The Nile River is an international river that covers eleven countries including the Republic of Sudan, Congo, Kenya, and particularly Egypt. It has two major tributaries the Blue Nile “The Source of Most Water and Silt“, and the White Nile “The Headwaters”. Here is all info you need to know about Nile river:
Nile River History
The Nile River has always been important during the Egyptian Civilization and Sudanese Kingdoms since ancient time. Most cities in Egypt lie along with these two parts of the Nile. The Nile is a major river in northeastern Africa. It is the longest river in the world, about 6853 km long.
Nile River in Ancient Egypt
The Ancient Egyptians admired the religious life that is why they had many gods and goddess. Among these gods were; “Hapi”, the Nile god, who was the god of the annual flooding of the Nile and Sobek, who is associated with the Nile crocodile.
The Economic Importance of the Nile River in Egypt
Every country’s dream is to reach economic stability. The Nile River provides such stability for Egypt and the whole Egyptians. It provides new projects, such as the High Dam, which provides Egypt with a great amount of electricity to run up machines. The second project is Lake Nasser, which is the biggest artificial lake that attracts tourists from around the world. The third project is the Tushka Project, that is not completed yet.
Egypt Nile River Facts
The Nile river used to provide the ancient Egyptians with fertile land. The soil along the Nile was rich with different growing crops, which are wheat “the main Egyptians staple food”, papyrus “that were used in paper, baskets, and sandals”, and flax “that was used in manufacturing linen clothes for clothing”. The Nile River has always been the life source for all living creatures since the Stone Age. The Nile has made life in the Egyptian desert possible. It provides drinking water, a source of irrigation for crops, and the most important thing is the fertile soil used to grow crops.
Without the Nile River, the ancient Egyptian Civilization would not have survived. It has made it easy for cities and civilizations along the Nile to grow. Through the Nile, The ancient Egyptians have developed methods for the irrigation system, which helped them to grow and to have such a unique civilization. The Nile river is considered to be a weapon that protects Egypt from the upcoming water war. Egypt without the Nile is just a desert.
The Relationship Between the Nile River and the Osiris Myth
The story of Osiris and Isis is one of the most interesting myths in the ancient culture and how Osiris has been betrayed by his brother Set deity. Set was jealous of his brother, so he decided to plan to kill him. He made a trick, which can be plotted in a coffin that has the size of Osiris’ body. His brother said that if the coffin was in his size, then he would take it as a gift.
When Osiris sits in the coffin, his brother immediately closed it upon him and threw in on the Nile river. Isis, Osiris’ wife started searching for her husband to give him a proper burial but some children told her where to find him which shows the divination of the Nile. Isis found her husband’s body and got him back to life again. His brother cut him into pieces and scattered them into different Egyptian locations. Isis tried to collect these pieces to revive her husband but she couldn’t find his pines, which Set threw in the Nile. Osiris couldn’t return to life again and he became lord of Afterlife and Judge of the Dead. The Nile was made fertile because of Osiris’ pines according to the myth.
Why the Nile River Flood?
It floods because of rains in Africa, especially in the Ethiopian highlands and melting snow. The Ancient Egyptians used to hold a festival every year for the Nile river as they thought that the Nile flooded because of the goddess Isis. They also offered human sacrifices as an appreciation for Isis.
Things to Do in the Nile River
The best thing to do while being close to the Nile River is having Egypt Nile cruise packages which allow you to explore an amazing world related to the great Ancients. Have a Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor to discover the great Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Colossi of Memnon, and the astonishing Karnak Temple. Or you can have a Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan to see the amazing Nubian life portrayed in the Unfinished Obelisk, Philae Temple, and the great High Dam. You can also combine Nile cruise with amazing culture tours around Egypt to visit Cairo landmarks and enjoy fun days on Hurghada, all of these you can find through our tour packages to Egypt. Here are the best Nile cruises to do:
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What Should I Wear While Being in Egypt?
You should wear whatever you want. It is advised to wear something light from cotton or linen, comfortable and put on sunblock during your time in Egypt in the summer and wear comfortable footwear like a closed-toe shoe to sustain the sandy terrain.
What to Pack for Your Egypt Tour?
You should bring a brimmed hat and sunglasses if you not used to the Egyptian sun &pack everything you could ever need and put in a small bag so you could move easily between your destinations.
Are All Nile Cruises Available at Any Time?
Yes, it is available all years. as the Nile from Aswan to Luxor takes three to four days of sailing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the total cost of 600$ and the Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan take four to five days in Saturday, Monday and Thursday for the coast of 650$.
Why book Trips in Egypt?
We have experience in vacation planning for more than 10 years & our staff consists of the most professional operators, guides and drivers who dedicate all of their time & effort create the perfect vacation. All of our tours are customized by Travel, Financial & Time advisors to fit your every possible need during your time in egypt. we always keep in mind that your safety & comfort are our main priority until you return home.
Is it safe to travel to Egypt?
Yes, it is absolutely safe to travel to egypt, You will feel secure in Egypt as the current atmosphere of the country is very peaceful after the government took powerful measures like restructuring the entire tourist police to include all the important and tourist attractions in Egypt and construct an entire environment dedicated for ensuring the lives of all tourists.
What are Egypt's Visa Requirements?
They are very simples, If you want to apply for a Visa On Arrival that lasts for 30 days then you should be one of the eligible countries(check the link), have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining and pay 25$ USD entry fee in cash. As for the E-Visa for 30 days, you should have a valid passport for at least 8 months, complete the online application, pay the e-visa fee then print the e-visa to later be presented to the airport border guard. You could be one of the countries eligible for a free visa for 90 days.
What is the Weather is Like?
The temperature of Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c, Summer in Egypt is somehow hot and winter is cool and mild but sometimes it becomes cold at night. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 ¡ÆC in the wintertime to 23 ¡ÆC in the summertime and average high temperatures vary from 17 ¡ÆC in the wintertime to 32 ¡ÆC in the summertime while the temperature is moderate all along the coasts.
What is the Best Time of Visit Egypt?
It is known the best time to travel to Egypt is in the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical, a warm atmosphere with a winter breeze. You will also be notified a week before your trip if the weather is unsafe or if any changes have been made.
Should I Give Tips in Egypt?
It is totally up to you, but if you choose to you can tip the servers at your restaurant 5-10% by handing it to them directly and 5 Egyptian Pounds as a general tip of anyone.
Can I Enter the Pyramids?
Yes, you can enter the pyramids for the small fee of 20$.
How to Enjoy Egypt During Ramadan?
Ramadan is a special time of year for Muslims that should be celebrated by non-Muslims and feel the essence of the Islamic culture. You can fast with the Muslim or just observe but you are always welcome to join the celebrations and festivals.