2 - 3 hours
Altitude: 520 meters above sea level
Oryx Safari Trail brings you close to one of the region’s most magnificent (and endangered) wild animals: the Arabian Oryx. This large white antelope, with its long, pointed horns, is an icon of Arabia and is thought to be the origin of the mythical unicorn. While touring Shaumari, you may also see the Persian Onager, another critically endangered species breeding successfully in the reserve. While we cannot guarantee that you will see any big animals on your trip, you will experience the special character of the Eastern Desert, with its surprising variety of vegetation and subtle colors.
Shaumari lies on a major global migratory route between Europe, Asia and Africa and is a hot spot for bird activity, where many birds stop during migration seasons to rest, eat and mate. In the safari vehicle, you will find binoculars to help you get a good look at a variety of birds. Notable sightings could include the Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliacal), the Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus), and the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus).
Oryx Safari offers a unique “track and sign” experience that helps visitors build connections between different aspects of the natural environment and the organisms living in it. During your tour, you will learn the basic principles of animal tracking and practice reading tracks. Your guide will also provide an overview of the reserve’s vegetation, pointing out different kinds of native plants and herbs and their uses