Destination Drawcards: Egypt

2019-01-09 06:15
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Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple co

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The land of the pharaohs is magnificent for the grandeur with which Egyptians pays homage to both life and death.  

Not without its conflict, Egypt's tourism levels took a considerable dip in the aftermath of the Arab Spring which started in 2011. However the destination remains relatively safe, with authorities aiming to ease security concerns.  

From starry nights under desert skies, to the rich and ancient historical sights of the River Nile, these are you drawcards sights and sounds to add to your Egypt travel itinerary. 

Destination drawcards:

Historically rich and ancient sights like the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx

Ancient Egypt and all its physical manifestations are at the forefront of the popular imagination when people mention this country and for good reason. Over 7000 years of history has left Egypt with a gripping, fascinating and inspiring legacy. with names like Ramses, Nefertiti and Tutankhamen and places like the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx - travellers to Egypt will get to see breathtaking temples, fascinating mummies and incredible artwork. 

The Nile River, boat trips and history 

Head on board and take a boat trip along the lush Nile Valley. Bask in the Egyptian sun on the waters of its most famous river as you glide by golden dunes, ancient monuments, exotic wildlife and everyday Egyptians going about their business. 

Culinary delights from beloved baked goods to warm teas 

Egypt is perhaps one of the lesser-appreciated culinary destinations in the world but don't be fooled - there are great gastronomic experiences on offer here. From the traditional staple Ful, made of fava beans cooked with oil and salt to the sweetness of Sahlab which is a warm dessert drink comprised of hot milk mixed with pure orchid root powder and traditionally topped with a pinch of cinnamon, shredded coconut and crushed pistachios. 

Starry nights under desert skies

Those deserts are legendary for the stories they hide and the wonder they evoke. Why not get out into the deserts of Egypt and go on a desert safari. Walk through an endless stunning range of desert landscapes coupled with scenic sunsets and starry night skies. Stay over and sleep under the stars. 

Modern cities that blend old world charm with modernity 

Ancient Egypt is one thing but it is not the only thing. Contemporary Egypt offers travellers a wide assortment of great experiences to enjoy. In Cairo, like in any other major city, you'll find major high rises and skyscrapers, international hotels and great restaurants, ancient monuments and historical centres and so much more. It all comes together in the unique blend that is the mosaic Egypt we know of today.

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