If you will visit Siwa you will
see that there the most often met transportation form is the
donkey cart; this rudimentary transportation form is preferred
by the Siwan people instead of the modern transportation.
Walking on the Siwa’s streets you will have the possibility of
meeting many donkey-carts, how common are they for these places;
the most of them functioning as local cabs, being parked
outsides the hotels or close to the tourist attractions. Even
from the arrival to Siwa the visitors are being welcomed by
young boys with their donkey carts. It is a sure thing that
there is no tourist experience in Siwa without the donkey cart!
Don` t worry if the most of the donkey carts drivers are
children; they are doing this for years so they do have
experience and do their job with lots of skills. As regarding
the donkeys these animals are well cared by the Siwa’s people.
The carts have two or four wheels made from wood and can
transport people as well as baggage. The drivers pass by and
announce with load voice the name of the town: “Siiiiiiwaaahhh.”
The image of a boy in a cart with a lopsided wheel and with a
donkey that brays from time to time caring someone on a sandy
way to the dilapidated Shali town is very usual in Siwa. You can
negotiate the price of a trip with the donkey cart but you have
to agree about it before starting the trip. The prices vary from
a short trip to a longer one. A trip of a few people with
baggage from the bus station to the center of the town is
cheaper than a trip in the afternoon to the Cleopatra’s Well.