Feel like trying out a new camp in Nuweiba? Head to the Teapot! Formally called KumKumaa, Bakraj3 literally translates to coffee or tea-pot in Bedouin dialect.
Bakraj3 is an eco-friendly lodge managed by the local Sheik Ashish. Located at the edge of Sinai overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba, this place is the perfect getaway from chaotic Cairo and modern life entirely.
Bakraj3 boasts ecologically friendly huts made of bamboo, wood and palm leaves complemented with traditional carpeting, mattresses with clean bedding and mosquito nets.
Escape to single-room, palm-built cabins (20LE per person per night) set with multiple mattresses; and relax on a private porch overlooking the sea. It’s easy to read a book or get caught up in meditation listening to gentle waves tapping near your doorstep. The water is shallow for a few hundred meters, allowing safer play for young children; but the sea is rich in coral right along the shore, breaking skin of barefoot swimmers.
Fresh juices and mint tea are served at the central café, where tourists congregate with each other and their hosts. The area is roofed with stripped tent drapes raised by palm trunks and sand-coloured pillars. Plush seating is always on ground level while wind-chimes whistle and ring from above.
The Bedouins are committed to that same warmth and hospitality at heart in the Bakraj3 name, not to mention honoured with a quaint teapot statue welcoming visitors at the entrance. Bakraj3 offers guidance to visitors’ next destination, organises boating trips with fishermen, camel tours and jeep safaris as well as excursions up to Mount Sinai, where Moses supposedly received the Ten Commandments.
After sundown, Bakraj3 breaks out the shisha, Stella and other refreshments. A campfire burns, tribe leaders emerge and musicians begin singing and playing instruments. All are welcome and encouraged to join the festivities. Your hosts are quite the party animals and love it when guests dance.
Washrooms are shared, cleaned frequently and supplied with courtesy soap and tissues; but you might want to bring your own tissues. Showers are plenty and in the name of comfort and hospitality, the camp provides common sit-toilets for the unaccustomed guests.Bakraj3 is located next to a security checkpoint 5km north of Nuweiba in South Sinai. East Delta Buses provide visitor drop-offs and pickups at the camp’s entrance. Guests may stay up to three nights. For more information, visit the camp’s website here.