- Accommodation: All riding holidays include accommodation (with the exception of Mini Breaks)
- Meals: Full board unless stated otherwise (day trips and mini breaks specifically)
- Guides: Your main guides are Ganun and Emma, accompanied by their team. They speak English and Arabic collectively.
- Horses & tack including saddle bags.
- Transfer: All transfers are included.
- Insurance: We request you take out travel Insurance. Ask your local insurance company or travel agent about it. You will not be allowed to participate in the trail ride without having personal travel insurance.
- Flight: International and local flights are not included.
- Alcoholic beverages: Payable locally.
- Single Supplement: Available on request.
- Personal expenses
- Tips: (optional)
- Riding level: Suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. You should be confident on a horse at all paces. The pace is varied to include walk, trot and canter.
- Weight: riders weight limit: 90 kg.
- Age: minimum age is 12 years, only allowed if accompanied by an adult.
- Group size: groups comprise a minimum of 4 riders and maximum of 10 riders.
- Horses: Arab and Arabian Cross.
- Saddles: comfortable English leather GP.
- Guides: professional and multilingual guides.
- Passport: Required for all foreigners.
- Visa: Payable at Sharm Airport on arrival $25. Cash only payment.
- Vaccinations: Not required in the area where we ride (for other regions consult your physician).
- Valid international passport
- Travel insurance
- Pocket money (you can change EUR/£/USD in the airport)
- A warm sweater and a jacket
- 4 or 5 t-shirts and minimum of 1 shirt with long sleeves.
- Jodhpurs or jeans to ride with
- Riding shoes or boots / riding shoes with mini-chaps or long chaps
- A second pair of shoes for the evening
- Swimsuit, comfortable clothing & a scarf (a nice Arabic scarf can be bought on location)
- One towel
- Sun cream
- Water canteen
- Mosquito repellent
The Egyptian pound is divided into 100 piastres. There are notes for 25 and 50 piastres and 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pounds as well as coins for 10 and 25 piastres. Credit cards are widely accepted at banks, hotels and upmarket restaurants, but check first. Many five-star hotels and banks in tourist resorts have automatic cash dispensing machines.
The local abbreviation for the currency is LE which stands for ‘livre égyptienne’ (French for ‘Egyptian pound’). Please note that if you have booked a trail, you will be travelling in some remote places and will not have regular access to cash machines or chances to pay by card. It is better to have a small amount of cash with you to make purchases of souvenirs, alcohol or anything else you might need, or to leave tips.
Although there is no obligation, tipping in Egypt is very much a way of life. Tips can be made in Sterling, Euros, US dollars and Egyptian pounds (LE). The following is to be used as a guide only:
- Restaurants 8-10%
- Cafes/Bars 10%
- Taxis (negotiate the price first) 5-10%
- Chambermaids 15-20 LE
- Porters 10-20 LE
- Museums and site guides 10-20 LE
- Toilets 1 LE
There is a small entry fee to the temples that may feature on your visit. Prices payable locally:
- Valley of the Kings – 105le
- Tutenkamun Tomb – 100le
- Hatshepsut Temple – 55le
- Colossi of Memnon – Free
- Habu Temple – 40le
- Stone Factory – 40le
- Karnak Temple – 80le
- Avenue of Sphinxes – Free
- Luxor Museum – 100le
- Nobles – 40le
- Workers – 40le
It is considered the norm to leave a small amount for the chambermaid/housekeeper if you have used their services during a hotel stay and perhaps to leave a small amount at the hotel desk for the staff that have looked after you.
It is also considered customary to tip your riding guide at the end of your holiday and the amount is entirely at your discretion and is based on the level of service you feel that you received. Something along the lines of £5 – £10 per day would be around average but everything is gratefully received.
The climate of Sharm El Sheikh is a subtropical arid climate and the area is officially classed as being ‘hot desert’. Temperatures generally range from averages of 18 – 23C in January to 33 – 37C in August, but it is not unheard of for it to be several degrees higher than this during the summer months. Rainfall is rare and sunshine is pretty much guaranteed all year round.
Despite the hot overall temperatures, you will find that it becomes much cooler at night time compared to in the day, especially when you are travelling in more remote areas or through the mountain regions. For this reason we do recommend that you take a few warmer items to keep you cosy at night time.
We require that you take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy, including health cover, before you start your trip. Please ensure that your insurance covers unexpected losses or expenses e.g. lost luggage, stolen cash and credit cards or cancelled/missed flights. You should check any exclusion and that your policy covers you for horse riding and all the activities you want to undertake – you may not be allowed to ride without adequate travel insurance so please do send us your insurance information before you depart.
Please note that some insurance policies specify that you must be wearing appropriate clothing and a riding helmet in order to be covered for horse riding activities. We strongly recommend that you wear a riding hat during the rides (and when handling the horses) but if you intend not to, please make sure that you are still insured and can claim for medical expenses in the event of an accident.
NB. We recommend that you book your insurance as soon as you book your holiday (or as soon after as possible!) and include cancellation cover, as you will need to claim on your insurance should you have to cancel your holiday due to illness, injury or other.
Trip Cancellation Insurance recommended: In order to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances interfering with your holiday, we strongly suggest that you purchase trip cancellation insurance.
In order to get the very most out of your riding holiday we recommend that you consider a small investment on purchasing the correct kit, especially if you are planning to continue riding after your holiday.
Riding Equipment and Footwear
Riding hats are available at our stables, for your own comfort we advise you to bring your own hat which has been fitted to your head should you have one. Footwear is also important, you should wear a closed shoe or boot preferably with a small heel. Please note trainers or wellies are not acceptable as they are flat soled and can slip through the stirrup.
It can get very hot abroad, so to avoid feeling sweaty and sticky all the time, try to stick to natural fabrics, especially cotton. There are many fantastic new products on the market, including full cotton seamless underwear, which is a blessing for long trail rides. Don’t forget about fine cotton socks too.
Of course, nothing beats the comfort and protection that proper cotton breeches or jodhpurs afford for riding, but if you don’t intend to ride much after your holiday, you can get by with cotton tracksuit bottoms or leggings.
Should be fairly fitted, and it is better to have at least half sleeves for protection to the shoulders against sunburn or low hanging branches on the trail riding holidays. Even in the summer, they are just as cool and for the ladies, are much more “supportive” and comfortable so you can concentrate on learning in your classes. If you come in winter, it’s good to bring tops you can wear in layers, T-shirts, sweatshirts and vests. Sometimes it is quite cold and suddenly it gets hot, so it’s good to be able to add or subtract quickly.
Sunscreen, camera, sunglasses, binoculars, lip balm, plasters, insect cream / repellent (just in case) are all highly recommended.
Mosquito repellent is a must! Those besky little things can be quite persistent. A good 12 hour spray is advisable, and after-bite cream and antihistamine tablets work wonders should you get bitten.
Saddle sores are not uncommon and often surprise the most experienced of riders used to long hours in the saddle. We have the best tack, saddles, and seat covers that we can offer, however a little extra care due to the dry heat is very much advisable. Emma suggests Lanacane Anti Chaffing Gel which is available in most chemists or online and is not at all expensive. Use every morning before you leave for riding to avoid tender spots, and it’s also very good for after to soothe.
Cold Sore Cream if you suffer in the sun, or tea tree oil is a great natural alternative.
Plasters: We carry a first aid kit on all safari trips, but it’s always advisable to have a packet yourself.