giza plateau

Al Omraneyah, Giza Governorate, Egypt

No visit to the Giza Plateau is complete without a camel ride. Yes, it’s the touristy thing to do – but let’s face it, you’re a tourist. While there are camel rides available all around the Giza Plateau area, the best spot to grab an ‘Egyptian taxi’ is at the look-off point behind the pyramids. Here you can get a great view of the three main pyramids, with Cairo sprawling in the distance. Camels actually give a smooth ride. The only tricky part is when they stand up; a three part maneuver, where you’ll do best to lean forward, then back, then forward again. Why ‘walk like an Egyptian’, when you can ride like one? Alison Cornford-Matheson traveled to Egypt courtesy of the Egypt Tourism Authority and Abercrombie & Kent. Her highlights are part of AFAR’s partnership with The United States Tour Operator Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, peace-of-mind, value, and freedom to enjoy destinations across the entire globe. See more about Alison’s trip at the USTOA blog.

More Recommendations

Take an Egyptian Taxi

No visit to the Giza Plateau is complete without a camel ride. Yes, it’s the touristy thing to do – but let’s face it, you’re a tourist. While there are camel rides available all around the Giza Plateau area, the best spot to grab an ‘Egyptian taxi’ is at the look-off point behind the pyramids. Here you can get a great view of the three main pyramids, with Cairo sprawling in the distance. Camels actually give a smooth ride. The only tricky part is when they stand up; a three part maneuver, where you’ll do best to lean forward, then back, then forward again. Why ‘walk like an Egyptian’, when you can ride like one? Alison Cornford-Matheson traveled to Egypt courtesy of the Egypt Tourism Authority and Abercrombie & Kent. Her highlights are part of AFAR’s partnership with The United States Tour Operator Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, peace-of-mind, value, and freedom to enjoy destinations across the entire globe. See more about Alison’s trip at the USTOA blog.

See anything inaccurate? Let our Editors know

More From AFAR