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Egypt for Dummies: The ‘Did You Know’ Guide

Friday, June 10th, 2011
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You open the glossy brochure: pictures of the Valley of the Kings, the Karnak Temple and the River Nile confirm what you think you know about Egypt; nothing has changed. You couldn’t be more wrong! 2011 is definitely Egypt’s colour, with so many new great discoveries adding to the destination’s appeal. Sure, Egypt still has its fair share of dust, camels and children playing with tyres, but the country’s historic and natural beauty seem to be expanding and they want to share these with the world.

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Photo by Unguvioloet

Pyramids

There’s more than one way to skin a Sphinx. When wanting to view the pyramids, going to Giza seems to be the no-brainer destination for viewing the brilliant structures. Did you know that there are over a hundred more pyramids scattered through-out Saqqara, Dahshur and Ab Sir, simply waiting for an enthusiastic tourist, wielding a camera, to appreciate its beauty. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better; the Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities recently opened seven, newly discovered, tombs located in South Saqqara, including a tomb built for a general who was to become king. It looks like the Valley of the Kings is going to have to share its precious 8 x 10 centimetres in the next brochure.

Cleopatra

It may come across as a ‘new discovery’ to some that Cleopatra wasn’t Egyptian. She wasn’t. Google it. Cleopatra was Greek but just lived and ruled in Egypt. Living in Egypt doesn’t make you an Egyptian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. I imagine anyone who was under the impression that she was Egyptian, would also like to know that the world isn’t flat and (you may need to sit down for this one) lions don’t roam the streets of South Africa.

Feluccas

Modern day feluccas have all the bells and whistles of new age sailing boats whereas in ancient times they were far simpler versions of their modern, spruced-up selves.  The tranquil experience of floating down the Nile in a quiet, breeze-powered felucca is probably the only thing holding craftsmen back from strapping two, four-stroke Yamaha motors on the back of the vessel. None the less, this shows us Egypt is embracing technology and moving with the times.

Freedom

Egypt is on the brink of discovering life as a democratic reform. Early 2011, Egypt’s existing president Hosni Mubarak fell out of power, giving way to the revolution lead by the masses. Currently in between ruling parties, the people of Egypt eagerly await the next elections in October/November 2011.This opportunity may see the state moving from autocratic rule into a new phase of democracy. Exciting times. Egypt is evolving and it’s high time you use that glossy brochure to line the hamster cage with and get out there and experience it yourself.

Keen? Check out our Top 3 overlanding trips to Egypt!

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Egypt Trips: Cheap Holidays To Egypt

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
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Without a doubt, the best Egypt trip you can experience is in ‘overland’ style. Embarking on an overland trip offers cheap holidays to Egypt, but promises the richest experience. Whatever length of time you have to spend exploring the North African sands on your Egypt trip, Overlanding Africa can get you there… and back.

These are our three top Egypt trips:

#No. 1 The Best of Egypt Trip

Often it’s not possible to spend a month exploring foreign sands; that’s why our Best of Egypt trip allows you to experience it all in a two week adventure. From missioning across Egypt’s desert, to drifting through calming waters of the Nile in a felucca, the trip’s two week itinerary sends you on a historical journey of ancient discovery and natural beauty. This trip promises 14 days, well spent, admiring the absolute Best of Egypt. You get such value for money when choosing from Overlanding Africa's cheap holidays to Egypt.

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#No. 2 Middle East Trek 

Set off on a 5 week exploration letting that open mind of yours absorb the culture of the Middle East. This epic overland journey kicks off in Istanbul and sees you through to oriental Turkey, friendly Syria, Jordan’s desert sands, and ancient Egypt. This cheap holiday to Egypt gives enough time to experience the region’s diversity, sights and culture.

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Overlanding holidays in Egypt aren't all about the tombs, temples and pyramids, they're about the humbling feeling you experience when you realise that the bubble you've been living in, is now the size of the globe. All this on a cheap holiday to Egypt! Bargain. *Salama alekum: A common greeting heard in Egypt meaning ‘Peace be with you’. What are you waiting for? Book one of our awesome cheap holidays to Egypt, like now...


Other Cheap Holiday Trips to Egypt

Ultimate Trans Africa Expedition

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Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans

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Middle East Trek

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Best of Egypt

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Great Egypt Information Resources

Wikipedia - Egypt BBC Egypt Country Profile Reuters Latest News in Egypt

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Tags: best-of-egypt-trip, egypt, egypt-overland-trips, overland-trips-middle-east


Huey’s Trip Diary - The ‘Best of Egypt’ - Part 6

Saturday, January 15th, 2011
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One of our intrepid travellers, Huey, travelled on the 'Best of Egypt' 14 day accommodated trip which started on the 5th December 2010 in Cairo, and wrote us a daily diary! Here is the final part of her series of diary entries....

Day 10 - 13 - Hurghada to Dahab

We took the short flight from Hurghada to Sharm el-Sheikh, before continuing by road to Dahab as the ferry services were not operational during our stay.

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Dahab is a magical laid-back seaside town where you can choose to do plenty (from climbing Mount Sinai & visiting St Catherine's Monastery, hop across the Gulf to Petra, Jordan to see one of the 7 Wonders of the World, snorkel/scuba-dive the amazing Red Sea, quad-biking in the desert) or do nothing! We opted to climb Mount Sinai & visit St Catherine's Monastery. We also did a daytrip to Petra, Jordan to see one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

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Day 14 - Dahab to Cairo

An overnight bus trip back to Cairo marks the end of a wonderful journey where we saw plenty of historical monuments, breathtaking scenery, amazing stories & lots of friendly locals. To find our more about overland trips in Egypt and the Middle East contact the OverlandingAfrica.com team or post your comments below.

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Huey’s Trip Diary - The ‘Best of Egypt’ - Part 5

Friday, January 14th, 2011
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One of our intrepid travellers, Huey, travelled on the 'Best of Egypt' 14 day accommodated trip which started on the 5th December 2010 in Cairo, and wrote us a daily diary! Here is the fifth part of her series of diary entries....

Day 8 - Luxor

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Valley of the Kings is where we headed today. With 63 tombs discovered & more to go, it's no wonder why the name. The choice of Middle Kingdom Pharaohs onwards to deter grave robbers, they chose this location due to its super hard limestone rock. The choice of 3 tombs to visit is up to what fascinates you - the artwork, painting, carvings which are still intact (Ramses IV for example), Tutankhamen's famously intact tomb (with his mummy still in it) or Tutmosis III's super deep, 135 metre deep tomb - there's something for everyone!

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Valley of the Workers (or more like, Artists) is even more impressive as we get to see some truly impressive artwork which the artists/architects that works on the King's tombs produce for their own afterlife home! The artwork & carvings are still very well preserved & shows the life of these artisans during ancient times. You can opt to see a more rustic side of Luxor on donkey or horse back, where it is good fun to see locals & school kids waving hello at you! We also visited the Sunshine Project, a home for children which Oasis Overland sponsors a child.

It was a lot of fun playing with the kids which are abandoned or orphaned, while doing our part to help the centre run better via contributions as well as knowing that by traveling with Oasis, we are indirectly helping local kids to have a better future as well. A truly meaningful trip!

Day 9 - Luxor to Hurghada

We say goodbye to our 10 day trip buddies & make our way to Hurghada, a Red Sea Coast town. After a scenic 5 hour drive through the Eastern Desert, which offered amazing landscapes in the changing light, we arrive at Hurghada where many come for the beaches to spend the night. We enjoyed a more relaxed night with some pizza, beers & game of pool at our hotel lounge. To find our more about overland trips in Egypt and the Middle East contact the OverlandingAfrica.com team or post your comments below.

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Huey’s Trip Diary - The ‘Best of Egypt’ - Part 4

Thursday, January 13th, 2011
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One of our intrepid travellers, Huey, travelled on the 'Best of Egypt' 14 day accommodated trip which started on the 5th December 2010 in Cairo, and wrote us a daily diary! Here is the fourth part of her series of diary entries.... felucca

Day 6 - Felucca sailing down the Nile

We begun the next morning bright & early, where a much welcomed breakfast of eggs & bread is served. Imagine our happiness when there was coffee & tea too! After a quick round of clean up, we set sail again where everyone caught up on reading, chats & some trivia as well. Sailing on the Nile without all the modern convenience trappings was interesting to say the least. It offered a good chance to just disconnect from everything & catch up on more traditional things like chit chatting in person & reading books, which are all things we take for granted these days. Even though it can be a bit drawn out, nothing beats waking up on the water, literally!

Day 7 - Off the Felucca, off to Edfu & Luxor

After 2 peaceful days aboard the Felucca, we docked & caught up with our minibus to make our way to Luxor, where many sights await us. En-route to Luxor, we stopped by Edfu to see Temple of Horus . A temple only rediscovered 200 years ago, it is a complex dedicated to the falcon God, Horus. The son of the God, Osiris & Goddess, Isis, he is  very important in ancient Egyptian times as he signifies protection by being the God of the Sky & War. In this temple is also where Horus met his wife, Hathor (Goddess of Music & Art) as depicted by the carving of the Beautiful Meeting.

One of the most intact & well-preserved temple, with some of its original colours still visible, this temple offered many invaluable information about high priest practices & way of life during the ancient Egyptian times to Egyptologists. We finally arrived at historic Luxor, home to Valley of the Kings & some truly amazing temples. The capital for many Pharaohs, this city held tremendous importance during ancient Egyptian rule.

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Our first stop was to visit Luxor temple, where many Egyptian rulers from Old to New Kingdom, to Greco-Roman & Arabian rule converge via continuous building across the site. Pharaohs from Ramses II to Tutankhamun to Alexander the Great all left their mark here & with it still being so remarkable despite it being badly ruined only make us wonder how much more grand it was during its heyday.

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Huey’s Trip Diary - The ‘Best of Egypt’ - Part 1

Monday, January 10th, 2011
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One of our intrepid travellers, Huey, travelled on the 'Best of Egypt' 14 day accommodated trip which started on the 5th December 2010 in Cairo, and wrote us a daily diary! Here is the first part of her series of diary entries....

Day 1 - Cairo Meeting up with our tour leader, Dave, at Havana Hotel in Mohandisseen was a breeze - we got briefed about the paperwork required (travel insurance, passport copies etc) & met our fellow travelers over some beers & dinner - all ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime together tomorrow!

Day 2 - Cairo (Egyptian Museum, Pyramids of Giza & Sphinx) The first day of the trip cannot begin in a better or grander way - the morning will be well-spent in the huge Egyptian Museum where some of the more important & famous artifacts & Pharaoh mummies are stored.

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Our Egyptologist guide was invaluable in explaining the history background & stories behind the artifacts & major historical events of this ancient civilization where he gave us a quick lowdown on the key artifacts and a thorough introduction to the most important boy-king of all time, Tutankhamun. His various treasures & of course, his infamous 110kg pure gold death mask were all on display for us to marvel at.

Some of the other highlights at the museum are also the Royal Mummies Room (entrance LE100) & the Animal Mummies Room, which is very fascinating to see mummies from millennia back still in great state of preservation. After lunch, it is the moment all have been waiting for - the Great Pyramids of Giza! As we approached the Giza plateau, which is only at Cairo's city fringe, the amazement of finally seeing the giant structures cannot be described with words. As we walked towards the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the sheer scale of it all just kept us speechless as we pondered how ancient Egyptians had the intelligence, knowledge & means to put together such majestic structures which still remain standing after 4,000 years.

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The camel ride across the Giza plateau where the Step Pyramid of Saqqara is visible from afar is also an experience not to be forgotten. Riding the camel which the people of the desert have used for centuries while approaching the Pyramids certainly made us feel like we've travelled back in time, to those ancient days where Gods & Goddesses were beyond divine, to inspire construction of the Great Pyramids.

We visit the Sphinx next, which is also equally awe-inspiring considering how it was carved out of one solid block of sandstone! Of course, with the Pyramids as its backdrop, our pilgrimage to the classic Egyptian icons were complete. However, there are many more amazing sights that await us for the next 2 weeks!

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