Fly To Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Sharm el-Sheikh, affectionately referred to as ‘Sharm’, is a popular Egyptian holiday resort town at the Southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula.
Romantically referred to as the “City of Peace” by some dreamy nomads, the regions beaches boast some of the best diving in the Middle East thanks to the diverse marine life of the Ras Mohamed National Park and hundreds of Red Sea coral reef sites.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Sharm el-Sheikh 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 countries capital, Cairo at Building No. 11, Intersection Road 200 & 2003, Digla, Maadi, Cairo. Phone: +202 2535 3000.
See and do
An exploration of the desert is a must when in Sharm el-Sheikh. There are numerous tours that will take you to the Bedouins, the Coloured Canyon and Mount Sinai. If you’re looking for adventure, hire a private guide who will spend a few days with you in the desert riding a camel and exploring hidden valleys.
Alf Lela w Lela puts on live shows daily which feature traditional belly dancers as well as a popular male belly dancer. The sights and sounds of the live shows make for an electric atmosphere.
Diving is one of the reasons many tourists flock to Sharm. Dive into the Red Sea and enter a world of aqua life and colours. Try out the reefs at Tiran and Ras Mohammed which can be reached by boat within a couple of hours.
Quad biking and parasailing are also popular activities within the resort town as is camel trekking.
When it comes to choosing souvenirs for people back home, think camel teddy bears and traditional, comfortable and cool clothing.
Taxis in Sharm are modern and the meters typically don’t function well. The fixed prices work out better in any case. There are blue and white micro buses that mostly ferry locals around and they are more economical compared to the sedan taxis. If you’d like to take the bus, wait next to the side of the main street and raise your hand when you see one approaching. Once in the bus, sit down and pass your money forward to the driver. Hiring private minibuses is also cost effective.
Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport – SSH
The airport was originally an Israeli Air Force base prior to the territory being returned to Egypt. The terminals boast a wide variety of shopping facilities including souvenir and duty free shops as well as bazaars. The departure customs area offers fantastic local goods, perfumes and alcohol to take home.
Food and beverage: There are a few cafes, fast food outlets and restaurants where you can relax with a cup of coffee or something to eat before take-off.
Currency Exchange: Travellers can exchange currency at the dedicated currency exchange offices and bank department in Terminal 1. There are a number of 24-hour ATMs throughout the airport too.
Lost Luggage: The lost baggage office is in the arrivals area.
Car Hire: Thrifty, Hertz.
Airport Hub: Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport (code SSH) is a hub for Egypt Air flights.