About this listing
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, and a lovely garden with bench (on the connecting land).
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 wonderful Egyptian drivers who speak good English to take you to and from the airport; and our private tour guides are the best!
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
No noise or large parties.
Clothing worn on the balcony must be respectful of Muslim culture.
Only registered guests are allowed on the houseboat. (No outside visitors.)
Having a deck on the Nile made for an extraordinary stay. Despite being on a houseboat, the space is generous. Two bedrooms, a common room and the breezy deck. Dan was exceedingly helpful, providing a wealth of information based on his many years in Egypt.
Do take up Dan on his recommendation of affordable guided tours by Minas. Minas took us in an air conditioned car to the Pyramids and the Sphinx and our experience was much richer with his help. Another morning, he showed us the main features of Cairo including the unforgettable museum. Once he had shown us around, we could follow up on our own.
Actually had to cancel my trip last minute, but the whole time Dan was very understanding and easy to communicate with. Hope to stay at his place in the near future.
My time at Dan's houseboat was great. My flight arrived late & Dan's Egyptian guide and driver Mina was still diligently waiting at the airport. Mina took me directly to the houseboat where Dan was waiting to let me in, explain the ins & outs of the apartment, and give me some great tips on navigating the city and must see places to see & eat. While the houseboat apartment is rustic, its charm and location are well worth the booking and Dan was a gracious host with some good stories to tell.
This houseboat apartment truly is a wonderful place to stay. The three of us rented it for barely a week and Dan was more than helpful in every way. Although it really is a relaxing and cozy retreat, it can be a bit noisy due to the party boats passing by from time to time in the evening/night.
I rented the flat in the houseboat for 3 weeks, while on a research trip in Cairo. The place is great - the location central, yet a treat after running around this city for hours (or, more likely, spending hours in taxis stuck in traffic jams). I liked the way it was furnished and the 2 bedrooms (of which I hadn't seen any photos) are pleasant too. The best part is terrace - we spent hours there; early morning watching the rowing boats go by, during the day when the roof provides shade and in the evening, when you get a spectacular scenery.
Dan was a very forthcoming host - everything worked very smoothly and he gave me many good advices, from street stalls with delicious food to groceries, how to deal with taxi drivers, best restaurants (I would definitely recommend the Sequoia and the Zufi Cafe, both in Zamelek) and trips to take. Mia offered me her yoga mat and the whole set up is very friendly and welcoming. Dan had even bought some provisions for the fridge.
Staying in Cairo for 3 weeks is exhausting though, especially the smog and the constant traffic (with a record of honking) and even though the houseboat was me daily refuge, sometimes the traffic from the nearby road, as well as the load party boats passing by (especially on arab weekends) overwhelmed me. Having said that, I would always rent the Nile houseboat again and recommend it to my friends. It is a truly unique way to experience the city and have a knowledgable host living downstairs makes this place a home away from home.
des hôtes très accueillants et petites attentions quotidiennes très appréciées
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About the Host, Dan
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.