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Doing Africa: Beware of this conman
« on: August 27, 2011, 09:25:06 am »
If you plan to do Africa and you end up in Wadi Halfa, you will probably come across this jerk:

He calls himself Mazaar, Ali or Mohammed. He has three names because he has ripped people off and by changing his name other folk think he is some-one else. Hence the photo. If you do see him, avoid him. He will spin you stories about how the barge is full, but for $100, the captain will move some cargo and make a plan. We paid as we did not want to sit for four more days. When the barge did arrive in Aswan there was plenty of space on the barge and the captain knew nothing about this special deal Mazaar had brokered. The captain was so pissed off, he literally pissed off - out the harbour! Left us to unload the bikes plus four 4x4's. No ramps available and we were left to our own devices. Took four hours in the blazing sun. 48 degrees! I cursed this bastard Mazaar. I felt like going back to Aswan to give him a solid snot klap.

Here are the details of Mohammed Idries, manager of Nile River Navigation in Aswan. Rather deal with him. His number is 0106845201.


Other good folk I dealt with were Hanan the owner of the Philae Hotel in Aswan. She will help you with anything and will warn you if you are going to be ripped off. She was very handy in dealing with Kamel, Mazaar's partner on the Egyptian side.

In Cairo, get hold of Khaled Abd Rabow, taxi driver who is an interpreter . Will also give you solid advice about how to avoid the con artists. We used him extensively in Cairo. His mobile number is 0127448749.

While I am on the subject, here are some other folk you may need to use. Waguih Guindy organised our bikes to be shipped back. His number is +2026205135.

In Gondor in Ethiopia we met Effrem Bayuh, first class chap and manager of the Lodge Fasil. Very helpful and honest chap. His number is +251911017991.
« Last Edit: August 27, 2011, 11:27:03 am by charlw »
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Re: Doing Africa: Beware of this conman
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2011, 09:25:48 am »
And what did he do?
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Re: Doing Africa: Beware of this conman
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2011, 09:50:41 am »
 ???     :patch:
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Re: Doing Africa: Beware of this conman
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2011, 10:04:29 am »
And what did he do?

I was trying to put his photo further up the page.

Sorry for the hijack...

Use photobucket when you want to load pictures up (or a similar program). You can then choose where you want to place your picture.

Like so:



When you attach a picture straight from your drive to the forum it will always be at the bottom like so:




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Re: Doing Africa: Beware of this conman
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2011, 11:15:05 am »
If you plan to do Africa and you end up in Wadi Halfa, you will probably come across this jerk:

He calls himself Mazaar, Ali or Mohammed. He has three names because he has ripped people off and by changing his name other folk think he is some-one else. Hence the photo. If you do see him avoid him. He will spin you stories about how the barge is full, but for $100, the captain will move some cargo and make a plan. We paid as we did not want to sit for four more days. When the barge did arrive in Aswan there was plenty of space on the barge and the captain knew nothing about this special deal Mazaar had brokered. The captain was so pissed off, he literally pissed off - out the harbour! Left us to unload the bikes plus four 4x4's. No ramps available and we were left to our own devices. Took four hours in the blazing sun. 48 degrees! I cursed this bastard Mazaar. I felt like going back to Aswan to give him a solid snot klap.

Here are the details of Mohammed Idries, manager of Nile River Navigation in Aswan. Rather deal with him. His number is 0106845201.


Other good folk I dealt with were Hanan the owner of the Philae Hotel in Aswan. She will help you with anything and will warn you if you are going to be ripped off. She was very handy in dealing with Kamel, Mazaar's partner on the Egyptian side.

In Cairo, get hold of Khaled Abd Rabow, taxi driver who is an interpreter . Will also give you solid advice about how to avoid the con artists. We used him extensively in Cairo. His mobile number is 0127448749.

While I am on the subject, here are some other folk you may need to use. Waguih Guindy organised our bikes to be shipped back. His number is +2026205135.

In Gondor in Ethiopia we met Effrem Bayuh, first class chap and manager of the Lodge Fasil. Very helpful and honest chap. His number is +251911017991.

That is strange...
He was very fair and friendly to us when we arrived in Wadi Halfa. We expected to get ripped of big time and were actually a bit "disappointed" when he didn't even try...
There was another guy everybody warned us about - but he was on holidays  ;D
But all that is a few years ago and maybe Mazaar learned the tricks of the trade...
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Re: Doing Africa: Beware of this conman
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2011, 11:25:52 am »
If you plan to do Africa and you end up in Wadi Halfa, you will probably come across this jerk:

He calls himself Mazaar, Ali or Mohammed. He has three names because he has ripped people off and by changing his name other folk think he is some-one else. Hence the photo. If you do see him avoid him. He will spin you stories about how the barge is full, but for $100, the captain will move some cargo and make a plan. We paid as we did not want to sit for four more days. When the barge did arrive in Aswan there was plenty of space on the barge and the captain knew nothing about this special deal Mazaar had brokered. The captain was so pissed off, he literally pissed off - out the harbour! Left us to unload the bikes plus four 4x4's. No ramps available and we were left to our own devices. Took four hours in the blazing sun. 48 degrees! I cursed this bastard Mazaar. I felt like going back to Aswan to give him a solid snot klap.

Here are the details of Mohammed Idries, manager of Nile River Navigation in Aswan. Rather deal with him. His number is 0106845201.


Other good folk I dealt with were Hanan the owner of the Philae Hotel in Aswan. She will help you with anything and will warn you if you are going to be ripped off. She was very handy in dealing with Kamel, Mazaar's partner on the Egyptian side.

In Cairo, get hold of Khaled Abd Rabow, taxi driver who is an interpreter . Will also give you solid advice about how to avoid the con artists. We used him extensively in Cairo. His mobile number is 0127448749.

While I am on the subject, here are some other folk you may need to use. Waguih Guindy organised our bikes to be shipped back. His number is +2026205135.

In Gondor in Ethiopia we met Effrem Bayuh, first class chap and manager of the Lodge Fasil. Very helpful and honest chap. His number is +251911017991.

That is strange...
He was very fair and friendly to us when we arrived in Wadi Halfa. We expected to get ripped of big time and were actually a bit "disappointed" when he didn't even try...
There was another guy everybody warned us about - but he was on holidays  ;D
But all that is a few years ago and maybe Mazaar learned the tricks of the trade...

He comes across as honest and trusting, but I also heard from other travellers that he took their keys with a promise to load their vehicle onto the barge a few days later and ended up driving all over Wadi Halfa in their vehicle when they had departed on the ferry. Gave all his mates lifts - maybe he was charging them and using the vehicle as a taxi. Bastard!
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Re: Doing Africa: Beware of this conman
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2011, 03:16:00 pm »
WOW, nice 1200  :drif:
 

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Re: Doing Africa: Beware of this conman
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2011, 08:56:17 pm »
When travelling so far away from home you have to weigh up the good with the bad, we got ripped off a lot in the beginning but we soon wized up to how things work.. if you are travelling through these countries and someone comes up to you and askes for $100 so the captain can shuffle some boxes around to make space for you, and you actually give him the bucks.. well sorry dude, you are the sucker. Anyone travelling through Africa knows you hand over the bucks once the bikes are on the ferry.. klaar.  :bueller:
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Re: Doing Africa: Beware of this conman
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2011, 06:01:42 pm »
When travelling so far away from home you have to weigh up the good with the bad, we got ripped off a lot in the beginning but we soon wized up to how things work.. if you are travelling through these countries and someone comes up to you and askes for $100 so the captain can shuffle some boxes around to make space for you, and you actually give him the bucks.. well sorry dude, you are the sucker. Anyone travelling through Africa knows you hand over the bucks once the bikes are on the ferry.. klaar.  :bueller:

The passenger ferry leaves a few days before the barge that takes the bikes! Mazaar knew he had us by the short and curlies. He was the fixer and not some arbitrary who just walked up. Mazaar has been recommended on this forum by other travelers. Happy to say it was the only time we were ripped off.

What gives with the condescending tone to your post, Fuzzy?
« Last Edit: September 11, 2011, 06:09:54 pm by charlw »
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