Cairo is Egypt’s bustling capital city and home to the famous Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. Cairo sits on the River Nile and is popular with tourists from all over the world who come to explore an ancient past left behind in the desert.
I have always dreamed of visiting all of the 7 wonders of the world in my lifetime, and have been fortunate enough to visit most of them already. Recently I got rostered a work trip to Cairo quite last minute so straight away I knew I wanted to venture out on my quick layover and explore the Pyramids!
The Great Pyramids are located on the Giza Plateau on the outskirts of Cairo, there are 3 pyramids which are – the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, along with their pyramid complexes and the Great Sphinx of Giza.
This collection of pyramids are the largest in all of ancient Egypt, there are pyramids scattered all over the country but the pyramids of Giza are the most famous ones. The pyramids are roughly 4,500 years old and were built for the pharaohs who expected to become gods in the afterlife. The largest pyramid is thought to have taken 2 decades to complete, and thousands upon thousands of workers and tradesmen were involved in the creation of this wonder.
When visiting the Pyramids I would really recommend booking a tour guide as it can be busy and a bit of hassle with people trying to sell you services and products, and if your female I would recommend going with a guide as you can get some unwanted male attention. I booked Nevin from Deluxe Tours Egypt, and booked a half day tour. Nevin and her driver picked me up at 10am and we ventured off to the Pyramids. Along the way we made a quick stop where Nevin grabbed me some breakfast.
We arrived at the Pyramids and Nevin handled everything and arranged getting my ticket and guided me all around the Pyramids and helped me take plenty of photos. Entrance into the Pyramids site is only a few quid but I just paid Nevin at the end of the tour, I paid approximately £55 for a half day private tour.
I really enjoyed my tour with Nevin she was knowledgeable and also did not leave my side and ensured no one hassled me. The driver met us a few times and drove us to different spots which was great as I got to see the pyramids from all the different angles and in some quieter locations, as it was heaving around the main entrance it was nice to have some quiet spots to really appreciate the pyramids. I also went down in one of the pyramids which was really interesting, and amazing to know how deep down the tombs went.
The only downside to the pyramids is the amount of rubbish floating around the pyramids. I really wish they would clean the site up by providing bins and paying workers to give it a big clean up and anyone caught littering to be fined! This is a wonder of the world and it is a shame to see the amount of rubbish the site is covered in, its definitely the most messiest wonder of the world. I just feel they should be a bit better looked after than what they are.
Honestly though rubbish a side the pyramids are an absolute must when visiting Egypt, and I can’t wait to come back and explore more of this exciting and lively city, and maybe bring someone with me and spend some more time exploring the pyramids.
Food & Drink
Felfela serves authentic Egyptian food and is a well known chain across the capital that have restaurants and take aways, and has been loved by locals since the 1960s. We made a stop off at the take away in Giza close by to the pyramids, and Nevin ran in and grabbed me the most delicious falafel pita wrap and some baba ganoush with some breads for breakfast to eat on the go. Honestly it was the best baba ganoush I have ever had and the falafel wrap was also delicious! Felfela is a must try when in Cairo.
Transport & Getting Around
Cairo’s roads are congested and chaotic! If your short on time and only on a quick trip then I would suggest getting drivers as they’re vehicles should have air con and comfortable seats, and the drivers will know and understand how the roads work. If your in Cairo for longer then there is a whole range of various transport options available for getting around and to suit all budget types from metros, buses, micro buses and river buses. I personally however would just always book a guided tour with Nevin and get her to show me around the sites of the city.
I would really recommend booking a tour with Nevin I was recommended her by so many of my colleagues and she is honestly the best tour guide, you can WhatsApp (+20 128 2957737) her and ask her for prices and tour options etc. When visiting the pyramids I would also recommend dressing respectfully and cover your legs and shoulders as most of Egypt is predominately Muslim, and also if your female you don’t want to gain any unwanted attention! Also wear comfortable shoes as the area around the pyramids is quite rocky and sandy so comfortable shoes or sandals are a must. Walking down into the tombs of the pyramids can be quite steep too so have shoes with some good grip.
When staying in Cairo it is essential to go out and try all the amazing Egyptian cuisine and mezes, the food is delicious and the best way to end an evening is of course with a shisha and mint tea, my absolute favourite thing to do in the Arab nations!
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