copy Excellent Adventures in Egypt

Enter here to share Joni's adventures living and working in Cairo courtesy of the U.S. Fulbright cultural exchange program. Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of our civilization. - Mahatma Ghandi

1/13/2005

We also stayed at Basata, Egypt’s oldest “eco-lodge” (although Sherif al-Ghamrawy created the “resort” in 1984, before ecolodges were much of a concept). Basata means “simplicity” in Arabic, and the complex functions on trust and simple living. There is a large communal kitchen with a small stock of foodstores; people simply take what they wish to eat/cook and make a note on a tally sheet for later payment. Washing up water comes from the desalinatization plant’s brine, later mixed with greywater from the communal showers and sinksto use as local landscape and garden irrigation. Solid wastes are sorted and recycled, with food wastes going to local Bedouin animals and everything else processed through a transfer station in Nuweiba. Basata is the nucleus of a waste collection system that now extends along the entire coast (Nuweiba to Taba), they organize regular cleanup days (terrestrial and marine) and have started two wind generators for a local Bedu village. And they’ve done all this quite profitably, experiencing no downturns over 18 years in business – even through terrorist attacks in Egypt and 2 Gulf wars. Quite an inspirational operation, which I hope to research further in the spring. Dina's shot of the Basata entry. Posted by Hello

3 Comments:

At 5:53 PM, Blogger furet said...

Bonjour,
Avez-vous les coordonnées téléphoniques de l'écolodge Al Karm, je suis en Egypte et impossible de les trouver...
Merci,
Sandrine

 
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