Getting Around Siwa Oasis
Getting Around Siwa Oasis By:
Bicycles are one of the best ways to get around and can be rented from several sources, including most hotels and a number of shops dotted around the town center. Getting a bike from one of the bicycle repair shops gives you a better chance of finding a bike in good condition.
Caretas (donkey carts) are a much-used mode of transport for Siwans and can be a more amusing, if slower, way to get around than bicycles or cars. Some of the boys who drive the carts speak English and can be fierce hagglers.
Though not as enjoyable or tranquil as bicycles, motorbikes can also be rented. You can pick one up from the bike shop next to Al-Babinshal Hotel, or at Palm Trees Hotel.
Pick-up trucks serve as communal taxis linking Siwa Town with the surrounding villages. To get to Bilad ar-Rum costs E£20-E£30 each way; closer destinations are 50pt. If you want to hire your own to get to more remote sites, Mahdi Hweiti at the tourist office will be able to help, or head for the petrol station and talk directly to drivers.