered with a scarf in such a way that only the eyes were visible. Everyone of course had their sunglasses on. This is a must because so much sand and dust flies around when you go quad biking. This is the best way to protect your eyes and face.



Everyone gets a quad bike of their own. If you are not sure if you can handle the bike, you can pillion ride with a friend or one of the quad bike handlers will ride with you and assist in handling the bike. Once everyone was ready, the quad biking leader led us all out into the desert. We set off into the desert. It was amazing to see such vast expanses of sand. Our group was following the leader in a single line and it looked like a serpent whizzing through the sand. We had a few stops to relax, take some photographs and to have some refreshments.



The quad bike safaris can range from half an hour to an entire day depending on what you choose. Even if you are a novice at driving, you will enjoy this experience.  You will love going up and down the dunes and valleys. You will also be given plenty of time to stop and take memorable pictures. Do give it a try when you are in Egypt. Just make sure that  you have applied enough sunscreen and are covered well. Long sleeves and trousers with a good scarf and sunglasses and you are ready to go.
 

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