06-Oct-2002 -- After reaching his first Confluence 29N 30E here in Egypt, our son started pressing us for other visits, some of which are in effect somehow easy to get. So when we realized to have the chance for a long weekend in Šarm, I was forced to plan for an off-road visit during our return way to Cairo, on 6 October.
The confluence 28N 34E is located between the coastline of the Gulf of Suways and the southern group of mountains of the Sinai, averaging 1800 m of altitude. From the top of the nearby Jabal Ṣabbāġ (2280 m), Egypt and Saudi Arabia are visible in clear days. From maps and a space view of the area, a dirt track along a wādiy was identified as the best way to the spot that lays about 12 km north from the main road.
After some 50 minutes driving from the coral reef of Šarm, we went off-road. A lot of intersecting tracks and passages of previous cars made it difficult to get into the wādiy; we spent some time trying to pass the hilly area south of Jabal al-Hiweimirat, until we found the Wādiy Ghashi which gave us the access to a sandy plateau between the hills and the pinkish mountains. Since the temperature was getting pretty hot (even if the shown value - in Celsius! - is probably influenced by the motor or direct sun light), it was time to make the due pictures and return.
Unfortunately, we were not able to take a picture of one inhabitant of the area, who, disturbed by our car, was really fast in running home; so if you wish to see an Egyptian Spiny-Tailed Lizard (Uromastyx acanthinurus), please refer to your own encyclopædia.