Are you bored, yet all you need is doing something different during Sham El-Nessim -Easter break- that will be fun, entertaining, and out-of-the-box, meanwhile won’t necessarily cost you a fortune? In the recent years, Egypt has shed the light on home grown talents, sports, art and outdoors activities that would suit all preferences, and taste buds.
Here is a list of events happening in Egypt on Easter break, and the month of April.
Egypt’s Easter Break Events
Like every Sham Nessim for the last 2 years, 3alganoob will be releasing their 3rd edition at Marsa Alam’s Tandoba Bay Deep South Eco-Lodge this Easter. 3alganoob festival was initially created to help and support the unprivileged local community of Marsa Alam, in addition to introducing new talented musicians and independent artists to Egypt’s scene, not only that but an opportunity to socialize, meet with new interesting people, dance, enjoy crystal clear waters, sun bath, star gaze, and above all dive at Marsa Alam’s unique underwater spots.
Photo of 3alganoob festival by Gigi Ibrahim
How much? Festival pass only: EGP 500, accommodation and festival pass starting from: EGP 650 per person if you bring your own tent, EGP 950 per person if you stay in huts, and EGP 1250 per person if you choose to stay in a chalet.
You don’t have to be a camping guru to join this event, as 3alganoob -another version of 3alganoob in Marsa Alam- has teamed up with top notch resorts to offer you their best deals. Three consecutive days of live entertainment featuring a line-up of underground music from the middle east region, drum circles, kite-surfing, yoga, arts, and much more…Keep an eye on their website to learn more about this year’s line-up, and to make your reservation with or without accommodation.
Photo courtesy: Alexandra Rusche
How much? Early bird till March 10th starting from EGP 700
If you don’t want to travel all the way to Hurghada, looking for somewhere closer to Cairo that you can easily drive to or go by bus without wasting too much time, then consider Ras Sudr specially that it will be hosting the Musical Festival of Oshtoora this Easter. The event will feature artists from the middle-east in addition to water sports activities that Ras Sudr is famous for. As for accommodation you can camp at Oshtoora village, camp or stay in Kiteloop‘s huts, at Matarma Bay or La Hacienda for a more comfortable stay.
How much? It depends on where you are staying, if it’s at Oshtoora Village and you will bring your own tent then it’s EGP 150 for 3 nights, if you’ll rent a tent then prices start from EGP 1800 per tent that takes up to 4 persons. As for Matarma Bay, Kitelook & La Hacienda call them to check their rates.
Photo courtesy: Hiroyuki Takeda
Red Sea Escapes
Nothing beats taking a dip at the Red Sea’s crystal clear water, sun bathing, enjoying water sports, and dancing your heart out till break of dawn at Egypt’s finest nightlife spots. Check out our Easter packages to Gouna, Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, & Marsa Alam.
Marsa Alam’s underwater world
Are you more of an adventurous type of person? Well, I am. This Easter you will be having the chance to enjoy rock climbing, camping, BBQ-uing and socializing with like minded people. Nathan Low is coming all the way from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco to teach you how to rock climb like a pro, the course is suitable for beginners and professionals as well, and the trip has very limited spots, so make sure to book as fast as you can.
How much? EGP 2700 including transportation from/to Cairo by bus.
Photo courtesy: G B
Outside Egypt Interesting Events
Yoga Retreat in Nepal (10-16 April)
As I have special interest in hiking, this event is not to be missed. It all started with a bi-monthly Walk N’ Yoga event happening at Cairo’s Wadi Degla, lead by Egypt’s famous mountaineer Omar Samra, ever since the idea started the numbers haven’t stopped from growing, a 100+ show up on each hike, and now that Egyptians have shown great interest in hiking, and proven that Adventure travel is gradually becoming the new thing, therefore the event will be transferred to Nepal this Easter “the hiking and yoga” heaven.
Imagine the view? Photo courtesy: Ryan Smith
How much? US $ 760 excluding flight tickets.
Philippines Escape (3-14 April)
Another hot destination, and an exciting itinerary; from Hiking and caving to kayaking and island hopping, there are so many reasons why Philippines should be on your travel list, so maybe it’s about time to get the best out of this underrated destination.
Island hopping in Philippines by Christian Ronnel
How much? US $ 890 excluding flight tickets.
Some more events happening in Egypt in April
Wilderness 101 in Wadi Degla (10-13 April)
Interested in teaching your kids how to survive the wild, to learn new things in an entertaining way, with team work and lots of skills development involved, while enjoying what the world has to offer in the safest yet most educational way? Join the fun during Easter holidays. Trip is suitable for kids from 7 to 11 years old.
How much? EGP 2500 excluding transportation from/to Wadi Degla.
Photo courtesy: Dieter Zirnig
Scooby Doo “The Mystery of the Pyramid” (16-20 April)
Want to take your kids through an experience that they would really keep them happy and entertained? Get ready for the famous Scooby Doo “The Mystery of the Pyramid” brought to you by Warner Bros.
How much? Starting from EGP 250 to EGP 750
Photo courtesy: spadge6868
Rush Eco Sports Festival (2-4 April)
Taking place in Fayoum Oasis Egypt’s hidden gem, that is only an hour and 15 minutes drive from the center of Cairo, the event will be covering adventurous & outdoors activities, sports and water sports from sand boarding, rock climbing, hiking and cycling to kite surfing, yoga & meditation, Capoeira, Zumba and much more, that’s in addition to a line up of music & entertainment all in one place “The Magic Lake”. Rush will be hosting Dune Rider International Sandboarding world tour in Egypt for the first time in the Middle East and Africa with the participation of countries from all around the world under the support of the Ministry of Sports and Youth.
How much? Starting from EGP 950 including transportation
Photo courtesy: Surfing the Nations
Egypt Photo Summit 2015 (17-18 April postponed till 1-2 May)
For professional and amateur photographers that’s the must attend event of the year, the over 2 days event will bring together photographers, film makers, designers, stylists, make-up artists , models, food stylists, advertising agencies leaders and producers all in one place to conduct workshops & seminars, exchange ideas & experiences, showcase their work, and celebrate the creative community.
How much? Details are not announced yet, keep following their facebook page.
Photo courtesy: Rakib Hasan Sumon
Cairo Bites (17-18 April)
Are you a foodie? Cairo Bites are launching their second edition of the biggest food event for food lovers, and gastronomy enthusiasts in Egypt, featuring a wide line-up of local, regional, and international food establishments, along with all food-related businesses in a fun, dynamic and youthful environment. This year the event will be taking place at a larger venue which is The Family Park in New Cairo, Al-Rehab City Entrance #2, it’s a fun day for family & friends.
How much? EGP 60 for early birds.
View of Family Park
That’s for now, have you heard of any other interesting events? Please mention them in the comments below.