A Visit to Johannesburg

Last week I was in South Africa for a three-day tour. I had already visited this beautiful country ten years ago, when I was invited by the Association of the Friends of Egypt to hold two lectures in Johannesburg and Cape Town. I had really enjoyed the beauty of the country and I was able to meet many nice people. They made me really fall in love with this place.

On my second visit last week, I was in Johannesburg to give two lectures in conjunction with the Tutankhamun exhibition at the Silverstar Casino, which will be open until 12 April 2015 (http://tut-exhibition.co.za/). This is a wonderful exhibit of extremely accurate replicas of the tomb and treasures of King Tut. It is very educational and offers the opportunity to students and children to learn about the discovery of the tomb and its artifacts.

When I arrived at the airport, I was met by a beautiful young lady who was dressed like an ancient Egyptian queen. The two lectures were sold-out and people of all ages attended. I am very glad to see how the love for Ancient Egypt really touches all generations!

While in town, I was invited also to radio and TV shows, which is always good fun, and to a dinner organised by the Egyptian Ambassador in South Africa, Dr Sherif Naguib. He organised a nice event to which he invited all the Egyptologists in Johannesburg.

During my time in South Africa, I stressed in particular one point to all those I have met: Egypt is safe, and I strongly encourage my friends all over the world to visit our beautiful country.

I would like to thank my South African friends for their hospitality. I had a great time and I hope to be back soon.


Zahi Hawass


  • Dr Zahi signing books after his lecture at the Silverstar Casino

Find below articles, podcasts, radio and TV interviews from my time in Johannesburg:







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