World Trip 2009: Day 21 – Aswan to Kom Ombo, Egypt

Thursday 11 June 2009
Highlights: Felucca sailing, swimming in the Nile, sleeping under the stars on the Nile

Today was our day and night on the felucca sailing down the Nile. We spent most of the day sitting on the sides of the felucca enjoying the sights, the air and the Nile water occasionally hitting us providing a welcome relief from the heat.  The felucca is a basic sail boat with no engines so the wind is extremely important from movement down the Nile.

On the felucca it was leisurely and calm, on the banks you would see the greenest greens and a few metres back it was sand everywhere!  And amazing contrast in the environment.

We met up with another GAP tour when having lunch. After lunch we found a spot to go swimming, after diving into the Nile (it was actually cold) we realised the other group would not join us due to the water quality, well it’s their loss. Amy stayed on the boat and got some great shots on my camera.   Hard to believe I was sailing and swimming in the world famous Nile where Pharaohs, Roman Empires, Presidents and Prime Ministers have been.  History is everywhere in Egypt.

We then went sailing onwards and as the sun fall we stopped, had a great dinner, a few beers and went to sleep on the felucca under the stars and the moon drifting off into a peaceful sleep.

About Nathan

A World traveller who has so far experienced 71 countries (76 by June 2023) in this amazing world.
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