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About Mersa Matruh

Slowly emerging like the hidden beauty that it is, Mersa Matruh is a seaport city in Egypt. With more than 68,300 residents, this city set on the Mediterranean Sea is becoming a top holiday getaway with its white, sandy beaches and opportunities to bargain at exotic local markets. Top attractions include Almaza Bay, Souq Libya and Cleopatra Beach.

Cheap flights to Mersa Matruh are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready for mesmerising experiences in this city!

Mersa Matruh is home to Marsa Matruh International Airport (MUH), which is located on a quick 8-minute drive from the city centre. Marsa Matrush serves a multitude of airlines – including EgyptAir, Bravo Airways and Neos Airlines. Popular connecting flights to Mersa Matruh depart from Johannesburg. The flight duration is approximately 9 hours and 45 minutes.

Why visit Mersa Matruh

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Cave Museum

Through a tunnel and underground, find yourself in the WWII base of ‘Desert Fox’, Colonel Rommel. Now a museum, wander the lair and allow yourself to be intrigued.

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Arabian Dates

There are no better dates than the succulent Siwa dates of Egypt, exclusively farmed in the Mersa Matruh region. Choose from plain to almond and chocolate fillings.

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Beaches

Dip your sun-kissed toes into the warm Mediterranean Sea and watch the ebb and flow of silky waters caressing white sand. Visit Aqeebah Beach for a sunny day out.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Egypt
Currency Egyptian Pound (EGP)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 1.32 EGP
Language Arabic
Hub Airport Marsa Matruh International Airport (MUH)
Time Zone GMT+2
Travel Adaptor Type C and Type F

Best time to visit Mersa Matruh

With its hot desert climate, the city of Mersa Matruh has two seasons – summer and a mild winter that is influenced by the Mediterranean Sea. Winter falls between December and February. During this period you can experience temperatures of between 13°C and 19°C. The best time to visit and work on your tan would therefore be between March and April, or mid-August to November. It is hottest from June to August, but if you’re willing to put up with a bit of heat then you’ll be sure to find cheap flights and accommodation to Mersa Matruh.

Weather & Climate in Mersa Matruh

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 11°C 11°C 13°C 16°C 18°C 22°C 23°C 24°C 23°C 21°C 17°C 12°C
High °C 17°C 18°C 19°C 22°C 25°C 28°C 30°C 30°C 29°C 26°C 23°C 19°C
Rainfall (mm) 18 12 10 5 4 0 0 0 3 8 7 16

With history going back to Alexandra the Great, Mersa Matruh has long been a hidden gem of the Egyptian people, as its sheer beauty was enough to want to keep it private. Many, many years later, the city now invites visitors from across the globe to enjoy its tranquil warm waters as it sparkles in shades of sapphire and emerald.

Most that visit the city come for its beaches, and you’ll find that Aqeeba Beach, Rommel Bay and Al-Obayed Beach never cease to disappoint.

In the evenings, stroll through the local markets, such as the Libya Souq, and try your hand at bargaining with men in traditional cloaks. After, relax into the furniture as you visit a hookah café and lose yourself in the minty, apple or strawberry flavoured aromas. Local favourites, M Porium and the roof cafe of Almazino Hotel have more than 20 different flavours for you to choose from.

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South Africans who wish to visit Mersa Matruh in Egypt will need a visa to do so. You can apply for your visa online and the process takes about 7 days to complete. You will need two passport photos, at least six months of travel space left on your passport and various other documents.

For more information, please contact the Embassy of Egypt:

270 Bourke St, Sunnyside, Pretoria, 0002 Tel: 012 343 1590

Mersa Matruh is a perfect holiday destination and very safe, but for visitors there are some things to keep in mind. As Egypt is a predominantly Muslim country, it is considered rude and unacceptable to talk to local women in the street. Also, female tourists are advised to dress modestly and cover their shoulders and legs until the knees.

It is always a good idea to get your regular vaccines up to date before you travel. For your trip to Egypt, it is recommended that you get a shot for typhoid and hepatitis A. Depending on your plans in the country; you might also be interested in getting a shot for hepatitis B, rabies and yellow fever. Speak to your doctor and allow him/her to advise you on the subject.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Mersa Matruh
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100 R100 R46
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R18
Cappucino (regular) R23 R23 R18
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R10 R2
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R40 R40 R23
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