Excursion ID : C D T 04
Cairo Day Tours
Gain a new experience by driving from Cairo to the camel market of Birqash. It is a perfect place to reveal Egypt’s real life far away from urban centers and tourist hubs. There you will enjoy a thriving economy in the trade of camels (desert ship) as big numbers of merchants come from all across the country to sell and buy camels that were brought from Sudan, Libya and Somalia.
Your tour manager will pick you up from your Cairo hotel and drive to Birqash, a small village located 35 km southwest of Cairo on the edge of western desert. Until 1995 camel market was held in Imbaba before being moved to Birqash. Birqash camel market covers an area of 1, 5 km square. its roof covered by hay and sections used as housing units for traders, equipped with ramps for loading and unloading camels from the trucks. Over 2000 camels are sold here every day. Most having been brought up the 40 days road from western Sudan to Abu Sibmel by camel herders and from there to the market of Darwa. Unsold camels are crammed into trucks for the 24-hour drive to Birqash. Negotiations and deals making take place in the early morning in which merchants buy and sell camels for cash or other livestock, such as goats, sheep and horses.
Then you will be transferred to your hotel in Cairo.
• Pick up services from hotel & return
• Transfer by a private air-conditioned vehicle
• English speaking representative
• A bottle of mineral water during your trip
• Entrance fees to the Camel Market & Camera ticket
• All taxes & services charge
• Any extras not mentioned in the program
• Tipping Kitty