Cairo Unusual Day Tour Visit Camel Market in Birqash


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Overview

Take this 4 hour unusual Cairo tour which visits the camel market at Birqash. Egypt's largest Camel Market is in an area called Birqash, about 35km away from Cairo.The best day to visit is claimed to be Friday and Sunday because the market is the most lively in the earlier part of the morning, around 7am-9am. The market is open till 1pm but most of the trading happens before 11am.


What's Included

All taxes, fees and handling charges

Bottled water

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Professional photographer guide

Qualified Egyptologist guide

What's Not Included

Gratuities

Optional Visits


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 5
  • CHILD: Age: 6 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival

Cancellation Policy


What To Expect

Birqash Camel Market (Souq al-Gamaal)
Egypt’s largest camel market is held at Birqash (pronounced Bir’ash), a small village 35km northwest of Cairo, just on the edge of the Delta’s cultivated land. It's not for the faint of heart – many traders treat the camels with intense cruelty – but it's a very local experience. Hundreds of camels are sold here every market day, with the liveliest action between 7am and 10am.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free


Reviews

Fascinating Alternative
Susan_G, 06-12-2021
This is an unusual tour that I found fascinating and culturally enriching. Having grown up on a farm in the US, I enjoyed seeing how the market operated as well as learning about the different breedings of the camels. If you want a different sort of experience than looking at museums and Giza, this will definitely give you another side is life in Egypt.
Unique Option
Jane H, 10-01-2020
If you like to see the unusual and unique locations in Egypt, consider a visit to the Camel Market. Camels are used, in Egypt, for: food (a delicious meat with many nutrients), for work and travel, and kept as pets. They are big animals. At market, one leg is bent and tied at the knee, to help restrain each animal. Small boys attempt to keep order in the market. Now a visitor can partake in a part of life in ancient Egypt.
Unique and unusual activity
tlizzie, 19-11-2019
We thoroughly enjoyed seeing life outside the city and this camel auction. It's a true slice of Egyptian life. We were the only tourist there most of the time. Two more tourists arrived later. Those involved in the auction pretty much ignored us and we got too see what really happens. Iyman and the driver guided us carefully through the area, dodging camels, cows and vehicles from time to time. This is real life and if you will have a difficult time seeing these camels, some not in very good shape, or dodging poop on the ground - think twice. If not, enjoy observing this culture and something you likely wont see anywhere else. Emo Tours did a great job. Hotel pick-up on time, Iyman was great explaining things and added a lot to this tour.
This was one of 3 tours we did with Emo before we start a Viking River Cruise in Egypt.
Worth it 100%!!!! Amazing experience!!!
Alejandroalmeidaaaa, 21-12-2018
I strongly recommend this tour to everyone!!! It’s such an unusual, unique and truly unbelievable experience!!!

The guide, Ayman, took really good care of me and explained me everything about the market. He was my personal bodyguard along with the driver, I felt super safe. It’s really good to have him and the driver with you at all times, the market is truly crazy with camels running around everywhere.

Again, I’m so glad I did this and got to see how camels are being bought. Worth it!!!!!
Probably the most unusual tour I...
P_L, 21-05-2018

Probably the most unusual tour I have ever been on.

There were hundreds of camels, some running around even with one leg tied up.

And dozens of auctioneers selling camels all over the market.

The tour guide was excellent - kept a close watch on me and protected me from being run over by a camel.

Definitely worth it!





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