Matador Goods Editor, MatadorU faculty, and travel photographer Lola Akinmade shares some pictures from a recent biking and sailing trip around Egypt.

I recently discovered a new way of exploring the country through Egypt Bike and Sail. Much more than a leisurely cruise down the Nile or a camel ride to the Pyramids, biking around Egypt exposes you to the sights, smells, and sounds of the country in a more intimate way.

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1. Our Bedouin jeep drivers sitting atop a 2,000 year old well out in the middle of the Eastern (Arabian) desert.

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2. Transporting our mountain bikes through the Red Sea mountains.

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3. Hassan, a local Bedouin checks out one of very few water sources in the desert. Thick green shrubs mark the spot.

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4. A herd of goats seeks solace from the harsh sun under an acacia tree.

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5. Docked in the Red Sea is the La Vela, a wooden gullet ship which took us sailing along the coast.

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6. A 35km bike ride from the port town of Safaga to the 5,000 year old deeply religious seaside town of Al Qusayr (Al Quseir).

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7. Teenage girls dressed in school uniforms and white hijabs return from school in Al Qusayr.

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8. Al Qusayr shimmers and glows at night, belying its conservative culture.

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9.Selim, Sheik of the Bedouin village in Fustat Port Ghalib, shares a tender moment with one of his camels.

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Egypt Bike and Sail

10. An early morning trip to the mangrove forests of the Räs Qui'ran islands in search of ospreys, reef egrets, and other migratory birds.

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11. Riding alongside wild camels at sunrise. Wild camels and other animals come out during cooler hours of the day (sunrise and sunset) as well as at night.

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12. A local Bedouin from the village of Hamata awoke to the sounds of my footsteps on the sand.

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13. In the village of Qu'laan during low tide, you can walk out hundreds of feet into the ocean with the water barely reaching your shins.

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14. Our group of travelers was the first to bike through Wadi Gemal (Valley of Camels), usually reserved for only jeeps and camels.

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15. A water taxi carrying Nubian villagers cruises along the Nile in Aswan.

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16. An Ababda Bedouin woman from the village of Qu'laan.

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17. Columns etched with Egyptian hieroglyphs at Kom Ombo temple.

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18. Catching a water taxi at sunrise to take us from the eastern side of the Nile to the West Bank in Luxor.

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19. Daily life -- farming and fishing -- along the Nile.

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20. A felucca at sunset, one of the popular ways of cruising down the Nile.

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21. A local man soaks in the early morning sun before starting his day at the water taxi stand.

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