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

  • 80%


    Crazy Cairo

    Cairo is intense, but a must have experience in Egypt. Spend a few days here to get a feel for the city and see the pyramids. It's an affordable place with incredible people and great food!

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    Crazy Cairo

    Cairo is an incredible place, but it's definitely an overwhelming experience! Plan a few days here and then move on to see the rest of Egypt.

    Insider Tip:Don't be afraid to be assertive! Just say no and walk away.

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    Cairo for single women travellers

    As a female traveller in Egypt I got a lot of attention ('Hello, where are you from? You alone? Do you have a boyfriend? So pretty!' etc). However I never felt unsafe. Tourism in Egypt has dropped since 2011 so people here are just anxious for business and sometimes get pushy. Bargain! It is easy to get ripped off if you do not bargain, often the first price is not the final price. Be aware of what a taxi fare or product is actually worth, but expect to pay a little more than a local would.

    Insider Tip:Eat the local food! Egypt has plenty of tasty, cheap local food options. It is a great way to meet locals and to get an insight into their lives. Obviously you have to be aware of local hygiene standards (eg. sometimes salad will be washed with tap water instead of bottled water) but most of the time if they have an English menu, it will be safe enough. I tried pigeon (which was OK) and camel (yummy!)

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    Everyone should go to Cairo!

    Right now is a great time to go to Cairo and Egypt as a whole. Because some are still worried about going there, there are hardly any tourists at the places where you had to previously wait for hours. I was a bit nervous about going there at first, but I soon realized that there was nothing to worry about. Everyone is so friendly and will try to make your stay as pleasant as possible. If you have been wanting to go to Egypt, I would definitely go!!

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    The most repressive place I have ever seen.

    This city is crowded far beyond comfort. It's not like New York where people ignore you; here, you tend to be the center of attention wherever you go. This was by far the most nerve-wracking experience in Egypt. It is both repressed and depressed, culturally and economically, and the pessimism that Egyptians feel about their future is tangible in everything they said to me.

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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