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Africa is the land of unlimited adventure and unimaginable natural beauty. It is a continent that attracts millions of tourists form all across the world.
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Africa Overland TripsAfrica Overland Trips
Overland safari tours is still the most exicting and economical way of travelling through africa
Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi South Africa
Africa Camel Trekking SafarisAfrica Camel Trekking Safaris
Unforgettable Camel Trekking Experience around Africa Deserts Kenya, Egypt
Africa  Beach HolidaysEast Africa Excursions
Several short safaris and excursions are available for those who have a limited time to see the African attractions Nairobi,Mombasa,Zanzibar
Africa Flying Safaris
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Egypt Culture And People

Egypt possesses huge cultural assets derived from the stock of the Egyptain civilizations of both its ancient and modern history. This is also consolidated by its existing status that rendered Egypt a radiating centre for the Arab and Islamic culture in all its aspects in literatures, art, printing and publishing.

The population of Egypt is relatively homogeneous. The overwhelming majority (over 90 percent) are Arabic-speaking Sunni Muslims. About 6 percent are Christians, who are indistinguishable in other respects from the Muslims. Most of the Christians belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church, the historic church of Egypt, but minorities within the minority are Catholic or Protestant, or derive from the churches of the Levant (Maronite, Greek Orthodox, Greek Catholic).

There are a few small linguistic minorities, of which the largest is the Nubians, who speak two Nubian languages (Kenuz and Mahas) related to the Nilo-Saharan languages of the Sudan. They represent less than 1 percent of Egypt's population, and are concentrated around Aswan. Other linguistic minorities include a few thousand Berber speakers in Siwa oasis, the easternmost outpost of Berber speech, and the small population of Beja (Ababda and Bisharin) in the eastern desert east of Aswan. All these groups are Muslim. There are also urban linguistic enclaves of Armenians, Greeks, Italians, and others. Another urban enclave was the Jews, now largely emigrated, who spoke either Arabic or various European languages. The urban minorities were much larger before the middle of the twentieth century.

Marriage: One of the critical decisions a woman can make is the choice of marriage partner. The pattern here is one of negotiation among the members of her family about whom she will marry. She is a participant, and must in some sense agree, but many others are involved, including matchmakers. Similarly a young man may find constraints on his choice of marriage partner.

Polygamy(having more than one wife) among Muslims is rare, and declining. Around 5 percent of Muslim men have more than one wife, and most of them only two. A polygynous man usually maintains two households. Divorce is formally easy though families try to reconcile the partners. The rate of divorce is declining, while the absolute number is increasing. When a divorced couple has children, the mother retains custody only while they are young. The father may then claim them. Copts recognize neither polygyny nor divorce.

Domestic Unit : Although most households now are organized around a nuclear family, there are some extended family households. Marriage was historically patrilocal (brides moved to the household of the husband), though in cities the young couple often establishes a new residence, at least after a couple of years. Even when residence is not shared, extensive kin ties are maintained through frequent family gatherings. Authority tends to be patriarchal, with the senior male in the household generally given the last word and otherwise expecting deference. Wives, for instance, often are reluctant to assert that they have any serious independent power to make decisions.

Inheritance : Islamic law requires partible inheritance. The property of a dead person must be divided among the heirs, usually children and surviving spouse. Male heirs are favored over female heirs by receiving a share that is twice as large. Moreover, any group of heirs should include a male, even if that means tracking down a distant cousin. A person may not dispose of more than one-third of his or her estate by will, and may not even use this provision to favor one legal heir over another. In other words, a person cannot will this one-third to one son at the expense of another, but could will it to a charity or a nonrelative. Use of this provision is rare, as people accept the Islamic rules and prefer to keep property in the family. Arrangements among heirs, particularly brothers and sisters, however, may result in a different outcome. For instance, a father may set up his daughter in marriage in lieu of an eventual inheritance.

Kin Groups : Egyptian kinship is patrilineal, with individuals tracing their descent through their fathers.

Religious Beliefs : Egypt is a country of "everyday piety." The central belief in Islam is in the oneness of God, whose truths were revealed through the prophet Muhammad. The statement of this basic profession of faith is one of the five pillars of the religion. The other four are the Ramadan fast, the pilgrimage to Mecca, the five daily prayers, and the giving of alms. For many Muslims these five pillars sum up the belief system and indicate the practices. Egyptians frequently invoke the notion of God and his power. Any statement about the future, for instance, is likely to contain the injunction, "God willing," showing that the ultimate determination of the intention is up to God.

Rituals and Holy Places: Rituals marking the different stages of life are also an important area of religious practice, and one that is largely shared by Muslims and Christians. Egyptians celebrate a naming ceremony normally one week after a baby's birth; this is a mixture of Islamic (or Coptic) and "traditional" elements, and is basically a family celebration to incorporate the newborn into the family. All boys are circumcised, generally as infants, and girls are usually also "circumcised" before they reach puberty. (Although the form of female genital mutilation varies, surveys suggest that about 97 percent of Egyptian females, both Christians and Muslims, are affected.) Marriage is a major focus of Egyptian culture. For Muslims it is considered a contract the signing of which is later followed by a family celebration; for Christians the sacrament takes place in a church, usually followed the same day by a family celebration.


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Africa Top Safari Destinations
Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo, Mt Kenya- Kenya
Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Mt Kilimanjaro- Tanzania
Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls - Uganda
Kruger park, Cape Town - South Africa
Mahe Island - Seychelles
Cairo - Egypt
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Uganda, Rwanda
Africa  Beach HolidaysAfrica Beach Holidays
Africa beach Holiday destinations a rustic paradise to enjoy
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Tented Camp Africa Camping Safaris
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Africa Migration Safaris
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Kenya, Tanzania
Lioness Africa Luxury Lodge Safaris
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East Africa Combined Safaris
Kenya, Tanzania
Africa Adventure Safaris
Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa