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MONS CLAUDIANUS-MONS PORPHYRITES JEEPSAFARI

GALLERY

 

The Eastern Desert witnessed different cultures over many centuries. It was important for mining valuable resources like gold, granite, porphyry and emeralds. Romans, Ptolemaic people and ancient Egyptians left their tracks all over the area.

This 6-day jeep safari follows a roman caravan route from the Red Sea to the Nile. Along the route famous roman stone quarries and fortifications are being visited. Sometimes there is seriously hiking involved to reach some of the sights. Ancient quarry techniques will be explained, half finished artifacts as pillars, bathtubs, fountain bowl and other remains of this epoch will be found.

Day 1: Leave early morning from Hurghada to the Mons Porphyrites area: purple imperial porphyry quarries; visiting fort, remains of temples and well.

Day 2: Hiking to quarries and settlements higher up the mountains.

Day 3: Umm Balad: quartz-diorite quarries; visiting ancient fort. Drive to Qattar area: hike to remains of ancient anchorite settlement higher up the mountains (fresh water and date palms). Night at Wadi Qattar (Neolithic drawings)

Day 4: Driving along roman caravan road in the direction of the Nile (we won't completely reach the Nile), following 2000 year old tracks of the more than 3m wide wooden carts that transported the quarried stone blocks and artifacts to the Nile, passing several roman stations: El Atrash, Bab el Mukhenig, El Saqqia, El Heita. Night near El Heita at 40 km from the Nile.

Day 5: Following southerly roman road back to the east via Abu Zawal (gold mining) to Mons Claudianus area: granodiorite quarries, visiting fort, bath housing and temple remains.

Day 6: Visiting quarries and water station (hydreuma), drive back to Hurghada.


 
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