the following countries belong to Northern Africa: Algeria, Egypt,
Egypt is by some definitions part of the Middle East,
So, in my mind, they are not mutally exclusive. One is a continent,the other a cultural entity.
Upon leaving the pyramids two teenage boys with a few camels approached us. They were dressed in bedouin attire; their gig was allowing tourist to take pictures ontop the camels, pyramids in the background. Tourist tips a couple of bucks.
One turns to me and says, "you want to run?" You're damn right I want to run. Off we go hauling ass, Pyramids of Giza on one side, Sahara Desert on the other. I effing Lawrence of Arabia.
We get to other end of Pyramids, he says something to the camel. Camel turns head around, opens slobbering jaws and clamps down on my thigh. Teenager: "Give me your money." I practically shite myself. I couldn't get my money outta my pocket fast enough.
We run back, camel drops me off, they run directly into the desert.
That said, Egypt and cruising the Nile was the best trip I've ever done.