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Egypt Budget Travel - Overland Style!by Tania Wheeler

For a taste of rich, exotic culture dating back thousands of years to a time of Pharaohs, pyramids and early civilisations, Egypt budget travel offers the travel experience of a lifetime.

Situated in North East Africa, bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip to the north-east, Jordan to the east, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west, Egypt is flanked by the Mediterranean Sea as well as the Red Sea, and is dominated by the Nile River and its fertile valley as well as the Eastern and Western deserts. Geographically, this makes Egypt one of the most fascinating and varied destinations, with a host of contrasting landscapes to be enjoyed alongside its many attractions and famous landmarks.

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Egypt overland tours showcase the country’s fascinating history and ancient cultures, giving the chance to explore one of the oldest civilisations in history dating back as early as 3200 BC.

Some of the key highlights to enjoy on an Egypt backpacking tour include the following:

Cairo The thriving capital city of Egypt is a blend of modern living and classic Egyptian culture, with a host of things to see and do in and around the city from mesmerising markets (souqs) to delicious local cuisine, world-class shopping centres, beautiful Islamic architecture, one of the oldest and largest music and film industries in the Arab world and plenty more besides. As one of the largest cities in Africa and the Middle East, a visit to Cairo is not to be missed.

Giza Pyramids Famous all over the world and for very good reason, the pyramids of Giza are arguably one of the most popular aspects of any Egypt budget travel adventure, bringing thousands of travellers to this ancient landmark each year to explore these ancient tombs by camel or by foot.

The Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure are one of the last remnants of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and are simply out of this world!

Sphinx Another not-to-be-missed landmark is the iconic Sphinx. Standing under the shadow of the Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx guards the entrance to the pyramids as it has done for thousands of years. Despite a bit of wear and tear (and the loss of part of its nose), this Pharaoh’s head on top of a giant lion’s body remains one of the most instantly recognisable icons of Egypt, immortalised on postcards and posters everywhere. No Egypt overland tours are complete without a visit to the Sphinx.

Red Sea The beautiful Red Sea is one of the most coveted scuba diving destinations, bringing huge droves of dive enthusiasts to the warm waters of this region to explore the rich marine life and coral reefs that lie below. Many dive schools can be found in this region, offering resort courses as well as full diving courses. Marine life to be found includes over 1000 species of fish as well as stingray, eels and dolphins, not to mention an abundance of coral reefs. This Egypt budget travel adventure is ideal for adventure-seekers who want to explore the area’s underwater delights.

Valley of the Kings & Queens Yet another must-see on your Egypt backpacking tour is the Valley of the Kings & Queens. Situated on the west bank of the Nile River opposite Luxor, this is where tombs and temples of the ancient kings and queens of the 20th Dynasty or approximate era can be found - Tutankhamun’s un-robbed tomb is just one of the more recent discoveries that have been found here, along with many other undiscovered wonders. For a glimpse into the fascinating past of exotic Egyptian kingdoms, this is an absolute must-see on any Egypt overland tours!

For all Egypt budget travel options and Egypt overland tours, contact the team at OverlandingAfrica.com or post your comments below.

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