Elaria Holiday Resort Swimming Pools
Elaria Beach Area
Swimming pool Hotel Bar
We finally arrived in Nuweiba, Egypt Wednesday evening 10.15pm 13th March. We took the fast ferry across from Aqaba Jordan to Nuweiba and 1.5 hours later we arrived in Egypt to a circus of people trying to adopt us as their agent. We drove off the ferry quickly in order to lose the hustlers trying to catch a ride with us to the immigration office. It was dark and we did not know which way to go, so we turned right off the boat and saw so many trucks parked on each side of the road within the dock. Nicky asked a truck driver which way to go which worked and we arrived at immigration and fortunately a tourist police man called Ahmed found us and guided us through the process of getting the car legal for the Egyptian roads which consisted of beginning a file, car insurance, fees, security checks, car license, taking a trace of the chassis number (Sib watched this and nearly cringed when the official did this on the blue cruiser and prayed he wouldn’t ask to see the DVLA document as the number does not match!! We were ok.) carnet, customs and new number plates.
Unfortunately both Carnets are in my name as I own both vehicles. This was a problem and we needed a letter from the RAC stipulating that other members were able to drive the cars on the other carnet. At the time we could not find this important letter in our file so we could release Sib’s car! Very annoying as we could only clear one car out the port and would have to contact the RAC in the UK the following day.
Ahmed also suggested a hotel to suit our wallets, we arrived at the Elaria Hotel Resort, http://www.elariaresort.com/ at 2am utterly exhausted and frustrated as one car was still at the port. Elaria was a lovely place with minimal guests, not sure if it was the time of the year or the political unrest, but great swimming pools and beach front. The rooms however need some TLC as well as the showers.
We were there for two days to collect the second vehicle that was there overnight, and then we headed off south down the Sinai using our useful digital map of Egypt we acquired from The AFRICA SHOP http://life2day.net/ Onwards!