Brayka Bay Heritage Wadi el Gamal

Wadi el Gamal

Approximately 50km south of Marsa Alam city begins the Wadi el Gemal National park, which has been nominated as a Biosphere Reserve. The Reserve Area encompasses the segment of the Red Sea coastal plain and mountains extending roughly between 24°51’N in the north and 24°06’N in the south; and between the Red Sea shoreline in the east to about 34°28’E in the west.

The Reserve area includes marine and terrestrial components. Wadi El Gemal and its delta are the central theme of the terrestrial reserve area. The marine component of the protected area encompasses a strip of coastal marine waters featuring patches of mangroves, as well as a number of marine islands (the Hamata archipelago and Wadi El Gemal Island).

The presence of mangroves on the islands makes it a perfect habitat for hundreds of shore and sea bird species. In addition to the bird populations, two species of turtles use the Island for nesting grounds and dolphins are commonly seen swimming around the Island. Daily boat excursions to the Qulan islands for sunbathing and snorkeling is a favored excursion.

Land based excursions to the Wadi el Gemal delta and desert for trekking, bird watching, and Bedouin encounters is also very popular. The local Bedouin Ababda who inhabits the Wadi el Gamel reserve and eastern desert offers cultural based excursions. The eastern desert’s spectacular scenery and wildlife are also a popular attraction.

Animals that inhabit the wadis include many rare species like the Nubian Ibex, Capra Ibex Nubiana, and the Hyrax. Wild donkeys, camels, and gazelle are also abundant in the region and feed on the vegetation of the desert.

The EEAA has ensured that the infrastructure necessary to receive tourists is in place and already a privately-owned tented eco-lodge, aptly named el-Fustat (the camp), has been set up in the protectorate. Wildlife and bird watching trips are available as well as the ever-popular camel trips.