Nabq Protected Area – One of Egypt’s Best Kept National Park Secrets

The Nabq Protected Area or Nabq National Park is located roughly 35 kilometers to the north of Sharm El Sheikh, in the South Sinai Governorate. Sharm el Sheikh is by far and away southern Sinai’s best-known and most frequently visited resort town, followed by Naama Bay. Both of these places are incredibly popular Sinai tourist destinations.

However, very few of those tourists are aware of the fact that one of Egypt’s most spectacularly beautiful areas is just a short drive away.

Low tide in the Nabq Protected Area. Mountains on the horizon

Low tide in the Nabq Protected Area. Sinai Mountains on the horizon.

Covering an area of around 600 square kilometers, the Nabq Protected Area is considered to be one of the most strikingly beautiful national parks in all of Egypt, and maybe even in the entire world. The unspoiled natural beauty of this area is simply incredible.

Nabq Protected Area is one of the lesser-known Sinai Tourists Attractions, but for how long, remains to be seen. It is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species, some of which are not found anywhere else on Earth, and the beauty doesn’t end there either.

The Bedouin Tribe of Nabq Protected Area

If you enjoy being out in the Great Outdoors, and you are going to be visiting Sharm el Sheikh or Naama Bay during your trip to Egypt, then you really should make time for a visit to the Nabq Protected Area.

Not only will you be amazed by the area’s natural beauty, but you will also be helping to support some of the local Bedouin people who live in the area.

Many of these people continue to live the same as the Bedouin tribes have been living all through the ages. They still live off the land, relying on natural resources. However, these days they are also partially reliant on tourist dollars. For this reason, they have more or less been handed full control over all tourism in the area.

All services provided at the Nabq Protected Area are provided by the local Bedouin, including things like meals, camel rides, and etc. Some of the local Bedouin also try to supplement their earnings by making and selling souvenirs and beautiful handmade garments.

Vehicles are typically forbidden in the area, so the only way for visitors to explore is either on foot, or on the back of a camel. Any visit to the area – which is also teeming with birds – is guaranteed to be so much richer if you are in the presence of a local Bedouin guide.

The local bedouins are exceptionally knowledgeable regarding the area’s fauna and flora, and their friendliness and hospitality is nothing short of legendary.

Possibly the Best Diving Site in Egypt

Egypt’s entire Red Sea coastline is home to some of the world’s most spectacular dive sites. Saying that the Nabq National Park might possibly be the best diving site of them all is a rather bold statement to make, but it is true nonetheless.

While the water in this area is certainly not as clear as it is at some dive sites in the Red Sea, the amount of coral is unbelievable, as is the sheer diversity of the coral and other marine life in this area.

There is also an old shipwreck in the area which one can actually reach on foot. However, a suitable pair of shoes is highly recommended because most of the rocks are literally covered with shells and starfish.

Visiting Nabq National Park in Egypt

The Nabq Protected Area is a place of breathtaking natural beauty where can enjoy nature in all its glory. It is well and truly the sort of place which cannot accurately be described with words alone. Even photos are not truly capable of doing this magnificent area justice.

The only way to fully appreciate its unspoiled beauty is to visit the area in person.

If you would like to visit the Nabq Protected Area, you will be pleased to know that at Egypt Tours Plus, all of our Egypt tour packages are fully customizable, and can be tailored to fit your exact needs.

Even if Nabq National Park is not already included in your preferred tour itinerary, we will be more than happy to add it on request.

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Last Updated on May 25, 2018