River Nile, Cairo
There are still a handful of these ancient structures left but they are well off the beaten path. These are the measuring devices of the ancient Egyptian fortunes - the Nile being too high or too low meant difficult times ahead for the farmers along it's banks. The nilometers are deep, cyclindrical stuctures with a stone measuring column standing in it's center. This one is located at the southern tip of an island in the heart of Cairo.
During your trip in Cairo and in your way from the Mesuem to the Pyramids , you can take a boat in the river Nile , it takes about 20 minutes to reach a place near the Pyramids and during these 20 minutes you will be able to see a lot of Cairo sights including hotels , bridges and many bulilding representing the modern civilization in Egypt.
you can arrange the boat trip alone and bargaining the boat owners or u can simply select it when arranging the Cairo tour , later u can have a nice dinner at a resturant by the nile .
Here we say : who drinks from Nile water should come again to visit it :)
One of my fondest memories is strolling across the Nile bridges in the city that never sleeps, and watching the young egyptian lovers, hand in hand, just before the sunsets. The Nile is the lifeline of egypt, economically, strategically, historically and environmentally, but more than that is just how dear the nile is to egyptians.
I walked through much of egypt, especially along the nile, and will remember at night seeing the city lights reflecting off the water, as the small boat barges and rough looking boats painted colourfully with home-made tarps covering, fans running, the egyptian music blowing the speakers blaring across the nile the fervantly passionate egyptian music. Stark contrasts of Marriot and Sheraton towers on the street where ghetto taxis commute. Its a sight to see.
The Nile flows north through downtown Cairo. It is like a requirement when in Cairo to see the Nile.
It is obviously one of the most important waterways in history. It is not all that impressive but worth a quick stop.
Cruise down the Nile on this elegant cruise ship while you are entertained for an unforgettable, relaxing dinner. The cruise starts at 7:30 and lasts about two hours - you will enjoy eating your dinner while sailing up and down the Nile taking in the amazing lights of Cairo. The house band accompanies the belly dancer and the Tanoura (whirling dervish) show. The food is varied, served buffet style, and service is excellent. It costs about $65 USD with extra for drinks.
A felucca ride down the Nile in Cairo is a pleasent experience. I took a ride just before sunset, which was great.
You can decide on the lenghth of the ride, but you will pay per hour. You need to haggle once again. There are mooring points along the corniche.
I do not know what the average price would be, but paid EPounds 60, for an hour.
At night there are many motor-driven sight-seeing boats, which seems very popular with the local in-love couples.
I took a cruise up the Nile, which at the time seemed strange since "up" the Nile means going due south. My U.S.A. mindset has up as north. This trip took essentially three days. But in order to get to the starting point of the cruise, you have to take practically an all night train ride through a land populated by people who hate your guts. I had a room and bed all to myself. I remained awake for quite awhile though. Every now and then, we would stop at some station in the middle of the night and another train would pull up next to us, packed to the rafters with various Egyptian natives. The luggage racks, exactly what you would expect, simply parallel bars, were filled with people sleeping. These people were born into abject poverty. I wasn't. I had absolutely nothing to do with the life I incarnated into. And that's the only reason I was in some luxury cabin while they were just struggling to survive.
Cruising the Nile, my cabin was at the lowest level and since I was traveling alone, I had it all to myself. The portholes of my cabin were exactly at water level. Imagine how bizarre that is, looking out the window and seeing underwater every now and then.
The country is permeated with the fragrance of baking bread, a subtle blend of old world middle eastern spices. You get to sit on top of the deck, on the roof of the boat, drenched in sunlight, while a panorama of human history dating back ten millenia rolls slowly past you. Nothing can prepare you for this. No photos, no books, no reviews given by rapt reviewers such as myself. The images of the date palm orchards, the green fields, the sun-baked mountain range beyond, the biblical clay/adobe dwelling huts that people live in, the caravan of boats stretching ahead and behind as much as a mile (but with plenty of room between boats) all add up to one of the most positive experiences in travel you will ever have.
There were two downsides to my trip. I was on a boat with predominantly non-English speaking people and it made for a rather isolated feeling, watching everyone else enjoying and sharing their time together while I was pretty much excluded, due to my abysmal language skills, (or lack there-of). The second point was the sense of guilt that I felt. My position was necessarily that of a white sahib, some well-fed rich arsehole, smoking fat cigars and putting them out in the faces of the less fortunate, even though for me to even DREAM of doing that would be unthinkable.
I took the evening cruise as I had some time left before leaving to the airport. It was realy nice. The buffet diner and the entertaiment were provided and all of that for about 20 euros. It was a two hour cruise, just enough to enjoy the night panorama of Cairo and the programme thay had prepared. The ship was very nice and clean. It was a five star small ship named Nil Crystal.
During the summer the river cornish and its bridges are full of peoplle looking cool of a bit. It is not unusual to even see the locals sitting on the chairs on the bridges, I guess, not everybody can afford to have an aircon. The views from the bridges are great especially at night, when everything that is not the prettiest is hidden away and you can see the richly lighted city and the light reflection on the water.
One of the most relaxing things to do after a hard day at the pyramids and the Egyptian Museum is to take a walk on the Corniche, the riverside promenade. The best time to start your walk would be around dusk when the Corniche starts to buzz with ordinary Cairenes enjoying an evening stroll with their friends and family. It's the most opportune time to mingle with them, chat with them, and get to know more about them. These are your ordinary Cairenes, so touts are rare. And it is generally safe as long as you stick to the main areas around Qasr el-Nil/Nile Hilton.
One of the most extraordinary sights would be the sunset on the west bank - it is beautiful. The transformation of Cairo's skyline from a one giant urban eyesore to a glittering spectacle is fascinating. If you're tired of it, a change in perspective could do the trick - from one of the many colorful boats that take passengers on a short leisurely ride on the Nile.
For more scenes from the Corniche, click here to go to my travelogue Strolling down the Corniche.
I decided to take a dinner cruise on the Nile. My hotel hooked me up with "The Pharaohs Cruise" tour and it was wonderful. One note though is that the cruise is a bit lonely if you are on your own as I was...you really should go with some friends!
The buffet dinner was delicious with a complete line-up of Egyptian salads, some authentic dishes (chicken and pasta for the non-adventurous), and some really tasty desserts. I don't think anyone left hungry.
There was a two-man band playing typical 80's lounge-club tunes in the beginning but then a traditional band struck up with lively Egyptian music. And then...the belly dancer came out :) There was also a traditional male Dervish dancer with skirts. As he twirled around and around, he took off one or two of his skirts without stopping the twirling. He lifted the skirt over this head and then put it back on. He also did a display with swords that was pretty cool.
We were given this option to have a boat ride on the Nile to our restaurant 'Happy Dolphin'. The alternative option was go by coach, but we'd been cooped up in the coach for 7 hours traveling, we all agreed to go by boat.
It was approximately 30LE each which is £3. Bargain! Don't get me wrong, it wasn't luxury, but we had music and could see Cairo looking from the Nile, it was an experience and a time for us all to have a chat about our day.
The boats can be found by the Nile, and i'm sure if you ask a taxi driver they will direct you to the correct place.
Some people may say that the Nile Cruise by the tour agencies wont be nice. I must say that it is an unforgetable night cruise I have ever taken. The price will not be expensive, less than 50LE, and you will see awesome shows after your meal, The Egyptian Belly Dancing!!!! The food itself will be average for me and the desert cakes are super sweet (typical arabic desert). You have to order your drink though. In summary, with less than 50LE, it will be worth with the egyptian belly dancer shows and dining in on floating boat along the Nile River at night. No special warning for the dress codes but you may bring your jackets, the room will be too cold for some people.IT WILL BE GOOD FOR NIGHT CRUISE only.
The Nile River is the longest river on the earth, 6695KM or 4160Miles in length and flowing across many countries in Africa : Burundi, Congo, Eritrea,Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Egypt. The source of Nile River was found in 1858 by A british man, John Hanning Speke in Lake Victoria Nyanza, Burundi. Because of the river`s maximum usage of ancient Egyptian and its part in making The Great Pharoonic Civilization of Egypt, most of the people know that the Nile River is mainly located in Egypt. You may see the Nile River from many main streets of Cairo. You can even take a 5-10minutes walk from Egyptian Museum to the Nile River. Magnificient views in both day and night time.