Jeff and I only had three days in Egypt on our way home from South Africa, but much to see. We didn’t have much time to work with, but we knew the sights in Cairo and Luxor could not be missed. With our limited time, we crammed in as many sights as possible, but the one activity that we both knew we wanted to experience was a felucca ride on the Nile River.
Originally, our plans were to end day three in this manner, but when we got to Luxor and realized our overnight train back to Cairo wasn’t until ten o’clock that night, we figured we could spend the evening riding the river at sunset.
Not only was this the perfect way to end a long day of sightseeing, but the Nile was significantly more beautiful in Luxor than it was in Cairo. Everything seemed to work out perfectly.
Jeff and I got into our taxi driven, of course, by our felucca driver. We arrived at the unstable dock and walked over several boats to get to our felucca, The Nile Queen.
With some help from a younger boy, our driver got our boat off the dock and we were on our way to Banana Island, a local island, to explore a small village and eat some of the local specialty. Can you guess what it is? Yup, bananas!
The Nile was peaceful with the sounds of the water lapping up against the boat. In fact, it was the most peace we found in all of our time in Egypt. Far away from the hectic souk and overcrowded streets, this was a completely different Egypt.
We had a little bit of trouble pulling into Banana Island, but no fear, Jeff got behind the “wheel” and saved the day!
Okay, maybe that’s not exactly how things panned out, but the good thing is we did make it to the island. And, after a tour of the local produce, we feasted on all the bananas we could eat.
And, because I seemed to enjoy the bananas so much, they sent me back to the hotel with my own big bundle.
Then we headed back to the boat. On our way back, we drank Egyptian tea and took in the sounds of the call to prayer from several mosques as we floated down the river.
The experience on the Nile was one that took me back in time to a peaceful place beyond the craziness of the cities of Egypt. At sunset, it was the ideal place to end a hectic and hot day exploring.