After leaving the endless paperwork bullshit behind in Sudan we were heading for the Egyptian border, where our fixer Gamal was waiting for us. From other overlanders we have heard that crossing this border is not something you want to do individually, as we normally always do. Why pay for a service you don’t really want? Egypt is different. We have read stories where people got their vehicle impounded and sent out the country because they were missing the right paperwork. On recommendation of various other overlanders, Gamal was supposed to be one of the best around without screwing you over or missing a few papers here and there. This was our last African country, yet the worst to get in with your vehicle. We didn’t want to screw it up now right? Luckily we had a carnet de passage that’s valid in Egypt, otherwise it would have been a much longer process.
Once into Egypt we crossed Lake Nasser with a ferry. Because the area was still mostly a military zone we had to take a security guard with us in the car. I’m not sure whether that was required or he just needed a ride as when we had crossed over the lake both our fixer and security guard found themselves a nice place in an air-conditioned bus. Now completely alone we decided to go wild camping in the desert under the thousands of stars creating the Milky Way.
Our first real mass tourist destination in a long time, we arrived in the famous city of Luxor. We had heard a bit here and there but we never expected the beauty of this place. We were very surprised when we just drove by the Luxor temple, amazed by the size of the pillars. Finding a place to camp was a bit of a struggle so we bargained for a room at the Rezeiky hotel where they also had safe parking. This appears to be the place to stay for all the overlanders, but again we were the only ones. When the night fell, we walked along the Nile River being surprised again about the beauty of this place. The mountains on the other side were fully lit up in the night displaying other places to go to. We really had to do some research now!
We moved on towards Cairo to see the pyramids of Giza, the sphinx and pay a visit to the Cairo museum. Our visit to the pyramids was a bit of a bummer as when we entered the pyramid of Khufu it was one big line of tourists going up to the chamber in a very narrow tunnel going up. Nevertheless it was amazing to be inside such an old structure. As stunned as we were to see the size of the pyramids we were also surprised how the time has stood still in the museum. It was really like how I imagined a museum would have looked like from a hundred years ago. Not surprisingly as it has been there since 1902. Unfortunately the museum is being moved to a new building soon, but I hope the collection will be better presented as most mummies have been stacked on top of each other, sometimes unmarked.
When we arrived at Sharm El Sheik we had done some research and booked a 4 star resort on the beach. Time to relax our sore bodies and catch up on all the bodyweight we had lost. We both stuffed ourselves with the amazing food and basically did nothing else than snorkeling and relaxing. It was really eat sleep swim repeat. It only took us three days to get bored doing this so after three nights and ten gigantic meals we moved on towards Israel. We found another tourist destination on the way called Dahab. A relaxed version of Sharm El Sheik where you could really lose time and do nothing! We decided we had to do something so we did an introductory scuba dive right off the beach. We saw many fish including two squids fighting and changing colors.