Egypt is the greatest outdoor museum in the world. With a history dating back more than 5000 years there is much to see as the dry sands of the desert have perfectly preserved many monumental temples and artefacts.
Language: Arabic - English is widely spoken.
Currency: EGP (Egyptian Pound) - major world currencies can easily be exchanged at hotels and at banks.
Visa: Visas are required by South African passport holders, whether travelling as a tourist or on business.
Time: GMT +2 (GMT +3 May to September)
What Things Cost: These are approximate prices and may vary according to hotels and seasons
Bottle of water 1.5L: USD 5
Bottle of local wine USD 28 - 50
Local beer bottle: USD 6 - 11
Soft drink: USD 5 - 9
Coffee/tea: USD 4 - 7
Toasted sandwich USD 11 – 21
Cairo is the starting point of your exciting Egyptian holiday. View the magnificent pyramids and the priceless displays in the Egyptian Museum or haggle over gifts in the markets. The city is a beehive by day and the cool evenings herald a welcome calmness, broken by the call to prayers by the Muezzin. Take a walk on the corniche before dining on Egyptian specialities followed by lively music and belly dancing.
Alexandria is Egypt’s window onto the Mediterranean Sea and a popular weekend getaway for Cairo city dwellers. Many buildings offer a glimpse of a glorious past which is now being carefully preserved.
Luxor is built on the site of Thebes, a 4000 year old city on the Nile River and is often described as the world’s largest open air museum. It is home to the magnificent temples of Karnak and Luxor is the gateway to the Valley of the Kings.
Aswan is Egypt’s southernmost city situated on the cataracts and a particularly beautiful stretch of the Nile with flotillas of white sailed feluccas sailing around the islands.
Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh, with its excellent weather and warm water, could be described as Egypt’s Riviera and the Red Sea provides some of the best dive sites in the world with spectacular reefs and wrecks making this a mecca for divers and fun seekers.
Hurghada is a relatively new city by Egyptian standards and has become the leading seaside resort on the Red Sea catering for sun seekers, sailboarders, yachtsmen, snorkellers and most importantly, divers.