Excellent horses can be found at Nobi’s Arabian Horse Stables, which also provides riding hats, English saddles and insurance. Nobi also has 25 camels and as many donkeys, and organises longer horse-riding and camping trips into the desert, or a week from Luxor to Kom Ombo along the west bank. Call ahead and they will collect you from your hotel.

Call ahead to book, and Nobi can arrange a hassle-free transfer to make sure you arrive at the right place, as taxi drivers often will try and take you to a friend’s stable instead.