Egypt Travel Guide
For some time, I admired an African American on Instagram who graciously explored Egypt. Automatically, the country was imprinted on my heart until I discovered a fellow Nigerian solo tripped round the country. It is no other than Anuoluwapo Eunice (AE), a Nigerian travel blogger. Her travel experience around three cities in one country will leave you inspired and ready to visit Egypt. Let's delve in.....Shall we!
I’ve always wanted to travel to Egypt, if not for anything else, to see the pyramids (the only ancient world wonder in Africa). My interest was further sparkled by the movies Gods of Egypt and X-men the apocalypse. Although I would later find out that the movies were a deceit and the pyramids looked nothing like I saw in them. Egypt was still a nice place and a great experience and if I ever get the opportunity, I’d definitely be going back.
I applied for my visa and after three (3) trips to Abuja where the Egyptian Consulate is located, I finally got it. If you stay in Lagos I’d definitely suggest using a travel agent. The cost of three (3) return air tickets to Abuja isn’t just worth it. I was so excited to have finally gotten my visa and after getting permission from work, I board a plane headed to North Africa, precisely the home of the Pharaohs.
Prior to my coming around, I had tried to draw up an itinerary based on travel advise on the internet and from friends who had either visited Egypt or those I met over the internet, however, I was overwhelmed at some point as there were just too many suggestions and places to see. So, I decided to ditch the itinerary, go with the flow and let each day unfold graciously!.
I was in Egypt for 14 days; spent 8 days in Cairo (the capital city), 4 days in Sharm El Sheik (a coastal city on the Banks of the Red Sea) and 2 days in Alexandria (the city founded by the famous Alexandria the great). I did see a lot!.
PLACES TO VISIT IN CAIRO
In Cairo, my first stop was the pyramids where I took a horse and camel ride around the ancient wonder. The Pyramid of Giza is the cornerstone of tourism in Egypt and experiencing it has got to be the most thrilling experience I have had to date.
I visited the Egyptian museum (the Coptic museum) which has the largest collection of Christian artefacts. It was nice seeing fragments of the Egyptian history, myth and culture. I gained quite a bit of knowledge and was able to relate with movies based on Egyptian myths like Gods of Egypt and The Mummy. I also saw the hanging Church.
I balanced my religious tourism visit by also visiting the mosque during prayers where I got some conversion materials which I brought back as gifts for my muslim friends in Nigeria :). I later took a felucca, the Egyptian boat, on the Nile River (where Moses sister put him in a basket when all the first sons of Egypt were being killed) and visited the Cairo Tower to have stunning view of the city.
PLACES TO VISIT IN SHARM EL SHEIK
In Sharm El, I hiked Mount Sinai (Awesome right?). I saw the burning bush where Moses received the 10 commandments, partied with total strangers at Nama Bay which is the buzzing place in Sharm, tried Shisha for the first time and took a boat trip with a bunch of Russians and Asians who barely spoke English and saw a host of other places.
PLACES TO VISIT IN ALEXANDRIA
Alexandria was not as exciting as the other cities and you can skip it if your holiday is short. It was raining for most of my time, so heading out was pretty difficult, however I was able to see the Alexandria Library where I learnt about the places I was unable to see
FINAL WORDS ON VISITING EGYPT
At the time, airfare on Ethiopia Airways from Lagos to Cairo was about N150,000. I went by bus to Sharm El Sheik and took the train at Ramses to Alexandria.
I couchsurfed in Cairo and Alexandria but I stayed at two different affordable hotels in Sharm.
Due to previous attacks tourism is on the low and activities are pretty affordable, so if you are looking for a budget destination I recommend Egypt and Sharm is a must. Don’t be discouraged by what people say. I went to Egypt solo, I was the only black female in thousands and I never for one moment felt unsafe!.
"It's only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves, in finding themselves". Andre Gide