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Wadi El Hitan National Protectorate in Egypt

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Wadi El Hitan National Protectorate in Egypt

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Discover the amazing wonders of Egypt’s heritage at Wadi El Hitan National Protectorate. Do you think visiting 6000-year-old tombs and temples is like peeking into the past? Try Wadi El Hitan National Protectorate and watch whales that are 40 million years old! The Valley of Whales, 150 miles southwest of Cairo, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains relics of the ancient Tethys Sea when Egypt was flooded and sea cows, crocodiles, and turtles swam. But it is most well-known for providing insight into the evolution of whales.

Whale fossil at Wadi El Hitan protectorate in Egypt
Whale’s fossil at Wadi El Hitan protectorate in Egypt

Whale relatives roamed on land and hunted in shallow waters fifty million years ago, much like sea otters do now. For the following 10 million years, Archaeoceti (ancient whales) adopted a more marine lifestyle. The Fossil and Climate Change Museum opened in 2016 and features outstanding displays in English and Arabic that describe the area’s climatic changes over time and how land-based animals evolved to return to the sea. The fossils, on the other hand, aren’t only on exhibit. Along a walking route covered with invertebrate fossils and bone fragments, whole skeletons of Basilosaurus and Dorudon are on exhibit, some of which still have little hind limbs not found in current whales.

Up until 2022, the site had only approximately 1000 visitors per year since the only way to get there was by 4WD vehicle over a sand-blown road; however, the route was paved in April 2022, allowing the place to attract more people.

The Climate Change and Fossil Museum

Climate change and fossil Museum at Wadi El Hitan protectorate - Egypt Fun Tours
Climate change and fossil Museum at Wadi El Hitan protectorate – Egypt Fun Tours

The biggest “Basilosaurus isis” whale fossil and a unique collection of fossils found nowhere else in the world may be discovered in the Modern Fossil and Climate Change Museum. Over millions of years, climatic change converted the area from a sea to a hyper-arid desert. The museum’s mission is to create public awareness about climate change and how to mitigate its harmful consequences for the environment and people. The museum was built by the UN Development Programme in collaboration with the Egyptian government and with financial support from the Italian government as part of a larger set of initiatives to support the conservation of protected areas, promote eco-tourism, and promote sustainable development, which connects environmental protection and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Make the Most of Your Visit

The Valley of Whales tour is an exciting and educational experience that takes visitors through the stunning desert landscape of southern Egypt to the site of an ancient whale graveyard. During the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the history and geology of the area, as well as the fascinating story of how these enormous creatures came to be trapped in the rocks millions of years ago. Along the way, visitors will also have the chance to see a wide variety of desert wildlife and unique plant species, as well as learn about the important role that conservation efforts are playing in preserving this fragile ecosystem. With knowledgeable guides and comfortable accommodations, the Valley of Whales tour is a must-see for anyone interested in natural history, geology, or adventure travel.

Take the greatest trip with Egypt Fun Tours and a team of professional tour guides and tour leaders who will make your trip unforgettable and too much fun. The greatest Wadi El Hitan excursions are with us.

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0 – 05.99 Free of Charge
6 – 11.99 pay 50% of the tour price
12+ pay full tour price per adult person.
Notes: Child pricing applies to children who share rooms with their parents (Max 2 Children in one Room)

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Thank you Egypt Fun Tours for a most memorable trip. I admit I didn’t do any of the planning (it was all done by my boyfriend) but as you can read in the reviews below Hani (the owner of Egypt Fun Tours) is superbly organized and accommodating with scheduling.

My boyfriend and I, and our dearest mutual friend, booked the 7Days-6Nights tour. In short time, we visited Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor sailing down the down the Nile, pit stopping to see key sites at these location – and so much more!!! We got to know the ancient and modern egypt in depth thanks to Hani’s impressive knowledge. He also enlightened us on the people and their beliefs and went as far as showing us what a typical life looks like. I cannot express the level of personalized service Hani offered us. He was flexible to adapt to our requirements and added sites to our schedule that was not part of the tour simply to ensure we were 100% satisfied with our experience in Egypt.

I went to Egypt practically blind-folded, not knowing what to expect, especially considering the time we had decided to go (December 2020 – we were the first group that Hani met with after months of having to put his tour agency on hold considering the pandemic) yet he managed to surpass all of our expectations. I felt so incredibly lucky for us to have stumbled on Hani. I would recommend Egypt Fun Tours to anyone and everyone. It was truly, HANDS DOWN, the best cultural experience I’ve ever had. You’ll be in the best of hands.

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Nille cruise,Luxor and Aswan where amazing sites to see, specially when you have with you the best tour guide in Egypt .Hamada was absolutely fantastic, lots of information and some of them not spoken by others. This guy was not only a simple tour guide for us, he became a good friend also. Was a one in lifetime experience. Highly recommend Fun Tours. Really a great experience.

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Hamada was incredible! So knowledgeable and kind. He had information about every item, street corner, and relic we looked at. Any questions we had, he had answers! He even made sure to give us tips while walking through the crowds so that’s we would feel more comfortable when being approached by vendors. Oh and the food?! He took us to the best places! Delicious food!! We tried Egyptian fried chicken, falafel for the first time, the best shawarma in the city (we love food). We even got to meet his beautiful wife and children and try some “French” Egyptian coffee in their home! Truly made friends for life!! We’ve promised to host him and the family when they travel to America for the first time! Such an incredible experience, and Hamada (and family) made it that much more memorable and amazing!

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Excellent trip to historic sites with no one else around. We came to see Egypt while most places still had COVID19 fears. The staff at Egypt Fun Tours were professional, safe, and great to deal with. Very helpful, knowledgeable, and entertaining. I feel like I just got a a year of Egyptology in the last week and we had all the sites to ourselves due to COVID19. While people are shutting down and staying home you should feel safe to come explore with Egypt Fun Tours and have the place to yourself.
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Trip of a lifetime!! COVID SAFE!! Knowledgeable guide who loves to share the magic of Egypt with tourists. Friendly and accomodating. This company goes to the extreme to make clients feel welcome and help you. Family company who takes good care of their support staff. Must book the 7 night trip which gives you a great feel for all of the history in upper and lower Egypt. The guide is an expert photographer and historian. He knows so much about each site and the culture. You MUST take this guide to teach you all about Egypt!

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