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“Fascinating and superb.”

Grafton Australia
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“Fascinating and superb.”
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 can have a row boat ride for a small fee. Valley of the Whales is simply superb, beautiful landforms, in a clean pristine environment, the fossilized whales and other marine animals are left insitu on the sand where they were found. UNESCO has done an awesome job making this place both visitor safe and friendly. They have created a 3km circuit walkway which you take to see 13 exhibits of fossil remains. This is a site not to be missed, allow one day for this amazing place. Be aware this is 60kms from the Fayoum into the desert so its not within walking distance. Toilets and cafe/shop are onsite near the visitor centre. We camped overnight as part of our tour. You'll love it.

Visited December 2011
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Brussels, Belgium
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“What a scenary!”
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!

Visited November 2011
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Unearthly landscape and incredible silence”
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 itself, and for the location. As I understand, there is a camp site besides the valley, and I would enjoy spending a night or two in that unimaginable silence.

Visited March 2011
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London
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“For me it was all about landscape”
Reviewed November 14, 2010

...The next on our list was The Valley of the Whales (Vadi Hittan). We had a short stop in Bawiti to change our jeep and say goodbye to lovely Mustafa. If you want, during that break you can have a rest and a shower in the hotel which is already included in the itinerary. Once our jeep was ready we headed off to our next safari. When we turned off the road Hani casually mentioned that they used that route simply as a shortcut and Saudi Arabian Royalty liked camping in the area, now I know why. After an hour or so we stopped for another beauty spot. They do have very good taste, those royalties, you know. The view was truly magnificent, my breath was taken away yet again and yet again it was desert, but totally different to what we’d seen already. There was absolutely nobody around, our jeep was simply a tiny speck speeding alone in the vast spaces on the bottom of an ancient sea. I really did not have to stretch my imagination to see what was happening there millions of years ago. Gradually the colours were changing from greyish sand to sandstone layered with pink. The most incredible formations rose in front of me. Not only the shapes were amazing, but to knock me out completely they were actually carved with ornaments created NOT by a human being. Here, I must add, that actually there was one graffiti left on one of those formations and, yes, that was by a human, I am ashamed to admit it. It was a hot afternoon, walking in the sand was not easy, but it was so well worth it. The entry to the park costs 3$ per person, it is a UNESCO heritage site now. I really did not care much about the fossiled whales’ displays, the landscape on its’ own did it for me.
Speechless, we got into our jeep and drove off to the lakes and waterfalls in El Fayum Oasis...
It was an abstract from my trip report which I posted on TA Forum:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294201-i9404-k3998332-Smiling_Cairo_White_Desert_and_much_more_with_Egyptfuntours-Cairo.html

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Duisburg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“MUST go, if you have time!”
Reviewed August 1, 2010

The valley of the whales , have been discovered in 1936. It is an area of fossils; considered as an open museum, dates back to over 40 million years and contains petrified primitive whales skeletons, shark teeth , shells and roots of Mangroves preserved in soft rocks. This area is really amazing, it takes you around 3 hours from Cairo, but if you have time, it's really worse to go there, it's a very quiet place, where you even can camp, there is a small restaurant, where you can rent tents!

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