Lonely Planet Travel Atlas
was only able to get an older version of this atlas (which is unfortunately out of print),
but the detailed topographic maps are still useful.
They are meant to be used as a road atlas, although
the few roads in Egypt hardly seem worth a whole
book of maps! The topographic information is useful
for those who are looking to climb some of the mountains
in the Sinai, and they accurately represent the truly
changeable face of the land.
I truly believed that Egypt, as a mostly desert country,
was billiard-table flat. Expanses of sand interrupted
only by the shallow meanderings of the Nile. Boy, was
I wrong. While the expanse of the Great Western Desert
is a flat pool of sand, the land around the Nile is
mountainous, with sheer cliffs and deep gorges.
We were able to track most of our travels in this
atlas, but it annoyingly has the delta region in the
"fold" of the book, making it almost unusable when actually near Cairo.
The coverage of the desert and its few great oasis
are nice, though -- they are a part of Egypt often
"skipped over" in other maps and overwritten
with inset squares of a city. In the atlas, though,
they are accorded their own pages with all the minute
There are better, smaller maps around, but this is
one of the most complete. However, since we were not
going into the desert, it was less important to know
what was there (even if interesting to consider) and
a smaller, more "tourist" oriented map suited
us just fine.
I was unable to find this map at any bookstore, and only snagged
a copy via eBay while searching for general travel
maps are seriously out of date, and I would not recommend
using it as a road map without some other references.