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Egypt - Nile Valley and Red Sea (Footprint Africa) (Footprint Full-Colour Guide) Paperback – 23 Nov 2009
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About the Author
Kelly Pipes is a British writer and editor who, quite happily, dedicated her editorial career to the travel genre from the outset. Various projects for guidebook publishers and holiday companies have sent her all over, from glitzy launches of gargantuan cruise ships to stalking vintage trams on a wet weekend. More at home practising yoga or swimming in the ocean than transport spotting, she perfected her scuba skills as well as the downward-facing dog whilst working on this book in Dahab. Yoga-diving is next on the agenda.
Top customer reviews
I first bought the 'Berlitz - Egypt Red Sea Coast' which was perhaps just a tad too brief, being only pocket sized & quite photographic.
I found the Footprint guide to be very readable. I started with the sections that were relevant [Introducing the Region, About the Region, The Red Sea - Dahab especially] but I found myself straying into other sections about the region as it's pretty fascinating. The information isn't too heavy, I always find it nicer if I can just have a small description of histories & activities because the whole point is to go there, discover it & experience it yourself. But there is more than enough to whet your appetite here.
I have been to Egypt twice now, once to Sharm El-Sheikh [which I would probably not return to again] & once to Dahab [which is so friendly, relaxed & a much more authentic Egyptian experience]. Much of the Red Sea tourism depends on the diving industry & I think the author has taken this into account when writing about costal areas & 'things to do'. Diving was my main purpose on my Dahab visit & if you are tempted to try diving I would very much recommend it. The Egyptian landscape is very beautiful, but their reefs are beyond words. 30 metres visibility, 24 degree waters mean you can dive for up to an hour at a time, hundreds of species of fish, gorgeous multi-coloured multi-layered reefs. You could dive every day for months & still never do the same dive twice! We were luck enough to see Rays & even Giant Turtles on 3 different occasions. Amazing experience, I would go back every year if I could afford it.
I tend to know my accommodation in advance, and for food I usually get local recommendations & ask for the proper Egyptian dishes not the tourist menus, so the Sleep/Eat/Drink parts of the guide are the bits I usually ignore. My travellers tip is 'eat where the locals are eating'.
There is a 'popout map' in the back of the book which is my favourite feature. It has a map for: Central Cairo; Greater Cairo; Scuba Diving Southern Sinai Peninsula [major sites only]; & Egypt [an overview].