Camel market Al Shalateen, largest market south of Egypt, to the border with Sudan. Known: the name „Bir Shalatin“, since „Bir“ translated stands for well, from this derivation comes the name of the village. El Shalateen.
Come with us to a tradition that has prevailed for generations and experience Egypt pure.
Al Shalateen also called Bir Shalatein or Esch – Shalatin, is a former Bedouin village west of the Egyptian coast of the Red Sea about 250 kilometers south of Marsa Alam and north of the here controversial Egyptian-Sudanese border, as well as directly north of the Ḥalāʾib triangle. The main attraction of the remote village is the daily camel market. The village owes its existence to a freshwater spring. Hence the name „Bir – Schalatin“, since „Bir“ translated stands for well.
Country & People
It is mainly inhabited by Bedscha Bedouins (Beja), who earn their living by breeding and trading camels from Sudan and Egypt. Most of the camels sold on the market are meat camels intended for human consumption. They were bred in Sudan by the Bedouin tribes Bischarin and Ababda, both subgroups of the Bedscha, and driven here along the Red Sea coast. The Sudanese traders and Egyptian buyers agree on tea, while the camel drivers watch as they hold their herd together.
The market is loud, and of course the animals smell – but not extreme. You can watch the whole trade here. The unloading and loading, as well as the driving of the camels, the watering and feeding of the animals and of course the bargaining for the best price. At the end the new owner labels his camels. So that the camels do not run away, a front leg is tied to them in the knee area. The animals are also not always handled very well and you need a little stronger nerves here. The sticks of the cattle drovers are not only fashion accessories.
Did you know?
To prevent the camels from becoming too tough, they must be sold and slaughtered at the age of two. In Al Shalateen, however, they are only sold, not slaughtered. A good camel can earn up to 500 Euros.
In the old village of Al Shalateen there is also a market, the Suq, where you can buy everyday goods. Some goods can also be used as souvenirs. There are also a number of restaurants and snack stands to cater for your physical needs.
Price | Duration | Number of Passengers
Time: 1 Day | Number: 4-8 Person | Price per Person: 100€
Time: 1 Day
Number: 4-8 Person
Price per Person: 100€
This excursion is not suitable for children from 0 to 3 years.
For children from 3 to 10 years, half the price per child applies.
All information on payment and the procedure can be found under AGB point 2.
On this tour 4 copies of your passport/identity card per participant are required.
I M P O R T A N T
Due to the many controls, a total of 4 passport copies per person are necessary for this excursion!!!
Please think also of sturdy shoes, as well as body-covering clothes, since we are here in the pure Egyptian and thus Arabic culture.
You will be picked up from the hotel early in the morning and then the journey begins.
In Al Shalateen the hustle and bustle of the market awaits you and of course you have enough time to admire everything. At lunchtime you can enjoy a rich traditional lunch in one of the restaurants. The return journey to the hotels starts at 16:00 at the latest.
incl. transfer from and to the hotel
incl. lunch, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks
upon request... If you leave Al Shalateen earlier, you can stop for lunch in the big lagoon of El Qulaan, where you can relax a bit before you continue directly to the hotels.
Due to weather-related influences, the tours may be restricted and/or postponed at any time. However, we will inform you in good time and inform you about the further course of the tour.