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“For the diehard Egyptophile”

Reviewed May 28, 2014

Located about 45 minutes South of Luxor on the road to Esna in the village of El Moalla lies the little visited tombs of Ankhtifi and Sobekhotep. There are no signposts, so some driving around the village may be part of the experience. Don't expect the local guides to know much about them as they fall into the period of time that they learn little about during their studies, so, do your research on line before travelling. Unfortunately, due to the presence of a representative of the Ministry of Tourism only the Tomb of Ankhtifi was open to view and photography of any kind was not allowed in or around the tombs, so no photos from me to share. Others have been more fortunate and have shared their photos on Trip Advisor. However, considering that the tomb is over 4000 year's old there remains evidence of some remarkable carvings and paintings of hunting scenes. The story behind the tombs owner is of great interest as is the research behind what was going on at that time in the country.

The trip was relativley easy to arrange with the help of a local guide with entry tickets having to be bought on the day at Luxor Temple before travelling. There are no facilities on site or evidence of local coffee shops, so go prepared. The tombs are located at the base of a hill with a short but easy walk over sloping ground involved to reach the entrance. Underfoot in the tomb is uneven. On the day of my visit I was the only visitor and suspect that it may have remained that way all day.

Would I visit again? No, is the simple answer as once seen no reason to revisit

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Reviewed March 6, 2014

I have wanted to visit this site for quite some time, but it's the first time I have been able to go. The tomb of Ankhtifi may be overlooked by many visitors to Egypt, but l would recommend a visit. The tombs are of historical importance and their location is quite unique. I spent about an hour looking at the details of the painted wall scenes and admiring the fine details. The colours are still vivid in places and the quality of the raised reliefs are outstanding.
The tickets are available from Luxor Temple and cost 20EGP each

3  Thank Chachapuma
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

On 31 December 2012 in the morning, we were the only visitors… In one hand very good so: peaceful, magic, and quiet. Meeting Ankhtifi and Sobekhotep almost personally, talking to us. In the other hand very sad for the locals, that still so very few tourist visit Egypt!

These tombs are for sure not the most important tombs in Egypt, but worth a visit for all those who have the time, energy, patience, eye and mood for fine details.
These tombs are very special, because they are located in the East Bank – normally tombs are in the West Bank. I suggest this place (as well) for more advanced travelers. Don’t go there tired and filled up up with the “big musts” of Karnak, Luxor or Hatsepsut temple and the Valley of the Kings and Queens. These tombs are from the Ist Intermediate period, much less known, much less studied, much less information to find about it. These are the evidences showing that there was life between the “golden periods” as well and this place shows the continuity! Gives an insight to a period, when Egypt was not that rich, not as wealthy and not as glorious as before and after.

We went with guide, organized by our host, Ashraf, the owner of Desert Paradise Lodge in Luxor West Bank (see there). Since we were the only ones, we had enough time to look all around inside the tomb, showed all the most delicate details. We spent there about 40 minutes.
We combined El Moalla tombs with Khnum temple in Esna.

Entrance ticket in December 2012 was 15.- LE, but NOTE: tickets must be bought at the Luxor temple, no tickets at location!

5  Thank zsy
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Reviewed December 17, 2011

It was very worth the journey to find this place. The tombs with drawings and colour are great. Its a good site and plenty to see. Its off the beaten track as you might say but its good to see something diferent.

4  Thank Berniemyk
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Reviewed February 4, 2010

Some say it's in the village of El -Moalla or El Masah-Id(?? – not sure of spelling)

These tombs are not visited much. It can be done, the only drawback is finding people to take you!
You must buy the tickets from the Luxor Temple before you go.

I would say that you need to be interested in the First Intermediate Period and do not expect a guide to know anything about it!

See my photos at http://community.webshots.com/user/elaref

Directions - Go South out of Luxor on the road to Esna. It is about half an hour out of Luxor.

See my first picture at the above link and that is what you are looking for on your left as you approach a junction.

To reach the village you have to cross a bridge, then a railway line. When crossing if you look to the right you will see what I call a unmanned railway station (if you don’t – you’re at the wrong junction) Take a left an keep on the road. Further on, if you look to the right you will see a new building. I was informed that it was a museum. Keep going and you will see site. The guards ‘have the keys’ to the Tombs they will take you up the hill. It is a bit of a climb

12  Thank eLaReF
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