Camel-riding and Croc-handling in Nubia
After seeing the Temple of Philae, we checked in to our cruise boat, ate lunch, and rested for a little while. The Nile River and the land surrounding it is beautiful.
That afternoon, we took a boat out to a place right off the Nile called Nubia, which is technically part of Egypt, but Nubians are a different ethnicity and have a different heritage. We hit the shore, climbed out onto the sand, and mounted our camels. Mine was named “Rambo.” We rode the camels for about 20 minutes across the Nubian desert along the Nile as the sun was setting. Absolutely incredible.
After about 20 minutes we came to a small village where the people in charge of the camels live. One family opened their house to us and offered us soft drinks and tea. They had a table set up with all sorts of Nubian crafts, jewlery, etc. There was a woman who gave henna tatoos. The most ridiculous thing about it was the fact that Nubians have a custom of keeping baby crocodiles as pets. They only keep them for a few months and set them free before they become dangerous.
All in all it was a great experience. The Nubian people were so nice and hospitable towards us. It is an experience that I will never forget.