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Top ChoiceTemple in Luxor

Amun Temple Enclosure

Amun Temple Enclosure

Amun-Ra was the local god of Karnak (Luxor) and during the New Kingdom, when the princes of Thebes ruled Egypt, he became the preeminent state god, with a temple that reflected his status. At the height of its...

Top ChoiceRoman Site in Timgad

Timgad

Timgad

One of the finest Roman sites in existence, the ruins of Timgad stretch almost as far as the eye can see over a plain that in winter is cold and desolate and in summer hot and tinder-dry. Its perfect preservation...

Top ChoiceMonastery in St Katherine Protectorate

St Catherine's Monastery

St Catherine's Monastery

This ancient monastery traces its founding to about AD 330, when Byzantine empress Helena had a small chapel and a fortified refuge for local hermits built beside what was believed to be the burning bush from...

Top ChoiceTemple in Edfu

Temple of Horus

Temple of Horus

This Ptolemaic temple, built between 237 and 57 BC, is one of the best-preserved ancient monuments in Egypt. Preserved by desert sand, which filled the place after the pagan cult was banned, the temple is...

Top ChoiceMonument in Abydos

Temple of Seti I

Temple of Seti I

The first structure you’ll see at Abydos is the Great Temple of Seti I, which, after a certain amount of restoration work, is one of the most complete, unique and beautiful temples in Egypt. With exquisite...

Top ChoiceMedina in Medina

Medina

Medina

This sprawling maze of ancient streets and alleyways is one of the most impressive medieval medinas in North Africa and one of Tunisia's great treasures. It's home to numerous covered souqs selling everything...

Top ChoiceTemple in Abu Simbel

Great Temple of Ramses II

Great Temple of Ramses II

Carved out of the mountain on the west bank of the Nile between 1274 and 1244 BC, this imposing main temple of the Abu Simbel complex was as much dedicated to the deified Ramses II himself as to Ra-Horakhty, Amun...

Top ChoiceTemple in Philae

Temple of Isis

Temple of Isis

Built to honour the goddess Isis, this was the last temple built in the classical Egyptian style. Construction began around 690 BC, and it was one of the last outposts where the goddess was worshipped. The cult...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Western Desert

White Desert National Park

White Desert National Park

Upon first glimpse of the 300-sq-km national park of the White Desert, you’ll feel like Alice through the looking-glass. About 20km northeast of Farafra, on the east side of the road, blinding-white chalk rock...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Eastern Zambia

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park

For scenery, variety and density of animals, South Luangwa is the best park in Zambia and one of the most majestic in Africa. Impalas, pukus, waterbucks, giraffes and buffaloes wander on the wide-open plains;...

Top ChoiceTomb in Luxor

Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings

The west bank of Luxor had been the site of royal burials since around 2100 BC, but it was the pharaohs of the New Kingdom period (1550–1069 BC) who chose this isolated valley dominated by the pyramid-shaped...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in El Jem

El Jem Amphitheatre

El Jem Amphitheatre

This Unesco World Heritage–listed colosseum was the second-largest in the Roman world (after Rome's); it was 149m long by 124m wide, with three tiers of seating 30m high. Its seating capacity has been estimated...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Giza

Pyramids of Giza

Pyramids of Giza

The last remaining wonder of the ancient world; for nearly 4000 years, the extraordinary shape, impeccable geometry and sheer bulk of the Giza Pyramids have invited the obvious questions: ‘How were we built, and...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Western Tanzania

Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park, 35km southwest of Mpanda, is Tanzania’s third-largest national park (together with two contiguous game reserves the conservation area encompasses 12,500 sq km) and one of its most unspoiled...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Cairo

Egyptian Museum

Egyptian Museum

One of the world’s most important collections of ancient artefacts, the Egyptian Museum takes pride of place in Downtown Cairo, on the north side of Midan Tahrir. Inside the great domed, oddly pinkish building,...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Northern Tanzania

Tarangire National Park

Welcome to one of Africa's most underrated parks. Thanks to its proximity to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, Tarangire is usually assigned only a day visit as part of a larger northern-circuit itinerary. But it...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Saqqara, Memphis & Dahshur

Saqqara

Saqqara

Covering a 7km stretch of the Western Desert, Saqqara, the huge cemetery of ancient Memphis, was an active burial ground for more than 3500 years and is Egypt’s largest archaeological site. The necropolis is...

Top ChoiceSquare in Djemaa El Fna & Southern Central Medina

Djemaa El Fna

Djemaa El Fna

Everywhere you look in Marrakesh’s main square (pronounced 'jema' – the 'd' is silent), you’ll discover drama in progress. The hoopla and halqa (street theatre) have been non-stop here since the 11th century....

Top ChoiceTemple in Luxor

Karnak

Karnak

Karnak is an extraordinary complex of sanctuaries, kiosks, pylons and obelisks dedicated to the Theban triad but also to the greater glory of pharaohs. The site covers more than 2 sq km; it's large enough to...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Northern Tanzania

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park

Few people forget their first encounter with the Serengeti. Perhaps it's the view from the summit of Naabi Hill at the park's entrance, from where the Serengeti's grasslands stretch out like a vision of eternity....