Towering temples, Valley of Kings, the Great Sphinx and the majestic Nile River can all be found in one majestic place – Egypt. We’ve always been the descendants of kings and queens, so it’s only natural that as travelers we are drawn to one of the many places in the world that speak to our long and rich heritage on this earth.
Wouldn’t it be great to walk among the spirits of our decadent ancestors and feel like royalty? Yep! This is why a trip to Egypt is high on many Black travelers’ bucket list. One globetrotter, Richie-Ann Rushell (@itsrichrush) donned her crown and headed to the north African nation on a royal adventure. From the ancient sites to her fabulous wardrobe, Richie-Ann explored Egypt like a queen.
Between our expert guide and these epic photos, we predict you’ll be booking a flight for your own Egyptian getaway ASAP.
Welcome to Egypt
Located in Northern Africa, Egypt dates back thousands of years to the ancient Pharaohs and has been influenced by other cultures throughout history. Millennia-old monuments, elaborate feasts, belly dancing, picturesque landscapes, and comforting hospitality are just a few of the things that will captivate you in Egypt. The best time to visit is from October to April when temperatures are at their most pleasant and iconic sites have fewer tourists.
Steps From History
Back in the day finding accommodations anywhere near the pharaoh's crib would've been out of the question, but these days some of the best hotels and resorts in Cairo will literally have you steps away from historic sites like the Great Sphinx. Check into the luxurious Marriott Mena House and wake up every day with a view that makes you feel like royalty.
Family-style feasts are at the forefront of Egyptian culture, food plays an integral role in their way of life. Everywhere you go you can find restaurant owners and locals alike cooking up delicious dishes they can't wait for you to try. Fill up on traditional meals like foul, ta’miyah, and koshari or opt for more modern flavors like Harissa Dukkah chicken.
When you're done communing with the ancestors and sailing the Nile, be sure to make a stop along Egypt's coast to experience the Red Sea. From yacht-filled marinas and luxury shopping, to sparkling beaches, amazing diving, and the breathtaking White Desert, you'll be glad you didn't skip it.