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The long-delayed Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) will finally open its doors in 2020

Whether you are planning on traveling to Egypt this year or you’re a big fan of Egyptology, you may have heard of the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). It’s one of the most anticipated openings in the world when it comes to museums and tourist attractions. After a couple of delays, GEM is slated to open its doors to the public this year.

According to the Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Khaled Al-Anani, the Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open at the end of 2020 and its initial ticket pricing for foreigners has been set at EGP 400 ($US 25) and EGP 200 for students ($US 12.5) according to Daily News Egypt.

Grand Egyptian Museum

Grand Egyptian Museum

The Grand Egyptian Museum… Egypt’s gift to the world

The Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities officially presents the Grand Mu...

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African Safari in Tanzania: The Ultimate Itinerary and Tour

We are all familiar with the term “once-in-a-lifetime’. Right? It is reserved for those epic bucket list experiences that you feel so fortunate to have even once during your life, that you can’t even imagine being blessed enough to be able to do it a second time. An African safari in Tanzania is one of those experiences—and I was blessed twice.

The Shadows of Africa team took me on two unforgettable tours, on two similar yet still very unique itineraries. From landing at Kilimanjaro airport to searching for rhinos in Ngorongoro crater to participating in the Maasai’s traditional jumping dance, being on safari in Tanzania will be surreal whichever stops and experiences you choose. But, here’s my ultimate itinerary for a trip you will never forget too.

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Top 5 luxury experiences in Africa

Often Africa is left aside when looking for a luxury escape from everyday life. But the dark continent has a lot to offer, and not only for budget travelers but also for the ones that aren’t shy to spend some cash in return for the most exclusive travel experiences out there. Here are a few of my favorite experiences.

Rovos Rail, Southern Africa

Being the African equivalent of the Orient Express, this luxurious train offers several itineraries, going from a 3 day trip within South Africa, all the way to a 15 day journey connecting Dar es Salaam and Cape Town...

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What makes the Great Wildebeest Migration so great

You can hear the galloping hooves before you see them, the sheer number creating a noise that resounds over the savannah plains of Kenya’s Maasai Mara and reaches you in the game drive vehicle. Rightly called the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth’, witnessing part of the annual journey of 2.5 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle as they follow the rains is a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience.

Great Wildebeest Migration

Great Wildebeest Migration

It is natural instinct that leads these plains animals to find greener pastures and fresh water sources, taking a circular route that moves in a clockwise direction from the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya...

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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Pyramids of Giza

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Pyramids of Giza

Egypt is one of the most fascinating places in the world. With a profoundly rich history, this is a bucket-list destination for so many.

I finally got the chance to visit for a “sample platter” tour of Egypt and see the famous Giza Pyramids. This is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing and I’ve always wanted to see it up close and personal.

Ready to experience the magic that has fascinated the world for thousands of years? Here is the ultimate guide to visiting the Pyramids of Giza!

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About  the Giza Complex

The area known as the Giza Complex includes the Giza Necropolis, Sphynx, Pyramids, and Valley Temple of Khafre.

Nearly 5,000 years ago, Memphis was the capital of Egypt and Giza served as the burial grounds for the royals...

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The Best Time to Travel to Egypt

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Egypt

Egypt is one of the most mysterious destinations on the planet and it’s been on the top of my bucket list for AGES. Now that I’ve been, I’m 100% convinced that it should be on the top of everyone’s bucket list. Between the Nile, the Red Sea, Alexandria, Cairo, and pyramids that date back to 2500 BC, there’s so much history and culture to experience.

Because the landscape is primarily desert, picking the perfect time to go can be a bit tricky. I visited this past April and although it was warm, it wasn’t unbearable by any means.

So, if you’re interested in visiting this mystic country, check out this guide to the best time to travel to Egypt!

The Pyramids at Giza

March to May

Springtime in Egypt is one of the most popular times to visit...

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Saving the planet: our top 5 eco-friendly hotels around the world

With environmental awareness an increasing concern across the globe, especially when it comes to hot topics such as global warming and plastic waste, luxury hotels are also increasingly doing their bit for the planet, with guests encouraged to play their part during their holiday. Ditching plastic water bottles for reusable non-plastic ones is just the tip of the (rapidly-melting) iceberg: these five hotels push the boat out when it comes to eco-friendliness – without stinting on luxury and style.

The Brando, Tahiti

Marlon Brando fell in love with Tahiti while filming Mutiny on the Bounty in the 1...

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Top 5 reasons to visit Selous

Whilst gliding through one of the waterways that meander through Africa’s largest game reserve, you could be mistaken into thinking you’re in the heart of the Okavango Delta. With pods of hippos bubbling and buffalo wallowing, the myth that only Botswana produces such an iconic water experience is dispelled. Tucked into the South East of Tanzania and spanning over fifty thousand square kilometres, there is a network of permanent waterways that indicate the Selous Game Reserve.

Selous

Selous

When most people think of Tanzania, the first area that comes to mind is the Serengeti. Infamous for the Great Migration of wildebeest, people from all over the world flock to see this spectacle...

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Problematizing Global Heritage in Fez, Morocco

More than 12 million tourists visited Morocco in 2018, and their numbers are certain to increase in 2019. And why not? This North African kingdom calls up to most foreigners an image of medieval mosques, archaic bazaars filled with handmade crafts, and medinas—those labyrinths of narrow alleys behind ancient walls.

In Morocco, historic monuments seem as common as sparrows. This country has thirty-one medinas, or rather walled cities built in the premodern era. Of the twenty-two places in Morocco now considered or under consideration as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, twelve are medinas.

Other countries in Africa are larger than Morocco, which is the same size as California. Adjacent to Morocco, Algeria is Africa’s largest country...

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20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Egypt

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Egypt

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I had been hoping to visit Egypt for such a long time—it’s been on my Africa wishlist FOREVER! I’ve always been a history buff and since I was little, I dreamt of visiting the Nile and the pyramids. Though I will admit that I was a little hesitant due to concerns for safety and the experiences I’ve heard from other women.

I did my research and learned tons about the country and went in with an open mind.

And guess what? I met some of the friendliest locals you could ever imagine and got to see places I’ve only dreamed of! But like I said, I definitely did my research beforehand—here are my 10 tips for your first trip to Egypt!

I was glad I learned more about the history and culture before I went, otherwise I feel like some of the most interesting details might’ve gotten ...

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