If you love ancient history and spectacular monuments, Egypt is the place to travel.
As the critical link between north Africa and the Middle East, Egypt has an incredible history dating back to the time of the pharoahs.
With so many millennia-old monuments and tourist attractions to visit, you’ll never be bored in Egypt.
Although I loved the rich history and temples, I must adit that Egypt is one place I would not recomment travelling on your own, unless joining a group tour (as I did).
Compared to Australia, the cost of living in Egypt is pretty cheap. According to Numbeo, the living costs are approx 60-80% lower than Australia.
Top Things to See & Do in Egypt:
- Cairo City
- Egyptian Museum
- Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
- Nile River
- Valley of the Kings
- Valley of the Queens
- The Great Pyramids
- The Great Sphinx of Giza
- Karnak Temple
- Abu Simbel Temples
- Luxor Temple
- Colossi of Memnon
- Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut
- and much much more….
Average temp: 30-31 °C
Although there is some variance between the different regions of Egypt, the weather is generally dry, hot sand sunny.
Hence, the arid desert that occupying most of the country…
The best time to visit Egypt is between October – April.
This is the time of the year where daily temperatures are cooler, but still pleasantly warm across the country making exploring and visiting the temples ideal.
The winter months fall between November – January with daily temperatures during this time being quite mild for travellers.
At night-time however, temperatures can fall to 10 degrees Celsius or even freezing in some places.
The Summer months that fall between June – August can be unbearable for tourists, with daily temperatures frequently exceeding 30-50 degrees Celsius.
In my opinion, the local/public transport options in Egypt weren’t that great or safe.
Booking private transfers or group tours to get around is my top recommendation.
This ensures that you don’t get scammed or taken advantage of when it comes to taxi prices, get to your destination on time and stay safe.
Best transport options:
- Join a group tour / day trip and let them do the driving
- Day walking tours in Cairo
- Private transfer / booked taxi
- Local flights between the main cities
- Bus / Coach
- Overnight sleeper trains (but always keep your belongings close and upgrade to first class if possible)
The Best Adventure Activities in Egypt are:
- Sail by felucca down the Nile River
- Hot Air Balloon over the Valley of the Kings
- Camel Ride through the Desert (choose ethical companies)
- Scuba Diving
- Trek the Sinai Trail
- Watersports in El-Gouna & Soma Bay
- Quad Biking in the Desert
- Star Gazing in the Desert
- Low Cost of Living 80% 80%
- Safe for Travellers 40% 40%
- Landscapes & Scenery 50% 50%
- Tourist Attractions & Things to Do 90% 90%
- Adventure Rating 75% 75%
Disclaimer: Always check the smartraveller.gov.au website (or related) before travelling overseas, for their latest safety updates, advice and recommendations.
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MY TOP 3 RECOMMENDED GEAR FOR EGYPT
Given that Egypt is made up of mostly desert, you’ll want to ensure that you have an adequate supply of water on hand.
This will prevent you from getting dehydrated or worse, heat stroke.
NOTE: Drinking water from the tap is not recommended in most places in Egypt, except Cairo. Therefore, you should aim to fill your water bottle with purchased water or purify it (boil it) before drinking it.
It’s likely that you’ll be doing a lot of day trips in Egypt.
Therefore, you’ll want to ensure that you’re equipped with a durable, convenient and well protected backpack.
This backpack by Matein is great because it is durable, has lots of functional pockets for your valuables and tech, as well as zips that you can lock together for additional safety.
When visiting the famous tourist destinations and attractions of Egypt, you often need to trek over sand or stones to get there.
This sand can get excrutiatingly hot during the warmer months, and can burn and sting your feet if unprotected.
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Thinking of travelling solo?
Amazing! Ensure to check out our Solo Travel page that is loaded with important advice & tips to know before you go.
They will help you to prepare for the journey and overcome any personal obstacles you experience during your trip.
Need help or guidance on what to pack?
Finding the right gear for your trip can be overwhelming and expensive – especially if you don’t know where to start.
On our Travel Gear page, I list my favourite travel gear and accessories to help you narrow down the field, save money and buy quality gear at reasonable prices.
Ready to take the big leap?
There’s no doubt that planning and booking your trip is the most exciting part for any new adventure.
Here I outline 20 steps that you need to know in order to plan and book a successful trip & have fun whilst doing it.