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Valley of the Whales (Wadi Al-Hitan)

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Address: Western Desert, Egypt

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Amazing walk into the past in a vast area with a surreal scenario. The best preserved open area museum I've visited with well cured and 'non-agressive' indications where you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Azzate, Italy
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Azzate, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Amazing walk into the past in a vast area with a surreal scenario. The best preserved open area museum I've visited with well cured and 'non-agressive' indications where you really get the impression of being the first discovering these amazing fossils. It deservs the trip of 3-4 hours from Cairo. Ideal photograph set.

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Ryde, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Just fascinating. There's not much more to say other than that - you have to go there and see it for yourself.

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Hyattsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

As much you would like to go see the whale fossils, the entire place has such a beautiful landscape that you can easily go there for a walk around the valley. Really great experience. Take your time to enjoy the beauty and the fresh air of the valley. There are rest points after every few meters to sit and enjoy... More 

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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 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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Bucharest, Romania
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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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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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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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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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