Camping in Cairo

Trip Start Dec 24, 2009
Trip End Apr 25, 2010

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Salma Motel and Camping Site

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Friday, January 15, 2010

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.

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.
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Melanie on

Hi Guys,
As you know Nesta was here today and she is extremely proud of you both and thinks your blog is the greatest ... Bruce I think you're officially in the number 1 spot on the Ganny's rankings! Seems it has been a week of a few family members running into problems with people in authority, you both held up at gun point ... Debs was pulled over by the cops yesterday for yapping on her cell phone while driving - fined R300 bucks ... the sweet talking did not help! I see a Christmas award looming here! ;-) Glad you are both having such a memorable time! Still very very jealous! Keep out of trouble and stay calm on the roads and have fun! :-)
Chat soon again

PC on

Must confess that I had great difficulty finding any redeeming features about Cairo. The Museum might just make the grade.
Most interested to hear what the canal is like and whether it has any barging potential!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Caroline on

Hi guys!!!!
Have only now had the opportunity to look at your blog and it's BRILLIANT!!! Seems like your travels are taking you to fascinating places and even more interesting events. Wishing you safe travels and look forward to your next blog update!
Love from here

Phil, Ness & Josh on

Hi guys,
I finally managed to check out your blog. Really enjoyed reading thru all your entries. AMAZING trip you've been having so far!!!!! Looking forward to the rest.

The 3 of us are doing well. Missing our sleep like u cant believe!

Thinking of u.
Phil, Ness & Josh

aj on

Excellent progress so far and thanks for all the udates. We are all booked for Zanzibar and seems that Fiona will also be there. Should be a good party. Travel safely..

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