Flights to Egypt Egypt is in north eastern Africa and is connected to Asia via the Sinai Peninsula and has extensive coastlines both on the Mediterranean and on the Red Sea. Egypt has long been a favourite for people visiting to see its ancient architecture and is now more recently gaining the reputation for being a great beach holiday destination too.
Flights from South Africa to Egypt depart from Johannesburg. A few airlines offer direct flights, otherwise connecting flights are available through such cities as London Heathrow, Dubai and Harare, depending on who you fly with. Airlines you can choose your flight with are: Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, Egypt Air, Etihad, Air Kenya, Lufthansa, Emirates and British Airways.
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The Tourist Attractions of Egypt:
As mentioned, Egypt has long been a favourite for people wishing to discover the secrets of the ancient pyramids! Cairo is the capital and largest city of Egypt and is the place to come to, to see the Pyramids of Giza. You can choose to stay in the sprawling city of Cairo or in the smaller city of Giza which puts you closer to the pyramids, although Cairo has such attractions as The Egyptian Museum too.
Although the pyramids are amazing and must be visited, many travellers will be somewhat disappointed by that fact that there are buildings, including fast-food restaurants very close by, and that they are not in the middle of the desert as you would expect! But, visiting is one of those trips of a lifetime all the same.
The Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) is the largest pyramid and is the last remaining one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, constructed of over 2 million huge blocks of stone. You can go inside the pyramid, though it can be claustrophobic and hot, though is very interesting.
The smaller pyramid is the Pyramid of Khafre (Chephren) and smaller still is the Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus). Also here is the spectacular Sphinx and Tempe of the Sphinx.
Although climbing the pyramids was once a popular thing to do, it is now forbidden and also very dangerous. Camel rides are also quite popular around the pyramids, though they are apparently overrated!
Cairo itself is a city worth spending time in. The Egyptian Museum houses the world’s best collection of Egyptian artefacts, whilst there are many impressive religious buildings including the Sultan Hassan Mosque, the Al-Azhar Mosque and the Citadel. A popular attraction is to take a felucca boat ride along the River Nile, or enjoy a coffee and a Shisha pipe.
The city of Luxor also has many spectacular temples and is the gateway to the Valley of the Kings. This amazing archaeological area contains the tombs of most of the great pharaohs of Egypt, and includes the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Many of the tombs feature wall paintings.
The Red Sea Coast is the place to go for beach holidays and also has some excellent diving sites. Sharm el-Sheikh is the most popular destination, where, as well as diving and laying on the beach, you can enjoy camel trekking, quad bike treks and horse-back riding.
When Should You Visit?:
Egypt is mostly all desert and hence is very hot and dry throughout the summer and experiences mild winters. Rainfall is extremely low all year round so you don’t need to worry about getting wet!
In the summer the Red Sea Coast hits temperatures of up to 43C (109F), whilst elsewhere they are between 27C (80F) and 32C (90F). The best months to visit are between November and March when the weather isn’t too unbearably hot.