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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo July 13th 2014

Flights in and out of Cairo are dirt cheap right now, given the recent political situations there, so I decided to stop over there for a couple of days on my way from Kenya to Spain. I noticed in baggage claim that everyone else on my plane had connecting flights and that I was the only tourist coming out of the airport. There was only one other room filled in my hotel and the number of people at the pyramids could be counted in the tens rather than in the hundreds or thousands. The downside of this is that anyone in the tourist industry was desperate for my money, and I attracted quite a bit of attention. Regardless, this is the perfect time to visit Cairo. Everything has stabilized and Sisi, the new president is very ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Sinai June 22nd 2014

Been at sea for a number of days now with not much too report, except we are looking forward to entering the Suez Canal in the early hours of this morning, when we will pick up our anchor and proceed with the pilot on board through the Canal. The Suez Canal is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Opened in 1869 after 10 years of construction, it allows ships to travel between Europe and Eastern Asia without navigating around Africa. The Northwestern terminus is Port Said, the Southwestern terminus is Port Tawiq at the city of Suez. It consists of the northern access channel of 22 km and the southern access channel of 9 km. The canal itself is 162.25 km long, is single lane with passing places ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo » Nasr City May 8th 2014

Egypt - pharoahs, pyramids, mummies, tanks and guns! Tuesday 29th April This morning I met most of the group...Kate, Nicky and Dan are from New Zealand, Kasa is from Australia and Karen from USA. There is one more guy joining us tomorrow. We popped out in the minibus and went to Memphis and Saqqara for the morning. Memphis is a 5000 year old city which used to be the capital of old Egypt. We wandered around the open air museum taking in all the cool statues and sarcophagi that have been found in the area. The crowning glory is the huge statue or colossus of Rameses II that is lying down in a small building, it is so well preserved and stunning. We then went to Saqqara and saw the stepped pyramid which is supposed to ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Mediterranean » Port Said May 1st 2014

27thApril Suez Canal Transiting the Suez Canal was the link to the Round the World trip – having been through the Panama Canal (seems like an age ago) this was another man made link that took us from the Red Sea into the Mediterranean. Opened in November 1869 after 10 years of construction work, the northern terminus is Port Said and the southern terminus is Port Tawfiq at the city of Suez. The canal is 120 miles long, 79 ft deep and 673 ft wide, it consists of the northern access channel 14 miles, the canal itself of 101 miles and the southern access channel of 6 miles. The canal is single lane with passing places in the "Ballah By-Pass" and the Great Bitter Lake. It contains no locks; seawater flows freely through the canal. In ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan March 10th 2014

14 December, 2012 Waving goodbye to Sudan, we headed off into the Egyptian dark. Originally the agreed plan had been to stop at Abu Simbel, only 20km or so from the border but the Egyptians now had other ideas and wanted us to continue all the way to Aswan. Feeling terrible for Suse and Nat up the front, the three of us in the back rugged up in sleeping bags and blankets and dozed, only sitting up when we arrived in the town. It was almost 1am and Suse was exhausted, having been unable to convince the police that she was too tired to continue. We parked near a train station on the outskirts of town and Suse slept in the front while the four of us spread out in the back and fought with mosquitos ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab January 1st 2014

Nur ein paar Bilder, eine Woche in Dahab und Umgebung.... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo December 30th 2013

A belated very happy Christmas to everyone. As ever, we hope this finds you all well and enjoying some festive goodwill and merriment. We have been lucky enough to have spent the last few days in the Western desert of Egypt with Justin, Rosi and the boys after leaving Southern Africa a week ago. It has been the perfect ending to our year away and a great place to celebrate our first anniversary. Since our last blog entry in Northern Namibia and the loss of our camera we cheered ourselves up with the purchase of an even better camera in Maun, in northern Botswana. We decided to treat ourselves to a "once in a lifetime" scenic flight over the Okavango Delta in a seven seater plane. Just before we embarked, a fellow passenger asked if we ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo December 21st 2013

Our flite from Cairo to Johanesburg was canceled. So we got to stay a night in Cairo. We had a long wait in the airport with buying a visa. And going throw customs and baggage We then got a tour for the next day. We got to the hotel late at night so we went strait to bed. In the morning we were late to the car because the iPod was at ronge time. We piked up the gide on the way to another tour place to ride on a horse to the pirimeds and the sphinx. Are second guide was really funny making jokes and hleping us guid the horse. He ended up thanking my lead on the horse. He guided us around the desert and told us that if we dropped anything in the ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt December 2nd 2013

One thing I definitely wasn’t expecting when I went to Egypt last December with a broken leg was a marriage proposal from a man who asked my dad whether he would depart with his only daughter (me) in return for five camels. An interesting start to a holiday. Then again, I hadn’t read any of the guidebooks and went to Egypt, relying on my mother who had not failed to research the country in great depth. One thing guidebooks warn you about is the conmen who stand outside the airport – unfortunately this useful bit of knowledge was something my mother did not have. We had naively handed our luggage over to a local who promised to take it to our car but instead, demanded money after he had pushed it a few steps. An outrage ... read more
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The view from our room - the boat was in the way
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Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan October 23rd 2013

After the week-long emotional high of Libya, we were soon brought back to earth by the worst place on earth: the Egyptian border offices at Salloum. Suspicion, arrogance, repeated searches, requests for "tips", and endless bureaucracy was the theme of the day. We were ushered into the dark, grime-smeared corridors of a rotting building to get our passports stamped. Shifty characters loitered about, eyeing us up with what seemed to be a mixture of curiosity and resentment. Finally we were issued through to a dark room with a large desk where three uniformed guys sat. We were introduced to "The General" who with incongruous politeness informed us that we would need to purchase our visa on exit from the country and then waved us away. I had organised a fixer to travel from Cairo to sort ... read more
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