11 things to know before you travel to Egypt – Guest post by George Gathima

Egypt is the place with one of the 7 wonders of the world. I tell you, the Great Pyramids are a wonder. Try as you might, you won’t comprehend how they were constructed, and that was over 5,000 years ago!

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I loved my stay (but the demonstrations at Tahrir square which made me not to visit the Egyptian Museum, spoilt my plan..)

Moving on swiftly!

Things to know before you travel to Cairo

1. Know where you are going–and get an English speaking cab guy otherwise you will get so lost.

2. You will get many offers for tour guides– most of this people are not real guides,

do your research first and make sure they know English and not Egytinglish…which is what we can call Arabic with some seasoning of English.

3. The Airport is huge –Know your gate well- you need a cab from one gate to another.

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Great view of runway

Cairo from the skies above!

Cairo from the skies above!

Sun dunes of the Sahara Desert

Sun dunes of the Sahara Desert

4. Crazy traffic jams (never seen such before in my life- Kenya traffic ni shadow)- Plan your time three hours ahead always.

5. Once in the hotel room ask  someone write all your destinations in Arabic  ( If not, Enroll for Arabic classes 🙂

6. Use METERED taxis only.If you use the rest, you might be over charged.

Number plate

Number plate

7. Tahir square is in the heart of Cairo- beware of any demonstrations.

8. Friday is the prayer day — No work. Sunday is the Monday.

9. Visit the great pyramids and the Sphinx— it’s BREATHTAKING- makes sure your camera is well charged or you have spare battery.  I LOVED ALL THE TOMBS AND THE HISTORY – IT IS LOVELY

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Great view of the Pyramid of Khufu under the desert sun!!

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The Great Sphinx on guard behind is the great pyramid of Khafre

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The Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Mankaure (note the smaller queens pyramids and the sphinx)

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The Great Pyramid of Khufu (google the details 🙂 )

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See the Queens and Kings Mothers smaller pyramids

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Actual Tomb where a sarcophagus is laid

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Lovely King Tut’s painting on Papyrus

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Sarcophagus artifact

Hieroglyphics

Hieroglyphics

Boat pits next to the pyramids

Boat pits next to the pyramids

King Tuts Artifact

King Tuts Artifact

Damage to your pocket to see this great wonders of the world! (actually priceless to me :) )

Damage to your pocket to see this great wonders of the world! (actually priceless to me 🙂 )

10. Visit the great holy mosques – some are very ancient and very big

11. Visit the church where the HOLY FAMILY – Yes, Mary mother of Jesus, Joseph and Jesus stayed when they were in Egypt and where they prayed.

Holy Church where Jesus, Mary and Joseph prayed when in Egypt (Abu Serga Church)

Holy Church where Jesus, Mary and Joseph prayed when in Egypt (Abu Serga Church)

Holy Church where Jesus, Mary and Joseph prayed when in Egypt (Abu Serga Church)

Holy Church where Jesus, Mary and Joseph prayed when in Egypt (Abu Serga Church)

Journey taken by the Holy family to the church above

Journey taken by the Holy family to the church above

Original section of the church roof from Biblical times

Original section of the church roof from Biblical times

12. See the well from where the Holy Family drank from.

The well

The well

10. Go for a night cruise at night — see belly dancers do their thing.

Lights! Camera! Action! at the Action packed Nile Night cruise

Lights! Camera! Action! at the Action packed Nile Night cruise

Night cruise in the Nile

Night cruise in the Nile

Sumptuous food at the aboard the cruise

Sumptuous food at the aboard the cruise

11. If you have time and money– Go to Alexandria and Memphis cities.

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More photos from my trip below. See you on the next flight!

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Somewhere in Cairo

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Handmade bottles for Essence from a factory in Cairo

Handmade bottles for Essence from a factory in Cairo

Cairo by night

Cairo by night

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HORUS- the Egypt Air inflight Magazine—great cover pic!

 

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