What You Should Know About Your Egypt Traveling

Egypt is a magical place; land of the pyramids, pharaohs, the Nile River, minarets and the foremost powerful, well-known civilizations. It is almost impossible to believe that it is easy to see everything it has to present when you do Egypt traveling, but it is definitely really worth a try.

The formal title of Egypt is the Arab Republic of Egypt. This great country is situated in north-eastern Africa and is bordered by Jordan, Libya, Israel, Sudan and the Gaza Strip. Its biggest city and capital is Cairo. Egypt borders almost 997,000 sq kilometers of the African continent and has over 81 million inhabitants.

Getting There

Going to Egypt is fairly simple. A huge part of their economic system is tourism and making it hard to enter the region may definitely have an impact on their tourism. Probable visitors that are considering to Egypt traveling must understand that visas may be acquired upon arrival at the airport or bank office. 

Language

The official language of Egypt is Arabic. Most natives, though, speak what is referred to as “Egyptian Arabic”; Egyptian Arabic is the native dialect. However, in schools and in other official settings, the accepted form of Arabic is the Regular Arabic.

Egyptians are known for their curiosity of other languages. There are quite a few Egyptians that speak English in addition to Arabic. Also, owing to the overwhelming number of travelers who appear in Egypt from Europe, you may discover that quite a few Egyptians also converse in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Russian has also become an increasingly preferred language to practice because, again, there are a big population of Russian travelers going to Egypt- especially in Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh.

Currency

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound, written as LE- which is French for “livre egyptienne” (Egyptian pound). When written in numbers, the Egyptian pound indicator may be seen in front of the numerals £. Many big lodging places accept U.S. dollars. There are also a lot of various ATM’s available for use to receive local money.

Shopping

When buying souvenirs in Egypt, if you are at a marketplace or purchasing souvenirs from a street vendor, bartering is totally OK; it is even encouraged. The reason for this is that costs are usually marked up for tourists. Egypt’s products are thought of to be really fairly priced and depending on the kinds of accommodations that you wish to stay into, you are capable of getting by in Egypt for just $20 USD per day.

Whatever you love to shop for, whether it be souvenirs or trinkets… Regardless of whether you are in the marketplace for bargains or higher-end merchandise- there is surely choices for you to buy when you do Egypt traveling. There are plenty of souvenirs and items obtainable for shoppers in Egypt. There are also a huge variety of designer shops available to visitors at some of the malls in Cairo. Some of these brands include Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Guess among others.

Weather

One cannot shop without excellent weather, right? In general, winters are quite temperate and summers are naturally) hot and very dry. The best part? You would almost never carry around a raincoat as it hardly rains.

Ramadan

True to the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is an essential Muslim holiday. In the course of Ramadan, Muslims fast every day, for 30 days. Even if you may not be a Muslim yourself, it would greatly appreciated if tourists do not eat, drink or smoke a cigarette in public.

Areas to Visit

Deserts Galore

It has been mentioned that Egypt is a “gift of the Nile,” as the land around the Nile are very fertile and conducive to the growth of crops. When planning to do Egypt traveling, it is important to understand that Egypt, in its entirety, is not fertile. As a matter of fact, Egypt is made up of 95% desert and is a continuation of the Sahara Desert.

Do not be deterred, though, since the desert land is in fact amazing in itself and its vastness may in fact overwhelm you when you are able to see it in person.

Fun fact: The Desert part of Egypt is one of the cleanest places you will ever visit. There are no bugs and the sand is so clean it can be used as an antiseptic! The sand in the desert is clean and bacteria free. 

A lot of visitors go on desert tours once they do Egypt traveling. Guided desert tours are obtainable in various increments-

– short guided tours, which can last until 3 days

– extended guided tours, that can last in between 4 days to a full week

– and Desert excursions. Desert excursions are your best bet if you are interested in checking out all that the desert has to offer. These can last anywhere between 10 to 21 days. 

And there is quite a few to enjoy in the desert including sand dunes- excellent for sand sailing, sand surfing and going to caves.

By Sea

You can take Egypt by land and also by sea! No Egypt traveling is complete if you don’t check out the sea…and there are countless possibilities! The Red Sea has beautiful, crystal clear water and an remarkable coral reef for you to see. If you are into snorkeling, there is a plethora of animals under the sea to see like: putter fish, barracuda, tuna, unicorn fish, trunkfish among others! Oh and yes, there are sharks too! There are 44 different documented species of sharks that can be observed in the Red Sea.

Oases

Located in then distant areas of Egypt, there are seven oases in the Western Desert which you can choose to visit once you do Egypt traveling. An oasis is a confined region in the desert where there is vegetation, that is able to exist because of the oasis’ proximity to a water supply (either a spring or other supply of water). An oasis can be inhabited by animals and in the case of the Egytian oases, communities.

These oases include:

–         Siwa Oasis

–         Bahariya Oasis

–         Karga Oasis

–         Dakhla Oasis and

–         Farafra Oasis

Luxor

Once you do Egypt traveling, you will absolutely need to go to Luxor. Populated by around 480,000 people, Luxor is home to burial chambers, monuments and various pieces of Egyptian history.

Squeezing all there is to understand about Egypt into one piece is almost impossible. Do the research, choose a time to visit and Go! You will surely not be disappointed.

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