Originally Posted by JulieBuny
Has anyone travelled recently in Egypt. Is it easy to ride down to Luxor, Aswan etc.. or are roads unrideable. BLockades at all, security checks.
Can you camp? Interested to know as would like to spend 3 weeks or so there...also ride over Sinai area, St Caths monastry area.
i can suggest a route if you will come from Jordan ,as i live in Egypt and made it few times on a bike
you will arrive to Newiba ,,from there you can go to Dahb ,for 2 days or longer and it is heaven for scuba diving or making your scuba course there
from there you can head to Saint Kathrine ,and from there you head west to Ras Sudr and then cross suez cannal buy the tunnel and you will be 3 hours away from busy Cairo
but you can go from Suez city direction south to Hurghada and from there to Safaga and head west toward the nile valley to Qenna city ,and its around 60 km northern Luxor , then you may park the bike and take a Nile small sailing boat (felluca ) to Aswan - think its over night trip - . After visiting Aswan , you can go back to Luxor , get your bike head to Kharga oasis then Dakhla , Farafra , Bahariya oases
from there you can
- A - Go offroad to Siwa oasis : but you have to know if you have street bikes it will be so so hard to do the 400 km trip from Bahariya oasis to Siwa .
its 400 kilometer track ,some of it is paved with bad asphalt ,and the rest is so bad track and lots of sand ,so you need off road bike to do it ,
and even if your bike is off road one ,and its loaded also will be bit hard to do it ,there is no gas stations nothing to buy ,only each 50 km military check point that have to check your permits ,wirte it down and contact the next check point that you arrived ,(so the next one will be expecting you ,in case of late or you dont show up so they will know where to look for you between - lets say c check point and d one
permits you can make it from Bahariya oasis military office ,with fees of 10 $ each perosn or even less - you must pay it in us dolars and dont ask me why its like that
in siwa its nice and cozy ,you may get your gear off the bikes -if its off road bikes - and go sand dunes hopping there and visit the famous bir wahed (hot spring in the middle of the dunes and big fesh water lake close to it
from there you can head north to marsa matrouh city (300 km of good asphalt road )
and then you can head west to Sallum the Libyan border
but like that you will miss Cairo and alexandria
After Bahariya oasis head to Cairo and then to Alex ,and from there if you have time go to Siwa via Marsa Matrouh and back to Marsa then west to the Libyan border
ABOUT CAMPING IN EGYPT
usually you can camp every where ,
if you are close to a farm just ask the owners that you will pitch your tent ,bla bla bla ,
but most of the time if police find you will ask you not to camp ,not cause its illigal ,as it is not ,but cause they will feel more comfort if you stayed in the tourist areas
from Kahrga oasis all the way to Bahariya you can camp every where ,as lots of tourists comes here for that
sure if you will pass by Alex you are more than welcome in my home town ,you can stay few days with me (ALWAYS LOVE TO MEET BIKERS )
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