Well, where do I begin! It has been forever since I last posted on my blog due to work commitments and in general….. adulthood! Lol Where has the last few years gone!
So, for the first time in what feels like decades, I have an hour to just relax, reminisce and catch up on the blog!
My trip to Egypt was actually in 2017 as in 2018 I was in Malta and last year I headed back over to Ghana to visit friends and my second family of course! So to visit Egypt was a wonderful experience. A side of Africa I had yet to explore!
I arrived in Hurghada, Egypt in August 2017 and stayed in a beautiful 4* beach resort (which I have to say was a massive change for me as I have never gone for luxurious holidays in my life!). Due to lack of tourists visiting Egypt during this time (I’m guessing due to what people watch on the news that scares them off) the prices were very low so therefore the cost for this luxurious beach resort was very close to what you would pay for a 2* back home! I have to say, the second I landed and arrived at the resort I felt sort of strange in a way. I think mainly because I am so used to landing in Ghana and to land in Egypt, miles away from Ghana, but still in Africa, felt slightly odd. Nonetheless, I had an amazing time!
I still felt that warm homely feeling when I arrived in Egypt but it did take me a few days to settle in and part of me feels like that was because I didn’t have my friends and family around like I do when I visit Ghana but again, it was still amazing to be back in Africa! I had to remind myself that I started this journey as a young lady to explore Africa, not only Ghana, even if I do slightly get too attached to one place lol
So to be in another part of Africa and have a feel of life in Egypt was amazing.
I had a massive list of things I wanted to do and see on my trip. The resort was full of extremely friendly, caring and welcoming staff which made the whole experience extra special. The food was to die for! So much meat, stews and fresh fruit. As I have never visited Egypt before I set up a few tour guides to help me along the way.
During my first week, I set off to visit the Sahara desert to have a ride on the quad bikes and take a hike through the desert! I took a bus to the pick up point with a group of other tourist to meet with the driver who would take us in a 4×4 through the desert to our quad bikes. We arrived at the location and got our head gear ready and hopped onto our quads and set off! We were guided by a man who was the group leader. We headed out further into the desert and of course had a water break every 5/10 minutes or due to the extreme heat! The heat hits you like crazy and instant thirst within minutes as you can imagine! After playing around for as while on the quads we headed back to the drop of point and got back into the 4×4 and drove further out into the desert. The ride was extremely exciting as the driver was so full of life and the whole group were all singing and bumping up and down in the 4×4 while we drove through the bumpy desert! We finally arrived at a very small desert village where we met with the locals and had some lunch. This was then followed by a camel ride. My thoughts on the camel ride are erm, I have mixed reviews ! Lol
After the camel ride, we took another hike in the desert to a sunset point where we were able to rest and watch the sunset. How they timed it so well to arrive exactly when the sun was setting, I will never know!
After this long, exhausting but extremely exciting day, I headed back to my resort and had some dinner and rest. I spend a day or two in the resort and around the local areas before setting off again.
My second trip was to Cairo to visit the museum and of course, the pyramids! This was a very long but amazing trip. We set off very early in the morning to arrive in Cairo mid afternoon. The tour guide first of all stopped over at the museum which was unreal! I am a huge fan of museums but Cairo museum was another level of wow! So much fascinating things to see and stories to be told. Tutankhamun’s tomb treasures was insane! Only things I have ever read about it books and seen on documentaries! They were currently in the process of packing some items away when we arrived for moving into the new, larger museum.
We then went for a spot of lunch close by the pyramids. When we arrived at the pyramids we were shown around and given a brief of the history etc before entering The Great Pyramid of Giza. Can I just say, seeing the Pyramids in a book or on TV doesn’t even come close to how amazing they are in person. Absolutely breathtaking!
We paid a small fee at the entrance before entering the great Pyramid. The entrance to the Pyramid leads thought to a very narrow, long and steep stairway. I am not usually claustrophobic but wow the heat, width and also volume of people coming down the Pyramid while you are going upwards is intense. Bit of a tight squeeze!
On arrival at the top of the Great Pyramid is an empty chamber, slightly hard to see anything but a very amazing experience to be stood inside the Great Pyramid we only read about it history books! After this, we of course we’re allowed to tour around the rest of the Pyramids and enter one of the smaller ones as well as visit the Great Sphinx. Unbelievable experience!
I then spent another few days back at the resort and around the area. I visited some of the local restaurants and shops and also took a walk around town to visit the largest mosque in Hurghada. Absolutely beautiful!
I planned my next few trips over the following week which would include some boat rides and a lot of water! First, I took a boat trip to a desert island for lunch and some time to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. We were then joined with a group to go snorkelling to see the coral reefs which was amazing! (I did slightly freak out at first when looked down and saw hundreds of fish around my feet!) Lol but I soon got used to it.
Our guide then took us further out into the red sea to snorkel with wild dolphins. I never imagined that we would actually see dolphins or even come close but right enough, the spot our guide stopped at, the dolphins swam right under our feet just metres below! To finish off the trip, we took a trip to a near by place to enter a submarine to view the underwater scenery. Again, another amazing experience.
I can honestly say Egypt is one of the most amazing, beautiful and fascinating countries I’ve visited. I have enjoyed visiting other parts of the world along the years and enjoy new experience but yet again, Africa still tops anywhere yet! I knew I would enjoy Egypt but genuinely didn’t know just how much I would fall in love with the place! There is a never ending list of things to do, places to visit and great people to meet! I could talk for hours upon hours about my experiences in Egypt but I wouldn’t know when to stop! Definitely somewhere I would return to in the near future and would recommend anyone to visit and try it for yourself. As always, Africa has just shown me how amazing, unique and beautiful it truly is. I have since of course visited Africa again since my trip to Egypt and Malta, so stay posted for my upcoming post about my new experiences last year too!
Few photos below of my trip. Enjoy and I hope you too will one day, if you have not already, visit this beautiful country, Egypt! 🙂