I will be travelling overland to Egypt from Tanzania this summer. Once I cross the border coming from sudan, I wanted to cruise up the river on a felucca.
In the lonely planet books, they say that travel north of luxor isnt allowed on boats for tourists.. but I dont think thats the case.
Does anybody know how long it would take to sail up the nile (NOT go on a cruiseboat), and roughly how much it usually costs?
Any help is much appreciated. thanks.
Check out www.nilefelucca.com. This might help. I did the touristy cruise ship thing but I think sailing up the Nile on a felucca would be way better and more adventurous. Hope this helps.
You will be hard pressed to find a captain that does this. (Keep in mind that after your trip he will have to sail back up the river all the way to Aswan.) If you do find somebody, expect to spent something in the neighborhood of a few hundred to thousand USD.
Best give up on your plan and be content with sailing to Edfu and then catching a ride to Luxor. It will cost you around 15 USD and is likely to satisfy your appetite. If you want to hang on after that, you can always ask the captain whether you can sail back with him from Edfu to Aswan.
I don't know that going as far as Cairo would be possible and if it was it would wear so thin after getting eaten alive by mosquitos for probably 7-8 days. My felucca trip took for mid afternoon day 1-morning of day 3. So it took about a little under 2 days over the course of 3 days so it meant 2 nights of sleeping on the padded deck and only covered about 1/4 of the distance you'd need to cover if it was possible to get as far as Cairo by felucca.
Have a great trip.