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Amazing Africa adventures in Egypt and Morocco

Published April 13th, 2015

Feel you’ve got a thirst for adventure and exploration in far-flung places? If you’re looking for ancient mysterious cultures, wild experiences and distinctive styles, hop on one of our fave tour operators and enjoy exploration made easy. Our top picks are two of North Africa’s most intoxicating and enchanting countries, each marching to the beat of their own drum for thousands of years. Here's some amazing Africa adventures to do in Egypt and Morocco.

 

Take a leap to the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

Walk like an Egyptian in Egypt

For culture, ancient history and adventure:

G Adventures' Best of Egypt in eight days packs a punch, mixing culture and adventure in the beautiful setting of Egypt’s deserts and cities. Starting in Cairo, you’ll get your dose of Egyptian history and culture straight away as you visit the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. Next, it’s on to the Nile city of Aswan where you’ll meet a local family and enjoy a slap-up, home-cooked traditional dinner.

From here you’ll sleep under the stars as you cruise the Nile on a traditional felucca sailing boat all the way up to Kom Ombo. Next it’s onto Luxor via the mighty Temple of Edfu, and a full day of sightseeing beckons with the ancient Colossi of Memnon statues to visit as well as the Valley of Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut.

 

Kiss the Red Sea sun in Egypt.

 

For an action-packed holiday with chill-out time:

For a different side to Egypt, Topdeck’s nine-day Sinai Horizons tour takes you to the hippie haven of Dahab on the Red Sea. You’ll spend five nights here, diving some of the best waters in the world, riding camels in the desert, hiking up Mount Sinai to watch the sun rise, and quad biking.

As well as ancient culture and religion and some of the best natural attractions in the world, there will be plenty of time to relax and chill out in this former sleepy Bedouin fishing village, with games of backgammon and cups of hibiscus tea on cushion-filled cafes along the shoreline. After the magical charm of the Red Sea, head back to Cairo for three days of city culture, including visiting the fascinating Egyptian Museum and enjoying a dinner cruise complete with entertainment from traditional whirlers.

 

One hump or two? Saddle up your camel in the Sahara.

Rock the kasbah in Morocco

For desert adventurers:

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to ride a camel and camp under the stars in the desert, or wander round an ancient medina crammed with tiny stalls selling local crafts, you’ve come to the right place. To cover some serious ground on your Morocco trip, Geckos Adventures has a two-week spectacular that will take you all over this amazing country. The Drunk on Colour trip begins in Casablanca where you can wander round the old Medina and city walls before heading to the idyllic whitewashed village of Moulay Idriss to stay with a local host family for the night.

From here, you’ll do everything from exploring Roman ruins to eating camel burgers for lunch and losing yourself in the ancient walled city of Fes. From here, camel riding and camping through the desert will be a real highlight of your trip, and you’ll venture to the High Atlas mountains through Berber villages before heading to Marrakech.

 

Bag a bargain at the funky Marrakech medina.

 

For city sights and cultural experiences:

If you’ve got less time on your hands, Contiki’s five-day Morocco flying visit is the way to go. Giving you a true taste of Morocco, you’ll visit both of the vibrant cities of Fès and Marrakech. Pick up a souvenir or two from the carpet sellers and leatherware crafters of the old souks and markets, and visit famous landmarks. On this tour you’ll experience an Arabian Nights dinner in Fès, complete with traditional belly dancing, and also take a scenic drive through the mesmerising Middle Atlas mountains.

 

Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.