Zerenike Protectorate information
Stretched along the Mediterranean coast from the eastern edge of Lake Bardawil until about 25km east of Al-Arish is this 220-sq-km protectorate , a haven for migrating birds and a good destination for nature lovers. There are more than 250 avian species here and for most of the year it’s possible to spot flamingos. The entrance to the protectorate, which was established by the Egyptian National Parks Office in 1985, is about 35km east of Al-Arish.
Inside the gates there is a small but highly informative visitors centre , with a cafeteria and information about some of the species of birds that stop here as they migrate between Europe and Africa. If you call in advance, you can book simple rooms and camping . For both options, you’ll need to bring all food and drink with you as there is no restaurant. Basic cooking facilities are available on-site.
If you don’t have your own transport, it’s best to take a taxi from Al-Arish to the park entrance – a one-way trip should cost around E£30.