The site is simple, but ok, close to the pyramids Gizeh and there we get finally cold beer.
Next day in the morning we take a taxi to the embassy. Traffic is chaottic in Cairo and thats why we leave our cars behind at the campsite. While waiting for the Visas we spend our time with washing the cloths and maintaining our vehicles. Alexandra misuses the outer mirror of the car to fix the line for drying the cloths. The campsite in Cairo is a real meeting point for overlanders, overlander are those crazy people who travel overland with their own cars through Africa. Chris with his stone old Land Rover is one of them. He is on his way already for 15 years, some years with his italian girl friend. We try to sort out our chaos in our car for some days, because after travelling continously for some days, you just pop in all the things you use. Days without driving are then very welcome. This is just normal traveller life. Especially when you drive off road the desert sand is blown into the interior of the car through the rear doors.
We start to visit the pyramids of Gizeh. We pass coaches, which people hire to visit the pyramids,because the area is large. And suddenly the first pyramid appears behind the morning dust. We are impressed. The view is amazing. The pyramids of Gizeh are the last remaining world wonders out of originally seven. Also after 4000 years the mystical athmosphere is still present here. By its size and shape they seem to us as from outer space. And inspite of that they are only enormous graves, built for the rulers of the ancient Egypt. The Cheops pyramid is the oldest and biggest in whole Egypt.
Not far is the Chephren Pyramid, its top covered with white limestone. It is only 136 meters high, but looks higher then the cheops pyramid, because this one is built on a socket. The Cheops Pyramid is 146 meters high and has an eroded top, in the course of 4600 years it has lost 9 metres in height. Beside there is the pyramid of menekaure with three little Queens pyramids, maybe for his three wives. It is the smallest in this trio with only 66 metres.
Bodo and Bine bravely fight themselves through the heat up to the plateau. From here we have a wonderful view of all the pyramids here. At the plateau camels wait for paying tourists, which are taken around by their camel drivers and offer trips through the area. Competition is tough and so you have to bargain for a good price. We watch the scene and must grin about some of the tourists, as they provide a funny posture on the camel backs.