Egypt is an ancient and enchanting country where you can explore millennia-old temples, bask on golden beaches and sail along the Nile River on traditional feluccas. Warm-hearted locals and mouth-watering food make it easy to fall under Egypt’s spell.
Things to do in Egypt
Most trips to Egypt start in Cairo, the country’s captivating capital. The city is a fascinating mix of old and new, with ancient mosques and Mamluk monuments standing alongside gleaming skyscrapers and luxury shopping malls. Don’t miss the ancient artwork and antiquities on display at the Egyptian Museum while Luxor is a not-to-be-missed city for history aficionados. The Valley of the Kings is the final resting place of Tutankhamun and the waterside temples of Dendera and Edfu look like something from a dream.
Nowhere captures the essence of Egypt like the Pyramids of Giza. The monuments have been towering over the desert for more than 4,000 years and continue to captivate travellers from around the world. Climb up to the cavernous King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid of Khufu and snap a photograph in front of the iconic Sphinx.
Egypt’s Red Sea captivates travellers with its cinematic beaches and world-class dive sites. The laid-back beach resort of Dahab is fringed by golden sand and backed by rugged peaks. In El Gouna, you can explore kaleidoscopic dive sites such as Bluff Point and the Rosalie Moller Wreck, then enjoy cocktails and shisha at a beachside café.
Surrounded by golden dunes, Siwa Oasis transports you to another world. The oasis sits 25 metres below sea level and is shaded by lush palms and silvery olive trees. Cool off in the crystalline natural springs or gear up for an adrenaline-fuelled 4WD tour of the surrounding dunes.
Getting around Egypt
Egypt is well-serviced by an excellent public transport network that links Cairo with other major cities and towns. You can also travel by bus and shared taxi while cruise boats and feluccas are a scenic way to travel along the Nile. Local airlines offer domestic connections between cities and resort towns such as Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and Sharm El Sheikh.