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The United States State Department posts up to date information here for Egypt and for Jordan here.  Other countries post there own updates and advisories.



Egypt is known for mild winters and  typical desert temperatures:  chilly  nights and hot days.  Humidity tends to be very low, as does rainfall.

Head wear is needed to protect you from the sun.

Table : Cairo Average Climate

Month Mean Temperature oF Mean Total Rainfall (mm) Mean Number of Rain Days
Jan 48.2 66.0 5.0 3.5
Feb 49.5 68.7 3.8 2.7
Mar 52.9 74.3 3.8 1.9
Apr 58.3 82.9 1.1 0.9
May 63.9 89.6 0.5 0.5
Jun 68.2 93.0 0.1 0.1
Jul 71.6 94.5 0.0 0.0
Aug 71.8 93.6 TR 0.0
Sep 68.9 90.7 TR 0.0
Oct 63.3 84.6 0.7 0.5
Nov 57.4 76.6 3.8 1.3
Dec 50.7 68.5 5.9 2.8


Table : Aswan Average Climate

Month Mean Temperature oF Mean Total Rainfall (mm) Mean Number of Rain Days
Jan 47.7 73.2 TR 0.0
Feb 50.4 77.4 TR 0.0
Mar 56.8 85.1 TR 0.0
Apr 66.0 94.8 TR 0.0
May 73.4 102.0 0.1 0.1
Jun 77.4 106.5 0.0 0.0
Jul 78.8 106.0 0.0 0.0
Aug 78.4 105.6 0.7 0.5
Sep 75.2 102.7 TR 0.0
Oct 69.1 96.6 0.6 0.25
Nov 59.0 84.4 TR 0.0
Dec 50.9 75.7 TR 0.0


Source : World Meteorological Authority

Temperatures given are in Fahrenheit degrees.  Large fluctuations are normal .

Rainfall is low everywhere and mostly its blue skies (wear a hat!) and sunny.  When it is hot it is a dry heat.

Money-Baksheesh -Tipping


In the West, we call it “tipping” or “service.” But   those words don’t fully express the breadth of flexibility and purpose of   the practice known as “baksheesh.”  Egypt appears to run on baksheesh   and the protocol of the practice becomes evident quite quickly once in the   country.

Basically, there are three kinds of baksheesh. The first is baksheesh as “alms giving.” One of the 5 tenants of Islam is the giving of alms to the poor. The giver is made more holy by the action.

The second type is baksheesh as “for services rendered.” This is the closest to the western tipping practices. Except it goes further. There are people at the airport whose only job appears to be opening doors. Of course, they require baksheesh. And many bathrooms have attendants, who expect a few LE  for keeping the place clean and distributing a tiny amount of toilet tissue.  One could be continuously passing out small change here and there.  Which is why our guides will collect a tiny amount of cash to take care of those essential services you’ll probably never see being rendered.

The third kind of baksheesh is “for the granting of favors.”  Want to see an excellent photo location?  I’ll be delighted to assist and of course will be just as delighted to accept your baksheesh.  How about having a light in that museum display case?  Don’t forget me when you leave.  The amazing thing is that you don’t even need to ask for the services. Upon identifying a mark, even the museum guards will follow you around and provide services and grant favors. Interestingly, after getting over the initial adverse reaction to the practice, it becomes expected and even pleasurable. In the Museum of Islamic Art, for instance, we really appreciated the guard who turned on lights and pointed out features in terribly broken English. Without him we never would have enjoyed some beautifully illuminated manuscripts.

Hoarding Money.  This is another practice we’ve run into in that past that we just didn’t understand. Although small change and bills are continually necessary for baksheeshing (yes, it can be verbed!), obtaining change is a skill all of it’s own. Small bills and coins did used to seem to be in limited supply.  We still recommend insisting on getting a supply of 10LE notes when you change money initially…and keep the supply in an easy to access pocket because you never know when a situation will call for a tiny baksheesh!

We’ll also note that changing money in Egypt is extraordinarily easy. There is but one government set exchange rate and currency exchanges at the airport and all the major hotels.   These days the ATM machines are more plentiful and will also give you a good rate.

Specific tipping guidelines, for Drivers/Guides etc will be available on request.

Cash & Currency

The Egyptian Pound (LE) is the local currency and it is useful to have currency for smaller purchases.

Dollar notes can be exchanged at Banks but do note that pristeen notes are mostly needed.  Ink marks, tears or writing on then will likely lead to a bank refusing to accept them.  Currently banks seemed to prefer $100 notes – although it seems not long ago that they preferred smaller values.  So a selection of options is good.

Credit Cards can often be used and your Guide can advise regarding ATM’s etc.