One of the oldest kingdoms on record dating from 3100BC, officially known today as the Arab Republic of Egypt is a country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and the southeast corner of Asia by a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. It welcomes you with its mighty Nile and magnificent monuments, the enchanting desert, and lush delta.
Egypt was one of the first countries in the world to embrace Christianity. By the time Abraham was in Egypt, it was already over 1,000 years old. After 2,500 years of triumph, this nation fell to conquering armies. It has never gained back its past glory.
Before its collapse, ancient Egypt the land of the Pharaohs and monuments like the legendary Great Pyramids and the Spinx.
A visit to Egypt must include a visit to the Egyptian Museum, where around 120,000 Egyptian artifacts can be found, albeit not all are on display.
Likewise, for the Great Pyramid of Giza, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the World still standing, the oldest and largest of the 3 pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex. The famous three pyramids of Giza were built around 2700 BC., primarily used as tombs.
The Great Spinx is a statue of a reclining lion with a human head that stands on the Giza plateau, a national symbol of both ancient and modern Egypt. Recent studies are still inconclusive as to who founded the Sphinx, why and when it was constructed, or whose image was carved on the Sphinx’s face.
Climbing Mount Sinai was the highlight of my Egypt leg. Located at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, a mountain ridge that has long been considered the site of Mount Horeb and Mount Sinai.
According to the Bible, it was in Mount Horeb that God appeared to Moses in the burning bush and commissioned him to return to Egypt. (Exodus 3:1-4:17).It was also here that God told Moses to strike the rock, which provided water for the Israelites (Exodus 17:1-6). In Mount Sinai, God appeared to Moses and gave him instructions and the 10 Commandments (Exodus 19:13-34:45)
From the foot of Mount Sinai in St. Catherine, we rode a camel up to the last rest stop before ascending to the summit (never again… lol), the final 750 steps. To catch the sunrise, we started the trek a few hours after midnight and reached the summit before dawn.
The scenery on the way down was fascinating – expect dramatic, jaw-dropping granite landscape views. It is one of the richest eco-system in the Middle East. It is home to many endemic, rare and protected plant and animal species.
The Camel path is a 7km long snake-like trail and trekking up to the top will take about 3 hours on average.