The AirBnb revolution has hit Africa. Though its offerings are still quite small compared to Europe or North America, the popular home-sharing site is rapidly gaining ground, allowing travellers to see a different side of Africa, save money, and make friends.
Instead of checking into an impersonal hotel in Lagos, Nigeria, try a private room in a houseowned by Jerry and Eva. Their thoughtful attention and local knowledge instantly makes this chaotic city feel less daunting.
If Cairo’s calling, get a room with a view in the Pyramids Loft owned by Thomas, Zizo and Ahmed. Their apartment sharing a communal rooftop lounge is just 50m from the entrance to the pyramids at Giza. “Loved my stay there! The hospitality, the advice and the laughs!” wrote one delighted guest.
So far Airbnb.com only has about 60 listings in Egypt, including Ayman’s offer of a spare bedroom in Cairo, with a scooter thrown in.
Great swathes of Africa are yet to be reached at all, but more houses, flats and bedrooms are going online every day.