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Whale Valley

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Whale skeleton

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

Understand[edit source]

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[edit source]

Landscape[edit source]

Flora and fauna[edit source]

Climate[edit source]

Get in[edit source]

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[edit source]

Get around[edit source]

See[edit source]

Do[edit source]

  • 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[edit source]

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[edit source]

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[edit source]

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

Sleep[edit source]

Lodging[edit source]

Camping[edit source]

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

Backcountry[edit source]

Stay safe[edit source]

Take care to avoid scorpions.

Go next[edit source]

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