4x4 Iftar

The full instructions to enjoy the annual iftar of SaharaSafaris 4x4 Club is split into two pages here:

  1. This page outlining all common instructions to all events but that are essential and obligatory during the event. Regulars of the event can skim through it to remind themselves of those essential rules but they have seen them before.
  2. The specific information/instructions to this year's event (eg, Ramadan 2017) which has different meeting point, schedule, offers by partners and different activities. You'll find the link to this page at the bottom of this page.

Both are inseperable and must be read carefully. You are kindly requested to print both pages and keep in your pocket to answer most of your questions. PLEASE READ "ALL" INSTRUCTIONS. YOU MAYBE IN RISK OF GETTING LOST OR ANNOY OTHERS IF YOU DON'T READ ALL! ORGANIZERS WILL NOT COUNT NEITHER REMIND OF WHAT'S NEXT DUE TO THE VERY LARGE NUMBERS AND LARGE PLACE.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THIS EVENT

On the most beautiful scenes of desert lakes we set our Iftar Camp at the beach and enjoy the evening full of stars and lights reflected on the lake from far Fayoum. In addition to the local knowledge of our Bedouin organizers preparing hot drinks, making optional food (some chooses to order desert delicacies) and setting up toilets.

This is a great opportunity for whole families (who own their 4x4) and who have never enjoyed a desert trip to join this Iftar which is a balance of great scenes, weather, great friendly community, and sky of stars and meteors.

CRITICAL RULES & GUIDELINES

VERY strict on timing so be careful (even if tens of 4x4s are late, we'll leave with rest just to be on time. See schedule). SSC CREW's phones will mostly be off during the day before event BECAUSE you have the entire time plan (see schedule) in this event's specific page.

PHOTOS AND VIDEOS HASHTAG

All our Iftar events has #ssc4x4iftar and keep it public for all to find it.

WHAT TO BRING

  1. Your food & bev with paper cups and plates.
  2. 2X3m carpet (2X3m ONLY).
  3. Garbage bag to carry yours and pack in car to drop in Cairo.
  4. Walky talky (set to Motorola channel 5 & subchannel 0). If you haven't one, join our Radio Amateurs Telegram group https://t.me/joinchat/AAAAAD63543LUbz6on1Q_w (needs you to download app on PC or Smarwatch)
  5. a light torch or headlamp.
  6. Your ticket for optional desert delicacy you paid for (if any)

CLOTHES & SHOES

THE TRIP STEP BY STEP

Below are the points important for you to fit right away in every step of the trip:

BEFORE THE TRIP

ARRIVING AT MEETING POINT

LEAVING MEETING POINT

ON-ROAD TO CAMP

OFF-ROAD TO CAMP

AT ARRIVAL TO IFTAR CAMP

Before they ever leave the car, make sure all your passengers are aware of PACKING TO LEAVE time (see schedule) and NEVER to miss it (note that there are no phone coverage and it'll be hard to find them in crowds).

On arrival to campsite at beach of lake, you'll find Mabrouk & Crew instructing to:

  1. Parking in a line parallel to Carpets and away from it by 15 meters (follow lead of the Leader). Park in the line leaving 1.5 to 2 meters between car next to you.
  2. Find your place on the carpet near your friends or as grouped by the Crew (Fortuner 4x4s together, Cherokee XJ together, etc.)
  3. Checkout on foot where the toilets are, where the tea/coffee will be served, the optional meal will be served (if you ordered one) and on the beach.

ACTIVITIES AT CAMP

AT LEAVING

OFF-ROAD OUT OF CAMP

ON-ROAD BACK TO CAIRO

ABOUT SS CLUB

Since 2001, SaharaSafaris 4x4 Club is friendly for all ages and skills and backgrounds. It’s NOT friendly towards unsafe practices or on disrespect to Egyptian family values. It’s NOT Commercial nor aspires to be although has the highest quality and expertise needed. In the Club, we are all professionals of many industries, using it to create a good event for serious hobbyists and families in and out of Egypt. Membership of Group on Facebook or Telegram is not a condition to join, but that’s where you can ask all your questions about Exploring Nature and Culture around Egypt and the World and find our huge pool of expertise.

Find Any Crew in their badged 4x4s, or on calling on Walky Talky (emergencies only please). Leader Mabrouk is visible with his SSC branded green polo-shirt with "Keep Calm & Learn 4x4" on the back.

FREQUENT CREW MEMBERS

OUR WEB PRESENCE

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SaharaSafaris.club/

https://www.facebook.com/SaharaSafaris.club/

http://telegram.me/SaharaSafarisClub

www.SaharaSafaris.org

SAHARASAFARIS CLUB'S BRANDED APPAREL

- Mugs (4x4ing, Hiking, Flying, Diving, etc.) for egp65 each,

- T-shirts (high quality yellow 4x4 and Hiking) for egp120 each, and

- Car Sticker (rounded yellow, "4x4ing with SaharaSafaris") for egp5. A small sticker (6cm only) is replica of the large yellow one (2 for egp5)

SSC 4X4 OFFROADING "LOGBOOK"

The Club's official 4x4 Logbook for 4x4 safaris is now in distribution. At time of paying, you may buy one for egp20.

4x4 Logbook is the best way to document all your offroading experience. It's also good to receive your discounts from variety of providers.

To know more, check http://saharasafaris.org/logbook

ABOUT MEMBERS OF SAHARASAFARIS 4X4 CLUB

Here's a glimpse of this impressive backgrounds of yours (yes you as a member of this Community of the Club).

Factory owners, Telecommunication Engineer, Import Expert, Manager of a Bank, Bank's Wealth Relationship Manager, Owner of food packaging, Etisalat Misr, Manager TEData, Vodafone, Production Manager, Manager at Unilever Mashreq, Engineer at Hewlett Packard Entrprise, Housewife, Engineer at Egyptian Drilling Company, Palm Hills Developments, Oracle, Doctor, HR, Editor PR, ExxonMobil, Students, EMC2, ADIB BANK, Beltone Financial, ElMansour & ElMaghraby, Clinical Oncology Consultant, IDEAL STANDARD international, Market research director, Kidzania cairo, Coca-cola, Sabbour Group, Police officer, Lawyer, Orange, Divemaster insurance, Diplomat, EgyptAir, Film Producer, Nestlé, HSBC, Dusit Thani hotel, Pharmacist, Public prosecutor (Wakil Neyaba), Judge, Leauge of Arab states, Raya, Melody Group, Intel Egypt & Levant, Smart Goods Co, Otis (and more)

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Check the Community Partner in this year's Event's page (find the link at the bottom of this page), to claim your gift/discount or learn what you need to be eligible for it.

Every year, we invite some of the Club's friends to distribute relevent gifts to Members who are a very special segment of the Egyptian society. Because the Club is not Commercial, all benefits go to members directly during the event.

If you are a Business and interested in joining the partnership with out Community of Members, please contact Club's Founder Eng. Mohamed Mabrouk (on Telegram App http:t.me/mmabrouk ). By relevant, we mean anything related to 4x4s, Desert Safaris, Special Ramadan food&bev, etc.). Only participants will be eligible so you can maximize the benefit to the numbers attending only (ranges between 200 and 400 persons usually)

WHERE DO I GO FOR QUESTIONS

On https://www.facebook.com/groups/SaharaSafaris.club/ (your subscription must be approved)

On Telegram, JOIN https://t.me/SaharaSafaris4x4Club for a very experienced discussion of 4x4 and offroading news.

If you are a Toyota Fortuner Owner, you may join the SaharaSafaris Fortuner group on Telegram: https://t.me/joinchat/AAAAAEAJILvxvukPtJBKRw

If you are a Jeep Cherokee XJ (1995-2001) Owner, you may join the SaharaSafaris XJ group on Telegram: https://t.me/joinchat/AAAAAD5IsMFzwxVQdEu81g

If you are a Subaru XV Owner, you may join the SaharaSafaris Subaru XV group on Telegram: https://t.me/joinchat/AAAAAEAtsQ6MM3cgY52pvA

4x4 Iftar 2017

This is the final schedule and instructions of the Club's Annual 4x4 Iftar for 4x4 Owners. Here are the details of the event in Ramadan 2017.

Warning: This page should be read as a part of the main page of our annual 4x4 iftar.

INTRODUCTION TO THIS YEAR'S SSC 4X4 IFTAR TRIP

Safer than ever, we got ABOU GHALY's Maintenance Car Mobile Service covering cars specially Jeeps & Subarus 4x4s as well as KTM motorbikes. In addition to the local knowledge of our Bedouin organizers preparing hot drinks, setting up toilets and providing many services.

We are going to the safe and beautiful desert lake at "Khashm elDakar" north west of Qaroun lake where a large beach can take us and feel comfortable.

FINAL SCHEDULE

Except force majeure, we will follow it by accuracy of 1 minute. Make sure you have it printed and placed in your pocket to check at any time.

- [2:20p or earlier] Arrive to meeting point

Go FIRST THING to get your official Number Sticker and pay. Make sure your passengers know the time to move or you may have to see the convoy leaving without you because some of your passengers are missing (see meeting point part)

Make sure pressure at all tires is 24 PSI

- [2:50p] Mabrouk head to his car

Mabrouk the Leader is starting to leave the parking ahead of the long convoy of 4x4s (no waiting or counting of cars so only watching your watch will help you follow)

- [3:00p] All left

Last 4x4 have left the parking in convoy

- [Approx 6:00p] Arrival to Camp

Arrival to Iftar SSC Camp. MUST follow instructions by Mabrouk & Crew to park correctly. Immediately afterwards, bring out your 2x3m (A MUST) to place in the long line of carpets parallel to cars as per instructions.

- [Approx 6:15p] At Camp

Head to see NACITA before Iftar to pay in full to get the full discount.

And you may like to head for AbouGhaly mobile service to ask them anything about their services to Jeep and Subaru.

Alternatively, Crew will pass by at your places on the long line of carpets to get people to know each others. Your collaboration is essential to make friends :)

We STRONGLY ADVICE that you share your food and bev and rest of night with people you met there.

- [6:45p] Prepare food

Go bring your food & bev to place on your carpet because Adhan is about to break.

If you ordered Mandy meal, you better be early in case of too many people. Get your tickets and head to Cooking tent to the left (facing beach) to get your dish.

Note that the Toilet tents (make-shift ones so don't have high expectations) are further left same direction.

- [Approx 7:00p] Adhan

Fayoum's time is later than Cairo's. Mabrouk the Club's Founder will announce it by Adhan to all. Don't eat before that.

Go get your tea from the Bedouin camp fire. Sit around if you like. Walk around area. Or better open the desserts to share with your new 4x4 friends.

- [9:45p] Packing Time

Packing to leave with all passengers and carry garbage bags on (nothing left behind specially garbage).

- [10:10p] Leader starts moving

Leader Car starts moving back to Cairo

-[10:45p] All cars on road

Last car left camp to road back to Cairo

Approx ETA to Cairo on 12:30a or 1:00am after midnight

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

ABOU GHALY's 4x4 Maintenance Mobile Service is available during the entire trip, so on emergencies, find one of our CREW to help if needed. Or go directly to the maintenance car if you see it. ABOU GHALY also has given a FREE inspection (worth egp500) for JEEP, SUBARU, and KTM before the trip for eligible participants.

NACITA is the Tires giant company in Egypt with many service and sales center around Cairo. Their "Cooper" brand for 4x4s with uts star model of AT3 as well as more aggressive and other brands for Motorbikes are some of the most economoic, reliable, and well designed tires for our streets and deserts.

They're offering a steep 12% discount strictly for those who pay in full during the event. A 10% too for those who pay in the following week (must have been registered as "attended" with us)

PAYING FOR YOUR NACITA TIRES

At the beach, you'll find a flag and NACITA representative. If you pay in full at the beach, you'll be awarded 12% discount. If you miss that a 10% will be granted after we're back in onely one week (NACITA will be awarding it to only those who participated)

MEETING POINT

In October, from Wahat Road at begining of Wadi Natroun Road right next to Total Gas Station.

On time (or earlier) or you may miss the (see schedule) the entire Event.

Directions are to go Wahat Road from Ring Road near Dream Park. Turn right at Wahat Road and drive for 12km until total station appears to your left.

The location for GPS is easy in any of the following three formats:

IMPORTANT:

  1. You must park your car in Wadi Natron Road and NEVER in main Wahat Road (not even to say any greetings please until you park or traffic may get dangerous).
  2. Never park on double line صف تانى.
  3. Park only on the direction with Wahat Road is behind you.

To find Mabrouk and pay (main reason for the stop), come on foot to "Bonjour Cafe" at the gas station.

Please stick your Number Sticker high upper left on your back windshield which decides your 4x4s order (tarteeb) in Convoy.

Kayaks

SaharaSafaris Kayaks are not available during this Iftar. Check here: http://saharasafaris.org/kayaks