The Saint Catherine (Katherine) Protected Area is a heavenly reserve in South Sinai stretching over an area of 5.745 km2. It was declared a national park in 1996 and has since been managed by the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA). The conservation of the site and the unique natural and cultural values was a primary goal in the declaration of the park. The park comprises of the highest series of peaks in Egypt including: Saint Catherine, Musa, Serbal, Umm Shomer (Chomir) and Tarbush Mounts). Daily, the reserve receives a growing number of visitors which expands the tourist industry in South Sinai. The area is blessed with some of the oldest rock formations in the world, some are 545 million years old. Conserving the biological diversity, the reserve houses a great diversity of unique wild species such as the Asian rose finch, European ibex and wolfs, African striped hyena as well as different species of snakes (such as the Sinai Banded Snake and the Innes Cobra). The park is home to a great variety of endangered insects and wild animals, such as the Nubian ibex, Dorcas gazelle, Panther pardus jarvisi, Red fox, and Sinai Leopard, as well as different unique reptiles and birds. It also conserves many scattered orchards, medical herbs and over 900 species of various rare plants. Visitors can choose between different activities to practice in this protected area. One can trek through the mountains’ peaks; camp in any of the camping areas and sit around fire by night; site in a quiet place under the shadow of a palm tree by day; watch rare animals and birds in their unspoiled natural environment; or even get some herbal treatment in a clean quiet environment. Under Law 102 of 1983 declared by Prime Ministerial decree, it is prohibited to remove anything from its original place, whether a rock, plant or animal since everything plays an indispensable role in this complex ecosystem.