Wonderful Nile Houseboat Apartment

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Kornish Al Nile, Tag Ad Dewal, Giza, Egypt

The Space

After an adventurous day in the hustle and bustle of Cairo, retreat to the quiet and beauty of your private apartment on a houseboat on the River Nile. Located a few minutes from the center of the city, you will find it hard to believe that such tranquility can be found amidst the chaos of this wonderful city. Enjoy the fresh breeze on your private balcony with a spectacular panoramic view of the Nile and the city, or just take in the view from the large windows and glass door from within.

While as a houseboat the overall feeling is rustic and bohemian with wooden floors and cozy ambiance, the furnishings can be described as basic Scandinavian with a touch of Egypt. Amenities include air conditioners, ceiling fans, washing machine, wireless internet, satellite TV, balcony, large equipped kitchen, a lovely garden with bench (on the connecting land), and a wooden rowing boat for adventurous types.

Your hosts, Dan (from the USA) and Mia (from Sweden), will share their decades of experience living in Cairo and traveling throughout Egypt and the region to assist you in any way we can to make your stay in our beloved Cairo a most memorable one. To begin with, for example, we have access to a wonderful Egyptian driver who speaks good English, and will be happy to service your needs from airport pick-up and drop-off to trips.

This beautiful 2-bedroom apartment is only rented in its entirety for your total privacy.

We look forward to welcoming you to our paradise on the Nile. Dan & Mia

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $650 /week
Monthly Price: $2500 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $20
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • While I would love to keep this secret to myself, I must say, I can't think of a better place to stay in Cairo than Dan's houseboat. He is a funny and kind host and will even give you lessons on the Egyptian style of crossing the street. The views from the balcony make the trip!

    March 2014
  • We had a wonderful week staying with Dan on his houseboat. The accomodation is clean and cosy and the views and serenity are wonderful. ( You get used to the call to prayerfrom the mosque opposite )After returning from a day in the chaos of Cairo traffic it is like walking into another world as you go through the gate down onto the houseboat. Sitting on the veranda overlooking the water is very peaceful. Dan is an exceptional host. He has a very good driver who picked us up and delivered us to the airport and an extremely good guide who took us to the pyramids, around old Cairo and to Alexandria. Dans tips on what to do and where to go and where not to go were always spot on. While it is not five star accommodation it is exactly what we were looking for and we absolutely enjoyed the experience

    January 2014
  • What a great place to stay in Cairo! It is truly a unique experience to live on the Nile and I'm glad we had the chance. The houseboat consists of four apartments, where Dan and Mia live on the ground floor (or water-floor rather?!) and the first floor is for guests. The apartment has a good size, was clean and cosy and breakfast were provided in the fridge by Dan. We especially enjoyed sitting outside eating breakfast or drinking tea.
    Dan and Mia were wonderful and eager to help with just about everything you would need.
    My girlfriend found the bed a bit too hard, though I myself didn't have any problems, so I guess it all comes down to personal preference.

    All in all a unique and relaxing experience I would recommend or even visit again myself at some point.

    November 2013
  • Althoug booking at very short notice, our host Dan was very responsive, helpful, and welcoming. The apparment on the upper floor of the houseboat is cosy and clean. The beds are comfortable, and the kitchen is fully equipped, with Dan loading breakfast items into the fridge. We fully enjoyed our stay, and surprisingly quickly got used to the shaking and squeaking when other boats pass the houseboat. I could sit on the veranda for hours. It's easy to get there and away by taxi, or a short walk over the bridge to Zamalek. Get fresh food from the many market stalls just across the street around the KitKat mosque where people are very friendly.
    I'll defnitely book again with Dan whenever I come back to Cairo!

    November 2013
  • We just returned from OUR HOUSEBOAT ON THE NILE and had one of our most exciting and adventures times of our lives. With Dan's amazing help we were able to travel through Cairo and the White Desert from oasis to oasis savely. This is the time to visit Egypt. Please write to me if you want any further information. Warmly, Martina and Kevin (email hidden)

    November 2013
  • The houseboat apartment is a real gem: a very comfortable welcoming and relaxing place in the middle of a city that assaults the senses: hot, noisy and full of traffic. The river provides just the right cooling breeze as well as the very best of moving wallpapers. More technically: kitchen equipped exactly right for the home cook, comfy beds and location very good for exploring cairo. Which leaves Dan who you just have to meet to understand how to enjoy life :), who is easy to communicate with and responds quickly to any query you have. We highly recommend both Dan and the appartment. We are sure to come back!

    August 2013
  • The houseboat was the perfect, calm place to shack up during my 10 day work-trip in Cairo. The apartment is very comfortable with everything one could want, including breakfast food upon arrival. Dan was a great, entertaining host, full of advice on everything from how-not-to-get-taken-for-a-ride by the infamous taxi drivers of Cairo and the best Kushari in the neighborhood. He was also quick to fix anything when I pointed a small problem out to him. All in all, it was a fantastic place to stay even during the political upheaval that took place while I was there. I will be back again!

    July 2013
  • The place is fantastic, only if you don't mind sharing the space with the critters that lives in the same space. I understand that it's a boathouse and insects is part of the deal but I wasn't quite prepared to be watching out for spiders on the sofa or bedroom corners. Also, the washing machine has an infestation of big ants in the detergent tray (or whatever you call that pull out section). Furthermore, the section between the floor and toilet bowl, that tiny space? It was also infested. We sprayed insecticide into it and came back 5 minutes later to see a field of dying crawlies around the bowl.

    So again, the place is fine. The location is good. It's fantastic to be along the Nile and you get to see rowers in the morning, and a beautiful sunset in the evenings. But if you're not cool with crawlies, then beware!

    June 2013
  • I really enjoyed my stay at the house boat - the Nile view and the place itself are very romantic plus the view to the river and not to the street gives you the privacy tourists normally lack in Cairo :). Dan is a perfect host giving you freedom and advice at the same time :). Will definitely come back.

    May 2013
  • The houseboat was dreamy, and Dan was a fantastic host. Its well located for walking into Zamalek, across the Nile River, and the surrounding neighborhoods of Imbaba and Mohandiseen. Its also a short cab ride into downtown Cairo.

    Sitting on the porch, relaxing, and taking in the view of the houseboats and river activity was especially nice and the occasional gentle rocking of the boat was great.

    Dan gave us all sorts of great advice about where to do, where to eat and how to navigate the city, like a local. Including eating some local koshary, which for a few Egyptian pounds, was delicious.

    We will be back!

    April 2013
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Hi, I'm Dan. Born in New York City, I've spent most of my adult life living and working in the Middle East, have visited over 40 countries (and lived long-term in 7 countries), and obviously love to travel, play tennis, music, and generally just spread good vibes wherever I am. I have lived on this houseboat in Cairo for 12 years, and can't imagine a more wonderful place to live. I love sharing my passions with others. Mia has also lived on this houseboat for 12 years, is a renowned Swedish photographer and journalist, authoring several photo-books on Cairo and the region, and thus she has many interesting contacts throughout Egypt and the region. Her other passions include art and gardening. We live just below the apartments we are posting on airbnb, and look forward to sharing our love of the region and our knowledge with you.
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