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Valley of the Whales (Wadi Al-Hitan)

Western Desert, Egypt
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40 million years old whales, amazing archeological site

This place was submerged underwater, 40 million years old whales , so beautiful creatures... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mahmud E
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Absolutely, Completely, Pure Dope! This place is the BOMB!

What a place! In the middle of nowhere! Egypt has done an incredible job with this site. A... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2017
James A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was submerged underwater, 40 million years old whales , so beautiful creatures , reserved in the stones, this place is peace of heaven. 3 hours drive from cairo, 4×4 cars is highly recommended to reach the place, as it wasnot a pleasant trip...More

Thank Mahmud E
Reviewed 28 March 2017

What a place! In the middle of nowhere! Egypt has done an incredible job with this site. A spectacular museum is on the site which displays the archaeological finds--whale bones dating from about 40 million years ago. I loved the serenity of this place. The...More

Thank James A
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

A very interesting museum to visit. It provides with new exciting information about this area. The indoor museum is very simple and quick. You can also walk around the 7km open air museum to see the fossils on site

Thank NohaSIsmail
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

This is a prehistoric valley that have fossils dated to 55 millions years including animals, whales , crabs and trees. The valley it self is a magnificent limestone shaped cliffs and Rocks with superb scenery and in the entrance of the valley there is a...More

Thank Ibrahim E
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Wadi Al-Hitan, Whale Valley, in the Western Desert of Egypt, contains invaluable fossil remains of the earliest, and now extinct, suborder of whales, Archaeoceti. These fossils represent one of the major stories of evolution: the emergence of the whale as an ocean-going mammal from a...More

1  Thank BOsoris
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Whale skeletons in the Sahara desert? Yes. Fascinating story. This is a well-curated open air museum. With any luck, you can walk farther than the incredibly noisy Egyptian tourists and experience utter silence. The juxtaposition of huge marine fossils and the endless desert is affecting....More

Thank pat z
Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is a UNESCO world heritage site due to the thousands of whale fossils from the period where they were evolving from land based to sea based mammals. There is a museum that showcases selected fossils and provides an explanation. The night sky is amazing,...More

Thank Youssef E
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Super day trip with desert safari Left Cairo in the morning and were back for diner. Visited lake Baron The water falls Wadi Al Hitan with the whale fossils And ended with dune surfing. We traveled with Pan Arabic Tours and everything worked fine. We...More

1  Thank Bent Bjorlin H
Reviewed 8 December 2016

We added a visit to El Fayoum as a day trip for our last day in Egypt. The whole area is amazing, but Wadi al-Hitan was the highlight. The rock formations are amazing, the views are epic, and the new visitor's center is exceptional -...More

Thank JenT617
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Wadi al-Hitan is in Fayoum. The drive there itself is not that bad. But when you actually get there, you are blown away by the ruins and how well they are preserved and exhibited at the same time.

Thank Aanchal K
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Thereza L
13 December 2016|
Response from sanjay b | Reviewed this property |
We returned to Cairo. Did I mention that it rained the last time we were there! The desert bloomed with spiders and other insects!!