I’m not sure how much things have changed but when we were there the grand taxi system meant that if you were
a)willing to bargain hard
b)willing to pay for the extra seats
you could leave pretty much when you wanted and even stop to take pictures if you can get the driver to understand what you want. We had some hilarious experiences in those taxis but every time we found the
drivers careful and honest – they bargain (or the guy who speaks French does) like it’s a fight to the death and then you get in the car, drive through the desert for hours sometimes, get out in a parking lot full of their friends (grand taxi stand), hand them the amount and they just say “thanks”. Don’t know if you’ve been to Egypt, but it’s NOTHING like that.
One time the guy took off through these little side streets and we were thinking, um, what the heck is this? Anyhow, we drive for a couple of minutes, he finally stops, gets out of the car, and motions for us to stay in the car. He comes back about 5 minutes later – with a sandwich, and OFFERS US SOME!!! Best we could figure out his wife made him something for the drive!