Backpacking in Egypt: Staying at the Australian Hostel in Cairo

Backpacking in Egypt: Staying at the Australian Hostel in Cairo

Backpacking in Egypt: Staying at the Australian Hostel in Cairo

Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Nile Delta, Michael Palin DVDs, Suez Canal, Abdelghani precision penalties and the recent exploits of Champions League winner Mohammed Salah. That is some kind of generic overview I had of Egypt. When your filthy backpack has galloped its way through 181 real countries, you would half expect tourist puller Egypt to be on that list. Maybe even in my first 30 countries. That was not the case, nor was it personally craved.

Landing in Egypt for the First Time, at Cairo

No. Sorry Egypt, brimful of countries, you were 182. But well earned and better late than never (BLTN). Was it that I always felt Egypt was too mainstream and over hyped? Not really. Was it as if I wanted to hate it as much as Thailand or the USA? Not really. Egypt never really shot out at me as a must see!

Mohammed Salad and I in Cairo

In 2018, I shared a flat with a guy (Momen) from Egypt, and a guy from Albania (Shpetim) whilst living in the Praga district of Warszawa. It felt weird for me, and them that I had never visited their countries despite claiming to be a global whackpacker. Normally my flatmates were asking me about travel information. Now, it was turn and turn about. I became curious as to why I had really omitted Egypt (Libya and Sudan too, but they both are less touristic).

Arrival in Cairo, Egypt in 2019

My curiosity peaked when I gave English lessons to a Polish lady who had visited Egypt over 10 times. Polish people tend to be good at judging. It was time. Then I became friends with an Egyptian guy, Harvey, a photographer based in Warszawa. Time was finally right to visit Egypt.

Backpacking the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

So I booked my flight to Egypt. Then my evisa was rejected. Oops. I thought that would be an easy one, but no. They were being strict about my accommodation and they kept rejecting my passport page photos (too big, then too small, too blurred etc…). After 6hours on my laptop resizing and retaking hundreds of photos of my passport, they finally accepted my evisa application, just a few hours shy of the deadline. Better late than never.

Backpacking in Egypt: Staying at the Australian Hostel in Cairo

But I don’t really do hardcore anymore. I am in my late thirties now. Hardcore overland whackpacking feels like a young man’s game. A game I probably milked for too long. So how about this for a visit to a country – no overland backpacking, tourist tours, textbook hostels and an airport pick up. Simply all I craved now on this trip to Africa’s north eastern gem.

Backpacking in Egypt: Staying at the Australian Hostel in Cairo

I landed in Cairo International Airport with my evisa ready and an airport pick up awaiting. The claustrophobic mayhem was still noticeably apparent by the time the smoke and markets of downtown Cairo wafted their way into my brain. Here I was. Better late than never.

Backpacking in Egypt: Staying at the Australian Hostel in Cairo

As I said on repeat, better late than never.

Better late than never, Egypt

As a backpacker to Cairo, Egypt you should stay in the Australian Backpackers Hostel in Cairo if you want a cosy, friendly central place to meet people. Here are some reasons why…

1.Excellent Tour Options

Life is made easy for you here. Tours are daily, from outside the hostel. Whether its Luxor, the Nile, the pyramids of Giza, Memphis, or an overland whackpacking adventure intill Sudan, life begins here. I was on a limited time frame (made even worse due to missing my initial flight in and so I organised tours to Giza and Sphinz, Saqqara, Memphis and a night cruise on the Nile River).

Touring the Pryamids of Giza

At the famous Sphinx

Night Cruise on the River Nile

Backpacking the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Backpacking pyramids of Giza

2.Pumping Heart of Cairo City

You might want to be central like me and the Australian Backpackers Hostel is certainly that – in amongst the hustle and bustle of daily life in this 20 million people pumper.

Backpacking in the pumping heart of Cairo

Backpacking in the pumping heart of Cairo

3.Very Sociable Vibe

I was in a 4 bed dorm where I met Henna and Marjolein. In the common room, you can chill out on the lazy low sofas and mingle with staff and fellow tourists alike. It’s the type of hostel I always loved staying in during my glory days of my backpacking.

Backpacking in Egypt: Staying at the Australian Hostel in Cairo

Backpacking in Egypt: Staying at the Australian Hostel in Cairo

Beer time in Cairo

4.Safe and Relaxed Vibe

Crime, scams and cheating all occurs on the streets of cities as humungous as Cairo. Therefore it is nice to have a safe, relaxed and peaceful vibe here. Chill out from that madness, honey.

Chilling out in Cairo

The relaxing common room

Mayhemic streets of Cairo

5.Friendly, English Speaking Staff

Arabic doesn’t work for me. Salam Aleykoum and Shoukra (probably both spelt wrong) are my limits. But all staff here speak good English, making your time in Cairo easier. Maps can be explained, the Metro system made easy and good information as well as friendly chatty staff.

Friendly, English speaking staff.

Friendly, English speaking staff.

Overall, this was an excellent option for me and for any hostel-loving backpacker. Cairo is a chaotic city at the best of times, and life chills to a reflective halt here, on the third floor of the Australian backpackers Hostel.

Backpacking in Egypt: Staying at the Australian Hostel in Cairo

Backpacking in Egypt: Staying at the Australian Hostel in Cairo

Backpacking in Egypt: Staying at the Australian Hostel in Cairo

Backpacking in Egypt: Staying at the Australian Hostel in Cairo

I will write about my tours in and around Cairo soon. It was my first time in Egypt, country 182 on the list and another dot on my globe…

Another dot on my globe in Cairo

Another dot on my globe in Cairo

Another dot on my globe in Cairo

Here are the details for booking a night at the Australian Backpackers Hostel in Cairo, Egypt :

Tel +202 23958892

Mob & Whats app  +2012 290 293 86

Address 23 Abd El khaleq Sarwat Downtown Cairo – Egypt

Email   australianhostelcairo@gmail.com

Website http://theaustralianhostel.com/contact-us/

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/AustralianHostel/

Here are some videos I made while backpacking in Cairo, Egypt :

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