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Responsible Travel in Egypt

Oasis Overland strongly believes that travel should not only be a rewarding experience for the traveller but should also benefit the local communities encountered along the way. What’s more, travelling in a more ethical way means more opportunities to meet Egyptians and see some traditional ways of life, as well as travelling with a small bunch of like-minded people, away from the package Egypt tour groups.

Trips to Egypt with Oasis

The 2 day felucca trip along the Nile, part of the Egypt Encompassed trip, is an ideal example. Feluccas are small sailing boats, originally introduced by the Romans and used to navigate the Nile by Egyptians ever since. They use only wind power (and occasionally oars!) and as you glide along the world’s longest river, you can take in the villages on the river banks or chat to your captain about life on the Nile. The feluccas Oasis use are owned and run by Ahmed Fauzi and his extended family – their tiny felucca business has been supported by Oasis from its start. They have recently managed to expand to 3 small sail boats which completely support their large extended village family.

Similarly in Luxor, Oasis’ local rep, Tayeb, sources the donkeys for the trip to the Valley of the Kings from his own family and neighbours and has been doing so for the past five years. This allows village families to gain extra income beyond their subsistence farming.

Accommodation for Your Egypt Trip

Oasis doesn’t use large, international hotels but small, locally and family owned businesses instead, benefiting the local community and avoiding those huge package tour groups! Dahab in particular, is a smaller, more laid back alternative to the large tourist resorts on the Red Sea. No high rise hotels here, just small, clean accommodation, beach-side cafes and a relaxed atmosphere.

Not Your Traditional Trip

There is also an opportunity to meet people you may otherwise never encounter on a trip to Egypt. The country is currently home to many Sudanese refugees and the Sudanese Community Development Program is a school for refugee children. It is possible to arrange pre or post-tour visits to the school and Oasis clients regularly donate old clothes and shoes. Oasis supports the school with donations of computers, teaching materials and regular financial assistance and has also helped the school set up a Sponsor-a-Child scheme and arranged a letter exchange between the children and a school local to their UK office.

In Luxor, the Sunshine Project International is a home for abandoned and orphaned children and Oasis travellers have the opportunity to visit the home. Oasis provides regular financial support and has also donated bedding and play equipment and even delivered a sandpit from the UK – luckily there was no need to deliver any sand!

This is not your traditional Egypt trip. With Oasis you will have the opportunity to experience the real Egypt, meet its people and see its ancient wonders. If this sounds like the kind of trip to Egypt you want to experience, check out Oasis Overland’s itineraries here!

Read more about the various Egypt tours on offer.

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