Egypt, a transcontinental country and the capital of Cairo, is located in North Africa. The country holds many historical values and is featured in public school books, the Bible and professional travel journals. For these very reasons, people are drawn to the country and this is not to mention its many temples, mummies, hieroglyphs, and pyramids. If you are drawn to Egypt, there is no doubt that you will want to travel there someday. While this would be a great opportunity to explore one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, it will be in your best interest to learn the risks, as well as its offerings prior to your trip.
Relies On Tourism
The tourism trade provides approximately 15 percent of employment in Egypt, which means that one-sixth of the country’s population relies on tourism. With this in mind, there are some risks of traveling to Egypt. Terroristic threats and political violence from opposition groups have definitely put a damper on Egyptian tourism. However, these warnings do not deter some people from traveling to Egypt. But, it is important to note that the downturn of tourism has brought with it some more aggressive and persistent touts.
To get the most out of your trip, be sure to check out Egypt tour packages, which offer lower prices and the best travel amenities.
Learn About Egypt’s Climate
Egypt is mostly comprised of desert, with hot and dry summers and moderate winters. Most tourists choose to visit the marvelous country from November through March because the weather at this time is less brutal. One great benefit of traveling to the Nile valley is you will never need to be worried about getting wet. It rarely rains there so there will be no need to pack your raincoat or umbrella for the trip.
Along the Mediterranean Sea, on the north coast, receives the most rainfall and thunderstorms with heavy rain can last for hours. Rainfall and thunderstorms are not a major issue in the Delta and Alexandria, Marsa Matruh. Just do your research, so you know exactly what to expect from Egypt’s climate prior to your trip.
A large majority of tourists visiting Egypt will head straight to Cairo after landing at the airport. Cairo, capital of Egypt, is home to more than 16 million people and one of the largest cities in the Middle East and Africa. Cairo is located along the Nile River and highly known for its medieval history that is mainly preserved for Old Cairo. The Giza Pyramids are one of Cairo’s biggest tourist destinations. Situated just west of Cairo, Giza is located in close proximity of the Pyramids of Giza.
The Pyramids of Giza include the ancient pyramid structures and the Sphinx, a statue of the mythical creature that has the body of a lion and head of a human.
While Dehab is not nearly as popular as Cairo, it is frequented by some of the world’s most adventurous backpackers and hikers. The isolated coastal village is at one time a hippie hangout, but today it is a popular tourist destination. It offers scuba diving, windsurfing, and rock climbing adventures, as well as a relaxed atmosphere for those who are not so adventurous.