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Cairo and Nile valley
Written by Jerem   
Sunday, 18 December 2011

Cairo is very famous for its traffic jams. Due to a late start from sinai, i reached the first suburbs of Cairo after the sunset. Average driving skill and safety concern is not high in whole egypt, but entering Cairo on a saturday evening is definitely one of the worse possible road experiences. Vehicules run at very various speed (from 5km/hour donkey carriage to 140km/hour flat out 20 years old peugeot 504) regardless of traffic lanes. Trucks usualy dont change lanes and keep left after they had overtaken another vehicule, while fast cars change lanes like in video games eventually flashing lights if you re one their way (keeping all lights off any other time even at night).

At one point i lost track of the ring road and found myself wandering in downtown Cairo. I eventualy found my way to the only camp ground near the city after passing by the too famous Tahir square.

Cairo1 Cairo1

which is in particulary good condition, with it s complete roof, and some original paintings!

Dendara temple Dendara temple

Dendara temple Dendara temple

Dendara temple Dendara temple

Next (and supposed last) stop along the Nile in Egypt is Aswan. I reached there with James and Bryce (met on the boat from Jordan to Egypt). Saturday morning is the day to book ticket for the ferry to Sudan, the only opened border between Egypt and Sudan being by crossing the lake Nasser.
unfortunately, we (james and bryce, esther and willem, me plus 3 others car drivers) discovered that there were no barge to carry our vehicules to Sudan this week (it was broken / carrying life stock depending on who you ask to). All our efforts to first understand the problem then to find alternative solutions were proven to be useless, and then we all had to wait an extra week in Egypt. We decided to split (some stayed in cairo, luxor, western desert, red sea) and meet up again next saturday, when the barge came to be available.

along the Nile along the Nile

along the Nile along the Nile

along the Nile along the Nile

along the Nile along the Nile

 

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#1 Wangjing 2011-12-25 16:13
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