Sleeping under the stars in Egypt

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1. Posted by nzjamesb (Budding Member 11 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Early December I am doing an Intrepid tour in Egypt which includes an overnight trip on a felucca sleeping on deck under the stars.

Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

Thing is, the trip notes recommend a sleeping bag for the "colder months", which includes December. I don't actually have a sleeping bag, and this is likely to be the only part of my trip where I'm going to need one.

Can anyone offer any expert knowledge about just how cold it is likely to get? They supply blankets and I have a sleeping sheet; I'm just not convinced that the space/expense of a sleeping bag is worth it?

(Apparently you can't hire sleeping bags in Egypt, either)

2. Posted by mysticwanderer (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello nzjamesb,

It is of certain that Egypt's weather in December is not that cold as in Europe or New Zealand, foreigners often comment its like spring time at westren countries.

The average temp is about 20 +/- degrees celsius at mornings, from 7 to 15 degrees celsius maybe less sometimes at evenings , but it depends on the area your are going. Upper Egypt and Sinai will be much wormer than Cairo and Alex for example. the best thing is check with your travel agency before you leave for Egypt or the internet for weather forcast.

As for sleeping bags you can find it easly here in Egypt at Sports Mall (Mohendessen area), hypermarkets like Carrefour and Alfa Market with reasonable prices i dont know if there are places were you can rent them. just ask your hotel for direction for any of them.

Anyways hope this will answer your concerns,
have a nice trip,


3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I've been to Egypt in December, I do not agree with bringing a sleeping bag. I would have benefited more if I had had a sweater instead.

The two nights on the felucca were ok, they had lots and lots of blankets. After burying down under 2 I did not need my sleeping bag at all.

OTOH Cairo around Christmas was freaking freezing. Especially after dark it really became uncomfortable. I desperately regretted that I had not taken at least one sweater along. Similar for the Karnak sound and light show in Luxor - there I even forgot to take my jacket, so I was shivering the whole time.