Tourism in Egypt

Egypt could be described as the ‘best’ place to visit in Africa.  If you live or are visiting Egypt, we recommend that you try your skills at bargaining at Cairo's famous Khan-el Khalili, one of the world’s largest bazaars, pulsing with commerce and crammed with spices, coppersmiths, perfume and trinkets.

Or why not visit Fishawi’s teahouse that has been in business for over 200 years, and is still a great people-watching venue. For an even more exotic touch, go to the Camel Market held every morning at Birqash, around 21 miles from Cairo, located on the edge of the Western Desert. Hundreds of camels are sold daily, most having been brought from Sudan.

Maybe you want to escape to one of Egypt’s six oases. The largest and most developed oasis is Kharga, with a Berber community, temples and museums all to be discovered. Dhakla Oasis has hot springs, and camel rides over the sand dunes.

 

The nearby village of Bashandi sells handicrafts made by local girls. The smallest is Farafra, an ancient fort town. Bahariyya is made up of several small villages, famed for its olives and dates.

Al-Faiyum’s Oasis is 60 miles southwest of Cairo, and the area contains small pyramids, the old city of Karanis, and temples. Siwa is the furthest west and remote, but the most picturesque and idyllic.

A cruise on the Nile is most relaxing, the cruise is usually between Luxor and Aswan, and generally lasts around five days. Along the Nile, felucca owners tout for custom; from Luxor, it is possible to hire one for a brief sunset cruise to Banana Island, or even to organise a trip upriver to Aswan. Hot-air balloon trips are also available, offering the best views of Luxor.

 
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