And yes, we did enjoy it very much. The pyramids. Our driver, Hassan, kept on saying ‘you will enjoy it too much’, when he thought we were about to see something we would like very much.
We took a taxi early this Sunday morning to go to Saqqara pyramids, in order to avoid lots of fuzz and scams that unfortunately have become a trade mark for the famous pyramids of Giza. Luckily, our driver Hassan came up with a tour idea while we were driving and talked us into going to Giza first, and then to Saqqara.
So we were the first customers of the day at the guide Ahmed’s place and got a camel each to ride on, while Ahmed and Hassan were riding on horses.
We were brought in to the area by locals and after going through the security control, we sat back up on the camels for a ride around the pyramids and a beautiful view of the desert.
Let’s just say we had a wonderful time and got to see and experience very much during these hours. And paying for the taxi driver to stay with us all day was certainly worth it – we hardly had any people trying to sell, rent or ask for tips all day. Well, probably only about ten of them, wich is not much at all. And being at Giza early in the morning gave us an almost private view of this historic place. Magical.
After this start of the day, we also got a good meal at a local restaurant, a full experience of a driver who literally fed us with locally grown bananas, strawberries and clementines, a tour of “Top Secret” tombs in Saqqara, and then an afternoon coffee and water pipe at a road side coffeehouse where mostly locals go.
There are tons of “guides”, helpers, horse drivers and what not trying to get paid for their help or work. By having a local driver, Hassan, who walked with us all day, we got help to tip the right people, and to stay away from too much extras. Certainly we have been fooled by someone anyway, but this was a really good and nice experience. //Anders and Wivan