Fly To Hurghada, Egypt
The diving resort of Hurghada is situated on Egypt’s Red Sea Coast and is famous for its brilliant turquoise waters. Before the 1990s Hurghada was little more than a fishing village, but since then it has undergone a complete transformation and many new resorts and hotels have been built all along the coast.
Today it is the leading seashore resort on the Red Sea. There is a wide choice of accommodation, with cheaper options centred on Ad-Dahar in the northern part of the town, and more upmarket alternatives in Sigala towards the south.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Hurghada do require a Visa to enter Egypt. Make sure that your SA passport is valid for 6 months from your return and that there are at least 2 free pages available for stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Egypt is located in the capital city of Cairo at Building No. 11, Intersection Road 200 & 2003, Digla, Maadi, Cairo. Phone: +202 2535 3000.
See and do
If you are not into diving or snorkeling, you can enjoy the wonders of the pristine waters of Hurghada from the comfort of a submarine tour, or a trip in a glass-bottomed boat. There is a variety of offshore excursions, including a day trip to Giftun Island.
It is worth visiting the Aquarium on the Corniche, as well as the Marine Museum in the north of town. In response to the concerns of environmentalists that the great influx of tourists into Hurghada was damaging marine life, the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association was established in 1992 to raise awareness and preserve the reef.
Remains of two Roman quarries in the Red Sea Mountains are accessible on day trips from Hurghada. Mons Porphyrites, 60 km to the north, was the site of porphyry quarries, a pinky-purple stone that was mined by the Romans for building. Remains of the mining town can still be seen today. Mons Claudianus, about 50 km southeast of Hurghada, provided the Romans with black granite columns, some of which were used in the Pantheon in Rome. The ruins of the Roman town and fort bear testimony to this ancient mine.
The Fantasia 1001 Show at Alf Leila We Leila is a highlight for most visitors to Hurghada: It is an evening of local customs and traditions, oriental food, belly dancing, horses and a sound and light show.
Hurghada International Airport – HRG
The Hurghada International Airport is the second busiest airport in Egypt after Cairo Airport. Currently it is served by one terminal, but future plans include the construction of a new terminal and a second runway. Expansions in recent years have included the building of an arrivals hall at a cost of US$ 155 million. Regular taxis and minibuses operate to and from Hurghada International Airport, and car hire is also available.