The wonders of Egypt are wide and vast, and waiting to be explored. The sheer amount of history that resides within its borders, not to mention its unique culture, make it a prime place to take a family holiday. With so many sights and sounds, children and adults alike will be enthralled. Here are some highlights of what a family can expect on a trip to Egypt.
No holiday to Egypt would be complete without a visit to the pyramids. These marvels of human achievement dominate the skyline, and one look will take your breath away. Today, there are over 100 pyramids, the most famous being the Pyramids of Giza. The most famous of these is the Pyramid of Khufu, better known as the “Great Pyramid”. Upon seeing it, do not be surprised if all the members in your family turn into a kid for a bit, gazing with childlike wonder at this majestic sight.
One aspect of Egypt that often gets overlooked is the beauty of its coast. Bordering the Red Sea, Egypt is Africa’s go to destination when it comes to fun in the sun, no place more so than Sharm El-Sheikh. Located on the Gulf of Aqaba, Sharm El-Sheikh boasts a thriving and diverse marine life, where visitors can snorkel and see the amazing coral reefs. There are too many watersports available to mention, but rest assured kids of all ages will have endless fun. If you do get tired of the water, there are national parks and markets close by, which serve as a welcome diversion before the fun in the water commences again.
Explore the desert
We’ve all had dreams of being Indiana Jones, except without all the danger involved. Egypt is the perfect place to satisfy the adventurer in the family, without having to get into trouble! Try taking a bedouin tour to the desert, where you’ll learn how to find firewood without killing living trees, and other desert survival tips. All that is followed by a camp-out underneath the stars: a perfect family bonding time.
Things to keep in mind
It’s hot in Egypt, and children are more susceptible to heatstroke and dehydration than adults. That’s why it’s important to make sure they are wearing sunscreen and a sun blocking hat. Also, the local food, while delicious, can cause upset stomachs in children. Anti-diarrhoea pills are usually not recommended for young children, so it’s smart to consult a doctor beforehand in preparation.
Egypt has a wealth of things to offer, whether it’s a solo traveller or a large family. It’s a place of fun and wonderment, and will keep you coming back for more.
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Disclosure: This post has been contributed by Holiday Hypermarket