The Giza Necropolis, including the Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx, is one of the main tourist attractions within Egypt. Located on the south-west outskirts of the city of Cairo, the site is best accessed via car and, ideally, with a guide (ideally a professional licensed guide organised beforehand). Visitors should note that there is a fee to access the general Necropolis area (60 Egyptian pounds), and additional fees to access specific sites within the area. For example, access to the Pyramid of Khufu is an additional 100 Egyptian pounds, whilst access to the Pyramid of Khafre is 25 Egyptian pounds. However, note that all of these fees (and the availability of access to these sites) are subject to change.
Once inside the Necropolis, one can simply walk around the various sites, or take a camel or donkey ride around (for a fee). The three Pyramids of Giza are the most outstanding features within the Necropolis. They consist of the Pyramid of Khufu (also known as the Great Pyramid or the Pyramid of Cheops) in the north-east, the Pyramid of Khafre in the centre, and the slightly smaller Pyramid of Menkaure in the south-west. Access is generally open to the pyramids, but it can be very difficult to navigate some of the passageways and it is difficult to breath in some of the over-crowded and stuffy rooms and passageways. Some passages are as little as one metre wide and one metre high, with people trying to travel in both directions at once. As such, consider your physical fitness and your level of claustrophobia before entering the pyramids.
Image: All Gizah Pyramids
Creator: Ricardo Liberato