One of the most magical places in Egypt, people mostly dream about visiting Marsa Alam, seeing the dolphins in Samadai Dolphin House, and snorkeling in Abu Dabbab. Why don’t they realize this dream you ask? Because Marsa Alam used to be a 12- hour drive from Cairo and, even though Marsa Aalam international airport was opened in 2003, not everyone can afford the plane ticket. However, all this changed with the opening of the new highways all over Egypt, now you can be in Abu Dabbab Beach just after eight hours of leaving your house or hotel in Cairo! We tried this marvelous trip ourselves to give you a road map for a vacation of a lifetime, a vacation that you will definitely want to experience again and again, as Marsa Alam can be addictive. Kindly note though that the sole purpose of this trip was swimming with the dolphins in Samadai Dolphin House, there are a lot more things to do in Marsa Alam but this short trip was all about the dolphins in Samadai and the sea turtles in Abu Dabbab. The road to paradise Google maps said the road should take 8 hours, so I started the trip at 6 am, planning to be at the hotel by check-in time. A lot of people prefer to start these trips earlier, and I might do that in the future, but as it was my first time driving this path I wanted the drive to be in the daylight. A road trip from Cairo to Marsa Alam means driving through Sokhna, Zaafarana, Hurghada, Safaga, and Al Qusiar, to reach your destination. You should take a look at a map of Egypt to check the distance and the roads before leaving. First of all the road is safe, Egypt is safe in general, but this was extra safe, a woman can drive along this road all alone and the worst that could happen to her is get a speeding ticket (guilty as charged) so that was definitely a good start to the trip. As safe as the road is for people it is still a very long drive with some parts surrounded by just the desert and the sea, so make sure to check your car before leaving. Pros of the road other than safety: The mountain views are breathtaking, and you travel by sea for two-thirds of the trip, which means beautiful relaxing views all the way. The first leg of the trip, from Cairo to Hurghada, is a piece of cake. Four to five hours of driving peacefully on a newly paved mountainous highway (Galala Road) with gas stations, side road cafes, and services. This should give you a decent start so try not to stop at this part except for gas. With the stops for gas and coffee, three gas stops, and one coffee break, the road took just the promised eight hours. Cons of the road other than the length: Galala road goes through a mountain, this provides a marvelous view but the altitude might be upsetting for some, especially if they suffer from middle or inner ear problems. The second leg of the road, from Safaga to Marsa Alam is a narrow two-way highway, some might find this scary especially with the twists and turns of driving through mountains. The fact is though you scarcely encounter other cars so it’s not that scary, just don’t drive too fast and stick to the speed limit. After Safaga there are no gas stations until you reach Al Qusair, so make sure to fuel before that stretch of the road. Is Marsa Alam really there? After eight hours of driving you might start thinking that Marsa Alam is just an illusion or a mirage, the city starts to feel more like a dream than a reality, more so when you start encountering hotels that promise they are in Marsa Alam while all they are surrounded by are the desert and the sea. This is because the populated city occupies around a third of its total area, the rest comprises beaches, mountains, and vast desert, with resorts dotting this expanded space. Beach Resorts start more than 50 kilometers north of Marsa Alam and continue all the way to Mount Hamata in the south. They are spaced apart in some areas and stacked together in others, but the whole city is quiet and serene, no place feels crowded there. In addition to being quiet, Marsa Alam is an impressively clean city, everything seems spotless from the pristine beaches to the azure water to the small streets. Everyone you interact with there will probably remind you to keep the beach clean and beware of plastic flying with the wind and tarnishing the sea. You don’t do that of course dear reader so just do as I did “smile and wave!” Finally, Samadai Dolphine house Before leaving Cairo I checked the trips to Samadai Dolphine House, how often in your life can you swim with a pod of dolphins in their natural habitat! Most trips are one and the same, it’s all about finding a good boat with the best professional crew, advanced divers, and experienced snorkeling guides. The trip starts at the marina, and here I have to admit that the rural looking small marina gave me an uneasy feeling, where are the throngs of tourists? I asked myself! This is part of the charm of Marsa Alam, it’s famous for being tranquil, so no one wants to disturb this serenity by building modernly crowded places. Albeit the small marina, the boat I chose was nice, modern, and spotless, and the 40 minute trip to Samadai Dolphin House was fairly easy. We were warned though the trip back won’t be as smooth, as we will be traveling countercurrent. When the boat finally docked at Samadai natural reserve we were instructed on how to proceed. Boats are not allowed to go further, so snorkelers will be taken by zodiac boats while divers should get ready to dive from the ship with the instructor. The zodiac trip was exhilarating, just a few minutes ahead we started to spot dolphins jumping in the water beside us, a lot of dolphins! Zodiacs stopped outside the Dolphin house as they cannot go further, this is the part you have to swim on your own. It is very safe though, even if you can’t swim, as wearing a life jacket is mandatory and every group must have a licensed guide. This is a surreal experience that should not be missed, swimming with wild dolphins in their natural habitat, these are not trained dolphins, they are real, everything is so real that it feels more like a dream your first time, just like Marsa Alam! Back to the boat to take a break, then another round of snorkeling, this time around the coral reefs where the ships dock, at the gate to the Dolphin House. The water is so clear and so blue that you can see all the way to the bottom, with all the fascinating marine life below. Facts about Samadai Dolphine House Marsa Alam The reef is actually called Sha’ab Samadai, the name Dolphin House was first commonly used by the locals for the presence of a permanent family of dolphins. The nickname became as famous as the real name that they have merged into one: Samadai Dolphin House National Park since 2004, the reserve is governed by very restrictive rules, as previously mentioned floating vests are mandatory, and licensed guides. The rare horseshoe-shaped coral reef is 500 meters wide and 900 meters long, making it a very fertile environment for the dolphins that live and move there in very large pods. The site is divided into three areas: Zone A is exclusive for dolphins, Zone B is for snorkeling, and Zone C is where the boats dock, it is also the only zone where diving is allowed. The reserve is only open to visitors from 9 am to 3 pm, that’s why all boats plan their trips accordingly Abu Dabbab Beach: sea turtles dugongs, and crystal clear waters One of the best beaches in Egypt, and one of the best places to spot dugongs and giant sea turtles, a trip to Marsa Alam is not complete without paying a visit to Abu Dabbab. You can find Some hotels along this beach that lies 30 kilometers north of Marsa Alam, but if you are staying someplace else you can enter the public beach for a fee (130 EGP for Egyptians). It is fair to say that Abu Dabbab is one of the most tended public beaches in Egypt, or dare I say the world. The public beach is no different than a five-star hotel private beach, clean with elegant chaise longues and stationed umbrellas. All services and facilities can be found on the beach, whether you are looking for a place to have lunch, have a drink, or take a shower after swimming. Abu Dabbab is considered one of the top diving and snorkeling spots in the world, the water is so clear that you can see all the way to the bottom, for 30 or 40 meters, while snorkeling. Also, the two well-preserved vast coral reefs are rich with diverse marine life, a whole world is going underneath you while you swim. In addition to all that, the sun is nice, the weather is balmy and the water is so warm in the summer, which makes for a perfect swim. If you don’t want to get lost (like I did) I highly advise that you stick to the coastal road while traveling from one point to another in Marsa Alam, the mountainous road doesn’t get good cellular coverage so Google maps can’t offer much guidance all the time. Facts about the sea turtles and dugongs in Abu Dabbab Bay Marsa Alam turtles like leatherbacks and hawksbills feed on jellyfish. That’s why they die from consuming plastic floating in the water, it looks like jellyfish. Large in size with impressive longevity, baby leatherback, and flatback turtles are larger than other adult sea turtle species. They can also live for a hundred years. A mammal that lives on seagrass, The dugong has been on the red list of threatened species and has been considered vulnerable to extinction Since 1990. Dugongs have shorter lives by half compared to sea turtles, they only live for 50 years. Dugongs and sea turtles alike live in Abu Dabbab because of the abundance of seagrass around this reef. Strict measures have been taken to preserve the marine life in Abu Dabbab, boats are not allowed inside the bay now and moorings have been removed. Also, some local seagrass areas are now off-limits to divers and snorkellers, and stepping on or touching the seagrass beds or reefs is prohibited. When to go to Marsa Alam Most tourists think of Egypt as a winter destination, especially the red sea and upper Egypt, and while this may be true when it comes to cities like Luxor and Aaswa, when it comes to the red sea I beg to differ. The weather is perfect during winter of course, and the water is largely warmer than most other countries, but it is still a bit cold and it gets chilly in the desert night. Besides, dolphins get a bit shy from December to March. In summer the weather is perfect, but it can be deceptively balmy. Unlike really hot destinations such as Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada, Marsa Aalam weather feels nice with a light breeze, so if you fry easily take good measures and use lots of sunscreen. The warm water though is worth it, it nearly feels like bathwater, only better. If you want to play it safe though then spring and fall are your ideal time, nice weather, nice water, nice everything. The road back With a sad face and happy memories, I left Marsa Alam, positive that I will visit again. I still need to check Sharm El Luli and Wadi El Gimal, which I had no time to visit on this trip. The road back took me through Al Qusair city and took only 7 hours rather than 8. Allowing for a stop for lunch and another stop for coffee it should take 8 hours to Cairo if you are staying in one of the resorts north of Marsa Alam, add another hour if you are staying at a more southern resort. The road might be long, but Marsa Alam is definitely worth it, so is swimming Samadai Dolphin House, and snorkeling in Abu Dabbab.! To learn more about Marsa Alam see also: Marsa Alam: Explore the Beauty of the Red Sea
One of the most unique and the most beautiful countries in the world, Nepal is a magical destination. Nepal is divided into elevation zones. This is due to the mountainous nature of the country, some parts of Nepal lie at 100 meters elevation and others stand at 8000 meters. This diverse nature makes trekking in Nepal one of the most sought-after adventures in history. Numerous trekkers and adventurers have attempted climbing the Himalayas, specifically mount Everest. However, that’s not the only trekking you can enjoy in Nepal. And while climbing the highest peak in the world is definitely tempting, there is a lot more trekking that even amateur travelers can do. So no matter what your climbing skills may be, you will most probably enjoy your trip to Nepal, you just need to learn about the dos and don’ts and you will be fine. So before you go trekking in Nepal, here are the trekking guidelines, as well as the best places to go trekking. What you will need for the trip Before you go trekking in a mountainous region, you need some important equipment, as well as some necessities, so here is a list that you need to prepare. Head: Sun hat warm fleece hat Sunglasses Head torch Body: Cotton t-shirt Light thermal Leggings Fleece jacket down jacket Lightweight walking pants Hiking Shorts Feet: Inner Socks Thick warm wool hiking socks Comfortable Hiking boots Hands: Fleece Gloves waterproof wind fleece gloves Accessories: Sleeping bag liner Poncho rain cover Trekking poles Headlamps watch with light alarm Water bottle Money belt Dry packs Toiletries and Personal Hygiene: Sunscreen with high UV Protection Personal care products in small packs Medical Kits: See your doctor for complete travel medicine including High altitude medicine When to go trekking in Nepal Trekking and hiking in Nepal can be done year-round, as they are the most common attractions there. However, there are two peak seasons: fall and spring. Whether you prefer going in the peak seasons to take advantage of the nice weather and the multitude of services or going another time to avoid the large numbers of trekkers is totally up to you and your personal preference. Fall season (October & November) The most popular trekking season in Nepal for a reason, sunny balmy weather, clear views, and nice temperatures. The only con for this time is that because it is the most popular it is the most crowded season, trails will be packed. Spring season (March & April) The second most popular time of the year. The time when giant trees bloom and when temperatures are at their best. The cons to this time are busy trails and the probability of hazy skies, less clear mountain views than fall. However, hazy skies tend to clear as you climb in elevation. Winter season (December to February) Some sparse sunny days can be found during the wintertime and a brilliant mountain view. Nonetheless, temperatures can be extremely cold, and the higher you go the colder it gets, daylight hours are shorter, and unpredictable storms can ruin all your plans in a blink of an eye. In addition to that, many popular trails might be closed due to snowfall. All that said, prices are good during that time, and the solitude in the quiet trails can be addictive. Monsoon season (May to September) Traveling during the monsoon season is not a good idea. In addition to the hot humid weather, the mountain views are obscured by clouds. Also, monsoon rains bring landslides, which make trekking difficult and dangerous, and leeches, which make life unbearable. Where to stay while trekking in Nepal By nature, a trekking trip takes a lot of planning, one of the most important questions while planning is where will I stay? Solo trekking: Teahouse Trekking The normal way for accommodation while trekking in Nepal is stopping at a teahouse when you are ready to take a break or and drink something or eat a hot meal or even go to sleep and call it a day. That is why teahouses, which are small mountain lodges, are frequently spaced along trekking trails. On most popular trails you can pass a teahouse every hour or two. Teahouses are usually simple, comfortable, and affordable. They also sell snacks and showers, if you just want to take a shower and go back to your trek you can do that in a teahouse. If you want to do it the old-fashioned way, you can arrange a camping trek with a local trekking agency. This may end up costing you more than teahouse trekking because you will also need a guide and some equipment. Also, camp trekking is often done in remote less trodden routes, as popular routes feature a lot of teahouses which make camping unnecessary. Camp trekking: Guided trekking If you decide on camping you will definitely need a guide and porter. A guide is a person responsible for arranging logistics and safety on your trek, and a porter is a person responsible for carrying heavy gear. Not only will the guide manage transportation, lodging, food, hiking schedule, routes, and safety on the trail, they can also be a good source of information on local culture, customs, festivals, and norms. Some people even choose to hire a guide when they go teahouse trekking. Porters carry heavy gear, so you trekkers don’t have to. This comes in especially handy for older trekkers, inexperienced trekkers, or people trekking with children. You still need to keep your load at a minimum though, you might not be carrying it but another person is. Important safety tips Hiking in Nepal is an adventure, and like any adventure, it has some dangers that you need to keep an eye for. Here are some safety tips that will help you avoid those dangers. Check the weather conditions before you plan, and again every day. Mountain Storms can develop quickly. Trekking travel insurance is really important, getting aid atop mountains is pricy Carrying a lightweight first aid kit is a must. Trekking alone may not be the safest way to do it, if you’re traveling alone maybe hiring a guide is a good idea. Keep a paper with an emergency contact number with you at all times. Leave a detailed itinerary with someone and call them when you get to checkpoints. Let yak or donkey caravans pass to the side of the cliff while you walk to the inside (away from any cliff). Keep an eye for landslide and avalanche areas and don't take unnecessary risks. If moving forward seems dangerous go back and find another way. Stay hydrated to avoid acute mountain sickness, and beware of its symptoms. What you need to know about mountain sickness Mountain Altitude Sickness can affect anyone above 3000 meters. Altitude Sickness affects people regardless of gender, age, and fitness. That is why it is highly advisable to get a check-up and ensure you are in good health prior to trekking. It is also recommended to start walking training prior to departing so you have the most enjoyable time whilst trekking. ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS! Many people suffer from mild symptoms of AMS (ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS) A light headache, loss of appetite, and disturbed sleep may occur when suffering from AMS. If you experience any of these symptoms do not continue to ascend. Instead, stay where you are or go down to acclimatize. SYMPTOMS INCLUDE: Persistent severe headache, difficulty breathing, confused thinking, loss of appetite, rapid breathing or breathlessness at rest, vomiting, coughing up pink, brown or white sputum, the sound of liquid in the lungs, blueness of face and lips, severe lethargy (not wanting to do anything), persistent bubbling cough, or persistently increased heart rate. Prevention Drink plenty of water and eat fruit, especially when crossing high passes. Where to go trekking in Nepal Now to the important question, what trail should I hike? Should I attempt to climb Everest? Everest Base Camp Disclaimer: This route does not in fact climb to the top of Everest! The most popular trail in Nepal, and the good thing is that anyone can trek it. While climbing to the top may need experience, the base camp trail is a fairly moderate one. It usually takes 14 to 16 days to complete the trail. Everest Three Passes Loop This spectacular route is one of the difficult trails, it takes 18 to 20 days to finish it, and requires physical ability. You get to hit the highlights of the Everest Base Camp route and the stunning Gokyo Lakes in an epic trip. Annapurna Circuit It takes 12 to 16 days to complete this trail. Annapurna Circuit trail is very popular because it combines stunning mountain scenery with Tibetan culture and culminates at one of the highest trekking passes in the world, the Thorong La. Annapurna Base Camp This moderate trail only takes 7 to 10 days to finish. However, this does not make it less astonishing than the others, just shorter, easier, and at a lower elevation. That is why it is suitable for novice trekkers. To learn more about Nepal see also: The land of mountains and magic: Top things to do in Nepal
From Aswan to Matrouh... There's a place for a honeymoon in Egypt. As the summer season approaches, the marriage season is starting, and thus the pressures increase when planning the wedding, then the search for honeymoon trips for couples to spend unforgettable honeymoon increases. Brides and grooms prefer to spend a magical and romantic time during their honeymoon, and Egypt is one of the best honeymoon destinations because of its many tourist locations suitable for a romantic honeymoon. Honeymoon trips in Egypt Egypt has so much beauty to offer which makes it a great travel place and one of the best honeymoon destinations. This is due to its fantastic weather, amazing landscapes, golden sandy beaches, and clear waters, making it one of the best ideal honeymoon destinations. For thousands of years, Egypt has inspired travelers worldwide, as it is home to the world's oldest and most ancient civilizations. If you love new cities, fascinated by the serenity of the desert and mountains, adore historical temples and ancient ruins, want to sail in the arms of rivers and seas, want to relax on the best beaches in the world, Egypt is full of amazing honeymoon trips and romantic places that make you express your love. It has everything that any couple can dream of, and the most essential thing that it suits different tastes and levels. We list for you the 10 best tourist places for the newlyweds in Egypt. The best 10 Honeymoon places in Egypt Dahab… Adventure Trips Dahab, located in the south of Sinai, is one of the most romantic and calm honeymoon trips inside Egypt, due to its white beaches, natural beauty, and reasonable prices. Things to do in Dahab Hiking, Safari, and Diving, as Dahab city offers many recreational activities, the most important of which is diving, as it is an international center for diving. If you want to experience a diving adventure, you can go to the Blue Hole, the Three Balls, Abu Galum, the Blue Lagoon, and the Canyon. Resorts and hotels in Dahab Jaz Dahabeya, Blue Beach Club, Le Meridien Dahab, Swiss Inn Resort Dahab, and Acacia Dahab. The best time to visit Dahab Between March and April, and October and November. Sahl Hasheesh… Luxurious Relaxation Located 18 kilometers from Hurghada, Sahl Hasheesh is a resort known for its gorgeous beaches and pure white sand. It is considered one of the best destinations for a honeymoon in Egypt, where there are many water activities that couples can enjoy and spend an unforgettable romantic time. Things to do in Sahl Hasheesh Horseback riding - Quad biking - Windsurfing - Relaxing in a luxury spa - Banana boat ride. Hotels suitable for a honeymoon in Sahl Hasheesh The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, and Baron Palace Sahl Hasheesh. The best time to visit Sahl Hasheesh The period from June to September. Marsa Alam… Divers Paradise You can not miss a visit to Marsa Alam if you are looking for a private honeymoon place. It is one of the most wonderful tourist destinations in Egypt, where it has charming beaches filled with coral reefs, luxury, and private resorts. The most famous tourist attractions in it: Wadi El-Gamal, Abu Hassan El-Shazly tomb, and Mount Hamata, which is characterized by a rare mangrove tree and marine animals. Things to do in Marsa Alam Safari trips, boat rentals, diving, swimming with dolphins. Resorts and hotels in Marsa Alam The Three Corners Equinox Resort, Laguna Beach Resort, Magic Tulip Beach, Blue Reef Resort, Rehana Guest House, Shams Alam Beach, and Aurora Bay Resort. The best time to visit Marsa Alam October, November, and December Alexandria… Beautiful Beaches If you want to spend your honeymoon in a lively place full of recreational activities, green spaces, multiple services, and vibrant nightlife, then you should choose Alexandria. Alexandria is one of the best honeymoon trips in Egypt because it is the second-largest city, and it is also called the “Bride of the Mediterranean” because of its beauty and picturesque beaches that make you refresh. Things to do in Alexandria Swimming, visiting the Alexandria Library, Montazah Palace, Maamoura, Royal Jewelry Museum, Qaitbay Citadel, Alexandria National Museum, Roman Theater, Greek Museum, and Stanley Bridge. Hotels and resorts in Alexandria Helnan Palestine Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria, Sheraton Montazah Hotel, and Paradise Inn Maamoura. The best time to visit Alexandria From March to June. Siwa Oasis… Positive Vibes Have you ever thought about spending your honeymoon in an oasis? Think a little and you will many couples visit have a unique experience. Head to Siwa Oasis, located between the Great Sand Sea on the Western Desert, which is considered one of the most untouched and beautiful destinations in Egypt, as it is nicknamed "God's Paradise on Earth". Although it is a desert, you will find everything that attracts you from greenery, hot springs, lakes, palm trees, and fruit trees scattered all over Siwa Oasis. Things to do in Siwa Oasis Safari trips, sandboarding, cycling, climbing Mount Dakrour, swimming in Cleopatra’s Hammam, enjoying simple Bedouin sessions, visiting the most important landmarks in Siwa such as Gebel al-Mawta, Amun Temple, and Shali Fortress. You can also head to a restaurant and enjoy a romantic dinner. Resorts and hotels in Siwa Siwa Safari Paradise Tourist, Siwa Safari Gardens, Siwa Paradise, Siwa Chali Resort., and Adrere Amellal, which is a different experience as there is no electricity and the place is candlelit making it more romantic. The best time to visit Siwa Oasis From January to March. Sharm El Sheikh… Desert Safari It is one of the first options available to those who want to spend a romantic honeymoon trip and at the same time full of recreational activities. Sharm El Sheikh overlooks the Red Sea and combines beautiful nature with distinctive amenities. Sharm El Sheikh has the best coral reefs, wonderful sandy beaches, and luxurious resorts. Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh Diving underwater. Safari trips. Bike riding. Sandboarding. Staying up at night. Shopping in the traditional markets. Naama Bay tour. Watching the sunrise in Jabal Musa. Hotels and resorts in Sharm El Sheikh Rixos Sharm El Sheikh, Iberotel Palace, Al Fayrouz Resort, Domina Coral Bay, Hilton Sharks Bay Resort, and Jaz Mirabel Beach. The best time to visit Sharm El Sheikh April and mid-October to mid-November. Hurghada… Explore Fun Activities This attractive tourist city, which many couples visit, is one of the most romantic destinations for a honeymoon in Egypt. This is due to the picturesque natural attractions, wonderful sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, rare coral reefs, and high-end resorts. Things to do in Hurghada Safari - diving - windsurfing - playing with dolphins - horse riding - hiking. Hotels and resorts in Hurghada Hurghada Marriott Resort, Sunrise Crystal Bay Resort, Desert Rose Hurghada, Soma Bay Hurghada Hotel, Coral beach resort, and El Gouna Resort. The best time to visit Hurghada From April, June, September, and November. Nuweiba… Camps by the sea What about sleeping under the stars during your honeymoon? Does it sound truly romantic? If this is convenient for you, you can spend your honeymoon in Nuweiba and stay in many camps. Nuweiba is a coastal city located on the Gulf of Aqaba in the Sinai Peninsula and is characterized by countless camps on the sea, with its natural landscapes, its clear blue sea, and its majestic mountains. Therefore, it is one of the most romantic and suitable destinations for a honeymoon in Egypt. Things to do in Nuweiba Walk on the sandy beaches, have a romantic dinner, and watch the sunset. Hotels in Nuweiba There are many camps you can choose from Basata, Nuweiba Lodge, and Habiba Beach Lodge to name a few. The best time to visit Nuweiba From November to April. El Gouna… The luxury city During your visit to El Gouna, expect a mixture of romance, fun, and excitement, where you will find a range of water activities, lakes, luxurious spas, and wonderful sandy beaches. El Gouna has many high-end romantic resorts where you can spend a romantic honeymoon. Things to do in El Gouna Sailing, boat tours, beach walks, snorkeling, windsurfing, watching the sunset, attending concerts, and having a romantic dinner. Accomidtaion in El Gouna Abe Tig Marina, Panorama Bungalows El Gouna Resort, Sheraton Miramar Resort El Gouna The best time to visit El Gouna From April to June and from September to November. Aswan… Cruising Through The Historical Sites If you are looking for a different place for your honeymoon in Egypt, many couples who visit Aswan should be on your list. This city has the best archaeological and tourist attractions in Egypt. Aswan is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty, and it is one of the honeymoon places in winter in Egypt and one of the most romantic destinations for honeymooning in Egypt for newlyweds, as it combines beauty and simplicity, and is characterized by warm weather in winter, as well as its historical monuments, and its distinctive location on the Nile River. Things to do in Aswan Take a private tour of the High Dam of Aswan, ride a camel to one of the monasteries, visit the Elephant Temple and the Island of Plants, dine at a restaurant on the river, and ride a felucca on the Nile. Accommodations in Aswan Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, Movenpick Resort Aswan, Helnan, Orchida St. George. The best time to visit Aswan From September to April.
Do you live in Egypt and feel bored sometimes? How do you feel bored when you are in the most diverse country in tourism!! Let's discover the best modern places to visit on one day tours. Tourism in Egypt is very diverse between religious, therapeutic, sports, artistic and others, you and your friends can wander and discover new places to visit in one day trips. Top Tours in Cairo to Spend in One Day In the recent period, Egypt has developed in tourism, museums and various places have been opened for tourism, and Egypt has relied heavily on domestic tourism, as awareness among citizens has increased on the importance of promoting domestic tourism. It has been proven that there are really places in Egypt that will be worth visiting. We will mention some of them that you will try as day trips in this article. The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization You will be surprised by the beauty of the tour in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization because it contains rare pieces dedicated to the entire Egyptian civilization and links more than 50,000 artefacts linking antiquity to modern times. The museum includes the most important archaeological holdings that will be displayed in the exhibition, in addition to six other exhibits dealing with the topics: Civilization The Nile River Writing State and society Civilization Beliefs and ideas The permanent royal mummies exhibition Z discusses the most important achievements of Egyptian civilization. Illusion Museum The Museum of Illusions in Sheikh Zayed Cairo, one of the most popular places these days if you want a new experience with your friends or family to laugh and have fun in it. You will enter a world of illusions that makes you suspicious of your senses and amazes you at the same time. Get ready for the most exciting adventures of a difference. You will experience an interesting visual, sensory and educational experience with a collection of new, unexplored fantasies at the Museum of Illusions. Do not expect that the delusions museum is suitable for children only, as it targets all ages, children, adults, spouses and grandparents, everyone who enters the delusions museum will be amazed, in addition to that it provides a large arena for social and recreational activities across the world of illusions. Ootlah tips for you to prepare your camera to take the strangest photos that will become a different and enjoyable memory. When you enter the Museum of Illusions, we will ensure that the signs of astonishment and laughter do not leave your face. Enjoy one of the best one-day trips in Egypt. One-Day Trips in Other Provinces in Egypt Egypt is rich in its governorate, it enjoys about 27 governorates, each governorate has its own characteristics and it can be tried in one day, so let's get to know the day trips that exist in other governorates of Egypt. Take a Round in Wadi El Hitan, Fayoum Valley of the Whales is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, get ready to spend a day with nature to explore and hear the fun valley stories, you can book a trip to the valley you and your friends or family or alone if you like, you will get to know about the fossils dating back millions of years and stages of development The valley until it became the valley of the whales that we visit now. In the valley, there are a lot of activities that you can do such as safari, sand boarding and camel riding. On Ootlah, we recommend that you try to spend an entire day to spend the night in the Valley of the Whales and see the beauty of the stars in the sky, and at a certain time in the year you can see how many terrible meteors are, you will be amazed at the beauty of the scene and make sure that Egypt really has many different places. You can browse through the excursions that Ootlah provides to Wadi El Hitan, and we will be very happy to join you and share with us the special trip. Day trips in Fayoum. Tours to Alexandria Alexandria is considered one of the large governorates that are characterized by the diversity of its effects. People usually go to it on weekends to spend a fun day and come home again. There are some basic places that you must visit if you are going to travel to Alexandria on a one-day trip, which we will get to know now. As we mentioned earlier, the tourist places are different and varied. You can choose what we visit according to your interests, you may like swimming, art, jewellery, Roman history and others. You can visit the Column of Pompeii and the Catacombs, as they are close to each other. You can also visit the Citadel of Qaitbay and then have lunch on the sea. If you like to eat fish, you will eat the most delicious fish in Alexandria. After that, head to the Alexandria National Museum and Alexandria Library, where they are located 20 minutes from the castle and then continue walking until you reach the Stanley Bridge and Capture the most beautiful pictures on it. If you feel excited you can schedule a day tour to Alexandria. Safari Day Trips in Egypt If you are a fan of safari and you have one day to spend a fun time with the safari, we will determine for you the most important places in Egypt that are famous for safari trips, follow us to find out where you do a safari trip and choose the closest to you. One of the most famous places that you can take a safari trip and spend a nice time on one of the best day tours in Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada so you can enjoy a large desert that allows you to spend quality time with the crazy speed in four-wheel-drive vehicles, and if you are a resident of Cairo or Alexandria or close to the pyramids, it will be better to go to the pyramids and imagine Next to it and contemplate it, that is, it is one of the signs of the seventh world, then go on a safari and camp in the desert. And in Bahariya Oasis, distinctive safari trips besides the main attractions, of course. Also read: Camping in Egypt: 7 Spots to Enjoy the Most Pleasant Camping Experience
Marsa Alam has become a popular Red Sea diving destination since the opening of its international airport in 2001. The city, which is nestled between the sea and the desert, offers a wide range of accommodations, from luxury comfort hotels with full Western amenities to Bedouin-inspired eco-lodges. For experienced divers, the dive sites accessible from Marsa Alam are among the best in the Red Sea. It is known for its healthy coral reefs and diverse marine wildlife such as dugongs and dolphins. In-shore coral reefs are suitable for novice divers who want to spend hours observing marine life. With its luxury hotels, resorts, and berthing space for around 1000 yachts, the new Port Ghalib Marina in the city has elevated the place to a very exclusive status. The newly constructed marina features gourmet restaurants and tantalizing Spas, as well as some of the finest relaxation and entertainment opportunities on the Red Sea coast. In addition, the resort is home to the International Convention Centre, the Red Sea's only multipurpose state-of-the-art center of its size. The center has 1,950 square meters of meeting space that can accommodate anything from large conferences with 2,000 members to small informal meetings. The city is also a well-known kitesurfing destination and a great place to launch safaris and wilderness explorations. The surrounding mountains were once used to mine gold and emeralds, and some of these ancient mines can still be visited today. It's about 274 kilometers south of Hurghada. Gebel Elba and Wadi al Gimal National Parks, both nearby, are home to a diverse range of birds and desert animals. Marsal Alam is also well-known for its medicinal properties. So if you want to visit the beach, the desert, the reefs, or a mix of sightseeing and activities, Marsa Alam is the place to go. Tourism in Marsa Alam Marsa Alam weather The warm climate makes it a perfect holiday spot; winter temperatures have been known to hit 19 degrees Celsius, while summer temperatures range from 20 to 35 degrees Celsius. In the spring, the temperature rises to around 25 degrees Celsius, and in the fall, it rises to around 27 degrees Celsius. Top Attractions and things to do Satayh Dolphin Reef National Park Take a boat ride to the Satayh Dolphin Reef, a protected area where you can swim with dolphins and snorkel. When you take in the underwater marine environment, keep an eye out for 60-80 dolphins that will put on a display for you when you interact with them. You'll be mesmerized by the different varieties of corals and fish in this area, which is home to many dolphins and sea mammals. The journey begins at Hamata Harbour, 120 kilometers south of the city. Marsa Mubarak National Park Take a boat ride to Marsa Mubarak, one of Marsa Alam's most scenic snorkeling and diving spots. During this trip, you'll have the opportunity to explore Marsa Mubarak's protected bay, which features some of the Red Sea's most spectacular coral reefs and breathtaking underwater scenery. This site's crystal clear warm water supports a diverse flora and fauna. If you're fortunate, you could even see an endangered Dugong "sea cow" grazing on the seagrass in this sheltered bay. Beginning in Port Ghalib, the journey begins. Abu Dabab Bay Beach In the region, Abo Dabab Bay is a beautiful snorkeling and diving spot. It has coral sides with plenty of colorful fish for snorkeling. The bay has a sand beach with seagrass and crystal clear, warm water that is home to a wide range of colorful fish, Green Turtles, and the endangered Dugong, which visits the sheltered bay to feed on the seagrass on occasion. You have the option to participate in a special excursion ( look for the dugong with a speed boat from the beach). When it comes to seeing the Dugong, you have a better chance. This journey begins at 14:00 and lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Wadi El Gemal National Park Wadi El Gemal National Park, also known as the "Valley of the Camels," is a large region of desert and coastal water 45 kilometers south of the city. It is about a 2-hour drive from the city’s International Airport. Prehistoric rock art, as well as Ptolemaic and Roman ruins, can be found in the park, and small mining villages dating back to ancient Egypt can be found on the mountain "Mons Smaragdus." The park contains a remarkable amount of wildlife and plants, as well as historic sites dating back to the pre-Roman period. In Wadi El Gemal National Park, you can ride in a camel-drawn wagon through the wadis and sand dunes, stopping to see wildlife and sample local cuisines such as sand-baked bread and camel cheese. Hamata Island Enjoy a fantastic snorkeling experience on Hamata Island. Enjoy a trip to three Virgin Islands. You'll explore the untouched nature of Hamata National Park and see corals and colorful fish that you won't see anywhere else in the islands. Porto Ghalib Porto Ghalib, only 5 kilometers from the city’s International Airport, is a premier integrated resort city with a rare mix of bazaars and gift shops selling both Egyptian and imported goods. Egyptian cotton and various types of sculptures, as well as water pipes and jewelry, are the most common items seen there. On the other side, you'll find a variety of cafes and food and beverage outlets, including Costa Coffee, Fusion, Baskin Robbins, and others, where you can unwind with a traditional shisha water pipe and a soft drink at the beach café. Desert Safari Enjoy a desert adventure safari trip by jeep 4*4 and learn about Bedouin life and customs while tasting Bedouin tea and smoking a water pipe. You will also have the opportunity to ride a quad bike through the mountains while enjoying a BBQ dinner and a Bedouin show. Marsa Alam Hotels Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort This luxurious resort offers a private beach and an indoor pool and is only a short walk from Abu Dabbab North. It also has a children's club, a beauty salon, and a children's pool. The Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort has recently been renovated and now provides babysitting/child facilities, bicycle rentals, and a 24-hour front desk. Additionally, the multilingual workers may provide local information. There is also a well-equipped gym at the resort. Fantazia Resort Marsa Alam This hotel is located on the beach, 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) from Marsa Alam Beach and 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) from Marsa Alam Mosque. Within 9 miles, you'll find Abu Dabab Beach and Garden Bay Beach (15 km). The Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza Beach Resort The Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza Beach Resort is located by the sea, a 4-minute drive from Turtle Bay Beach and a 7-minute drive from Port Ghalib International Marina. A 24-hour front desk, multilingual employees, and luggage storage are among the hotel's amenities. For a fee, a roundtrip airport shuttle is available (24 hours), and free self parking is available on site. Also, Read: Holidays in Egypt: 7 amazing places to spend the best holiday Sharm el Sheikh Activities: Explore the beauty of the Sinai Peninsula Camping in Egypt: 7 Spots to Enjoy the Most Pleasant Camping Experience
Whether you love fine arts of all kinds or you love history, this article suits you. We will discuss in it the best museums around the world that you should visit even once in life. Museums provide a unique experience to see international arts and work up close and preserve them for the next generation, as they are passed down from generation to generation. Here are the best museums around the world that have caught the attention of tourists, and everyone agrees with them that they educate and inspire those who visit them. Despite the closure of most of these museums due to the outbreak of the Corona epidemic, the opportunity had been provided to check out some international museums online and to see the unique art and historical pieces that the world goes to. Here are the best museums around the world In this article, we will provide you with a different and diverse group of museums that have impressed tourists around the world, including art, historical, archaeological and other museums. 1. Le Louvre, Paris, France The Louvre is considered one of the most important art museums in France but in the whole world. The museum is located in Paris, the capital of France, and is considered the largest art gallery in the world. It contains the famous original painting (Mona Lisa) by Leonardo da Vinci. The museum was originally a fortress built by Philip Auguste in 1190 to avoid sudden attacks on the city during his absence during the Crusades. After that, the castle was transformed into a royal palace in the name of the Louvre Palace, which used to live in the kings, until it was turned into an art museum that includes the most beautiful paintings, sculptures, and rare art pieces, it was opened to the public in 1793. 2. State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia State Hermitage Museum of Art and Culture, the second-largest art museum in the world, located in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of paintings and antiques from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowski. The museum celebrates its anniversary on December 7, Saint Catherine's Day. It has been opened to the public since 1852. The number of museum visitors decreased in 2020 due to the Corona pandemic, as only 968,604 visitors were visited, which means a decrease of 80% of the number of visitors compared to 2019. Despite this, it ranked eleventh in the list of the most visited art museums in the world in 2020. The museum contains more than three million items, with coins representing a third of this figure. It has the largest and most valuable number of paintings in the world. 3. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA The Smithsonian Institution was founded on August 10, 1846, in the United States, to "increase and disseminate knowledge." The foundation is named after the founding donor, British scientist James Smithson. The institution includes nineteen museums, twenty-one libraries, nine research centers, and a zoo, with 154 million items. 4. Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Italy The Vatican Museums are unbelievable, with simple but impressive sculptures and paintings. Although the Vatican State is very small, it has an incredible collection of the artistic and cultural value of artworks, archaeological discoveries, and historical artifacts. The bulk of the treasures collected by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the ages are stored in the huge Vatican Museums Complex (Vatican Museum), which was founded by Pope Julius II at the beginning of the 16th century. We will show you a set of the names of those museums that must be visited one day. Vatican Museums Gregorian Etruscan Museum Vatican Library Bio Cristiano Museum The Vatican Pinacoteca Chiaramonte Museum History Museum (Vatican City) Collection of Modern Church Art Missionary Ethnological Museum 5. The Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt The Egyptian Museum is one of the largest and most famous museums in the world, located in the heart of the capital in the Cairo governorate, it contains more than 180 thousand artifacts, the most important of which are the archaeological collections that were found in the tombs of the kings and the royal entourage of the middle family in Dahshur in 1894, and the museum now includes the greatest archaeological collection in The world reflects all stages of ancient Egyptian history. We will take an overview of the antiquities contained in the Egyptian Museum. The most important holdings of the Egyptian Museum The Egyptian Museum includes many rare antiquities from different eras that tell us about the stories of our great-grandfathers, the ancient Egyptians in the ages that we did not attend, so we will take a look at these collections. prehistoric age The museum includes some tools of daily life requirements such as pottery, hunting tools, and decorative tools that the Egyptians discovered without learning to read and write in the primitive eras. Foundation era The museum contains the relics of the first and second dynasties, which are the Narmer bowl, the statue of Khasekhemwy, and many utensils and tools that were used during that period. The era of the Old Kingdom The museum includes a collection of artefacts from this period, such as statues of Zoser, Khafre, Menkaure, Sheikh Al-Balad, the dwarf Sinb, Biy I and his son Mary Ann Ra, and many coffins, individual statues, wall pictures, and the collection of Queen Hetepheres. The Middle State era This group includes many artefacts, the most important of which is the statue of King Mentuhib II and a group of statues of some kings of the 12th family, such as Senusret the First and Amenemhat the Third and others, and many statues of individuals, coffins, jewellery, and tools of daily life, and the pyramids of some of the pyramids of Fayoum. The era of the modern state This is the most famous group in the museum, led by the collection of the young pharaoh Tutankhamun, the statues of Hatshepsut, Tuthmosis the Third, and Ramses II, in addition to the war wheels, papyri, ornaments, the Akhenaten collection, the Israel painting, the statues of Amenhotep III and his wife T, and the collection of amulets, writing and agricultural tools. Late eras The collection includes a variety of artefacts, including the treasures of Tanis made of gold, silver and precious stones, which were found in the tombs of some kings and queens of the two dynasties 21 and 22 in San Al-Hajar, in addition to some important statues such as the statue of Amun and Mantumhat, a statue of the goddess Taurit and the Kanop decision (Abu Qir) A painting in Ankhi and a collection of Nubian antiquities, some of which were transferred to the Nubian Museum in Aswan. Best Museums Around the World: The Great Royal Parade 2021, Egypt The Egyptian Museum used to include a large number of mummified royal dead, the day came to promote these kings and queens and transport them in a larger museum, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, to be presented to tourists more professionally. 22 kings and queens from the rulers of ancient times, including Ramses II and Hatshepsut, were transported in a procession that all countries of the world spoke about. Holidays in Egypt: 7 amazing places to spend the best holiday
Thinking about taking a short holiday or spending the weekend outside the hustle and bustle of Cairo? Holidays in Egypt are a perfect chance to unwind and explore numerous stunning travel attractions. You’ll find pristine shorelines, comfortable resorts, and opportunities to enjoy water sports. We've rounded up 7 beautiful places in Egypt to spend the most enjoyable holidays with your family and friends. 1- Ain El Sokhna Ain El Sokhna is a town located on the coast of the Red Sea of Egypt in the Suez Governorate around 120 Km east of Cairo. It is one of the nearest spots to escape and chill by the sea in your short holidays in Egypt. Ain El Sokhna is a perfect place to enjoy your holiday surfing, climbing mountains, swimming, practicing water sports in a fabulous environment of tranquility or throw a barbecue party for your family and friends. Ain El Sokhna has all the facilities to spend a vacation away from noise and pollution in major cities. The town was previously a small fishing village but now it is growing to be a destination for tourists looking for peaceful vibes. 2- Ras Sudr Just over a two-hour drive from Cairo, and the nearest Sinai destination to mainland Egypt, Ras Sudr is the perfect beachside escape. As Ras Sudr is quickly becoming recognized as a worldwide hotspot for kitesurfing, it's the best destination you should immediately hit if you want to spend a good time kitesurfing. In this chilled seaside town, you'll be surrounded by a gentle breeze and a serene panorama. The town center lies just off the main highway, while to the south and north lay a handful of aging resorts interspersed with holiday villas. Ras Sudr also houses many water-sports centers and is known for the laid-back surfer-style attitude of its residents and visitors. Practicing yoga on the beach is a marvelous experience you shouldn't miss there. 3- Sharm El Sheikh Located 580 km from Cairo, Sharm El Sheikh is the most famous resort in Egypt and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Sharm El Sheikh enjoys a healthy atmosphere suitable for both summer and winter holidays in Egypt. Perched on the southern coast of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm is perhaps best known as a world-class dive spot. Its calm and crystal clear waters, along with its sandy beaches and warm weather, make it an ideal spot for all kinds of water sports. A must-visit destination there is Ras Mohamed Nature Reserve, a protected area with stunning beaches, mangroves, and coral reefs. Also, taking a trip into the desert to see the famous Mount Sinai and St. Catherine’s Monastery is highly recommended. Between the breathtaking desert landscape and the ancient history, this excursion will stay in your memory forever. In addition to all the underwater activities, Sharm provides numerous land-based activities, ranging from go-karts to quad biking to horseback riding and twinkling nightlife. 4- Marsa Alam Located on the coast of the red sea of Egypt, Marsa Alam is where to go when you truly want peace and a quiet holiday. And if you seek endless entertaining adventures, the aquatic activities across the town are very fun such as diving, snorkeling, fishing, surfing, and many more. Additionally, Marsa Alam houses some incredible ancient attractions such as the Emerald Mines and the Temple of Seti I father of Ramses the Great. The water world in Marsa Alam is a true piece of heaven filled with absolute wonder and magic. Coral reefs and sea creatures such as crocodile fish, turtles, and octopuses offer the most tropical vacation anyone can desire. Marsa Alam is also close to Luxor and the temples at Karnak and Edfu, so you can combine your beach getaway with some historic sightseeing. 5- Gouna El Gouna is one of the most popular places to spend your holidays in Egypt. This seaside destination is located on the coast of the Red Sea, and it's truly loved by many. El Gouna is a perfect spot for a family holiday in Egypt, where you can do everything from swimming, snorkeling, kite-surfing, to dining and even clubbing. In few years, El Gouna has become one of the Red Sea magical resorts designed by European and American architects to showcase the essence of traditional Egyptian architecture. The city is famous for specializing in Aquatic activities and water sports such as diving, snorkeling, kite & windsurfing, and many others. El Gouna also contains a number of magical beaches, more than 18 hotels, three huge marinas, and two massive golf courses. This amazing Red Sea resort town will most likely have you never wanting to leave. 6- Fayoum Located 100 km southwest of Cairo, the Fayoum Oasis is one of Egypt’s most diverse and scenic destinations. Whether you are searching for answers to the universe’s biggest mysteries or simply want to spend your days off lounging and indulging in Egyptian cuisine classics, Fayoum is the place for you. Fayoum is one of the oldest holiday destinations in Egypt and a perfect spot to enjoy a very relaxing retreat. The nature and landscape in Fayoum are fantastic, so make sure to discover around and visit the waterfalls of Wadi El Rayan, Tunis Village, Wadi Al Hitan (The UNESCO World Heritage Centre), and Lake Qarun. 7- Alexandria Since its establishment in 331 BCE, Alexandria has been a symbol of beauty as it was nicknamed by Egyptians "Mermaid of the Mediterranean". Alexandria is the second-largest city in Egypt and it was named after Alexander the Great who built it to be the capital of Egypt until 642 A.D. Located at 220 km distance from Cairo, Alexandria is a popular short-holiday destination in Egypt. Through a history of more than 2300 years, Alexandria has played an important role in promoting art, culture and science to the world. Its towering Pharos lighthouse, marking the ancient harbor's entrance, was one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and its Great Library was considered the archive of ancient knowledge. Enjoy your time with your friends in Gleem bay, take some fabulous photos on Stanley Bridge and take a look at the whole city from the top of Qaitbey Fort. Also Read: Camping in Egypt: 7 Spots to Enjoy the Most Pleasant Camping Experience
Diversity in tourism is an opportunity for the country to prosper and progress. Therefore, we find in Egypt various types of tourism that represent a large part of Egypt's GDP. Egypt has always been known for its history, pyramids, pharaohs, temples, great monuments, and it is also known for its cultural and civilizational heritage that dates back thousands of years, but it contains what contributes and supports this heritage, which is Egypt nature. Types of Egypt Nature Reserves Nature reserves for practical research. Nature reserves as national natural parks. Reserves of ancient national antiquities. Natural reserves. Preserves of beautiful landscapes. Important natural resources reserves. Natural reserves for the important national heritage. Multipurpose nature reserves. The importance of nature reserves in Egypt The importance of nature reserves lies in the protection of many types of living organisms, whether they are plants or animals, whose existence has been affected due to several reasons, including changing climatic conditions on the earth’s surface, pollution, the use of many harmful chemicals by humans and their disposal from forests and logging. Egypt contains many natural reserves (more than 30 nature reserves) that protect natural resources and maintain ecological balance. The types of natural reserves in Egypt are many and different, through this article you will learn about the 10 most famous nature reserves in Egypt. Nature Reserves in Egypt In Egypt, there are different environments from the sea to the end to the desert. Egypt includes the Western and Eastern Sahara, the Sinai Peninsula, the Red Sea coast, and the Mediterranean coast. In addition to rare species of animals and plants; Next to coral reefs and colorful underwater fish. More than 20 years ago, the Egyptian government declared some areas as nature reserves; The most famous of them are: Ras Mohamed Nature Reserve It is a famous reserve located in the Sinai Peninsula between the Suez Gulf and the Aqaba Gulf and about 20 km from Sharm El-Sheikh. It was the first declared protected area in Egypt in 1983. This reserve is an important place as a tourist area and a diving site, as it is very important in protecting the biodiversity of marine life and terrestrial wildlife. It contains rare plants such as mangroves, dum palms, and acacia trees, as well as wonderful coral reefs, mollusks, and sea urchins. You can discover more than 1,500 marine animals there, that is why it is a famous diving and snorkeling site. Zaraniq Protectorate Zaraniq Protectorate is a wetland and one of the most amazing nature reserves in Egypt. It is located in the eastern end of Lake Bardawil, about 30 km west of El Arish and 300 km from Cairo. This region is distinguished by its importance and unique location that connects the continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe. It includes an impressive collection of more than 270 plants and animals, along with some rare species of migratory birds. Jabal Elba Reserve The Elba Mountain Reserve is classified as an important national park reserve. It is also considered one of the largest Egyptian natural reserves and one of the Red Sea reserves, as it is located in the Red Sea Governorate, specifically in Halayeb, 1300 km away from Cairo. The reserve contains many natural and cultural resources, including wildlife, rare plants, and pharaonic antiquities, in addition to water resources from wells and freshwater springs. It also has a large number of coral reefs, amazing marine creatures, and rare birds. Saint Catherine protectorate This reserve located on Mount Saint Catherine is a historical reserve with a unique cultural heritage represented by Saint Catherine Monastery with its architectural things and archaeological treasures. It is considered an important nature reserve as it is one of the most important places where there are more than 400 rare plants and many types of reptiles. Nabq Protected Area The reserve is located between Sharm el-Sheikh and Dahab in South Sinai. It has an area of 600 square kilometers, and it is 500 kilometers from Cairo. Nabq Protected is a multi-purpose reserve, as it is characterized by coral reefs, marine and terrestrial creatures, and mangrove forests of unique nature. There are also desert and mountain ecosystems, valleys, various animals, and migratory and resident birds. The tourist area attracts a lot of diving, safari, and bird watching enthusiasts. Al Ahrash Reserve El Ahrash Reserve is located in the northeast corner of Egypt and about 370 km from Cairo. It is characterized by sand dune areas that reach 60 meters in height above sea level. The reserve is famous for its trees and plants, which are covered in high densities such as camphor trees, making it a haven for those looking for tranquility and nature. Wadi El-Rayan Reserve It is a natural reserve in the Fayoum governorate, 150 kilometers from Cairo. Wadi El-Rayan Reserve covers an area of 1759 km and is distinguished by its desert environment, including sand dunes, large water bodies, marine excavations, plant life, and a variety of wildlife (more than 15 species of wildlife). Abu Galum Protected If you want to enjoy an amazing panoramic view that you will not see anywhere and are looking for a quiet haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then you should visit the Abu Gallum Reserve, which is characterized by a special geographical nature, as the mountains close to the beaches. The reserve is located on the Aqaba Gulf between Sharm El Sheikh and Taba and is 600 km from Cairo. With an area of 500 km, it contains a lot of coral reefs, marine, and terrestrial creatures, and colorful fish; In addition to more than 165 rare plant species, 44 of them are found only in this region. Qarun Protected Area If you love birds, then Lake Qarun Reserve is heaven for you. This place is designated as an important birding area, as the area is home to many different kinds of birds as well as flamingo birds. Lake Qarun Reserve - which is considered the oldest lake in the world - is located in the Fayoum Governorate, and the distance from Cairo is 90 km. White Desert National Park It is a nature reserve in the New Valley Governorate, located 500 km from Cairo. It is named desert white because the white color covers most of it. The White Desert is popular for its white chalk white rocks formed from erosion factors. Farafra Oasis and the White Desert are among the most popular tourist destinations in the region, and also a popular site for camping trips. Read More Museums in Egypt: Discover a history full of treasures, culture and art Camping in Egypt: 7 Spots to Enjoy the Most Pleasant Camping Experience
Located high in Oman’s Jebel Shams Mountains, Misfat Al Abriyeen is a tiny hill village, which is located in Wilayat Al Hamra in A’Dakhiliyah Region. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful settlements in Oman located approximately 1000 meters above sea level. Mountain springs provide water for verdant agricultural terraces growing delicious fruits. Made up of houses, a maze of shaded passageways, beautiful gardens, and open terraces, it’s a well-known spot among both local and international visitors. Misfat Al Abriyeen is 34 miles (55 km) northwest of Nizwa. A paved road leads to the village, but the village itself can only be explored on foot, as it consists of narrow passageways up and down the steep slopes of the hill. Misfat is wrapped around a headland and runs along two valleys, clinging to the south side of a steep mountain. The streets are narrow, rough, and steep. Visiting this ancient village is one of the top things to do in Oman! History of Misfat Al Abriyeen The area has a 300-year history of human settlement and agriculture and is best known for its incredible mud architecture. People of Misfat Al Abriyeen have relied on their agriculture for all these years to make a living. Easily one of the most beautiful aspects of the town is the terraces, in which all the fruits are grown. The settlers of the Misfat Al Abriyeen originally come from a nomadic Omani tribe known as "Al Abri Tribe". These settlers created the village hundreds of years ago and started to farm the land as a natural Omani oasis was found. What is really incredible about this village is that the mud-brick houses that are a majority here have stood strong for hundreds of years. This shows the quality of the architecture that can be found in Misfat Al Abriyeen. How to get there The only easy way to get there is by motor vehicle. You could get there in what the Omani people call a “small car” but it really is worth hiring a 4×4. There are many beautiful places in Oman, and especially in this village, that you need one in order to get to. When you arrive in the car park at the highest point of the village, you will need to descend on foot through a network of tiny narrow streets. These streets are very rough and many of them are stepping. The only other way to get there would be on a guided tour from Muscat. There are lots of companies offering these trips. What to do in Misfat Al Abriyeen The countryside around the town is the perfect place to go hiking! There are many paths that can take you further up the mountain, or along its length. Additionally, trekking is something you will enjoy a lot. Leave the bottom of the village and walk west, there are several paths out into the western valley which is much more complex and rugged than the smooth valley side to the east. You'll find several lovely stepped walks among the tiny irrigated terrace fields. These paths were built to give access to all the fields and so they form a network rather than a linear arrangement. Eventually, these western walks lead up to the road just before the new town, which is a kilometer or two from the old village. These treks will leave you breathless, both from climbing and from the impact of the surrounding beauty. Attractions near Misfat Al Abriyeen Misfat is located between (but not on any road between – ) Nizwa and Jebel Shams, and it’s also fairly near Bahla Fort. So you don't want to miss visiting any of them. Jebel Shams Balcony Walk: Jebel Shams is the highest mountain in Oman at a few meters over 3,000. The stars are clear up the mount if you avoid the full moon. The road up to Jebel Shams from Nizwa is real magic. Walking across valleys and cliffs, some parts of the road feel as if you are on Mars! Nizwa: It is the former capital of Oman and is a bustling city surrounded by date palms and with a livestock market held every Friday. The market also sells pottery, metalwork, antiques and hardware as well as meat and fish, and it is very close to the Nizwa Fort. Bahla Fort: This vast castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Bahla Fort sits on a high hill in the middle of the palm oasis, and it is an almost triangular building. Explore the Aflaj system The ancient Omani irrigation system that is called "Aflaj" is the way that the agriculture of this village has been made possible. Aflaj means an open irrigation channel. They carry the water from mountain springs to terraced fields in these mountain villages. Their engineering is ancient and tremendously precise, water flows slowly along them. No-one knows when they were built, but UNESCO estimates that Oman’s 3,000 Aflaj systems are somewhere between 400 and 2,700 years old. Where to stay Misfah Old House: Misfah Old House is the closest image of an Omani homestay. The Old House was built in the traditional Al Hamra style, featuring a gorgeous breakfast room that overlooks a sea of date palms, and a set of shared and private terraces. The price of a room includes half board (breakfast and dinner), with all meals prepared using locally grown ingredients by women who live in Misfat Al Abriyeen. Hissen Al Misfah: This stunning hotel offers much to its guests. In true Omani style, the rooms have a cave-like appearance and mattresses on the floor. The staff speaks English as well and the room service is always available and responsive. People and traditions If it's your first time visiting Misfat Al Abriyeen, you need to know that women and men should dress modestly. For example: wear covered shoulders, and get shorts or skirts at least knee-length. Of course, dress codes don’t apply to kids. In addition to dressing modestly, signs at the entrance of the village request visitors to refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol, and to not pick fruit. Every year, the whole village celebrates "Eid Al Fitr" with the tradition of Shuwa. Palm logs are burnt in a deep communal pit within a small courtyard in the heart of the town until the whole ground is hot. Marinated meat is buried by each family in the charcoal embers, then covered, left for two days and exhumed for the feast. In Misfat Al Abriyeen, many of the old houses have no piped water, and the residents still use public baths. There are parts of the village that are reserved for ladies only. They are clearly marked. Misfat Al Abriyeen is the perfect spot for anyone who wants to try something different and experience village life. It's wholeheartedly recommended! Also Read: Different cultures: Strange traditions around the world
Because of its luxury resorts, stunning beaches, and abundance of sightseeing attractions, Sharm El-Sheikh has become one of Egypt's most popular tourist destinations. In Sharm El Sheikh, there are several things to do. Hundreds of Red Sea coral reef sites can be found here, as well as rich marine life. Sharm El Sheikh has some of the most stunning underwater scenery in the world. It's a scuba-diving paradise, with crystal-clear waters and an amazing array of tropical fish and vibrant coral reefs. This is why Sharm El Sheikh activities are varied and plentiful. Sharm El Sheikh has become a renowned Egyptian destination by concentrating solely on sun and sea vacations, with a family-friendly environment and world-class resorts. Sharm el-Sheikh is the major tourism hub of the Sinai Peninsula and one of the best diving destinations in the world. The Red Sea's underwater wonders, especially the waters of the Ras Mohammed Marine Park just south of the city, were the ones who first put "Sharm" on the map, and the diving and snorkeling on offer here continue to draw throngs of divers every year. This is also one of the best destinations in Egypt if you just want to hang out on the beach, and because of the excellent facilities on offer, it's a particular favorite for family-friendly holidays. Whether you're here for sand or sea life, after exploring the temples and graves in the rest of the country, Sharm el-Sheikh is a great choice for a beach break. Here is a list of the best Sharm el Sheikh Activities. Best Sharm El Sheikh Activities Sharm El Sheikh is the closest destination to Europe with year-round sunshine and warm waters where you can soak up the sun, dive with amazing coral reefs, and enjoy the sea whenever you need a break from your routine. In Sharm El Sheikh, there is a wide range of events and things to do. It provides a diverse selection of thrilling, water-based, and extreme sports. You can try a rare experience like skydiving or parachute from a helicopter in addition to swimming, snorkeling, sailing, wind, and kite-surfing. Booking a jeep safari tour into the nearby Sinai desert to experience the magic of an established safari into the mountainous Sinai desert is also one of the best Sharm el Sheikh Activities. The magnificent St Catherine Monastery and the majestic Sinai Mountains are both worth visiting. In addition, the town is home to some of Egypt's most well-known and professional spas. In addition to the countless nights spent dancing the night away at local pubs, nightclubs, and beaches. In Sharm El Sheikh, Naama Bay is where you can go for your daily shopping and souvenirs. The Ras Mohammed National Park and the Nabq Protectorate are both worth visiting and exploring. Sharm El Sheikh has everything you need to make your vacation a memorable one. Ras Mohammed National Park The Ras Mohammed National Park is credited with founding Sharm el-Sheikh as a tourist destination. One of the most popular nature reserves in Egypt, This peninsula is home to glorious beaches with excellent snorkeling just offshore, the world's second most northerly mangrove forest, and a saltwater lake, and is surrounded by some of the world's most spectacular dive sites. Anyone visiting Sharm el-Sheikh should make a trip here. Old Quay Beach (with its excellent coral reef that is easily accessible from the beach) and Aqaba Beach are the best beaches. Visitors looking for a clear view can go to the Shark Observatory clifftop on the southern edge of Ras Mohammed, which provides views of both sides of the Red Sea. Thistlegorm Dive Site One of the best Sharm el Sheikh Activities is a trip to Sharm el-Sheikh for many advanced divers means just one thing: diving the Thistlegorm. This ship, loaded with cargo to resupply British troops, was sunk by German bombers during World War II, making it one of the best wreck dives in the world. Fish now flit around the cargo holds, which are full of jeeps, motorcycles, and armaments that never made it to the front. Since the wreck is located in the Straits of Gubal, off the western coast of the Sinai Peninsula, it is accessible as either a long one-day or overnight boat ride from Sharm el-Sheikh. At least two dives of the wreck are included with all boat trips, as well as a stop at one of Ras Mohammed's dive sites. The overnight trips provide an extra advantage of a night dive of the wreck. Naama Bay Naama Bay is also one of the popular Sharm El Sheikh Activities, as it is surrounded by a white-sand beach and swaying palm trees, which is the nucleus of Sharm el-resort Sheikh's life. If you get tired of the sand, there are plenty of restaurants, cafés, and souvenir shops, but Naama Bay is all about the beach. The entire beach area is surrounded by a cluster of luxury resorts and is surrounded by a pedestrian-only promenade. Naama Bay is one of Egypt's top options for those looking for a holiday full of sloth-like sunbathing. The whole beach area is well-equipped, with plenty of sunshades and loungers, and beachside cafés ensure you won't have to leave your sandy paradise for the whole day. Day Trip to Saint Catherine's Monastery St. Catherine's Monastery, the most significant historical site on the Sinai Peninsula, is situated at the foot of Mt. Sinai, where Moses is believed to have received the Ten Commandments. This Greek Orthodox hermitage, one of the world's oldest operating monasteries, is home to the Old Testament's famed "burning bush," as well as a museum displaying some of the monastery's glittering array of religious icons and ancient manuscripts, which is regarded as one of the best in the world. A day trip here is one of the best things to do in Sharm el-Sheikh for history buffs, and it can also include a climb to the summit of Mt. Sinai. Shark's Bay Shark's Bay, which is much more exclusive than Naama Bay and has some of Sharm el-most Sheikh's exclusive five-star resorts and hotels clustered around its sweeping sand, is slightly further north. If you want to spend your vacation in full tranquility, this is the place to go. Soho Square Center's dining center, which includes some of Sharm el-best Sheikh's restaurants and cafes, as well as stores, ensures you won't miss out on the action if you chose to stay here. Sharm Old Market The town's souq (bazaar) district, Sharm Old Market (also known as Sharm al-Maya), is full of twinkling Arabic lamps, traditional shisha pipes, and finely engraved woodwork. It's best to visit at sunset or later in the evening when the hottest part of the day has passed and you can shop and browse in quiet. The region is also full of affordable and cheerful restaurants and cafés, making it a perfect place to spend the evening. The market has a distinct feel from the rest of Sharm el-Sheikh, as it is imbued with a much more haphazard local atmosphere than the rest of the region. The new Al-Sahaba Mosque, on the outskirts of the market city, has an imposing exterior with influences from Fatimid, Mamluk, and Ottoman mosque styles. Where to Stay in Sharm el-Sheikh for Sightseeing Sharm el-Sheikh is a sprawling city. The middle is Naama Bay, with Sharm Al-Maya to the south and Shark's Bay to the north. In general, the most exclusive resorts are in Shark's Bay, Sharm Al-Maya and Hadaba (between Naama Bay and Sharm Al-Maya) have mid-range and budget resorts, and Naama Bay has a combination of all three. Luxury Hotels Garden Bay's Hyatt Regency (between Naama Bay and Shark's Bay) provides rooms with views of the lush gardens that lead down to the beach. The Four Seasons Resort Sharm el-Sheikh, situated in Shark's Bay, has plenty of Arabic décor in the rooms and a perfect stretch of palm-tree-lined white sand. Mid-Range Hotels Suitable for the entire family The Stella Di Mare Beach Hotel & Spa features palm-lined pools, a range of restaurants, and an exciting animation team. The Movenpick Resort Sharm el Sheikh is located on a cliff overlooking the bay and boasts one of the city's best restaurants. In Shark's Bay, the Xperience Seabreeze Resort provides affordable prices, sea views, large pools, and themed dinners. Budget Hotels The best budget hotels are in the Naama Bay area, and they are very driver-friendly, acting as both dive centers and lodging. The Camel Dive Club & Hotel is located in the heart of Naama's city, while Oona's Dive Club Hotel is nestled within the bay's northern curve. Also, Read: South Sinai Travel: Best places to visit in Egypt's blessed land! Luxor and Aswan: Best places to visit in ancient Egypt's capital cities
What if we gave you a time machine to go back to the old days, live in ancient times, participate in its details, and see the most important kings and presidents? This legendary machine is not needed in Egypt because once you visit the most famous museums in Egypt, you will feel like you have been born in the past with all its details. When anyone hears about Egypt's museums, the first thing that comes to their mind is the Egyptian Museum, the source of Egyptian treasures, but Egypt has many more treasures than one museum can display. Egypt is famous for being home to antiquities and one of the most important tourist destinations for history and art lovers. All you need is an entry ticket, a phone with a good camera, and know some of the best places to explore artifacts in Egypt's museums. Types of Egyptian museums In addition to the Islamic Museums in Egypt that showcases Islamic art in Egypt and art museums in Egypt to display paintings and artists' works. There are many types of Egyptian museums, the most important of which are the Pharaonic Museums of Egypt that show the life of the Pharaohs, their kings, their treasures, and the archaeological museums of Egypt where artifacts are collected and displayed beautifully for visitors. Egyptian Museum- Cairo No tour of Egypt is complete without a visit to this pink palace overlooking Cairo's Tahrir Square. Since its establishment, the Egyptian Museum has been the first place in the world to show ancient Egyptian artifacts, as it includes over 150,000 artifacts dating back more than 5,000 years. It also includes huge statues, royal mummies, manuscripts, jewelry, and treasures of King Tutankhamun. The museum has a large library that includes books on archeology, history, civilizations, and religions in various languages. Paying it a visit is definitely one of the must-dos in Cairo! Address: Tahrir Square - Cairo Graeco-Roman Museum- Alexandria It is considered one of the most famous museums in Alexandria. It is an archaeological museum that was built in 1892. It shows a large collection of antiquities dating back to the Ptolemies and Romans, and it consists of 22 various halls with artifacts of various types. Alexandria also has several museums, such as the Library of Alexandria Museum and the Alexandria Underwater Museum. Address: Al Mesallah Sharq, Al Attarin, Alexandria Governorate Alexandria National Museum This museum is regarded as one of the most important tourist attractions in Alexandria. The Alexandria National Museum houses some of the most important historical artifacts in the world with more than 1,800 artifacts that narrate the history of Alexandria through various eras, including the Greek era, the Roman era, the Coptic era, and the Islamic era. There are also mummies on display in the underground rooms. Address: 110 El Horreya Road - Raml Station - Alexandria The Nubia Museum- Aswan When visiting Aswan, most tourists prefer to enjoy the sunset on the Nile or visit the Philae Temple, but you should also visit the Nubia Museum, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Aswan. The museum, which was established as part of the UNESCO international campaign, consists of more than 3,000 artifacts, including vessels, crowns, and gemstones that represent Nubian culture across history. Through it, visitors can learn about the Nubian customs and engineering processes for building the Aswan Dam. This museum is considered a modern one as it was opened in 1997. Address: Qism Aswan, Aswan Governorate Luxor Museum Like the Egyptian Museum, the Luxor Museum is an important part of Egypt's history, as this archaeological museum is one of the most fascinating museums in Egypt that you should visit when traveling to Luxor. It was opened for visitors in 1975 as one of Egypt’s first modern museums. It is located close to the Temple of Karnak and overlooks the Nile. The museum consists of two floors and displays many of the rare artifacts discovered in Luxor, such as statues of kings and gods. The museum also includes many collections that cover various historical eras of Egyptian civilization. The museum also shows some of the possessions of King Tutankhamun that were found in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor in 1922. Address: Nile Corniche Street - Luxor Religious Museums in Egypt Islamic Art Museum- Cairo This two-story museum is one of the largest Islamic art museums. It was designed in an Islamic architectural style and was opened in 1903 to show a large collection of Islamic antiques. It contains more than 100,000 pieces collected from different countries such as India, China, Iran, Arabia, and Egypt, making it a beacon of Islamic arts and civilization throughout the ages. The museum has fantastic lighting and space is well used to give the visitor an organized show of antiques. Address: St، El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate Coptic Museum It is considered one of the most famous museums in Cairo. This museum focuses on the art and artifacts of Egypt's Coptic civilization, as it includes more than 16 thousand artifacts dating back to the Roman and Byzantine eras. Among these artifacts are fabrics and textiles dating back to the sixth century, as well as multiple pieces of glass and wood. This museum is surrounded by gardens and six ancient Coptic churches. Address: 3 Mari Gerges, Kom Ghorab, Old Cairo. Biographical museums Umm Kulthum Museum The most famous voice in Egypt is immortalized in this small museum in Cairo that evokes its visitors a sense of nostalgia. It has been uniquely designed to highlight its historical role in enriching Egyptian and Arab art. When you enter the museum, you will find her famous handkerchief and catch a glimpse of her black glasses and elegant dresses. The museum also includes many memorabilia from Umm Kulthum's life, such as her clothes, musical instruments, medals, rare recordings, and speeches that she has written and received from important personalities such as politicians and public figures. Address: Al-Malek Al-Saleh, Manial Al-Rawda, Giza Muhammad Ali Palace Museum On the island of Rawda, there is Prince Muhammad Ali’s palace. Muhammed Ali recommended turning the palace into a museum, which is one of the most beautiful and important historical museums in Egypt and an architectural masterpiece that still maintains its marvelous architectural style. Muhammad Ali museum consists of an external wall surrounding the palace entrance and includes a reception palace within its walls. It has the clock tower, the mosque, the hunting museum, the throne palace, the private museum, the golden hall, in addition to the wonderful and unique garden surrounding the palace. Address: Al-Saraya, Manial, Cairo. Egypt has hundreds of museums that include millions of monuments dating back to ancient times, and there are specialized museums such as the Geological Museum, the Military Museum, Wax Museum in Helwan, and the Agricultural Museum. Other museums belong to historical figures who passed through Egypt, like Saad Zaghloul, Mustafa Kamel, and Gamal Abdel Nasser, as well as the royal and presidential palaces that later became museums. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this unique country with a great heritage. Do not miss visiting and exploring Egypt's magnificent museums full of historical treasures that will surely impress you. Also Read Luxor and Aswan: Best places to visit in ancient Egypt's capital cities
Thinking about getting away from the hassle of urban life, to a more natural environment? From waterfront camps to desert camps and even city camps, there's no place that can rival the stunning experience of camping in Egypt. Camping has a huge number of benefits for everyone old and young that you and your friends or family can enjoy while spending time in the great outdoors, and Egypt's many natural paradises can easily offer you all of that. Take a look at the best places for camping in Egypt! White Desert & Black Desert The White and Black Deserts are located in the Western desert of Egypt near the Bahariya and Farafra Oases. Camping in Egypt in The Western Desert is a must-do so if you haven't been there before then you should give this spot a go. The White Desert in particular is popular among campers because of its massive white formations, which are some of the astonishing natural wonders in Egypt. They were formed over millennia of wind and sandstorms. The Black Desert got this name because of the layer of black volcanic material concentrated on top of the yellow sand dunes. Popular activities in those two amazing spots include stargazing, 4x4 safaris over sand dunes, visiting the Crystal Mountain and Aqabat valley, and swimming in natural springs at the oases. The White & Black Deserts are only about an hour and 15 minutes apart, so you can easily camp in both on a 2-night trip. Ras Abu Galum Ras Abu Galum is a national protectorate that lies on the Gulf of Aqaba, 15 km from Dahab. There, you can camp on the beach with a view of the mountains, skies, and the sound of the water that you’ll never forget. Abu Gallum has a big number of huts and camps belonging to the local Bedouin where you can stay overnight. However, it's a better idea to bring your own sleeping bag and water bottles. Ras Abu Gallum is also home to Egypt’s Blue Lagoon, one of Dahab’s most awesome spots, that sets away from all the hotels and bustle of the town. The Blue Lagoon is a piece of heaven on Earth with calm turquoise waters and clean beaches made of thousands of colors. For camping in Abu Gallum, Contact any of the tour agencies or hotels in Dahab and they’ll organize the camp and a guide for your group. Siwa Oasis Siwa Oasis is the most famous and most remote oasis in Egypt. It is located in the Western Desert 50 km from the Libyan border. What's really awesome about Siwa is that it's untouched by modernity so it's an ideal place to camp and get away from it all. Surprisingly, this marvelous piece of land was isolated from the rest of Egypt up until the 1980s when a road connecting it to Marsa Matrouh was built. Today, thousands of people visit Siwa constantly to experience its unique heritage, history, and culture. People of Siwa even have their own language which is closer to Berber than Arabic. Camping in Siwa under the Milky Way in the Great Sand Sea is an experience to remember for as long as you live. Other activities you can do there are visiting Mountain of the Dead, Cleopatra's Bath, Shali Fortress, Temple of the Oracle of Alexander the Great, as well as swimming in the hot springs. Ras Shetan Lying in the east of Sinai between Taba and Nuweiba on the Gulf of Aqaba, Ras Shetan is one of the most popular places for beach camping in Egypt. Ras Shetan is known for its bohemian beach camps run by local Bedouins. The camps are a mix of beach huts or bare-bone chalets, and of course, you can set up your own tents right on the beach. If you’re staying in a beach hut or tent, then you’ll have access to a common bathroom. Most of the camps have simple menus and you can eat your meals in the shared main hut right on the water. And the most magical thing about the night is that there’s usually a large campfire where the Bedouins and guests from all over the world gather, talk, play instruments and sing together. Wadi El Hitan Located in the Fayoum oasis very close to Cairo, Wadi El Hitan is a natural reserve that is perfect for a weekend camping trip to escape the noise of the city. As there's no phone signal in the reserve, Say goodbye to your social media, sit tight, and enjoy the most beautiful stargazing experience in your whole life. Wadi Al-Hitan was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005 for its natural beauty as well as scientific significance. Millions of years ago, this area used to be a prehistoric sea with a myriad of marine life, all of which is extinct now. Today, with unique whale fossils it possesses, Wadi Al-Hitan is offering key insights into the evolution of whales from land-dwelling mammals to marine-living animals. Each year, thousands of tourists and scientists come from all over the world to enjoy this paradise. From starry nights to hiking, this fantastic protected area has something for everyone. Marsa Alam Marsa Alam is a resort town on the Red Sea and it is literally a treasure full of magical natural spots. One of the best areas to camp in Marsa Alam is Wadi El Gemal National Protectorate. Situated on the Red Sea, Wadi El Gemal is one of the most underrated destinations in Egypt. The national park is a great camping site for bird-watchers, it is home to many different ecological habitats including some endangered species. Another perfect spot for camping in Marsa Alam is Kolaan area. Kolaan is truly one of Egypt's hidden gems; you can easily pick up a tent and go camp there. It’s probably the most gorgeous part of the Red Sea coastline, and some even refer to it as Egypt’s Maldives. Additionally, Marsa Shagra Village, Marsa Nakari Village, and Wadi Lahami Village all offer different types of camping in Egypt. You can either stay in a basic beachfront tent, a ‘royal’ tent, or even a beach hut or a chalet. But keep in mind though that camping here is not cheap. Wadi Degla Lying just minutes from Maadi neighborhood in Cairo, Wadi Degla Nature Protectorate is a perfect piece of the desert inside the city. This excellent camping trip is a getaway for those who are unable to travel to distant locations. With nothing but sleepy hills and spectacular landscapes, there is nothing but serenity and peace of mind at this place. At Wadi Degla Protectorate, you can enjoy a myriad of activities from jogging and mountain climbing to BBQing, hiking, and biking. Also Read: Best places to visit in Luxor and Aswan
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