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Car rental is a good option for those looking to explore Cairo at their own pace. Egypt’s capital city is brimming with spectacular sights from the pyramids to local markets, bazaars and all manner of fascinating museums.
Driving here is an adventure in itself and revolves more around a first-come first-served policy than a dedicated set of road rules. Egyptians affectionately call this city Umm ad-Dunya, which means ‘the Mother of the World’, and with a rental car, you can get out there and see why.
Part of Cairo’s charm lies in its heaving streets, its buzz cultivated by the 22-or-so million inhabitants who live in and around the city. Driving a rental car will get you closer to the action and allow you to see the city as the Cairenes do. You can navigate the streets of Old Cairo, with its forgotten churches and Roman ruins, or venture to downtown Cairo for evening antics in Parisian-inspired plazas.
Slip outside the city to discover Cairo’s biggest attractions, the Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the less touristy pyramids of Saqqara or Dahshur. In the space of two hours, you can go from the city to the desert and then find your way to the beach.
Those feeling particularly intrepid can undertake a lengthy but starkly beautiful desert road trip through dunes, palm forests and mountains, running between four oases surrounding the city: Farafa, Dakhla, Kharga and the Nile Valley.