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What to Wear in Egypt - The Nile Style Guide

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
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When the opportunity arises to stand at the foot of one of Giza’s Great Pyramids or stare dreamily down the Nile River, I would not blame you for packing your bags weeks ahead in anticipation, but you will have to pack with some consideration because in a predominantly Muslim country, where respect is key, being conservative does not have to be boring and being cool does not equal bare.

Dressing for Egypt is a breeze with my tips on what to wear in Egypt! If you are a city slicker, like me, accustomed to trendy designer labels and luxury clothing, then I can bet almost anything that booking a trip to the land of tombs, desert and belly-dancers would call for clothing that might not be a part of your current wardrobe. The challenge would be to find travel gear that’s appropriate, cool and comfortable without abandoning your personal style or sacrificing quality. After all, you do have a glamorous city slicker image to maintain, there are holiday pics to consider and of course, ladies, you want to portray the ideal modern-day Cleopatra to your Facebook friends.

September and October are the last of the very hot months in Egypt with a mild winter setting in from November to April. Nights will be cool but day-time temperatures can still reach blazing thirty degree highs. Therefore, the best clothes to wear in Egypt are…

My ‘must-have’ shopping list for the modern Nile Queen’s voyage: What to Wear in Egypt: Pants and skirts
Good ideas for clothes to wear in Egypt include capri jeans, leggings or skirts that cover your knees. Full-length, cotton leggings are at the top of my list. It’s comfortable enough to wear on the aeroplane; it can be mixed and matched with long shirts and tunics, and also takes up very little packing space. A flowing skirt is a wonderful item for night time rendezvous’ when belly-dancers emerge. Tie a coin scarf around your hips and shimmy your hips.

What to Wear in Egypt: Button up!
Cotton shirts with ¾ sleeves are best. These are ideal for hot days allowing the wind to pass through the fabric while the sleeves protect your arms from sun-burn. Not only are they respectful and easy to wash and wear, but they are near weightless and can be laid flat at the bottom of your bag. I adore Cape Union Mart’s Poetry range of loose-fitting shirts and floral dresses. Woolworths also has stylish long shirts in crimson and white. The Poetry range will have your stylish self fitting right in with this comfortable option of Egyptian clothing for woman.

Above: Poetry Floral Dress from Cape Union Mart Photo by Boenie van Deventer

What to Wear in Egypt: Walking shoes
Shoes are usually the heaviest items in your luggage, but you certainly can’t go anywhere with less than two good pairs when packing for clothing in Egypt. You can travel wearing flat ballerina pumps but it’s important that your feet breathe, so opt for leather. It would be ideal to also have a pair of sandals with a tiny heel which is great for days when you need to take pressure of your heels. Remember that you will probably end up doing a lot of walking and as I discovered on my trip to Rome where the combination of heat and over-walking had my feet swell with throbbing pain, a pair of cheap flip-flops with a spongy base is perfect for absorbing shock and keeping your feet pain-free. I bought a stunning gold pair of leather, wedged pumps on sale from San Marina. Tsonga sandals with flower detail from Cape Union Mart are pretty and equally versatile are these brown beaded flip-flops from Woolworths with its small wedge. These make for the perfect foot accessory to add to your clothing in Egypt.

Above: Brown beaded flip-flops from Woolworths Photo by Boenie van Deventer

What to Wear in Egypt: Cover up!
Sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are non-negotiable essentials. Protect your pretty peepers from sun, wind and sand and minimise the sun exposure on your face. A light scarf is also a doubly-useful item. Use it to cover your hair if you visit mosques or other holy sites and cover exposed skin to block out the elements. Feminine floral scarfs from Woolworths are perfect and I also love this stunning two-toned wide brim hat and these BIG shades which are perfect to pair with the rest of your Egyptian clothing for women.

Above: Shades from Woolworths Photo by Boenie van Deventer

What to Wear in Egypt: Bag it!
Unsuspecting tourists are easy targets for petty pick-pocketers anywhere in the world. Make sure that you use a bag that crosses over your torso so that it sits securely in front of you. These cross-body bags from Woolworths, available in black and brown, are easy to carry, big enough to hold your valuables and will blend in with whatever you wear. My number one rule is to pack as little as possible. I always aim to have a half-empty bag so that when my shopaholic-self kicks into gear at the cities bustling bazaars, I’ll have enough space to store my purchases. Besides, there’s nothing worse than having to pay airlines even more to accommodate already overweight luggage. A trip to Egypt will see you in comfort and style, now that you know what to wear in Egypt! Happy shopping, packing and travelling!

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Umayya Theba
Journalist, blogger, online copywriter and adventurer at heart, I am a fashion-crazed, fun-loving lady with an obsession for healthy living, global travel and all things Italian:  the shopping streets of Milan and Rome, the rich culture and craftsmanship, the romantic language as well as its passionate people and their appreciation of beauty. A big dreamer and lover of life, I am steadily ticking off my personal list of 1000 places to see and things to do. It’s my mission to dance the life-path less travelled and to look stylish doing it!

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Tags: egypt, fashion, what-to-wear

Is it safe to travel to Egypt?

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
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If there were ever a time to visit North Africa, it’s now. The bloody riots in Libya and Syria have unfairly scared tourists away from neighbouring countries. Egypt in particular are feeling the pinch in tourism, with foreigners cancelling their holidays to the area because they don’t know that it IS safe to be in the country.

Our overland expert has just gotten back from Egypt: she says her experience was great! She raved about it. She showed us her pictures and dedicated last month’s ‘Overlanding Africa Newsletter’ to the country. Travellers are leaving amazing reviews on travel forums and blogs about their overland trips to Egypt; saying their experience has been peaceful and enjoyable with locals being super friendly. What the majority of people don’t know is that Egypt is as safe to visit as it was a year ago. The lack of tourists has meant bad news for hotels and tour operators in the area, but its ‘Charlie Chaplin heel-clicking’ good news for anyone who wants to go on an overland trip and avoid the streams of tourists that usually pour out of buses and shuffle around tourist attractions.

Take a look at the photos taken while our overlanding expert was over in Egypt a few weeks ago.

Tourist Attraction!
Above: Karnak Temple in Luxor

Above: Street in Cairo

Peaceful Egypt!
Above: Happiness is...

Above: Sinaidahab

Would we offer overland trips to unsafe areas? When we send an overland truck into Egypt, we’re confident it’s going to come back. So turn off BBC and stop painting Egypt with the same tar brush. Not fair.

Keen to book an overland trip to Egypt? Do it.

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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.


Photo by Unguvioloet


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.


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.


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.


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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Tags: best-of-egypt-trip, egypt, egypt-overland-trip, history, revolution

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.


Photo by Classic Glass


Photo by Classic Glass


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Photo by Archer10

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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Photo by Juligomoll

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.


Photo by Astique


Photo by Andy Simmons

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

Photo by Bruno Girin

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?

Go ahead... scratch: '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.


Photo by jonl1973

#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.


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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Middle East Trek



Best of Egypt


Great Egypt Information Resources

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

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What the revolution means to Egypt

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
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The beginning of 2011 saw an eruption of protests in Egypt as revolutionaries took to the street in demand for a world call for change. They sought equality and equal distribution of resources as well as rights to political participation, and so Egypt was launched into the world’s spotlight.


Photo By Crethi Plethi

We all sat with bated breathe, glued to our television sets, internet forums and social networks, in wait for the latest breakthrough in the Egypt revolution - crossing our fingers for the common ordinary people, seeking freedom for all! Of course, as with all revolutions, unrest is the norm; and accordingly Egypt saw a time of civil unrest as the state of the nation became increasingly unstable, leading many to predict a civil war break out.


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Fortunately for all parties involved these predictions did not come to pass. However, the question stands some 4 months later: What did the revolution in Egypt actually manage to achieve? Are the people of Egypt in line for a shift in government policies and regimes? Is there a way forward? What is the status of Egypt at present? Mubarak and his regime held a very tight fisted reign over Egypt and did so for well over 30 years. It was this stifling controlling factor that led the ordinary Egyptian to stand up and break the mould that Mubarak had shaped for himself and the state.


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The revolutionaries are of the mindset that the state and the government are to exist as a consequence of the will of the people, and not the other way round. Thus the Egypt revolution quintessentially attempted to show that the power lies in the hands of its people. As time went on the protests led to a massive change in mindset for many Egyptians “bringing the Berlin Wall inside people’s minds crashing down”.


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Ultimately, Mubarak was forced to resign, which he did on the 12 February 2011, relinquishing his powers to the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF). According to an interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Mohamed Waked, SCAF is merely attempting to ‘recreate the old regime’. He says the post-revolution months have seen thousands of ordinary Egyptians being tried by military courts (run by SCAF), who cite various ridiculous reasons including the crime of ‘baltaga’ (hooliganism).

The sentences passed on these types of ‘crimes of the state’ are extreme - 3-5 years of imprisonment - a rather harsh sentencing for someone trying to practice their freedom of speech I would say. Waked states that this kind of over-the-top discipline is the main reason so much tension exists between the Supreme Council and the citizens of Egypt. It seems the general impression so far is, that although not an entire waste of time, the revolution in Egypt has not changed much in the way of the lives’ of the ordinary citizens. The fact that the revolution was needed, to create a place of solidarity for the ordinary working-class Egyptian, is of course priceless. However it is yet to be determined what the long term affects of the revolution will be.


Photo By Andre Bohrer

One thing can definitely be learnt from the Egypt revolution - In unity there is power, and when the people have had enough of struggling and putting up with the dregs left to them by their ‘leaders’, the people will revolt and affect a radical change. Long Live Freedom!

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Tags: cairo, civil-war, egypt, mubarak, political-atmosphere, revolution, scaf, supreme-council-of-armed-forces, unrest

African Wildlife from an Overlanding Truck

Monday, May 9th, 2011
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Africa's wildlife spectacle is actually quite easy and inexpensive to access, if you've got the mettle of an overlander. Of course there are silver-service bush camps dotted throughout the wilds of Africa offering bespoke game viewing experiences, but unless you're on a film star's salary, chances are these types of safaris are something you'll save for later, and besides we've got an option that is infinitely more entertaining. Budget African travel from Overlanding Africa is definitely your best opportunity to experience Africa, her wildlife, landscapes, cultures and cities, plus you'll do it with a bunch of like-minded people whose agenda begins with fun and ends with good times.

Here's a fraction of the wildlife roaming Africa:

Wildlife Wonders:

Armadillo in Africa

Armidillo in Africa

Waterhole reflections

Buck drinking water

Cheetah Cubs in a Tree

Cheetah cubs perched in a tree

A Herd of the Gentle Giants, Elephants

Elephant herd

Giraffes at an African Sunset

Giraffes at sunset

A Horse Rider in Cameroon

Horserider in Cameroon

Quirky Meerkats


Wild Dog Pups


The Greatest Show on Earth, Wildebeest Migration

Wildebeest migration


Zebras reflection

Although there's no best time to visit Africa, generally the Southern Hemisphere winter tends to offer better game viewing in Africa, the sparser vegetation and general decline in water availability means wildlife is easier to spot and animals reliably congregate around water holes.

If you're interested in visiting Africa on a budget holiday see our Overlanding Africa Tours page, or get in touch with one of our overlanding travel consultants, they're veterans of overlanding Africa trips and will excite you into an itchy feet frenzy about experiencing Africa from a truck.

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Tags: adventure, africa, animals, cape-town, drc, egypt, ethiopia, images, landscape, mozambique, overlanders, overlanding, photography, south-africa, travel, trips, waterfall, wildlife

Our Overlanding Africa Images

Monday, May 9th, 2011
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We were trawling through the image database last week, a little house keeping before the overlanding season kicks off, and while slotting images into the correct folders we pulled out a few of our photographs to wet your appetite. Here's 16 snapshots of what it's like to go overlanding in Africa. Overlanding Exclusives: Dune Climbing in Sossusvlei, Namibia

Overlanders dune climbing in Sossusvlei, Namibia

Game Drive at Sunset

Overlanders game drive at sunset

Game Ride on Horseback

Overlanders horseback game ride

Lake Malawi Water-skiing

An overlander water-skiing at Lake-Malawi

Overlanders in Okavango Delta, Botswana

Overlanders enjoying lunch in the Okavango Delta

Overlanders Getting their Feet Wet

Overlanders getting their feet wet

Overlander Restroom

An Overlander restroom

Overlanding Beach Drive

An Overlanding beach drive

Overlanding Tent Site

A typical overlanding tent site

Overlanding Truck Stuck

Overlanding truckstuck

Overlanding Truck Stop

Overlanding truck stop


An Overlander Paragliding


Quad Bike Adventure

An overlander quad biking in Namibia

Overlanders Recycle

Overlanders recycle

Skydiving in Namibia

Overlanders Skydiving in Nambia

White River Rafting Adventure

Overlanders white-river rafting

If any of the images above struck a chord with you, or enticed that travel bug to rear its adventurous head, have a gander at our Overlanding Africa Tours page, we've got a 164 trips for you to explore Africa.

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Tags: adventure, africa, animals, cape-town, drc, egypt, images, landscape, mozambique, overlanders, overlanding, photography, south-africa, travel, trips, waterfall, wildlife

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!

For trips covering Egypt and the Middle East contact OverlandingAfrica.com or make your comments below.

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