All the Things You Should Know Before You Do Travelling in Egypt

Egypt is a wonderful place; land of the pyramids, pharaohs, the Nile River, minarets and the foremost powerful, well-known civilizations. It is pretty much impossible to believe that you can see all that it has to present when you do travelling in Egypt; but it is definitely really worth a try.

The official title of Egypt is the Arab Republic of Egypt. This wonderful 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 an estimated number of 81 million inhabitants.

Getting There

Going to Egypt is pretty simple. A big part of their economy is tourism and making it difficult to enter the region may surely affect their tourism. Potential visitors that are thinking of travelling in Egypt must know that visas can be obtained upon arrival at the airport or bank office. 

Language

The official language of Egypt is Arabic. Most natives, though, speak what is known as as “Egyptian Arabic”; Egyptian Arabic is the native dialect. However, in schools and in various official settings, the accepted kind of Arabic is the Standard Arabic.

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

Money

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 sign can be seen in front of the numerals £. A lot of big lodging places receive U.S. green bucks. There are also a lot of various ATM’s good for use to acquire some Egyptian money.

Shopping

When buying stuff in Egypt, if you are at a marketplace or buying items from a street vendor, bartering is totally acceptable; it is even encouraged. The reason for this is that prices are usually marked up for travelers. Egypt’s products are thought of to be really reasonably priced and depending on the types of lodging places that you want to stay into, you are capable of getting by in Egypt for just $20 USD per day.

No matter what you love to shop for, regardless of whether it be souvenirs or trinkets… Whether you are in the market for bargains or higher-end merchandise- there is surely choices for you to buy once you do travelling in Egypt. There are lots of souvenirs and items available for shoppers in Egypt. There are also a large number of designer label boutiques available to shoppers at most of the malls in Cairo. Some of these brands include Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Guess among others.

Climate

It is quite hard to go around several places without excellent weather, right? In general, winters are quite temperate and summers are of course) hot and quite dry. The best part? You would almost not carry around your raincoat as it rarely rains.

Ramadan

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

Places to Visit

Deserts Galore

It has been said that Egypt is a “gift of the Nile,” as the areas encompassing the Nile are quite fertile and conducive to the growth of crops. When planning to do travelling in Egypt, it is important to understand that Egypt, in its entirety, is not fertile. As a matter of fact, Egypt is covered by 95% desert and is a continuation of the Sahara Desert.

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

Fun fact: The Desert is one of the cleanest places you will actually go to. There are no bugs and the sand is so clean it may be utilized as an antiseptic! The sand in the desert is clean and bacteria free. 

Many tourists go on guided desert tours when they do travelling in Egypt. Desert tours are available in different increments-

– quick tours, that can last until 3 days

– long guided tours, which can last in between 4 days to 7 days

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

And there is plenty to discover in the desert which includes sand dunes- perfect for sand sailing, sand surfing and going to caves.

By Sea

One can take Egypt by land and also by sea! No travelling in Egypt is complete without exploring the sea…and there are countless possibilities! The Red Sea has beautiful, crystal clear water and an amazing coral reef for you to discover. If you are into snorkeling, there is a plethora of animals under the sea to discover such as: putter fish, barracuda, tuna, unicorn fish, trunkfish and more! Oh and yes, there are sharks too! There are 44 various known varieties of sharks which may be found in the Red Sea.

Oases

Situated in then remote areas of Egypt, there are seven oases in the Western Desert which is possible to choose to go to when you do travelling in Egypt. An oasis is a confined region in the desert where you can find vegetation, which is able to grow because of the oasis’ proximity to a water supply (either a spring or other source of water). An oasis might be inhabited by wildlife and in the case of the Egytian oases, humans.

These oases include:

–         Siwa Oasis

–         Bahariya Oasis

–         Karga Oasis

–         Dakhla Oasis and

–         Farafra Oasis

Luxor

When you do travelling in Egypt, you would certainly want to stop by at Lexor. Populated by over 480,000 people, Luxor is home to burial chambers, monuments and various pieces of Egyptian history.

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

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