Saturday, March 7, 2009

Funkengroovin - Mokkatam

Last Friday, we went up to Mokkatam. VB does volunteer work for an agency located in the area. As we were driving up, it rained. That was somewhat unbelievable, since it was the second rain in a week, and it almost never rains in Egypt. As VB was leaving the agency, someone recommended she drive to the Mokkatam Corniche, as he thought the view this day would be a good one. As you can see, there are a lot of new buildings in this area of town.

(Below): Coming up from behind, a Vanagon.

(Below): Taking over.

(Below): Passing us up.

(Below): Looks like a VW T5. It's not in VB's Volkswagens Of The World, by Simon Glen (he pretty much ends at the T4.) We were just passing by, and didn't get to stop for a look-see, so this is our best guess. From Wiki: "The T5 is the fifth generation of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles medium sized commercial Transporter and people mover Caravelle/Multivan ranges which is sold on every continent except Antarctica.
T5 series was launched in 2003 and replaced the fourth generation T4 Transporter series." Narrowing it down to a Caravelle or any other specific model, at this point is impossible. The T5 below is just a stripped down version.

(Below): At the shopping area of Mokkatam.

(Below): The advice was spot on. The view was amazing. On this day you can even see the Nile and the Pyramids. The Mokkatam Corniche is splattered with small sheesha joints, which apparently do a good business in the evenings. You may need to enlarge the photo to see the Giza Pyramids.

(Below): Just to the left (south) from the Giza Pyramids are the Saqqara Pyramids. Unfortunately, VB couldn't fit them all into one photo. You will definitely have to enlarge this one to see them.

(Below): Others along the edge, smoking sheesha and enjoying the unusually clear view. Just beyond the hill, you can make out part of The Citadel.

(Below): As we were on our way back, parked on a side street, we spotted a Bus in decent condition.

(Below): And again, as we pass it by, VB just misses a red Beetle.


  1. i've a German VW 70's with 1200CC engine and living in Mokattam :)

    nice shots