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Wadi al-hitan

Wadi al-hitan (Egypt)

Practical information on Wadi al-hitan

  • Viewpoint
  • Desert
  • Archaeological Site
  • Unesco World Heritage
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
60km from the Faiyum Oasis in a 4x4
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Wadi al-hitan

Latéfa Faïz Seasoned Traveller
114 written opinions

Whale Valley, "Wadi Al-Hitan" in Arabic, is an arid area located in the Egyptian Western Desert.

My suggestion:
Much less known than the Egyptian pyramid history, it's a site which will interest those who love unusual experiences.
My review

Whale Valley (Wadi Al-Hitan),, an open-air paleontological museum, was impressive. Imagine a desert area where huge fossilised cetacean skeletons have been in place for 40 million years!

According to experts, these skeletons will be archaeocetes - ancestors of modern-day whales. Whale Valley is a unique site you can explore on a trip to Egypt, and which has enabled scientists to better understand the evolution of land and sea mammals, as well as the ecological conditions at the time.

In order to discover archaeocetes remains, it couldn't be simpler. Follow the clearly marked hiking trails in Whale Valley. The importance of this site explains why it's UNESCO status and part of an area protected by the Egyptian authorities, Wadi Al-Rayan.

Whale Valley (Wadi Al-Hitan)
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