City Guide Cairo, Egypt

Visiting Cairo

Even though when most people think of Cairo they think of ancient civilizations and pyramids, much of Cairo is actually quite modern with wide streets. The River Nile runs through the Egyptian capital, the biggest city in the Middle East and Africa. The city also has two islands in the middle of the river. Altogether, Cairo has a population of 6.8 million approximately, with many people moving up from rural villages along the Nile.

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Cairo City Reviews

  • 70%



    Does not feel dangerous despite what the media says. However, there are a lot of scammers. Ignore any egyptian who approaches you and tries to talk, even if they seem friendly.

  • 60%


    Egypt - Safest place to visit

    When we have planned a trip to Egypt we were a worried lot about the situation in Egypt. After a couple of hours walking here and there realised that it is like any other country in the world and there is no tension at all. Bus journey through the desert roads from Caio to Luxor/Aswan will take more time and will test our patience but has given us many experiences with the local people, night trip arrangements and how they were in remote places.

    Insider Tip:1. Many street vendors will offer services, products at cheap rates. Be aware about it, there will be some traps in them, try to avoid them by simply passing a smile 2. Everyone will look for a tip, keep small change for the tour. 3. Bargain to your maximum extent to get the value for your money

  • 90%



    Cairo was really good and I enjoyed my trip there. since tourism is low there traffic was somewhat bearable. I believe it is safe to travel to Cairo and the political situation is under control.

    Insider Tip:since very few people travel Egypt it is the best time to travel if you hate waiting in line or sites. and the prices for a lot of things are easy to bargain with due to the fact of low tourism. I would suggest you travel now if you're the bargain traveler.

  • 60%


    Cairo - March 2014

    Personally I liked the trip, but I know it's not for everyone especially at the moment. Virtually zero tourist in the city at the moment.

    Insider Tip:Not too much hassle on the streets if you keep a low profile. Although my most aggressive tip or "bakaseesh" experience was in the airport when I was leaving. Airport "staff" will come to scan you your luggage on entry to the building. One of these staff members grabbed by bags to put them through the scanner, proceeded to take them out the other side and then demanded a trip. Simple things like this are irritating as the tipping culture overall is fine when service is good for driver, waiter etc

  • 80%


    Cairo in a nutshell

    Cairo is nuts. There is no place i've ever been to that is quite like it. Never once my entire 10 day stay did i ever feel in danger. Everyone was extremely nice and welcoming. Whether you are sitting down having some tea and shish with someone at a local cafe or eating Kazaaz, its a great and beautiful history filled place to visit.

    Insider Tip:Try the Koshari, and go to Fishawi for tea. If you want a good mix between Egyptian cuisine and western styling go too Zooba.

Egypt: Itinerary

Cairo is an interesting muddle of ancient houses and soaring modern buildings which blend to form an unusual skyline. Split into east and west sides by the River Nile which runs through the city centre, there is more to this Egyptian city than pharaohs and pyramids.

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