Wadi Degla
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Located only 15 minutes from the Cairo suburb of Maadi, this rugged valley contains a wide variety of animal life including deer, hares, red foxes, reptiles, Egyptian turtles, twelve species of resident and migrant birds and 64 kinds of plants.
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jaredites1
Cairo, Egypt255 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
Spectacular desert area within 15min of one of the largest cities in the world. My highest recommendation is for mountain biking in the Wadi Degla either at sunrise or sunset. There is some trash pollution in certain areas, but going beyond will give you 100km+ of mountain biking and hiking trails through some spectacular cliff ledges, plateaus, and canyons. MTB Egypt has a Facebook website, or just look on Strava for trail maps.
Written 24 December 2022
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Benoit
Cairo, Egypt89 contributions
Jun 2021
On the south west suburb of Cairo, you will find the Wadi Degla, a canyon like desert which gives a rather quiet place where to walk when you visit or live in Cairo. Unfortunatly, this beautiful natural place is also an open dump and you might see more plastic bags and bottles than desert trees or bushes. Despite the place is considered as protected, there is no cleaning or no garbage management policy, and egyptians still consider normal to leave their trash in the nature. Sad ... After enjoying diving among plastics in the red sea, you can enjoy walking among plastics in the desert. It's high time all countries wake up and tackle the plastic issue seriously.
Written 6 June 2021
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Ahmed I
Cairo, Egypt190 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
It is one of the most beautiful places ever visited in Cairo
Away from all the disturbance, traffic and pollution.

Natural life no mobile connection

It is located near maadi about 2km from Wadi Degla sporting club

Open from 8am to 5pm and you can buy ticket and spent the night too

But make sure you have everything thing you need
Written 3 February 2020
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TTOverseas
Cairo, Egypt206 contributions
Jan 2020
While this would not be on my tp ten list if visiting Cairo for the first (or second or maybe third) time, as a resident of Cairo having a protected wadi area so close is really appreciated. This was our go to place for an "adventure" when my kids were smaller (2-10 +/-) and now we go for mountain biking and picnics. The area gets busy with family and teens (looking for privacy...) on holidays or weekends, but is empty early Friday and on weekday afternoons. The BBQ areas can be dirty, but we bring our lunch and can stop anywhere- plenty of undisturbed, quiet areas left.

This is probably the closest and easiest "desert" area to get to near Cairo.
Written 18 January 2020
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DAVID L
Los Angeles, CA8,327 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
We wanted to see some naturalistic areas near Cairo and Wadi Degla was suggested for its beauty and chances of wildlife sighting. It is really near Cairo just 15 minutes driving & the bright crowded noisy city is left behind. We hiked a bit & explored - very enjoyable. Saw some animal tracks, but those little Foxes were hiding. Nice! Enjoy!
Written 14 February 2019
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Usama Mabrouck
Cairo, Egypt645 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
a natural preserved valley , located in zahraa al maadi mid south of cairo , agood place for a hike , running , climbing , cycling , BBQ , a good place for a day trip
Written 12 November 2018
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Humphrey E
Cairo, Egypt58 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Fun place for a bike ride and a BBQ. make sure the are you settle in is clean . thing is you have to watch your dogs (if you have any as they sometimes leave poison to kill strays) and watch your kids as they might pick up something. and it closes early so get there early.
Written 5 October 2018
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Ahmed nabarawy
47 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
Very good experience and it was different. I hiked there with my friends and also made a BBQ party. It was memorable.
Written 11 May 2018
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Husain Y
55 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
I found this place in trip advisor, while looking for a place for sand driving in Cairo.
This place is located very near it just took me 20 mins to reach.
It has an already made trail where you can drive you car does not have to be a SUV any car would be fine. Also, for the driving enthusiast you can also make you own way to through the sand.
What s more to this location, is that you can hike. So after driving after about 7 KMs I parked my car and hiked up the the mountain, and it was great fun.
This place also always for camping and is a great spot for bbq and gateways.
Written 27 February 2018
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Isabella W
Vienna, Austria49 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
The Wadi Degla Protectorate is a 12 km long canyon south east of Maadi, Cairo, Egypt. Like other visitors already wrote: only 5 minutes away from a bustling town with congested streets and highways, pollution and noise. We chose a weekday and were walking alone amidst the wilderness. Now, Wadi Degla is not Grand Canyon, but it has impressive rock formations, petrified wood and fossiles and you can see some rare birds and other desert animals. The ridge of the canyon is accessible - please wear reasonable shoes - and you can enjoy some panoramic views.
The entrance to the protectorate is at the end of a poor road in an industrial area. Google maps should bring you there without problems. Drive your car into the canyon, as further insude the better. We had a very small car, no 4wd, thus we could only make it to km 7 and continued walking the remainder and some small branch valleys. Choose cool weather, it can get pretty hot. On the other hand, I would not like to be there in stormy or rainy weather. There are camping possibilities. But: no water and toilets there! There are trash cans in the beginning of the road, not everywhere... would wish that people take their waste back to them.
In summary: a positive surprise to nature lovers bound to stay in Cairo!
Written 5 February 2018
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