Africa Trip Itineraries
Business Travel to Cairo: Around the corner from the Cairo Sheraton
If you are in Cairo on business, chances are you are staying either Downtown (such as in the Cairo Sheraton) or on Zamalek. This Business Travel to Cairo guide is designed for the business traveller who will have minimal time to explore the sights of Cairo, but still wants to soak up a bit of culture and history, without heading too far afield. Business Travel to Cairo covers some of the sights, restaurants and watering-holes in the important districts of Downtown and Zamalek. Who knows, you may even get a chance to visit the Pyramids! The Business Travel to Cairo guide is relevant to all business travellers, whether it is your first or hundredth time in Cairo. Where applicable, we’ve pointed out changes you could make to the itinerary if you are already a Cairo Jedi. read more about Business Travel to Cairo: Around the corner from the Cairo Sheraton... Read More
The best things to do in Cairo: a first-timer's guide to ancient and modern Cairo
Cairo is the largest city in Africa, and one of the most exciting cities in the world. For the first time visitor, Cairo can be a bewildering and sometimes frustrating experience. This trip will help you get the most out of a week’s visit to Cairo. It includes all the best Pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic sights, as well as advice on more modern-day activities such as visiting galleries and cultural centres. It also includes some less well-known sights and activities, that not many tourists get to experience. Cairo is a huge, chaotic city, and it’s important to find time to relax. The trip has been designed with this in mind. One of the best things to do in Cairo is to let serendipity be your guide: Egyptians are very friendly, and you never know who you might meet around the next corner, or what incredible, half-forgotten monument you might stumble across. The issue of where to stay in Cairo is always a contentious one. This author’s opinion is that it’s best to stay Downtown, in the thick of things. This makes the logistics of transport around the city much easier. An alternative is to stay in one of the plusher, more expensive resorts near to the Pyramids. The disadvantage of this, though, is that you are quite a way out of town. This trip assumes you are staying Downtown. Note that it's sensible to dress conservatively at all times in Cairo. This is essential, however, on days when you will be visiting mosques or churches. read more about The best things to do in Cairo: a first-timer's guide to ancient and modern Cairo... Read More
Mosques of Cairo
Cairo is known, amongst other things, as “the city of 1000 minarets”. In fact, there are many more than 1000 mosques in Cairo, though nobody knows for sure exactly how many. The Mosques of Cairo trip has been designed with mosque lovers in mind, and will introduce you to some of the most important, most interesting, and most beautiful Cairo mosques. To visit these Cairo mosques is to travel through time, since the trip includes mosques from all periods of Islamic history in Cairo, from the 7th Century all the way through to modern times. It’s important for both men and women to be conservatively dressed when visiting the Cairo mosques, and women may be asked to cover their head. Since you must remove your shoes to enter, footwear that you can easily slip on and off is convenient. Finally, most mosques are free to enter, though it is expected that you will tip the attendant who watches your shoes. read more about Mosques of Cairo... Read More
Best luxury hotels in Cape Town
Destination(s): Cape Town
Cape Town is renowned for its natural beauty and plethora of activities. Base yourself at one of the prime hotels in order to make the most of the scenery and rejuvenate for continued exploration. Depending on your priorities, you can find exquisite accommodation across the Cape Peninsula. See the list below for some recommendations that provide convenient location, fantastic views, and excellent service. read more about Best luxury hotels in Cape Town... Read More
Top things to do in Cape Town
Destination(s): Cape Town
Cape Town is full of things to do and experience. This top things to do in Cape Town list highlights those that you shouldn’t miss. It’s not without reason that many tour sites list Table Mountain, Cape Pont Nature Reserve, Robben Island and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Add to these basics a few of the local gems, enjoy the highlights of the Cape Tonian lifestyle, and remember to experience some of the finest restaurants in the world. This list will lead you on your way to making the most out of your time in Cape Town. read more about Top things to do in Cape Town... Read More
Off the beaten path Cairo: markets and monuments not even the locals know
Cairo must be one of the most fascinating cities in the world: an exotic, chaotic assault on the senses, steeped in thousands of years of history.
Everybody knows about the Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, and Khan al-Khalili, but there is so much more on offer. So much, in fact, that no single individual could know about all of the gems tucked away in Cairo’s winding maze of alleyways. This is especially true of Islamic Cairo, easily the most enthralling, and confusing, area in the whole of the city.
This guide will take you well off the beaten path (though it will pass through some more familiar areas), into markets where most locals will never venture, and past monuments long forgotten by the majority of people.
The best way to explore the hidden nooks and crannies of Cairo is to walk, walk, and walk some more. Getting lost is mandatory. Wander down alleyways, enter interesting-looking buildings, and talk to the locals. This guide will provide you with suggestions for getting off the beaten track, but ultimately, you must let serendipity be your guide.
Note it goes without saying that you will be venturing in to traditional areas, so conservative clothing is a must! Ideally, you will also need to find a map of Cairo. read more about Off the beaten path Cairo: markets and monuments not even the locals know... Read More
Top 10 Romantic Things To Do in Egypt
Egypt is a great place to go on a romantic trip, precisely because the range of romantic activities in this country is so large and generous. The locals have come up with many ways for you to enjoy their rich and fascinating past through some memorable tours and trips, and the natural landscape offers a perfect setting as well. Go for a unique Felucca Ride on the Nile and get some water peace away from the traffic noises of Cairo, or escape by air with a Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Luxor West Bank and Nile River. Riding a camel at sunset by the pyramids is also a great and original way to discover the Egyptian culture, while for those of you who prefer a more urban experience there is always the Cairo Tower, which offers the best views of the city and the opportunity to dine in the rotating restaurant on top. read more about Top 10 Romantic Things To Do in Egypt... Read More
Best of Cape Town for free
Destination(s): Cape Town
For most visitors from the ‘developed world’, Cape Town is a pretty affordable destination. But for those on a real budget, the range of great free activities in Cape Town is a great bonus. From exploring the mountains and wildlife to learning more about culture and history, many of Cape Town’s visitor highlights are free and easily accessible. This list highlights a few of the best free things to do and see. read more about Best of Cape Town for free... Read More