This unique and historically abundant city helps one understand Africa far beyond geographical confines. With a brief guide to some of the best things to do and see here- “Umm ad dunya” (The Mother Of The World)- as the locals call it, will really come alive for you.
The Pyramids Of Giza
These last remaining wonders of the ancient world cannot be missed. Begin your tour by reveling in the perfect geometry and sheer magnitude of this ancient royal complex. Leave wondering how these were possibly built with the engineering and tools they were confined to 4000 years ago. So unbelievable you may too believe they arose out of unearthly origins. The Great Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Khafre, the two largest and the Pyramid of Menkaure, the smallest, will blow you away. The complex gives us tiny windows of understanding into the structure and organisation of such a successful ancient civilization.
The Sphinx, just a short journey away from central Cairo, is too, an unmissable mark of this mysterious yet highly successful ancient civilization. With a human head and lion body, this limestone statue stands guard over Giza. See this prominent mythological creature whose story has and will continue to be debated for ages to come.
The Egyptian Museum Of Antiquities
Central Cairo, just off Tahrir Square- itself holding many modern day marks in history- you will find the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (Midan El-Tahrir); another brilliant portal into Egypt's fascinating and prosperous past. Its boasts more than 160 000 artifacts of ancient Egyptian history. Explore musings on papyrus, uncover mysteries in hieroglyphics and delve into life under the pharaohs reign.
The old town and earliest settlement as well as religious hub of Cairo is not to be missed. Islamic, Jewish and Christian histories intersect with mosques, synagogues and some of the worlds oldest churches. Don’t miss the Hanging Church of the Virgin Mary- dating back to the 4th century, boasting time-worn yet grand architecture and an opulent use of materials. These winding and eclectic streets are definitely worth seeing.
The Khan el Khalili Bazaar
An oriental souk in Islamic Cairo filled with aromatic spices, luxurious fabrics and fragrant perfumes. One of the worlds first markets will take you through a cultural maze. You name it you’ll find it. Be prepared to bargain!
Cruise On The Nile
This mighty river, where stories of crocodiles resting and children bathing in ancient times now boasts floating restaurants, night clubs and an endless stream of cruise options. Board a felucca, the traditional sailing boat, to experience the otherworldly tranquility of the Nile.