Why is Wadi El-Hitan Known as the Whale Valley? Why is it So Popular?
If you are planning a tour to Cairo, Egypt, then adding Wadi Hitan to your itinerary will provide you with a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience you wouldn’t have witnessed before and anywhere else.
Wadi El-Hitan – The Whale Valley
You would have been surprised to know that this location is also known as the Whale Valley. Well, a desert area being a whale valley, can be anybody’s guess, for sure. Wadi El-Hitan is a UNESCO heritage, naturally protected site, which has a large concentration of fossil whales, all in a relatively limited and small area. There are about 1500 fossil skeletons of this marine vertebrate, some single bones, while some partial and some full skeletons. Some of these skeletons are on display as well for the public which you can explore with a white desert – valley of the whales (Wadi El-Hitan) tour.
What is Its Connection with Whales?
This valley region became famous when scientists discovered fossils and skeletons of pre-historic extinct whales, which were well preserved in rocks. These fossils depict the time when whales evolved from being land mammals to water mammals. Wadi El-Hitan is believed to be the site, the part of the demographics where this evolution took place.
Rich in Other Animal Fossils as Well
Not just whales, but this site also has fossils related to several other animals like turtles, sharks, saw fish. This makes it interesting to imagine how this site used to be ecologically completely different millions of years ago.
How to Visit Wadi El-Hitan – The Whale valley
This valley is located 150km from Cairo, and reaching there is easy. When you book your tour with us, we will provide you with a complete itinerary for the valley trip. We arrange comfortable transportation to and from Wadi El-Hitan . During the trip we will let you experience some other local sites along the way.
Book your white desert – valley of the whales (Wadi El-Hitan) tour now!