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Camel rides at the Pyramids

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Camel rides at the Pyramids

We will be in Giza/Cairo for a shore excursion at the end of October and I am looking to enjoy a camel ride (bucket list thing). Does anyone have a recent experiences to share on do's and don'ts?

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1. Re: Camel rides at the Pyramids

The stable operators, drivers and camel touts are some of the biggest hucksters operating at the pyramids. (This is no small accomplishment.) So bargain carefully, don’t pay in advance and make it clear that you are not there to be fleeced. If you don’t want the hassle, book a ride through a reputable tour firm, hotel or guide. You will pay a bit extra but you will enjoy what you get and get what you pay for.

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2. Re: Camel rides at the Pyramids

Thank you for your advice.

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“...and its cheap also.”

For curiosity, I checked the website and the ‘starting prices’ for many of the tours offered are significantly higher than the local rate.

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6. Re: Camel rides at the Pyramids

“...from 40 to 80 pounds including tips...”

Make very sure it’s understood that it is Egyptian Pounds being negotiated (not British) and that the money is for the ride out and the ride back. One of the tricks these guys pull on the unsuspecting is to ride out into the desert and then try to charge more for the trip back. Also; 80 Egyptian Pounds for a half hour’s camel ride sounds well over the odds.

Take care if you let the owner/driver take photos for you. Another trick pulled on the unsuspecting is to push for a further ‘tip’ before handing the camera back.

Edited: 10:03 am, September 12, 2012
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7. Re: Camel rides at the Pyramids

We were at the Pyramids area at the beginning of the month. It is a good experience. Do's: used a tour agency and avoid the hassle. We used Memphis Tours to arrange the tour to the pyramids and the camel ride. The ride is about 15 minutes and we felt save and didn't have any issues with giving the camera to the camel guide. At the end, we gladly gave a 20 EGP tip to the camel guide.

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8. Re: Camel rides at the Pyramids

KandATravelers

The Giza experience is not the same for all. I have no doubt that your camel ride went without incident (although 15 minutes seems rather short) but the stable owners and drivers—with an eye to future business—tend not to over-hassle people who arrive under the umbrella of a recognised tour company.

Giza is overrun with small-time hucksters with camel drivers/touts and local ‘guides’ in the forefront. My remarks were largely directed to the many visitors who still like to arrive on their own and therefore deserve forewarning of the hustle and bustle you paid to avoid.

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9. Re: Camel rides at the Pyramids

I was able to hire a camel for an hour for 60LE, plus a tip. After viewing the Sphinx walk towards the west (left if you are facing the Sphinx). Just say you want a camel and you will have plenty of folks offering you a ride. Ask them how much for an hour and you should be able to get one for 60 LE.

Don't pay in advance either, pay them after the ride is over. If they are really insistent, just walk away and find someone else. There are plenty of camel drivers in the area, especially next to the pyramids. There were at least 20 camels tied to a railing next to Khufu's pyramid.

BBecket is right, make sure you are paying in Egyptian pounds and not British pounds and that you are paying for a ride out and back, not just one way.

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10. Re: Camel rides at the Pyramids

Take your ride from the vista point at the pyramids rather than at the pyramid. Better, longer, cheaper ride. Paid 60LE for 30 min ride.