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Birqash Camel Market (Souq al-Gamaal)

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Birqash Camel Market (Souq al-Gamaal)

29 Reviews
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Check off three of Cairo’s most important ancient Egyptian sites in a day with a qualified Egyptologist guide. Start at Giza, home to the three Great Pyramids, the Valley Temple, and the majestic Sphinx. After a restaurant lunch, travel to Saqqara, an ancient cemetery known for Egypt’s first true pyramid. Finish with a visit to Memphis, city of the pharaohs who built these ancient tombs.
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DOUG and NIKI wrote a review Feb 2020
Long Island, New York271 contributions127 helpful votes
We had no idea what to expect, we thought The State Fair just unorganized. Instead we found anarchy, camels running wild almost running us over more than once. Crazy insanity, not fun. Check out our video on YouTube. Search for DOUGandNIKI on YouTube to find it.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Catherine wrote a review Apr 2019
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This was one of the highlights during my visit to Cairo. When I read about it, I knew I had to go. It all seemed so chaotic. The camels are mainly sold for their meat so keep this in mind if you are a vegetarian. Had a driver with a guide to get there. The drive through the countryside to get there was also worth it. Ladies..take a scarf to wear, dust being kicked up everywhere.
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Date of experience: March 2019
BegoniaPR wrote a review Feb 2019
Germany183 contributions55 helpful votes
First of all How to get there: take an uber and tell the Uber driver to ask somebody because the GPS and Google Maps they both do NOT work, there are new roads to get there so it is better if the Uber driver asks before getting there (price: around 100 EGP). Go on Friday morning very early (depart from Cairo at 6 - 6.30 the latest and take into consideration that your Uber driver will get lost ;-), and force him to ask people for directions). You will know that you are getting closer if you see camels or pickups going in that direction. Once you are there you need to pay an entry ticket (100 EGP), there is a mosque at the other side of the small road in which the market is located. Open your eyes and be alert for jumping running (trying to escape) camels. About in the middle of the market on the left side, there is a safe place on the shadows and a bit elevated where you can stand and see how camels are being bought. It is impressive, they do treat camels in a rude way, but this is cultural and, if you eat meat and you criticize Egyptians for treating camels like this, then maybe first you should look inside yourself and reflect on it. If you need to go to the toilet use the toilets on the ground floor of the mosque (be aware that it is mixed, both for men and women) and that they are dirty, very dirty (of course, no toilet paper). It is worth it to go inside the mosque (upper floor) and take a look ;-).
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Date of experience: January 2019
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CFEIII wrote a review May 2018
Austin, Texas4,546 contributions592 helpful votes
After seeing the poor shape of camels in the tourism sector, I wanted to see some decent camel flesh. I went on a Sunday as I heard Fridays and Sundays were the busiest. Lots of camels! I can't believe that they haul them in small trucks! Interesting, but a lot of the camels may be mistreated.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Doug M wrote a review Mar 2018
Wasaga Beach, Canada619 contributions179 helpful votes
Want to do a once in a life time adventure while in Dubai take in the Camel Market 2 hours out side of Dubai. This is a memory making event that you will never forget. You will see more Camels than would ever believe all sizes All ages all there for sale
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Date of experience: March 2018
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