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Egypt’s Most Talked About Attractions

Thursday, June 9th, 2011
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Egypt is awesome. It’s awesome from an architectural, archaeological and cultural perspective. Not only is Egypt brimming with historical wonders that manage to baffle even the most highly educated minds, but it’s also just so darn beautiful. When chatter of Egypt's breathtaking sites take flight, the main attractions always seem to be The Karnak Temple, The Valley of the Kings, the River Nile and of course the pyramids of Giza.

The Karnak Temple This is a city of temples which were built and dedicated to the Theben triad of Amun, Mut and Khonsu. The structures took over 2 000 years to complete. The Karnak Temple wins the proud title of being the largest religious building in the world. Covering about 200 acres of land, 1.5km by 0.8km, the destination has been a place of pilgrimage for almost 4 000 years.

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The Nile River

Regarded as the longest river in the world, the Nile stretches a length of 6,650 km. The river has two major tributaries: the White Nile and Blue Nile. The White Nile goes through Tanzania, Lake Victoria, Uganda and southern Sudan, and the Blue Nile starts at Lake Tana and flows into Sudan from the southeast. Both sections of the river eventually meet up again at Khartoum, in Sudan.

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Valley of the Kings

This piece of land was used to build tombs for Pharaohs and important people from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties. These tombs were built over nearly 500 years from the 16th to the 11th century BC. The valley shot into fame when the tomb of Tutankhamun was found in the area, making the Valley of the Kings one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.

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The Giza Pyramids

Giza is home to three main pyramids (and a handful of smaller ones) and each one has its own mortuary temple joined to it. For over 4 000 years, until modern architecture stole the show, it was the tallest building in the world. Giza_Pyramids_by_Bruno_Girin

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Egypt is home to some of the biggest and best sites in the world, its no wonder the above are so famous. Feeling an itch to experience Egypt first hand?

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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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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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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!

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Egypt - More Than Mummies and Pyramids

Friday, July 9th, 2010
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So you are heading off to Egypt and your itinerary covers all the main highlights this amazing country offers.  Now what? There is much more to this vibrant place than the Pyramids and the Valley of the Kings!

Here are few ideas to keep you occupied:

Beaches Whether you make your destination the Gulf of Suez, near Cairo, or the more well known Red Sea, you’ll find balmy weather and everything from backpacker hotels to exclusive resorts. Warm, clear water, vibrantly colored fish, diving, snorkeling, wind surfing and relaxing. Fishing From Tilapia to big Catfish to Nile perch, you can find the catch of a lifetime in Egypt.

Lake Nassar, the largest man-made lake in Egypt, stretches over 300 miles and promises a great catch for even the most inexperienced angler.

Scuba Diving Diving is a year round sport in Egypt and there are many under water treasures to explore. Beginner or novice divers should stick to Dahab and Sharm el-Sheik where both equipment and instruction can be found.

Desert Safaris These guided tours will take you to the Egyptian oases and to the great temples of the ancient gods and the tombs of kings. You can see breathtaking vistas and learn more about Egypt than you could ever do from a book, as guides take you through the other less-well-known pyramids and the famous Black Desert.

Golfing Dream Golf is a course located on the outskirts of Cairo. The 7200 yard course, covered in well-tended grass, is one of the largest in Egypt.

Shopping Khan e-Khalili bazaar in Cairo is Egypt’s oldest market. Goods from all over the world come to the Khan, and you can find everything in jewelry, leather, pewter, wood and clothing that you can imagine. If you are skilled in haggling, you can come away with terrific bargains!

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See It All On An Egypt Overland Tour – Even On A Tight Travel Budget!

Thursday, June 17th, 2010
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Egypt Budget Travel

Nothing brings to mind exotic mystery more than an Egypt overland tour, with images of pyramids, camels, palm trees, endless deserts, and one of the world's most ancient cultures throughout the history of man.

For many adventure-seekers, a Cape to Cairo tour offers infinite allure and day dreams of distant lands and desert adventures, but the thought of the cost is enough to put off even the most intrepid of travellers. With overland tours however, travel to Egypt is made possible - regardless of your budget.

One of the best ways to experience Egypt and the allure of North Africa is through Egypt budget travel which takes you across the key landmarks of Egypt as well as its surrounding countries. This gives you a holistic travel experience that far surpasses any dedicated tour to just one destination, allowing you the trip of a lifetime as you set off to explore the wonders of the northern tip of Africa by overland truck.

Egypt overland travel could include the following:

- Cape Town to Cairo Nile Trans As one of the most ancient and well-travelled overland routes in the world, the Cape to Cairo overland trip brings to mind all the excitement of travelling across the African continent in search of adventure, memories and all the wonders offered by each destination you pass. Beginning in the beautiful Cape you will travel across Africa - through countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, Ethiopia and many others - before getting to the breathtaking attractions of Egypt. Here you will see the legendary Pyramids of Giza, take in the vibrant streets of Cairo, see the world-famous Nile River and many other landmarks. This is Egypt overland at its finest, with the additional benefit of a coast to coast journey across Africa.

- The Roof of Africa Trip For those who would prefer to focus their attention on the northern most tip of Africa, the Roof of Africa experience gives the opportunity to discover the many wonders of the top of Africa. From the pyramids, deserts and landmarks of Egypt, to the ancient ruins of Libya and the desert wonders of Tunisia, you will be able to see some of the most famous and renowned sites within North Africa on this Egypt budget travel experience. In three weeks, you can learn about the fascinating history of North Africa, and find out about the ancient cultures and influences that have made this region one of the most fascinating destinations in the world.

-Trans Africa Trip If you are up for a major challenge and want to experience one of the most rewarding and memorable overland tours imaginable then the Trans Africa trip is one of the best ways to experience Egypt (as well as many other countless destinations and attractions across Africa) over a grueling yet highly unforgettable 40 week adventure.Egypt overland tours simply do not come more epic than this one and for those who are tough enough to brave the deserts, heat and challenges that lie in wait, this tour is a must. However you choose to experience the wonders of Egypt, overland tours offer the most affordable and fun way to explore this fascinating country and its surrounding destinations, putting you right into all the action and ensuring that your Egypt overland adventure is truly unforgettable.

** (Most of these trips also run in the opposite direction if that works better for your flights!)

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