We consider Egypt as an amazing Superpower of adventure tourism in Africa. We’ve been fascinated by this country and its fabulous cultural and historical heritage, which is internationally known. This is why Egypt is the destination which attracts the highest number of tourists for Africa. As for us, we’ve considered to travel ourselves in Egypt, because we’ve been great fans of Ancient Egypt Civilization.
Furthermore, there are many things to discover for adventure travelers to believe. Adventure travelers should focus on archaeological excursions in many Ancient Egypt sites, diving in the stunning Red Sea, cruising through the magnificient Nile River, going for cultural tours in Cairo, the capital, visiting the Sphinx, The beautiful Great Pyramid, and then Alexandria and riding a donkey or a camel.
Egypt is situated in North Africa with its capital located in its largest city, Cairo. Egypt also extends into Asia by virtue of holding the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt is bordered by Israel and the Gaza Strip to the north-east, by Sudan to the south and by Libya to the west. The country is bounded by the Mediterranean and Red Seas (to the north and east respectively) and geographically dominated both by the Nile River and its fertile well-watered valley, and by the Eastern and Western deserts.
Egypt is largely a desert, an extension of the great Sahara that bands North Africa. Save for the thin strip of watered land along the Nile River, very little could survive here. As the ancient Greek historian Herodotus stated: “Egypt is the gift of the Nile”.
Generally, the summers are hot and dry and the winters, moderate. November through March are definitely the most comfortable months for travel in Egypt. There is almost no rain in the Nile valley.
Why visit Egypt ?
Because of its rich historic and cultural heritage, Egypt has numerous museums spread throughout the country in which adventure travelers can learn more about this country’s exceptional past. Egypt has always stimulated the imagination of tourists from around the World and has been one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide.
Egypt is firstly best known as the home of the ancient Egyptian civilization, with its temples, hieroglyphs, mummies, and its pyramids. Less well-known is Egypt’s medieval heritage, courtesy of Coptic Christianity and Islam – ancient churches, monasteries and mosques punctuate the Egyptian landscape.
There is a lot to do for any adventure traveler in Egypt. Apart from visiting and seeing the ancient temples and artifacts of ancient Egypt, there is also much to see within each city. In fact, each city in Egypt has its own charm of things to see with its own history, culture, activities, and people who often differ in nature from people of other parts of Egypt.
Important cities to visit in Egypt
- Port Said
- Sharm el Sheikh
Main Attractions in Egypt
Pyramids of Giza
Pyramids of Giza are located adjust to the locality of the suburbs in the South West of Cairo. These pyramids were built over a period of 3 generations of Pharaohs. The Pyramid of Khufu stands to about 139 m high and ranks as the largest among Egypt’s Pyramids. Close to it is the Pyramid of Khafre which appears larger because it was built on a much higher altitude.
Luxor, Karnak and Valley of the Kings
We consider Luxor as a great outside museum. It’s home of the renowned Valley of the Kings as well as Temple of Karnak. This four thousand year old city is the true Ancient Egypt at it’s finest. Best places include the Valley of the Queens, renowned Valley of the Kings, plus the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. This Valley of the Kings is scattered with frequently extremely decorated tombs, built to once hold the royal sarcophagi-enclosed mummies of the great pharaohs waiting for their passage into after-life. Among the best recognized tombs are those of Amenhotep II, Ramses II, Tutankhamen and Seti I.
The Karnak temple is located two and a half kilometers to the north if the town of Luxor. This site currently stands in great ruins and yet remarkably more impressive in Egypt. Karnak is the largest religions site that was ever built in Egypt’s history and represents a combination of numerous generations of builders in Egypt.
Waters of Red Sea are renowned for being exceptionally clear with some of the finest sea-terrain. The reef’s diversity of coral formations have made a sanctuary for thousands of various sea species. The beaches and the resorts of the Red Sea extend on both faces of the sea; the Eastern part and a portion of the Sinai Peninsula where are the neo-hippy Dahab and the ancient Sharm el Sheikh, and on the western coast id the old but greatly toured Hurghada plus several newly constructed resort towns.
Abu Simbel Temple
The Abu Simbel Temple is a renowned archaeological site that consists of two huge temples made from rock along Lake Nasser’s western bank in south Egypt. The double temples where curved from rock during The Great Pharaoh Ramesses II’ supremacy during the 13th Century BC as a monument for his queen and himself.
The most prominent way of touring Upper Egypt is by taking a cruise on the Nile. Since the start of time, Egypt’s life has greatly depended on the great River Nile. The commonest route traveled by cruise Egyptian ships is the Luxor to Aswan which is not only safe but very scenic and terminates at 2 significant towns in Egypt. Sailing in a calm rig that was well designed and built many years ago, is quite an exceptional experience.
Museums in Egypt
Because of its rich historic and cultural heritage, Egypt has numerous museums spread out through the country in which visitors can get the opportunity to learn more about this country’s exceptional past. The most prominent of all is the Egyptian Museum that holds over 120,000 ancient items. It covers two floors, with unique collections of items like coins plus papyrus, artifacts from the Valley of Kings and a Mummy Room with 27 mummies from the era of the pharaohs.
The Grand Egyptian Museum, the biggest Ancient Egypt museum is being built, near the Pyramids at Giza. It’ll be inaugurated in 2020, with full tomb collection of Pharaoh Tutankhamun will be exposed. Other objects will be relocated from storages and museums in Luxor, Minya, Sohag, Assiut, Beni Suef, Fayoum, the Delta, and Alexandria. This museum’ll be a must to discover during cultural exchange in Egypt.
Siwa, previous among the most mysterious oases of Egypt, is as well the most amazing. The present day Siwa town is found among dense palm groves, olive orchards, walled gardens and with several freshwater springs plus salt lakes.