Egypt is one of Africa’s major tourist destinations with the main draw being the Red Sea, Egyptology, and the Nile. The Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings need no introduction in the world of antiquity, the sun-soaked beaches of the Red Sea with their scuba diving are a massive attraction to those from colder climes and a cruise on the Nile floods back memories of Cleopatra. Aside from these famous attractions, this desert country houses ancient ruins and mystical Oases and in Cairo ancient cultures remain, blending with the very modern. Egypt offers so much more than its world-famous pyramids. Visitors can go desert trekking, scuba diving, golfing, fishing, bird watching or floating along the Red Sea.

Gateway city: Cairo

Best time to travel: January through May and October through December

Highlights: Cairo, Luxor, Alexandria, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Pyramids of Giza, Hurghada, Sharm el Sheikh

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