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Explore Hurghada ghost city of Umm al Huwaytat-El Gouna day trips


Half Day

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

6 people




Explore Hurghada ghost city of Umm al Huwaytat-El Gouna day trips, one of our El Gouna day trips from Sempre Travel Egypt, is perfect for all people that are interested in Egyptian culture. Visit with us a Bedouin village and the former phosphorus mines in the abandoned town of Umm al Huwaytat.

Explore Hurghada ghost city of Umm al Huwaytat-El Gouna day trips

After picking up from El Gouna accommodation, start the 4  X  4 Jeep tour to the desert city to visit the Bedouin Village, and there you can ride a camel.

Visiting Ghost City (Umm al Hawaytat) which suffered from a flood and great damage in 1996, and 2000 became (Egypt’s ghost city), and today is one of Egypt’s tourist attractions to see the houses have been preserved.

Finally, visit the Phosphorus mines in the mountain range, and hopefully take great photos and enjoyable wandering.

Live the mystery and excitement through Sempre Travel Egypt and enjoy this trip.

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  • 4x4 Jeep Tour to the desert city
  • Visit of a Bedouin Village
  • Camel Ride
  • Ghost city Umm al Huwaytat
  • Ghost city traditions
  • Visit of the phosphorus mines


Tour Program

4x4 Jeep Tour to the desert city  

4x4 Jeep tour to the desert city starts with the pick up from the El Gouna Hotels by our Sempre Travel Egypt employee. From here, we set off in direction of the desert for our first stop of the Egypt ghost city – El Gouna day trips 

Visit of a Bedouin Village  

Explore the traditional way of life of the desert dwellers in a walk through a Bedouin Village. Look over the shoulder of Bedouin women while they prepare some food. Maybe we are right on time to see them making some bread. Just the smell of traditional break will make you want to try it!   

We are happy to help you to put on the headscarf for protection against the sun and wind before we continue our tour with a   

Camel Ride  

Bedouins use the camels mainly for transportation. After a fun ride on the Camel, we make our way to our main destination of our Egypt ghost city Tour with the 4x4 Jeep ride to the abandoned ruins of the 

Ghost city Umm al Huwaytat 

We interrupt our journey to take in the impressive panoramic view of the entire abandoned village. Here, our guide will explain to us some more about the history of the abandoned Umm al Huwaytat, that became one of the largest phosphate mining areas in Egypt and once was  inhabited by 16,000 residents. 

During the time of phosphate mining, a complete infrastructure was created, with a school, hospital, shops, apartments and mosques. In the ghost city, you can still find remains of a railway line, used to transport phosphate to the port. From here, it was delivered to England. On the way back, the train transported food for the village.   

Ghost city traditions 

Phosphate was used to power phosphate lamps, the lighting system of that time and predecessor of generators till today’s electricity.   

In 1996, Umm al Hawaytat was hit by a flood from which it suffered great damage. In 2000, as a result of the flood, it became one of the “Egypt ghost city”, after its inhabitants looked for another place to stay. Today the abandoned city is one of Egypt’s tourist attractions. After visiting some of the houses that have been preserved, we continue our way for a   

Visit of the phosphorus mines 

The phosphate mine leads deep down into the mountain range, where you can see the former phosphate mining up close. With some impressions of this abandoned ghost city and hopefully some good snapshots, we end the Egypt ghost city - El Gouna day trips, one of our Hurghada day trips from El Gouna for the return to your accommodation in El Gouna.

Everything about the excursion:

TOUR TYPE: Culture   


PICK-UP POINT: Your accommodation in El Gouna    

PICK-UP TIME: around 11:00 a.m.     

RETURN: Your accommodation in El Gouna        

General information:       

Travel Guide:   

All our guides are experienced Egyptologists with at least 5 years of experience.     


All our vehicles are have modern equipment and air-condition.       


To secure the booking, a 25 % deposit of the travel price is due, this can be done online by credit card, Visa and Master or bank transfer.       

The remaining amount of 75 % must be paid before the start of the excursion on the day of travel and can be paid with credit card or cash.       

The booking of your trip is considered complete and confirmed by your tour operator, as soon as we have received the 25 % deposit.        

Children's prices:    

Children from 0 - 2 years free of charge (except for flight excursions)       

Children from 3 to 11 years of age receive a 50 % discount       

Children from 12 years old are considered an adult 


  • Transfer from and to your accommodation
  • All transfers with modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • All sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees for visits according to the itinerary
  • Professional Egyptologist during the privately guided tour
  • Mineral water and soft drinks during the tour
  • Assistance from travel agents with pick-up and return
  • Personal Expenses during the tour

Tour's Location


What do I have to bring with me?
Sun and wind protection
Comfortable Shoes
Jacket in the wintertime
Light cotton clothing in the summertime
Passport valid for 6 months
Photo / Video camera
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