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11 Ways to Chill Nile-Side in Cairo

Herodotus described Egypt as a gift from the Nile, but in the ever-expanding metropolis of Cairo and our busy lives shuttling between work and work, we often don’t get to enjoy the Nile as much as we do. should. There is something soothing about the Nile and rivers in general. Maybe it’s the puzzling ability of small waves that come lapping against a boat to cancel out a noisy city, or maybe it’s the vastness and emptiness of rivers that give us a rare sense of space. in our claustrophobic lives in cramped apartments. But what is beyond doubt is that there are many ways to enjoy the Nile in Cairo, and we could all enjoy relaxing by the Nile in our lives. For world rivers daywhich takes place every year on the fourth Sunday of September, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best ways to enjoy and relax on the Nile in Cairo.

Be creative at Ahimsa

By Thomas Pinn

On the west side of the Nile opposite Maadi is Ahimsah, a quiet retreat for creativity and rest. In a large green space directly on the Nile, Ahimsa offers many types of activities and classes with something for everyone. In addition to various types of yoga classes taught by experienced and respected teachers, you can also come and sit by the Nile and decorate pottery, make clay pottery, learn to paint, learn to shoot arrows, and much more. Ahimsa has the perfect simplicity, and that’s what many of us need in this city.

By Thomas Pinn

Sit back and relax on a Felukka

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For friends visiting from abroad on a short trip to Cairo, a sunset felukka ride is always a must-do recommendation after a long exhausting day at the Giza Pyramids. However, it’s easy to forget how relaxing it can be to sit under the flapping sail of a slowly floating felukka and how the gentle lapping of the water on the boat almost cancels out the cacophony of sounds gushing out. of the city from the banks of the river. A felukka at sunset or sunrise is a simple pleasure that can’t be beat, but if you’re looking for something a little more special, you can combine a felukka ride with fine dining with Cafelluca.

By Thomas Pinn

Walk along the Ahl Misr Walkway

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The highly publicized Ahl Misr Footbridge has finally opened the first section of this walk through the center of Cairo. With various restaurants and cafes, there are plenty of places to sit and watch the world go by from the Ahl Misr walkway. For a truly Nile-based day, you can even get them straight with Nile Taxi.

Paddling with Cairow

By Thomas Pinn

For the more adventurous, there’s no better way to explore the Nile than by kayak or rowboat. With weekly sessions and training groups or small boats for hire by the hour, you can explore the Nile from Maadi or Doqqi with Cairo. For an idea of ​​why rowers can’t get enough of the Nile and why you should give it a try, check out our interview with Cairow founder Emma Benany.

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Walk along the iconic Qasr al-Nil bridge

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At sunrise and sunset, the historic Qasr al-Nil Bridge is a great place to soak up the sights and sounds of Cairo. Its iconic lions have stood guard for almost a hundred years, and the bridge gives you a sense of the Belle Epoque period of downtown Cairo. Move a little further, and as the Nile lights up at night with the flashing lights of party boats, couples rush to the deck for a romantic evening, chatting the night away and watching the felukkas plod along the Nile.

By Thomas Pinn

Cross the Nile on a public ferry

By Thomas Pinn

With several smaller routes connecting the east and west sides of the river, taking a public ferry in Cairo with the gentle Nile breeze in your face is a welcome change from the traffic jams. Not only are the ferries in Cairo a pleasant and relaxing ride in themselves, but they are also a great excuse to explore the other side of the river that you may not know so well. There’s even a ferry that runs on weekends to el Qanater Dam and its lush gardens, which lie about 25 kilometers north of central Cairo.

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Enjoy the Nile in luxury at Crimson

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Now that the left bank of Zamalek is sadly no longer, nearby crimson is a valid, albeit expensive, alternative. Overlooking the Nile and serving fantastic food and drink throughout the day, Crimson is a great place to enjoy a great meal and watch the city. If that’s not quite your speed and you’re looking to party, at night Crimson turns into a lively bar with great music.

By Thomas Pinn

Go bird watching with Dayma

By Thomas Pinn

Early in the morning, before the roar of traffic picks up and scares away wildlife, the Nile is alive with a surprisingly wide array of colorful birds floating overhead and diving headfirst into the water to hunt for Eat. Dayma is a local NGO focused on environmental protection which, among its various programs and initiatives, organizes bird watching tours on the Nile in Cairo. With a boat full of keen birdwatchers and a box of binoculars, Dayma guides you through the types of birds and where to spot them on the river bank. If you’re looking to do something a little different, especially if you have kids, birding with Dayma is a great way to see a side of Cairo you don’t usually see.

By Thomas Pinn

Get a bird’s eye view (and a drink) at Escobar

By Thomas Pinn

After years of being known as Dos Canas and then Stash, a Garden City rooftop bar with stunning views of the Nile has once again been taken over by new ownership. Although now known as Esco Bar, the place still has its incredible views of the city that people would travel from all over the city for. If you arrive just before sunset, you can see the city in all its glory, followed by the city coming alive at night.

By Thomas Pinn

Jump on a party boat

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Although not as soothing as a Felukka, the lighted boats that dot the Nile at night and play music are a great way to let off steam and enjoy the Nile. With magicians often jumping between boats to perform and dancers performing spectacular acrobatics, it’s sure to be an evening to remember. Sometimes the whole boat breaks out into a dance after the initial shyness in front of strangers wears off and the flashing lights and blazing music prove irresistible.

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Relax by the Nile at the Nilometer and Manasterly Palace

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At the southernmost point of Rhoda Island, there is a little getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. On the grounds of the former monastery palace are the Nilometer and the Umm Kalthoum Museum. Although these three places are all worth visiting, it is also a great place to enjoy the Nile. Whether you want to catch up with an old friend, have a quick picnic, or read a book, this green little corner of Cairo is a perfect place to get away from the city.

By Thomas Pinn

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