I'm a UK birder who will be in Luxor for a week in February. Can anybody answer the following for me?
I'm staying in the Sheraton but would like to pay a visit to the Maritim Jolie because of it's reputation as the birders place to visit in Luxor. Apparently it is the place to see Nile Valley Sunbird and lots of other species. Can anybody tell me if it possible for casual visitors to pass through the security gate onto the island or are only residents allowed through. I would assume that visitors would be allowed to use the bars and restaurants anyway.
Is the building work likely to stop me walking around the island or just parts of it?
I have heard of a Luxor bird guide called Abdul, has anybody come across him, does he have an e-mail adddress?
I undertand that felucca rides can be good for birds. Does anybody know if I need to ask to be taken anwhere specific.
If there are any birders with Luxor experience I'd be interested in any other tips that you can give me.
Thanks in advance