Traveling with children in Egypt – How difficult is it?

Traveling with children in Egypt with your isn’t at all difficult since there are just so many things for them to see and do. There are also a huge variety of package that are perfectly suitable for children, such as Nile cruise holidays for example. Nile cruises don’t only provide a luxurious cruise experience, but instead, they also include some excellent sightseeing, including a visit to the best in and around Cairo, such as the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Most children also tend to enjoy eating in Egypt because there are so many great tasting nutritious snacks and treats. If all else fails, there are also all your regular international fast food outlets which parents can turn to if the need arises.

With all of the above having been said, it is not really advisable to book extended Sahara desert adventures if you are traveling with children in Egypt. If you really must experience the desert, and you have a very young child with you, then you really need to pay attention to tour itineraries to make sure your preferred tour is suitable for a young child.

A Few Things to Consider

One of the first things to consider would be potential health risks. Currently, Egypt requires vaccination against Yellow Fever for residents of several African and South American countries, Namibia is not included. Additionally, the country warns visitors about the risks of West Nile Virus and Malaria.

If children are too young to safely be immunized against disease, the family should consider postponing travel until everyone can be sure of effective health measures.

A second consideration regarding health, concerns the child’s, or children’s ability to cope with the climate in Egypt. Traveling with children in Egypt will require long periods in the heat of the day while exploring many of the ruins and archaeological sites. Anyone, regardless of age, who is unable to tolerate the heat, may find it difficult to enjoy visits to some of the sites in Egypt.

Very young children can quickly become restless and miserable under such conditions, and for this reason, parents with very young children should consider a child friendly holiday and to visit during the cooler winter months, from November to March.

Great Activities for Young and Old Alike

There is much to see and do in Egypt, and in addition to the historical sites, there are many museums, outdoor activities and cultural events that children will really enjoy. One activity that will make a lasting impression on a whole family is a visit to a local, busy marketplace. Here each member of the family will be able to find a memorable souvenir, and enjoy some of the healthy, safe and inexpensive street food that the “locals” eat every day.

One word of caution however relates to traditional haggling. Stall owners at the markets can be extremely persistent in trying to get you to buy their wares. Some tourists find this somewhat daunting, but it can also be a fun experience as well. If you have no interest in buying something from a vendor, a polite but firm “no thank you” will usually do the trick. If you are in the company of a personal guide, then this is rarely a problem because the guides know how to deal with such situations.