Looking for that perfect sunshine destination that is full of exciting activities? Thought about doing some action sports in Egypt? Then check out these 12 reasons to book an Egyptian adventure holiday.
Egyptians are not exactly renowned within the extreme sports community. They have not invented any new sports, it is not the home of multiple world champions and much of the population are more concerned with getting by then getting their adrenaline fix.
But Egypt is one of the best places in the world for water sports. The Red Sea offers exceptional diving and the coast hosts kiteboarders and windsurfers from around the world. Inland there are deserts to explore on foot, bike, camel and 4×4. On the Nile there are various boating and wildlife watching activities to enjoy.
And despite the local population being 29.7% in poverty (down from 32.5% in 2018), Egypt is rich in history, culture and adventure. Unrest in Egypt has been well documented and there are still areas you should not visit – always check the FCDO site before you travel. But it is open to tourism and action sports in Egypt remain ever popular with its visitors.
Below are 12 great reasons why action sports enthusiasts can’t stay away from Egypt and why it is so good for adventure travel:
If you are in the need of a warm weather adventure then Egypt pretty much guarantees sunshine. In fact some times of the year it is a little too hot for non-water based action sports in Egypt.
Sea temperatures rarely fall below 18°C. This is great for water sports fans but also anyone who fancies a dip.
From mid May to mid October the wind is some of the most reliable on the planet. Kitesurfers and windsurfers are pretty much guaranteed to enjoy 20 to 25 knot top class conditions. Even outside these months you get wind 40% of the time.
One of the top reasons to book an Egyptian adventure holiday is that the Red Sea is a scuba fans dream. While on the water the adventure sports are extreme and dramatic, beneath it’s surface is beautiful and just as exciting.
Egypt has some of the best dive sites in the world with healthy reefs, submarine canyons and more colourful fish then you can shake a snorkel at. And you don’t have to dive to experience it, the snorkelling is great and there are glass bottom boats and even submarine tours.
As well as stunning reefs, there are various wrecks to five. The infamous wreck of the SS Thistlegorm it renowned as one of the best wreck dives worldwide.
There are huge swathes of desert to explore. Experience Bedouin villages, camel trains, and hidden oasis’. Learn about the Sahara desert in a traditional way by joining a camel train or join one of the outrageous 4×4 adventures that regularly head away from civilisation.
One of the top reasons to book an Egyptian adventure holiday is to try many different activities in one trip. The wide range of action sports in Egypt make multi activity holidays hugely enjoyable. In addition to everything mentioned above you can parasail, wakeboard, waterski, bird watch, hike, bike, kayak, safari, sail, paddle board and much more.
From five star hotels to low cost hostels and liveaboards to boutique guest houses Egypt has something for every taste and budget. You can stay in all inclusive resorts that you never leave, or you can arrange digs with local people.
Unlike many Muslim nations Egypt have liberal laws to drinking so there are plenty of bars and clubs and a very good nightlife. There are also more than 20 land based casinos and other floating ones, so you can have a flutter if the mood takes you. If there are no casinos in your resort you can recreate the experience online at a live casino.
One of the top reasons to book an Egyptian adventure holiday is that despite it being a relatively poor country its tourist infrastructure is very good. Airports, roads and facilities are all better than most African nations.
Ancient Egypt dates back 5,000 years to a time when the cities of the Nile were united under the Pharaohs. It’s a period of pyramids and dynasties that were the world’s leading civilization. They made discoveries in mathematics, medicine, agriculture and calligraphy so it’s a fascinating country to visit. Make sure you tag some culture onto your adventure.
There are few places in the world where you can enjoy adventure sports in such luxurious surroundings for so little money. Egypt is cheap and has been a firm favourite for holidaymakers on a budget for many years.
From Indiana Jones wannabes to hardcore over-landers, and gap year travellers to action sports fans, Egypt delivers adventures for all. Nowhere else can you find such a perfect climate, incredible value, ideal conditions for watersports all year and more history and culture than most of us can handle, all within a five hour flight from Europe.
We hope these 12 reasons to book an Egyptian adventure holiday have inspired you to visit. If so check out out Egypt adventure travel page to start planning your trip.