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Valley of the Whales (Wadi Al-Hitan)

Western Desert, Egypt
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Ranked #250 of 541 Attractions in Egypt
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

If you want to make one day trip from Cairo to desert and want to see not only desert but petrified whale skeletons, go to Wadi al-Hitan (named as well Wadi Zeuglodon), which is located around 150 km south west from Cairo. It brings you back to the time when archaic ocean was there full of coral reefs, mangragoras, whales... More

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Charlottetown, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

spent a weekend camping in the Whale Bone desert, 4 wheeling, hanging around a campfire, eating bbq, and exploring the UNESCO site. Fantastic weekend and one every visitor to Egypt should try to organize.

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Bucarest
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

First, the image of another planet seems to appear in front of you. Because your guide is smiling, you definitely agree to be on your homeland universe. After a while, you see on the sand the bones of one enormous aquatic entity, who died tens of millions years ago … the feeling as you walk on a planet-museum becomes strange.... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

We went to Wadi il Hitan in January. My impression was... it was sooo hot! I understand the site is registered as a world Heritage. So it must have been something attractive. But the desert heat there was too distracting to enjoy the site. However, the tourist facilities are rather simple and matches the place, not destroying the atmosphere. Also... More

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

around 2 + hours drive from 6th October City, great place to hike lightly, fossils of pre-historic whales are scattered in the area , hence the name, Would be best to use a four wheel drive SUV for comfort and road safety. Our driver took our four wheel drive off road in the dessert a few kilometers neat the site... More

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Cairo, Egypt
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6 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Hello. I had the chance to visit this historic site not long ago. According to the history, this part of Eygpt was once under water and was home to ancient whales and other animals. It is the largest and most concentrated area of these fossils in the world. So i went to Wadi Al-Hitan with some excitement, but what I... More

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seattle
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

A "2 hour" trip from Cairo is not true. It took us almost 6 hours with the complicated logistics, traffic, and guards required. Once we got there, nightmare sandstorm, the truck got stuck in the sand, the road washed out and we had to take a detour back to the city. Ended up being a nightmare of a day, mostly... More

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Grafton Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

My husband and I went to Valley of the Whales as part of a tour, don't know if you can get out there any other way. Entry is 14LE each paid by the tour company you travel with. This fee also includes entry to Wadi al Rayan ( a picnic area, near man-made lakes and a waterfall in between) you... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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8 reviews 8 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

Less than 3 hours away from downtown Cairo, you'll find the most spectacular desert scenary in Wadi al-Hitan. There are 400 whale and sea cow skeletons from 40 million years ago, not to mention the dramatic landscape formed by water and wind that you can observe in perfect silence. Highly recommended!

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2011

It is a well organised site, luckily situated and desinged in a simple fashion with a ton of good taste. It is an easy walk through the history of the whales, an important part of it anyway. Do not expect anything spactacular from the skeletons, unless you are really interested in biology. I will definetely return here for the site... More

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