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An Oasis of Culture & Design at the El Gouna Film Festival

7 Unique Ways to Enjoy El Gouna During #GFF21

From quad bikes to horseback swimming, these unseen El Gouna gems will make the El Gouna Film Festival much more dynamic.

El Gouna Film Festival is here, with all eyes on the filmmakers and actors flying into El Gouna to walk its red carpet. Beyond the glitz and glamour of the film festival, this Red Sea town offers a wealth of natural sights and exciting activities to enjoy. From swimming with the dolphins to racing into the Bedouin villages in the desert, here are some of our favourite things to do in #ElGouna.


Sports & Water Park - Sliders Cable Park

One of the best destinations for wakeboarding in Egypt, this El Gouna facility is one of the largest Olympic standard cable parks in the world. In addition to the main cable park, Sliders features an aqua park, a massive pool, a volleyball court, a tennis table and a playground. For a full day, this adrenaline-filled outing will cost USD 30.


Quad Bike Safari - Alex Safari

Ride over sand dunes and through desert canyons with Alex Safari. Their safari trips include a visit to a small Bedouin village, where you’ll enjoy a cup of their traditional black tea and soak in the local culture. Their trips start at USD46, for more information visit alexsafarielgouna.com


Horseback Swimming - YallaHorse

Step into the mangrove beaches of the Red Sea on horseback with YallaHorse, which offers horseback swimming, sunset rides and desert excursions. You can even opt to ride their camel, Lucky, or their donkey, Junior. Their trips start at USD26 an hour, for more information visit yallahorse-elgouna.com


Kitesurfing - KBC El Gouna

Learn a new skill at KBC El Gouna, where the international kitesurfing company set up shop to offer travellers in-depth courses starting at USD250. Visit kiteboarding-club.com for more information.


Mini Golf - Abu Tig Marina

Head to Abu Tig Marina to rediscover your inner child with some mini golf before scouring the marina’s rich variety of restaurants. The mini golf course has a total of 18 holes, and is located nearby the Duty Free store on the marina. Tickets are just USD5.


Nature Tour - Mahmya Island

Discover the sheltered waters of Giftun Island National Park, where you will be able to discover coral reefs, vibrant fish, and jubilant dolphins. The crystal clear waters here are among the most beautiful in the entire country, and are just a short boat trip away from El Gouna. Trips begin at USD100, visit mahmya.com for more information.


Dolphin Tour - Dolphin House

Take a day excursion to Dolphin House, where you will be able to spot schools of dolphins swimming in the wild. Hosted by Book Tour Egypt on TripAdvisor, this trip is priced at USD 28, which is inclusive of two to three snorkeling trips, lunch, and transportation to and from the site.