Welcome to our desert home

One of the great pleasures of returning to South Sinai is the warm welcome we receive from our trusted guides of the Muzeina Bedouin tribe, who have been looking after Wind Sand & Stars groups for nearly 25 years.

These Bedu families are an integral part of our desert journeys. Suleiman (pictured) was our host during our latest desert retreat; with his gentle laughter and infectious smile, nothing was too much trouble. The desert is his home and he cares passionately about sharing this beautiful part of South Sinai with all those who travel with us. From romantic tales around the camp fire of how he came to meet his wife Aida and teaching us the art of making bread, to safely guiding us through a myriad of canyons and sand dunes, he knows every square inch of this land and, most importantly, the best outcrops to sit at and enjoy Bedouin tea!

It was Suleiman’s late father, Sheikh Hamid of Wadi Gazella, who first worked with Wind Sand & Stars during the early 1990s. Widely respected for his honesty and reliability, as well as his great humour and charm, he brought steady business to the desert over many years, providing vital income to over 100 local families. He understood the idiosyncrasies of these curious non-desert dwellers and offered us true friendship, yet never losing his inner identity and pride as a Bedu, or his loyalty to his desert environment.

“I am hugely impressed with Wind Sand & Stars and their relationship with the Bedouin family who looked after us. These local contacts made the experience especially rich.” South Sinai journey, 2014


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A unique experience and a privilege to share the Bedouin’s way of life, for a short time.

Guest, Sinai Summits, April 2019

It was the most wonderful trip, so glad I took up this opportunity. All beautifully organised – well done.

Icons of St Catherine’s Guest November 2022

Enthralling and beyond my hopes, it was a deeply spiritual experience at many levels. I am still raving about it all to anyone who crosses my path!

Icons of St Catherine’s Guest November 2022

“The whole trip was AMAZING – thank you so much.”

Francis Burkitt, St Catherine tailor made, August 2017

We got more out of our adventure than we had ever hoped for, thanks to a country of huge diversity and historical interest and to a very special guide.

Cunningham family, Jordan, April 2017

So many thoughts about our wonderful trip to St Catherine’s; the fantastic warmth of welcome from the Egyptians, Fathers Justin and Nilus, and the unique history which we felt privileged to be given access to. In my book, how could one not enjoy and be inspired!

Julia Palmer, St Catherine’s Retreat, February 2017

“Huge thanks to all at Wind, Sand & Stars for an amazing trip. John’s passion for Ethiopia fires his erudition and he gave us more insights into the country, past and present, than we could ever have gained from local guides.”

Christine Dunmow, Exploring Ethiopia’s Orthodox History with John Binns 2016

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