DAYS 260 – 272: EGYPT
Upon reaching Lake Nasser and the port of Wadi Halfa in Northern Sudan you board the ferry to Egypt, your final country on this epic overland journey. The ferry takes about a day and a night and is a supremely relaxing way to travel, and a great opportunity to mix and chat to local Egyptian and Sudanese people alike.
Disembarking the ferry, you rejoin your overland truck which has travelled on a separate barge and make your way to Aswan. Here you will notice one of the many cultural changes on this trip – the darker Nubian people in Aswan lead a more relaxed and less hectic pace of life than their Egyptian countrymen. You base yourselves here for the next 3 or 4 days in which time you can join a 2 or 3 day felucca boat cruise to Edfu and Kom Ombo. The opportunity to visit Abu Simbel – the massive stone monuments built by the greatest of all pharaohs, Ramses ll, is always a highlight before continuing to Luxor.
You will be kept busy exploring in Luxor where you visit the Valley of Kings and Queens. Here, the remarkably well preserved tombs of the ancient rulers, namely Ramses ll and Tutankhamun, have coloured paintings and hieroglyphics that still seem fresh even after 3000 years. Karnak and Luxor Temples are both in easy walking distance from your camp, as is the local souq where you can pick up the last of your souvenirs. The following day you drive out towards the Red Sea Coast. You will have time relax on the beach for a couple of days or try your hand at various watersports such as snorkelling, windsurfing or scuba diving in the cool clear blue waters.
Your final destination, Cairo, is only a few hours away. Visiting the great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza with your Egyptologist guide and also the Egyptian Natural History Museum in the afternoon is definitely a fitting way to end this amazing 9-month overland expedition! Cairo has a huge amount to see and do, so it is well worth considering staying on here for a few days after your trip to explore the city in more detail.