The next day we ventured into the city early, with the main objective of getting our Sudanese visas. We got to the German Embassy for 8h15am and left with the letter of recommendation 10min later. The British unfortunately only opened at 9am, but fortunately also provided the letter fairly quickly
. We needed these letters, as the Sudanese require these for the visa. Managed to submit the application, etc. and within a couple of hours we were at the Egyptian Museum. Definitely worth a visit if you ever visit Cairo. Gold face mask, solid gold coffin of Tutankhamun and a whole lot more of his treasures and artifacts are on display. We also went into the mummies room and saw about 23 of the old King's unwrapped. A bit weird really, as I wouldn't want to be displayed for people to gawk at 4000 years later and I'm sure that wasn't what they had in mind either. Anyway, after that wandered around town before heading back to collect our passports. Got there for 2pm, but in true African style only got our passports back at 3pm.
The next day we headed for the pyramids. Pretty amazing, everyone should see these at least once. It took some convincing to persuade Bruce to follow me down into the tomb of one of the smaller pyramids, because the tunnels are quite narrow and big Bruce was scared he'd get stuck down there, but it was worth it!
By the time we finished at the pyramids we were ready to leave Cairo and decided to head for the Suez Canal, as Bruce wanted to see it.
Cairo! Yay! We managed to find the Salma Campsite in Cairo fairly easily, thanks to our Tracks4Africa maps on our Garmin. I must say I was apprehensive on finding something decent in a big city like Cairo, but must say we were both pleasantly surprised when we got there. Nice big campsite with facilities (maybe not the best, but facilities nonetheless), with internet and a view of the pyramids in the background. Happy days! We set up camp and relaxed for the evening after a stressful drive from Alexandria to Cairo.