Get off the well-beaten track and explore the spectacular desert of Wadi al-Hitan. Although it was discovered over one hundred years ago this unique land has never attracted the same attention as other Egyptian sites, despite containing a host of truly unique treasures. Located southwest of Cairo in the Western Desert via an unpaved track across unmarked desert sands this UNESCO World Heritage Site has earned itself the nickname Valley of the Whales, as here youâ€™ll find the worldâ€™s greatest collection of skeletal fossils from the earliest forms of shark and whale. Millennia of wind and water erosion have resulted in an equally spectacular landscape of eroded sandstone cliffs and buttes.
Explore Wadi al-Hitan by 4x4 and keep an eye out for the mammals that call this desert home, such as the North African jackal, Egyptian mongoose, African wildcat and more. En route we stop off at Qaroun Lake, thought to be the largest natural lake in the world; at the picturesque Wadi el-Rayan, a protected site with lakes, waterfalls and springs, for a BBQ lunch; and for a photo at a sandstone formation known as Modawara Mountain.
Valley of the Whales is available on the following trips