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I am extremely excited to be here! It’s the end of my second week and I’m having such a good stay so far. I visited the Great Pyramids of Giza with Mark over the past weekend and collided full force with an enduring challenge of being a world traveller: how to properly appreciate the great wonders of the world. How does one fully grasp and appreciate the moment they’re in without being carried away by theatrics?

Pyramids of Giza, Cairo

It helps to know a bit about the places you’ll be visiting, even if you visit with a guide. I was glad to have Mark with me, so I had a bit of a back story and knowledge of the history of the Pyramids before our visit. I recall standing at the base and just being struck with awe. How were these structures constructed and how are they still standing – mostly intact after almost 5,000 years? There are many theories about this and it’s been so interesting to hear and read about them. By the time I leave the country, I would have come up with mine…

The Great Pyramids of Giza

First Impressions of Egypt…

Somehow, I expected Cairo (Egypt) to be very similar to cities in Morocco, but the two countries (at least the place I’ve visited) are strikingly different. The ‘feel of the city’, it’s architecture (there are so many tall brown futuristic-looking buildings in the city), the food are quite different. I also found cities like Marrakesh and Casablanca in Morocco to be slightly more laid back than Cairo. The culture is slightly similar. Other than that, nothing much is.

Cairo

Getting a Visa to Egypt from Nigeria

The process of getting this visa was quite easy and straightforward – well, if you exclude having to fly down to Abuja to submit my documents. I arrived at the embassy at 9:00am and got a number assigned to me. At 9:40am, an official called our numbers and we lined up to gain access into the building.

After going through security, we proceeded to the main auditorium where I submitted my documents. A rep checked them and handed me a slip to come pick up my passport later. That was it. My visa was approved after 7 working days and my passport was ready to be picked up after another 3 days.

PS: The Egyptian Embassy Address is;

Egyptian Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria
Plot 340, Diplomatic Drive,
Central Area, Abuja
Nigeria

The embassy opens from 9am to 12pm, Mondays through Fridays, except public holidays.

Getting to Egypt from Nigeria

If I could go from Nigeria to Egypt by road, honestly I would. I still hate flying but luckily, I had a good time flying with Turkish Airlines. The flight time from Lagos to Cairo by air using a direct service like Egypt air is about 5 hours . With Turkish Airlines, I had to transit through Istanbul first before heading to Cairo. The entire flight time including layovers was about 9 hours.

Cairo- view from the Holiday Inn MaadiI am looking forward to seeing more of Cairo – which is the city I’ll be spending most of my time in and if possible, exploring other places within the country.

Have you been to Cairo or any other parts of Egypt? What are some of your recommendations for places to visit and things to do?

8 Comments

  1. Your travel store inspire me.

    Quick queshun… Must the visa application docs be submitted in person? And how much is the visa fees?

    • I think it can be submitted by a trusted travel consultant on your behalf. You can send a message to Globe Jaunters or Diamond&Pearls Travels to see if they can offer this service. I think it’s better value for money than going to Abuja.

  2. Hi.
    Your biggest fan here.
    I’ve been dying to take a vacation and finally have some free time coming up. I’m stuck between egypt and zanzibar.
    Which would you suggest and can you give me an aggregate of how much each costs? Flights, accommodation et cetera

    • Hey Christie! Both are excellent travel options and costs will depend on many things, such as time of travel (i.e peak or low season), how far ahead you book your flights and what activities you choose to do. (It’s difficult to project how much these trips would cost without taking the time to do so) Right now, Egypt’s quite hot, so if your free time is now, I’d advise Zanzibar.

  3. wwornheels

    Baby girl! I have not been to Egypt o! Just out here seeing it through you 🙂

  4. I’ve never been to Egypt. Traveling through your eyes as usual 😀

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