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Bakraj3: Comfortable Eco-Lodge in Nuweiba

Bakraj3: Comfortable Eco-Lodge in Nuweiba
written by
Naila Haris

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.

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