Wadi Al Hitan Tour

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Pick up 06:00 AM
Duration 13 Hours
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Moving from Cairo heading to Tunis Village
Arrive at Sobek lodge to have breakfast
Tour around Tunis Village, Pottery workshops , Optional activities
Tour to Wadi el-Hitan and Climate museum
Head to Wadi El Rayan waterfalls taking photos
Head to Jabal El Medawara
Head to Ras El Helal camp for lunch
Head back to Cairo

Full Description

Day trip to Fayoum oasis with jeep safari into the desert to Wadi al-Ryan waterfalls, Wadi el-Hitan skeletons of ancient whales and a visit to a pottery paradise - Tunis village.

Wadi Al Hitan location

Wadi Al Hitan "Valley of the Whales" is a paleontological site located 150 km far from Cairo, the distance from Cairo to Wadi Al Hitan takes around 150 km, it takes 90 minutes by bus to reach the location. The valley covers an area of 400 km²

The importance of Wadi Al Hitan

The importance of Whales valley Protectorate is that provide dramatic evidence of one of the iconic stories of evolution due to finding complete skeletons of whales in the desert, dating back to 40 million years ago, which confirms that the region at this date was part of an ocean that contained many aquatic life. The place is famous for the first fossil whale skeletons discovered there in 1902.

The Whales Valley was chosen by UNESCO as the best World Heritage area for whale skeletons in 2005 and accordingly it was designated a World Heritage Area. It contains fossilized structures of whales and many marine creatures of that time, this area of the ocean was known as the Tethi Sea.

There are many rare whale fossils there, about 400 varieties, as well as the skeletons of many other animals and fishes, such as sharks, bony fish, mermaids, dolphins, sea snakes, sea cows, sea urchins, turtles, crabs, rays, mangroves and the dinosaur of "Basilo Source" species, which reaches a length of about 22 m.

Now a modern display together with a Climate change museum is constructed at the spot. You have to allow at least 2 hours for the full 3 kilometers walk in Wadi Al-Hitan, in case you want to explore the exposition at its best. Alternatively take a shorter loop if you are out of energy for the complete tour.

What is Tunis village Fayoum?

On the way to Wadi el-Rayan we will pass a small village called Tunis. Let's have a short break there to see what is the village famous for, that attracts foreigners and local visitors alike. Located on a hill facing a large salt water lake, the village overlooks a stunning view of the edge of the desert on the other side of the lake. It is one of the most beautiful places in Egypt.

What to do in Tunis village?

Thanks to a Swiss lady who started her Pottery studio back in 80th in Tunis village, the ordinary village turned into a reputable center of a modern pottery and an open air museum of both eco and traditional rural buildings. This small village is mostly inhabited by artists and writers. Small art galleries and pottery workshops, with the loveliest array of serving plates, dishes, cups and mirrors with each piece finely drawn and crafted by hand are everywhere around the village.

Where is Wadi el Rayan?

Wadi el-Rayan is a large depression in the desert west of Fayoum. Nowadays water flows into this originally dry basin, 43 meters below sea level, to form two large lakes. The northern lake lies higher than the southern, so the reed-clad channel linking the two lakes ends in a row of falls a couple of meters high. These are the famous shalalat (waterfalls) of Egypt, perhaps the only one.

  • Pick up and drop off from your Cairo hotel
  • Private tour by 4x4 jeep
  • Visit to Wadi el-Hitan protected area
  • Climate change museum tour
  • Stop at Tunis village
  • Wadi el-Rayan photo tour
  • Entrance fees to the protectorate
  • English speaking guide
  • Lunch and breakfast at locals
  • Extra activities at Tunis village
  • Any extras not mentioned in the program
  • Tipping

What to take with you
  • Bottle of water
  • Comfy shoes and suitable outfit
  • Documents
  • Extra cash for tipping

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Wadi el Hitan experience
5 / 5
Lorane , 19 Apr 2023
I recently had the pleasure of going on a Wadi el Hitan tour, and it was truly an incredible experience. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the area, and provided us with a wealth of information about the geological history and significance of the site. The tour was extremely well-organized, and we were able to explore the site at a comfortable pace, with plenty of time to take in the incredible scenery and learn about the history of the area. We saw numerous well-preserved fossils of ancient whales, including skeletons and other remains that provided fascinating insights into the evolution of these majestic creatures. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in paleontology, geology, or natural history. The Wadi el Hitan tour offers a unique and immersive experience that is both educational and awe-inspiring, and is sure to be a highlight of any trip to Egypt.

Published: 09 May 2024 Last update: 09 May 2024