Tea, shisha, and camel ride. The hospitality of the Bedouins in Egypt is great. However, many tourists have been kidnapped by the group. What happened to them?
Driving four wheeler through the desert. Up and down on the dunes. A fun and exciting experience in itself.
Arriving to a Bedouin camp. A community with no permanent homes. However, they live in portable, black tents made from woven goat hair.
We were greeted with great hospitality. Invited into the tent, and served tea. Brewed with its strong taste. Very sweet with local herbs. Furthermore, we were offered shisha. With my first inhale I got a horrible coughing attack. Making everyone laugh. The guide, the others from the travel group, as well as the Bedouin.
The tents were divided by a decorative partition. Half of the tent is for the women, and children. The other half is used for entertainment, as well as greeting guests. This is where we were sitting drinking tea with the Bedouin men. We were told that the women do most of the work, while the men socialize and make plans for the group.
After a nice relaxing time, drinking tea and smoking shisha. It was time for a camel ride. Or not camel, but a dromedary ride. Though everyone call them camels, we were corrected by another tourist arguing as long as they have one hump, it is a dromedary. While the camel have two humps. Moreover, it was argued that there are almost no camels left in Egypt today.
The Bedouin women usually wear brightly coloured long dresses. However, when they go outside they dress in a thin long black coat. Furthermore, traditionally they cover their faces. Dressed like this, they were the once taking us on the dromedary ride. Without exchanging a single word. However, smiling with their beautiful eyes.
That being said, it is found that some Bedouin in Egypt are professionally engaged in the manufacture of drugs. They earn a lot of money on this, buy weapons, and kidnap tourists. And many tourists have been kidnapped by the Bedouins the last years. Mostly in 2012. This because the Bedouin by others claim that the tourist cash does nothing to improve their lives, as tourism outfits would not like to hire them.
However, the weird and maybe shocking thing is that most of the victims being kidnapped described their captors as kind and polite. They were offered tea, and food. Furthermore, they were taken on a safari. This because even if you go so far and kidnap people, you as a Bedouin have to treat them well. If you treat them badly, you will be held accountable of the justice system of the Bedouins. Most of the victims were also realized after a short time. Maybe the Bedouins can be called the world’s friendliest hostage takers?
That being said, I was luckily not kidnapped. But I experienced the kindness and hospitality of the Bedouins. Where in the world have you experienced the greatest hospitality?