Things to Keep in Mind for Easy Travel to Egypt

Egypt is a wonderful land; land of the pyramids, pharaohs, the Nile, minarets and the first powerful, well-known civilizations. It is virtually impossible to imagine that you can see all that it has in store for you when you travel to Egypt, but it is absolutely really worth a try.

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

Getting There

Going to Egypt is pretty simple. A large component of their economy is tourism and making it difficult to enter the country may definitely affect their tourism. Possible visitors who are thinking of travel to Egypt should know that visas may be acquired upon arrival at the airport or bank office. 

Language

The formal language of Egypt is Arabic. Most natives, though, converse with what is referred to as “Egyptian Arabic”; Egyptian Arabic is the native dialect. However, in schools and in various official settings, the accepted form of Arabic is the Standard Arabic.

Egyptians are popular for their curiosity of other languages. There are many Egyptians that can speak English in addition to Arabic. Also, owing to the overwhelming number of tourists that appear in Egypt from Europe, you may find out that quite a few Egyptians also speak in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Russian has also become an increasingly popular language to practice simply because, again, there are a large population of Russian tourists visiting Egypt- especially in Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh.

Money

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound, written as LE- which is an acronym for the French term “livre egyptienne” (Egyptian pound). When written in numbers, the Egyptian pound sign can be seen in front of the numerals £. Many big lodging places receive U.S. green bucks. There are also a large number of ATM’s good for use to acquire some Egyptian currency.

Shopping

When buying souvenirs in Egypt, if you are at a marketplace or purchasing things from a road vendor, bartering is absolutely OK; it is even encouraged. The reason for this is that costs are usually marked up for visitors. Egypt’s products are thought of to be really fairly priced and depending on the kinds of accommodations which you want to stay into, you may be able to get by in Egypt for just $20 USD per day.

No matter what you love to shop for, whether it be souvenirs or trinkets… Whether you are in the market for bargains or higher-end merchandise- there is surely something for you to buy when you travel to Egypt. There are a great deal of souvenirs and items available for visitors in Egypt. There are also a large variety of designer label stores 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 go around several places without good weather, right? Normally, winters are relatively temperate and summers are naturally) hot and very dry. The best part? You will pretty much never bring a raincoat as it barely rains.

Ramadan

Obedient to the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a essential Muslim holiday. During Ramadan, Muslims fast every day, for 30 days. Even if you may not be a Muslim yourself, it would very much appreciated if tourists do not eat, consume liquid or smoke in public.

Locations to Visit

Deserts Galore

It has been said that Egypt is a “gift of the Nile,” as the land around the Nile are very fertile and conducive to the development of crops. Once you plan to travel to Egypt, it is essential to understand that Egypt, in its entirety, is not fertile. As a matter of fact, Egypt is covered by 95% desert land and is a continuation of the Sahara Desert.

Do not be deterred, however, since the desert land is actually 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 go to. There are no bugs and the sand is so clean it can be utilized as an antiseptic! The sand in the desert is clean and bacteria free. 

Many visitors go on guided desert tours once they travel to Egypt. Guided desert tours are obtainable in different increments-

-brief tours, that can last for 3 days

-long guided tours, which can last in between 4 days to a full week

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

And there is a good number of things to discover in the desert such as sand dunes- great for sand sailing, sand surfing and going to caves.

By Sea

It is possible to go to Egypt by land and also by sea! No travel to Egypt is complete if you don’t check out the sea…and there are endless possibilities! The Red Sea has beautiful, clear water and an amazing coral reef for you to check out. If you are into snorkeling, there is a plethora of sea creatures under the sea to discover like: putter fish, barracuda, tuna, unicorn fish, trunkfish and more! Oh and yes, there are sharks too! There are 44 different known varieties of sharks which can be observed in the Red Sea.

Oases

Located in then remote areas of Egypt, there are 7 oases in the Western Desert which one can choose to check out once you travel to Egypt. An oasis is a confined area in the desert area where there is vegetation, which is able to exist due to the oasis’ proximity to a water supply (either a spring or other supply of water). An oasis may be inhabited by wildlife 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 travel to Egypt, you will definitely need to stop by at Luxor. Populated by over 480,000 people, Luxor is home to burial chambers, monuments and other items of Egyptian history.

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

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