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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.

dahab

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

luxor

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!

valley of workers

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.

luxor

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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10% OFF the Eastern Trans Africa Expedition!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
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You know, at this time of year as we count our way down towards overland high season, no one is giving discounts on overland trips. Why should they? The trucks are filling up all by themselves! HOWEVER! In the interests of travelling at the best time of year to avoid the worst rain, cold (well, except Namibian desert nights maybe), and heat Africa can throw at you, we thought we would let you in on an overlanding 'best kept secret' - the Eastern Trans Africa Expedition.

Drying the dishes

REAL overland travel at its best! If you want air conditioning, hot showers every night and a cook then this expedition is not for you. Expect to get "stuck in" on this trip that covers the major sights between Cape Town and Cairo both on and off the beaten track. A true ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME! And even better - get 10% off the trip price while you are at it!*

NOW GBP1,935 plus US$1,165 Local Payment!

*Discount does not apply to local payment where applicable.

For more info and a list of the 11 countries you will travel through, contact the team at OverlandingAfrica.com or post your queries below!

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Huey’s Trip Diary - The ‘Best of Egypt’ - Part 3

Wednesday, January 12th, 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 third part of her series of diary entries....

Day 4 - Abu Simbel & Aswan At 3am, we joined the first police convoy & begun our 258km journey to Abu Simbel to see one of the most astounding temples ever. Upon arrival, the footpath curves its way around a large mount, making the first glimpse of Great Temple of Ramses II a breathtaking one. With 4 massive statues of Ramses II, it is built by him to honor him & another 3 Gods.

abu simbel

Also a temple who was rescued from rising waters due to construction of Aswan dams, UNESCO relocated stone-by-stone of this amazing temple where massive statues & its carvings all remaining intact. The sheer scale of Abu Simbel is testament to how ancient Egyptians revered their Pharaohs & Gods. Next to it is the temple dedicated to Ramses II's favorite wife - the Queen Nefertari. Its smaller size is no compromise on its grandeur inside, with amazing preservation of colours from 3,400 years ago on its carvings. Dedicated mainly to the Goddess of Hathor (the Goddess of Music & Art), it depicts few of her transfiguration as bovine & as lady.

The temple is filled with beautiful intricate carvings of Nefertari & Ramses II, offerings made to Gods shows the immense respect the ancient rulers had for their Gods & Goddesses. Upon return to Aswan, it's a much welcomed day off to catch up on sleep & also to wander Aswan's less chaotic souqs for some shopping.

Day 5 - Aswan & Felucca

We awoke early to yet another interesting experience - camel ride in the Sahara desert! Led by the local Nubians, we embarked on camel back to experience the vastness that is the Sahara desert. Even in the crisp cold winter morning, we quickly heated up when the sun rays beat down on us, making us wonder how remarkable the Nubians are in being able to thrive despite such harsh environments. After the camel ride, it's back to hotel to pack up & get ready for 2 days of peaceful sailing down the Nile on a traditional felucca!

felucca

We arrived at the port & boarded our felucca. With the Nile waters glittering in the sunlight, we just lazed around reading, playing games & just doing nothing. The crew onboard the feluccas were very seasoned sailors (and cooks!), where we were spoilt with basic but very tasty traditional meals of bread, stew, salads & fruits. Some can indulge in quick (and cold!) dips in the Nile, while the rest stretches their legs on sandbanks wherever needed for toilet breaks (yes, there are no restrooms so it's being one with nature, literally)

The felucca anchors on sandbanks right before sundown as sailing is not allowed after dark, where everyone dines & enjoy some song & dance around bonfires, games of cards or just snuggling up in sleeping bags before sleeping under the stars. 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 2

Tuesday, January 11th, 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 second part of her series of diary entries....

Day 3 - Aswan After an overnight 13 hour train ride we arrived at Aswan (1000km down south from Cairo). Aswan is a peaceful town with much of its life around the vast Sahara Desert with the Nile flowing past, with many feluccas (traditional Egyptian sailboat) peppered along it. We headed out on a short boat ride to the tiny island of Agilka, where the Philae Temple (Temple of Isis) perches on. The temple was relocated stone-by-stone, all 57,000 of them, thanks to UNESCO to avoid it from going under the water when the Aswan dams were completed.

A beautiful temple dedicated to the Goddess of Love & Magic, Isis, the complex is adorned with intricate inscriptions. That is until the Coptic influence at later centuries, resulting in the defacing of Gods & Goddess' carvings on temple walls. It still stands beautiful today with many of its carvings remaining intact & its location is certainly a charming factor on its own.

philae

Aswan is home to Nubian culture, so we visited a traditional Nubian home where the hostess served us hibiscus tea & a home-cooked dinner. We had a first-hand experience of how the Nubians still continue to live like their ancestors did, in specially designed homes to keep warm in winter & stay cool in summer, as well as daily activities of cooking, craft-making, hunting etc. It was a very eye-opening experience to see how so many ways of living is still relevant after so many generations.

nubian village

We glided back to the hotel under the stars on the Nile, wondering what other adventures the days ahead might bring.

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Win A Trip In Egypt!

Friday, November 26th, 2010
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Giza Pyramids Egypt Pyramids and Pharaohs, Souks and Feluccas and Temples! Winning is easy! Click here to check it out!

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Egypt Budget Travel - Overland Style!

Monday, November 8th, 2010
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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.

Ramses II

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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Top 5 Travel Tips for Egypt

Monday, July 12th, 2010
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You can never be too prepared when you travel to a destination very different from your own! So, we listed a few points that we think are essential for every traveler that visits Egypt.

Money Small notes (1, 5, 10) are like gold in Egypt! You pretty much tip everyone who looks at you so you will need a good supply of small notes handy. Make sure that you receive the correct notes when you get change back after buying something. Don't mistake the 50 piastre note (50 Egyptian cents) for the 50 Pound note if a sly trader hands it to you 'by mistake'.

Water Avoid tap water (except in bigger, better hotels) and only drink bottled water. Clean your teeth with bottled or boiled water and avoid unpeeled fruits and vegetables (unless you wash it first). The real tip though for water is to remember to take it with you everywhere.

Dress Egypt is a predominantly Muslim country, however they are pretty relaxed and accepting of other cultures and religions. I would not recommend hitting the town in hot pants and a boob tube... longer length shorts and shirts are fine.

Shopping There are plenty of plastic Tutankhamun’s and stuffed camels to buy in Egypt but there is also some good quality items. The ones to look out for are Papyrus, Alabaster/granite, gold and Egyptian cotton. Bartering is expected.

Photos No matter where you are, or who they are, do not give your camera to someone else to take a photo for you - it could cost you to get it back. Do not take pictures of military/police/official posts - ever! And do not take a picture of a local person without their permission. You do not need to take any more precautions in Egypt than you would traveling to most Western countries. It’s a different culture, no question there, but that doesn’t make it wrong - just different. Open your eyes and open your mind and Egypt will find a place in your heart.

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Top 5 Red Sea Dive Spots

Saturday, July 10th, 2010
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On the eastern edge of the Sahara lies one of the choicest diving spots in the world. Separated from the rest of the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea has been left to develop an exhilarating reef system unparalleled in the region. To top it all off, 30 percent of the marine life here is endemic to the area. Diving

Check out the top 5 dive spots:

Sharm El Sheikh The Thistlegorm was a British Merchant Navy ship sunk on 6 October 1941 near Sharm el Sheikh and is now a well known and popular dive site. Combine that with a dive or 2 on the Ras Mohammed reef and you have got some of the best boat diving in Egypt. Dahab Numerous options for shore dives combined with warm, clear water make Dahab a popular spot in any dive itinerary. The Blue Hole and the Canyon have to be the top 2 advanced and technical dive sites and The Islands is an awesome dive for all levels of qualification. Boat trips to southern dive sites are becoming more popular.

Sha'ab Abu Nuhâs Reef in the Straits of Gobal This great reef is also known as the "ships graveyard". Numerous wrecks are within 40m of the surface and the top 3 have to be the Carnatic, Ghannis D, and Chrisoula K. These wrecks are spectacular and make fantastic material for the underwater photographer. Liveaboards out of Hurghada will get you there.

Hurghada The Giftun Islands has been a marine reserve for a few years now and this has to be one of the best boat dives in the Hurghada area.  Explore picturesque coral formations sticking out from the main reef wall decorated with soft corals. Good drift diving abounds.

Marsa Alam A relatively new dive spot, the dives and bays around Marsa Alam are home to excellent corals, large turtles, Guitar sharks and occasionally pods of dolphins. The coral reefs along the Marsa Alam coast are a real treasure trove for any diver. Well worth the extra effort needed to get there.

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