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Day trip to Cairo from Dahab by road - is it safe

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Day trip to Cairo from Dahab by road - is it safe

Hi

My OH is worried about doing this trip by road, as when my sister went from Luxor to Hurgarda last year by road, they went in convoy and had armed escorts. Also, a friend has just returned from Taba and said when they did a road trip the guide had a gun.

Don't want to melodramatic but just wondered about others opinions.

We did backpack round Eypt a number of years ago without any trouble but are going back with the kids.....

thanks

Plum

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1. Re: Day trip to Cairo from Dahab by road - is it safe

Hi Plum, the convoy system has been in place since the 90's (after a couple of incidents where tourists were targeted by terrorists) it is outdated and useless imo, what better way to point out a large group of tourists?

There are many police/military all over Egypt with guns, it is for show only as a deterrent & to make tourists FEEl safe! Some of the guns are held together with gaffer tape and many are antiques or not even loaded :), don't be worried after a day you won't even notice them. I do however dislike bus travel in Egypt, the buses drive too fast and that would put me off especially with little ones.

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2. Re: Day trip to Cairo from Dahab by road - is it safe

Hi Nefertari

Thanks for your prompt response. We plan to be going in a private mini bus with just us rather than a coach/public bus. I remember the buses from years ago, all the men smoked and the women had to sit with all the bags! Definitely wouldn't want to put the kids through that!

Plum

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