Bas, The Egyptian government (which one?) has launched an offensive against militants in the Sinai, but it remains an unstable place to be. The bedouin militants are definitely targeting foreign tourists for kidnap and ransom. Several foreign governments advice their citizens not to drive through Sinai, and to fly to the Red Sea resorts such as Sharm el Sheikh.
It may be helpful to have a local with you to act as a guide, interpreter and negotiator, but it might not make any difference either. Driving through the Sinai is a risky venture in the current situation. By the way, if you decide to do it against the advice of the authorities (that's not me, I'm just giving my advice) and something happens to you, you may find it difficult to explain to your travel insurance company when you make a claim. Personally I'd fly rather than drive.
Phil at the safety hub over 8 years ago
I live in Dahab, and even though I agree to some extent with the previous comment, I know many people who have made the trip, Egyptians and foreigners, quite frequently over the last months and weeks. I myself drove from Dahab to El Tur, via Sharm El Sheikh and back just a week a, together with a French friend of mine, and experienced no hassle at all. I also know of many Cairo residents who drive or take the bus to Dahab for holidays; we currently have a lot of domestic tourists from Cairo here in Dahab. So, yes, there is some risk of road blocks, waiting at checkpoints and even a minor risk of kidnapping, this cannot be denied. But many are making the trip without any problems. I would certainly take the coastal road and not the Suez-Taba road; I would also certainly drive during the day, but personally I would feel comfortable to take the trip in a private car or on the public bus. over 8 years ago
Bas just found this in today's news (from Associated Press), so good advice from Annet about which route to take - still, be cautious, please.:
"Boston pastor Rev. Michel Louis, 61, and two fellow travelers were kidnapped in Egypt on Sunday, while on an annual religious pilgrimage. The travelers were taken hostage while traveling by bus on the road from Cairo to the Monastery of St. Catherine, a popular pilgrimage destination.
AP reported that Jirmy Abu Masuh, the Bedouin kidnapper, was seeking release for an uncle that he claimed was being held by Egyptian's government in Cairo for refusing to pay a police bribe.
AP says that Bedouin kidnappers have traditionally taken tourists from this region to obtain release of relatives from Egyptian prisons. There is no indication that the kidnapping is connected to Islamic fundamental groups. Northern Sinai government officials are said to be working with US counterparts to obtain the hostages' release."
cheers, Phil over 8 years ago
The kidnappings haven't taken place on the road from Cairo to Dahab or back. They've been in the vicinity of St. Catherine's monastery, which is far away from the tourist towns and hundreds of kilometers from Cairo, or on the road leading from the southern-most part of the Sinai along the Red Sea to its northern-most point where the border with Israel is. I've traveled many times in the past several months by bus from Cairo to Dahab and back and encountered no roadblocks or any hassle whatsoever. This road has been perfectly safe and continues to be today. about 8 years agoAnswered by Sabina via WorldNomads.com