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Tombs of El Kab, Ancient Site of Nekheb
Fewer than one percent of travelers in Egypt visit the site of tombs at El Kab, dating back to the early New Kingdom, approximately 1500 BC. Located in Upper Egypt, just about 15 miles North of Edfu, they are accessible by road or one of the smaller Nile cruise vessels, and approached onland from the river bank by a 20-minute walk through the local village and farmland. This is the real Egypt. Inside the well-preserved tombs, visitors enjoy vivid color and depictions of important scenes from everyday life for the aristocrats of Nekheb: weddings, funerals, family portraits and important naval battles of the time. Keep an eye out for graffiti dating back to the nineteenth century, and bring small bills to purchase baskets or an optional donkey ride from the locals.
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