There’s more to Egypt compared to Pyramids of Giza! I spent a month there, traversing deserts and oases, finding off-the-beaten path temples and towns, and it had been one of the most important adventures of my entire life. Here are a few of my favorite places, places I did not know even existed before I came! In those areas, you will have to experience a number of Egypt’s lesser-known minority cultures and lifestyles, which of those Amazigh Berber, Nubian and Arab Bedouin individuals.
Don’t allow the 12-hour immediately bus-ride out of Cairo be a deterrent: Siwa, an oasis city in the Sahara Sea near the Libyan boundary, is an enchanting place with heaps of organic hot and cold springs and archaeological sites. In older Siwa, scale up to the peak of the hilltop ruins to get a view of the surrounding landscape, or dive right in, on a dune-bashing and desert-exploration tour with a local Berber guide. If you look closely, you will find little crystal-blue lakes, even saltier than the Dead Sea. The early Oracle’s temple, in which Alexander that the Great has been coronated as King of Egypt over 2200 years back, is one of several historic places to go to near town, creating a two or three day trip to Siwa worth your time!
Ditch that the hostels and camp outside using a semi-nomadic Bedouin tribe instead! The Sinai Peninsula is filled with amazing beaches, dive websites, party-towns and quiet villages, which makes it ideal for New Years Eve at Sharm el-Sheikh or a calm escape in Nuweiba or Dahab. Bedouin ‘camps’ rates vary from $3 bare-minimum bedding-and-mosquito-nets to $20-a night reed huts on the shore, with mattresses and wifi.
Feeling adventurous? Trek for 1-3 times to the Sinai’s inner areas to see renowned Abrahamic websites for example Mt. Sinai and St. Catherine’s Monastery.
The White Desert
Deep at the Egyptian Sahara close Farafra, eccentric white stone formations are sprinkled about a place called ‘The White Desert’. While these rock formations are all cool to see through the daytime, the real magic occurs during sunrise and sunset, when a number of the snowy stones appear blue at the low-light. To view this odd phenomenon, hire a local guide and pitch a tent for the night– you will feel that the temperatures fall but do not worry, there is always loads of hot sweet tea to go about.
Nicknamed ‘the Gateway to Africa’, Aswan charms visitors with its slower rate, vibrant villages on its own Nile river islands) Kitchner’s and Elephantine Island are teeming with scenic traditional Nubian houses, exquisite gardens, and ancient ruins in the Pharaonic, Hellenistic, Coptic, and Islamic eras. Sail throughout the river at a felucca vessel to West Aswan to learn more about the early “Tombs of the Nobles” and sample local Nubian food. ) Nearby, the imperial forests of Philae and Abu Simbel host remarkable hieroglyphics and epic figurines of Egyptian gods. There’s no lack of things to do Aswan; I spent a week researching its many websites, and didn’t see everything!
Egypt is filled with history and culture, so after you have had your fill of mummies and pyramids, venture from your comfort zone. Hop onto a local bus, stop at any city across the Nile and you are bound to find something historical, friendly people and delicious food. This list comprises a number of my favorite areas in Egypt, but recall the best aspect of travel is moving out and finding your ownpersonal!