Whale Valley

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Whale Valley (Wadi al-Hitan) is in Fayum Protectorate in Egypt.

Understand

The Valley contains an incredible amount of fossils, particularly those of whales (hence the name), and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

History

Landscape

Flora and fauna

Climate

Get in

You can't get there except by a private car or a helicopter. You will cross a desert track which requires a rugged vehicle.

Fees/Permits

Get around

See

Do

  • Tour the track to see the skeletons of the animals. There are about 30 sites on both sides of the track, mostly of early whale species. Each one contain an animal skeleton either all of it or part of it.
  • There are some hills you can climb to see all the valley.

Buy

There is a gallery in which you can buy some things made by the Badu or other things made by normal vendors. There are clothes, books, maps, artistatic things, and hats.

Eat

It is best to bring everything you want to eat with you. There is a cafe but it's very small and lacks a lot of things.

Drink

Bring drinks with you. You have to drink a lot of water during the summer season.

Sleep

Lodging

Camping

You can camp there in the tent they provide, or in your own.

Backcountry

Stay safe

Take care to avoid scorpions.

Get out


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