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Is it save to travel to Sharm el Sheikh?
The City of Sharm el Sheikh has been calm and all hotels are protected by security. For travellers comments look up on tripadvisor.

I'm a female traveller, is there anything I should consider?
Women can expect a certain level of harassment when travelling in Egypt, especially in the busiest areas. It comes in the form of nonstop greetings, leering and other unwanted attention, but it is rarely dangerous.
Women will save themselves a great deal of grief by avoiding eye contact, dressing modestly and refraining from walking around alone at night.

Are there local customs to look out for that I should know about?
Egypt is a Muslim country and it is preferable to keep the wearing of swimsuits, shorts and other revealing clothing to the beach or hotel poolside. Women travelling alone will receive less hassle if dressed conservatively. Religious customs should be respected, particularly during the month of Ramadan when eating, drinking and smoking during daylight hours should be discreet out of respect to the fasting people.
What is the international access code for Egypt?
The international access code for Egypt is +20. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0041 forSwitzerland). Internet cafes are widely available in tourist areas.

Is there a high crime rate in the area I'm going to?
Violent crime is not a major problem in the rural areas. Sensible precautions such as avoiding badly lit streets at night should be adhered to. Guides offering their services should display an official badge from the local tourist authorities.
How do i reach the place of my retreat?
At the Airport Sharm el Sheikh are Taxis who bring you to the hotels. 
The prices for a Taxi to Naama Bay are 150 LE, to Sharks Bay 100 LE and to Dahab 250 LE.



What tips are expected?
10 to 15% is the usual tipping range although some places include a service charge. Tipping is the only income for some porters and guides and this should be noted by visitors. A supply of small coins is vital for the payment of taxis, tips and guides.
Are there any passport requirements?
A full passport is required with 6 months remaining validity. It may be wise to have a photocopy of the important page(s) to carry around with you as ID should be presented on request and therefore carried at all times.

Will i need a visa to visit the country?
You will need to buy a „big Visa“ at the airport before passing the passport control to be able to visit the National Parks in the Sinai. This Visa costs 15$ and you will receive a silver sticker into your passport, en route you will be presented with a landing card.
Will i need a vaccination to enter Egypt?
No vaccinations are required to enter the Sinai. It is advisable to drink bottled water and avoid street food. Medical facilities are good. Health insurance is advised. A PCR Test is required to enter Egypt at the moment

What is the official language?
Arabic is the first official language. English is understood in the tourist areas.

What electrical plug type do i need?
Two pin round plug (220V)

Is there Internet available?
Many places have WIFI networks to connect. We dont have internet in the Shala.

What’s the weather like?
The weather in Egypt is dry and sunny most of the year round which can occasionally get windy so make sure to pack some warmer clothes for the winter.
What do I need to bring?
Swimwear, hat, warm clothes and beach wear, spending money, camera, sun cream, good shoes for walking, comfortable yoga clothes, a book, and your own yoga mat for hygenic reasons  ..

How do I arrange activities?
We can help you to arrange trips on the sea or to the National park.

Will the retreats always run?
We will run a retreat even if only four people are booked. We will let you know group numbers to allow you the option to change dates.

I’m traveling alone, does this matter?
It matters not. You can come to get away from everything but there are plenty of opportunities to meet people if you wish.

How many people are there in a group?
We cater for small groups with no more than 10.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes and if you plan to dive/kite etc you will need to make sure it is covered by your policy.
Please carry a medic statement if you ever had an operation or you take medication.

Do I have to be worried about food and getting sick?
No, if you follow a few simple rules. Only eat what you can peal. If it smells good, it is good.
Drink at least 3 liters of bottled warm water to be hydrated in the heat. If you have a stomach problem coming up, make sure that you dont wait long before you drink electrolytes and see a doctor.

I’ve never done yoga before, what happens?
Beginners are welcome and coming for a week's practice is a great way to introduce yourself to yoga.

What times are the yoga classes?
Morning and evening according to the schedule of the retreat.

How long are the yoga classes?
One or two hours each according to the schedule of the retreat.

Do I need to bring a yoga mat with me?
Yes, bring yours along for hygienic reasons. If you dont have a mat you can buy them in town.

What style of yoga will I be practicing?
We will practice Tribal Hatha Yoga Sivandanda Style and Tribal Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style. Classes are dynamic in the morning and more meditative in the evenings.
Tribal Yoga is a fusion of different Yoga styles who harmonize the Sun and Moon energies in your body, who create an awarness and focus your mind.