This is an interesting Bedouin oasis, reputedly on the original pilgrims route from Jordan to Mount Sinai and with links to the early history of St Catherine’s Monastery. There is a fascinating water source that must have been in use for thousands of years.
The oasis is now a fairly popular destination for camel safari’s and day trips to the desert from Dahab and Nuweiba, many of which involve a lunch stop at the oasis.
(Ain Khudra means ‘green eye’ which refers to the shape of the main well. We were told it should be written as Ein Hudra not Ain Khudra which has a different meaning).
The oasis is not marked on most maps and use of a Bedouin guide is recommended – we were told stories, maybe apocryphal, of tourist groups becoming lost in the area.
We visited by four-wheel drive jeep organised by www. bedouina.com.eg in Dahab. Be warned one of the access routes (there are at least two) is not for the faint-hearted or those who get travel sick!
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