Tours to Egypt from South Africa have become immensely popular and the number of South African tourists arriving in Egypt each year is increasing all the time. Cheap flights and relatively short flight times have made Egypt guided tours and Nile cruises popular among South Africans wishing to explore the marvelous ancient Egyptian sights of the Nile River Valley.
Explore our breathtaking tours to Egypt from South Africa and find your favourite today!
What to Expect of Tours to Egypt from South Africa?
As with all the Egypt tour packages we currently offer on our site, your holiday adventure begins the minute you arrive at Cairo International Airport. Regardless of what time your plane lands, a company representative will be there to meet you, along with one of our drivers. You will then be taken to your luxury hotel in the city, and on arrival, you’ll be assisted with Check-in and you’ll be offered a free “Welcome” drink. Our representative will then want to discuss your tour itinerary with you and also confirm pick-up times for your various trips. Once you’re both happy, the remainder of your first day in the country will be yours to enjoy as you wish.
The real action kicks off on day 2 of your tour in Egypt. Unless you’ve requested a customized tour, your second and sometimes third day will be devoted to exploring the many ancient attractions in and around Cairo, including sights like the Giza Pyramids, the Great Sphinx; Valley Temple; the ancient Sakkara Necropolis and a whole lot more.
After you’ve visited all the best sites in and around the city, most tours will then take you to Aswan or Luxor, which you’ll reach via a short flight or via overnight train journey that includes meals and a private compartment. Beds are comfortable and the trains are extremely clean and they also have a restaurant and a bar for those who wish to stay up late.
Both Luxor and Aswan have many famous historical attractions, so expect to enjoy some great sightseeing opportunities during your stay in either or both of these remarkable destinations.
Nile Cruise Holidays Are The Best Way To Experience Egypt
If you book one of our Nile cruise holidays or any other Egypt tour from South Africa that includes a Nile River cruise, this is also where you’ll be boarding the cruise liner. All Nile River cruises operate between these two cities: some begin in Luxor and end in Aswan, while others begin in Aswan and end in Luxor. Return journeys are also possible since all our tour packages are flexible and they can be tailored to fit your exact needs.
When looking for tours to Egypt from South Africa, it is also worth remembering that there are a variety of Nile cruise options to choose from. Without question, cruises on the large and luxurious cruise liners are the most popular, but this is largely due to them being the most affordable. As a general rule, most cruise ships are equivalent to a 5-Star hotel, but because they can carry huge number of passengers, the cost of tickets remains unbelievably low.
Other cruise options include a trip on a river paddle steamer, or on a traditional wind powered luxury Dahabiya Nile cruise which will typically have less than twenty cabins, thereby offering visitors a much more personal travel experience.
Regardless of which cruise you opt for, it will be one of the best experiences you’ve ever had. There really is a certain sort of magic about cruising quietly along the Nile River, both during the day and at night. Our Nile River cruises also always dock several times along the route for visitors to explore the many ancient sights located along or near to the river bank, and there is always a highly qualified guide on hand to explain the history behind the sights you visit.
From North to South and from East to West, Egypt is an amazing country to visit. If it wasn’t, then our tours to Egypt from South Africa wouldn’t be anywhere near as popular as they are.
Egypt Tours from South Africa – Visa Requirements
South African citizens are required to obtain a visa from any Egyptian consulate before they travel to Egypt. They cannot obtain a visa on arrival. Tourist visas for South African passport holder are valid for a period of 6 months as from date of issue. The following requirements must be met:
- South African passport must be valid for no less than six months
- One application form per applicant
- Proof of Yellow Fever inoculation (photocopies accepted)
- Copy of tour itinerary or flight ticket
- Proof of funds – This might be requested by the embassy, but it is not a mandatory requirement
- Original birth certificates for all minors traveling with or without parents/adults/guardians
Note: Photocopies of original documents must be submitted with your application, Visas for Egypt are issued free of charge to South African citizens.
When is the Best Time to Travel to Egypt?
The tourist high season in Egypt coincides with the coolest months of the year which are October, November, December; January, February, March, and April. However, those who are travelling on a budget might prefer to visit during the two months prior to the high season or during the two months that follow the high season. The reason for this being that everything tends to be more expensive during the high season, just as it is in most popular tourist destinations.
For most South African visitors, the weather during October; November; March and April is considered to be quite pleasant, although this is not always the case in the desert where temperature fluctuations can be extreme. Cairo and most of the places in the far south of the country are typically spared from the extreme heat which engulfs Egypt during the summer months, especially during June; July and August.
Staying Safe While Traveling In Egypt
Egypt is not only a spectacular destination, but also a very safe destination. Nonetheless, there is always a certain amount of risk, regardless of where about in the world you go. A few general safety precautions can spell the difference between a great holiday and a disastrous one. We personally recommend the following:
- Keep valuables in the safes which are generally available free of charge in all major hotels
- Avoid large gatherings/protest site, and avoid walking around alone in quiet and unfamiliar places after dark
- Always follow any and all safety advice offered by tour guides and/or our company representatives
- Avoid confrontation
- Avoid getting into discussions about politics and/or religion
Tours to Egypt from South Africa – Safe, Affordable, and Unforgettable!