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Cairo and Nile Delta Travel Tips

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Insider advice for your Cairo and Nile Delta vacation

Camel Market in Cairo ! 5 stars
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How you will feel when you be among hundreds of nice
Camels in one of the largest Camel Markets in Africa and
the Largest one in Egypt ... If you love that nice desert animal and looking for amazing, unusual and unique tour in Cairo after several days of visiting the most important sightseeing of Cairo & Giza, Goooo to the Camel Market in Birqash district in the suburban in the north of Giza. It is considered not very famous sightseeing for the visitors of Egypt and perhaps for a lot of Egyptians also! But it is visited only by tourists traveling by themselves.

You can rent a car or Taxi with a professional experienced driver or a local guide or ask your Travel agency but do not go alone because it's existed in unexplored territory of the suburban. Far from Cairo is about 30 KM. That Camel Market it is the best place to buy Camels, Cattle, Goats, and sheep but it is best place for the tourists love watching Camels with a lot of numbers and taking wonderful photos if you interested with photography. Those Camels come into Caravans waking from a very long distance more than 1000 KM from some African neighboring countries especially Sudan, Somalia also from Arabia especially Saudi Arabia. The caravan usually consisted of more than 150 Camels. Camel’s meat is popular dish in Upper Egypt for it's not as rich in fat as beef or mutton but it contains a lot of protein in same time it is very cheap comparing to beef.

Camels sold for taking part in the races are more expensive than regular one's. Their price could get over two thousand dollars though they are not different from usual ones. Camels are still used as transport, especially in desert where they are appreciated for their endurance and ability to resist much time without water and food. In Egypt, camels used mainly now four tourism, they are considered attractions for tourists especially the camel rides around the pyramids of Giza. Even if tourists do not buy camels they could purchase a rough camel-wool blanket and get a lot of impressions. In town you could taste camel milk, which is recommended for preventive maintenance and treatment for hepatitis, food allergy etc. or just only enjoy with unique environment.

Tourists should pay ticket in the entrance costs (20 EGP = 3.5 USD only) per person, and a ticket for your Camera (10 EGP = 1.75 USD). The best day to visit that Market is Fridays from the early morning to the afternoon to see the camels with a lot of numbers in this day but if you don’t have enough time in any day but don’t expect there will be hundreds like Fridays.


The Real Cairo 4 stars
If you are on an arranged tour of Cairo, chances are you in an area of Cairo which caters to tourists. Zamalek are Mohandiseen are two very touristy cities in Cairo. If you want to see the real Cairo--how real Egyptians live--you should try to get away from these areas.
Try to get away from the big streets with McDonald's and Pizza Hut (which are comparably expensive) and find one of those narrow streets, with lots of open tea shops, cafes, bread stands and fruit stands on either side. You will find that the food and clothes are cheaper and more authentic than you could find in a touristy area. Usually, streets like this can be found only a few blocks off the main roads.
So please don't confine yourself to the touristy areas. You might be intimidated because nothing is in English, everyone is bustling around you, cars are honking at you, and you don't even know how to order food or ask questions. Just relax, don't be afraid to look like an outsider, and embrace the cultural experience.


Is the Nile Cruise Really Worth It? 1 stars
I have read all of the reviews posted (thanks to you all by the way!) but want to get the real skinny on if staying an extra 4 days and paying an extra 200 pounds is worth it for the Nile River Cruise? I am very much into exploring (Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Luxor, etc.) and I have read several tours offering the trip but I just don't know if the extra time and cost will really be worth it. Would appreciate your thoughts!


Going Inside a Pyramid 2 stars
When you go to Egypt, visiting the pyramids is certainly a priority, and when you realise you have the opportunity to go inside one, it's very hard to say no, particularly because there is not much documentation on what you find in there, so it seems quite exciting. However, for a lot of people, it's a a certain extent it was also for me. There are several reasons why. One reason is because you are herded into this very narrow walkway, which is very poorly lit and not very high. The steps have bars across them to stop you slipping, but because the roof is so low, you have to bend down as you walk which makes it very awkward to walk along. Add this to the fact that as you are going into the pyramid, another line of people are coming out. It's very claustrophobic. Now, I don't have claustrophobia but even I felt uncomfortable.
If it's in the summer, most of these people you are squashed up against are sweating, so again, not the most comfortable of arrangements.
Once inside, it's just a small room with an empty crypt. There is nothing on the walls or the floor. Nor were there any special markings anywhere.
Basically, it was just something to cross off my list of "things to do" whilst travelling.
"Been there, done that".


The Egyptian Museum 3 stars
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The Egyptian museum is an enormous and impressive building in the centre of Cairo – and I was in awe of it as I passed through the gates. Tour groups milled around the grounds as I wondered up the steps and through the grand entrance, through the metal detectors and past the uniformed guards. The halls inside were filled with artefacts collected from towns and tombs around Egypt – great slabs of stone propped up against the walls in what seemed to be a haphazard fashion, chests filled with age-old trinkets, statues of strange creatures. I remember thinking that it could be so fascinating… had I understood what anything was. Herein lay the problem: I had not invested in a guide. I began to wander aimlessly, reading the odd plaque but unable to put any information together into the stories I so love to hear. I felt quite disconnected from the historical pieces I was looking at, and wished I had been in a tour group instead of alone, listening to exotic tales of Egyptian emperors instead of reading names I had never before come across. The upper floors held far more that was of interest to me. For although I suspect the treasures and tombs would have been all the more exciting had I heard the lurid details of their history, their intricacy and decadence was fascinating enough to see – distracting me completely from my regret at not hiring a guide.


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