The Pyramids of Giza- the last remaining wonders of the ancient world- cannot be missed when in Cairo, Egypt. The perfect geometry and sheer magnitude of this ancient royal complex is enough to take your breath away. Marvel at these 4000 year old wonders knowing all the do's and don'ts of while you're there. Due to their popularity, there are loads of tourist traps around and it is easier than you think to fall prey to these on your visit. We'll help you avoid these.
Don’t: Engage With The Salesmen/Camel-ride Men
There are hundreds of these people trying to hustle you to buy a souvenir or ride a camel. If you do engage you're guaranteed to be followed around for most of your time there. And if souvenirs are forced into your hand as a 'gift', this isn't the case- they will expect payment, so it is best to not get involved in the first place. If you don't want to explore on your own it is ideal to book a guide or tour beforehand to avoid this.
Don’t: Be Fooled By The Cops
The security guards around the Pyramids sadly often are trying to make an extra buck or two also. They may offer to take your picture however really expect payment for this and won't leave you alone till you have done so. Main tip- don't give any street vendors/salesmen/cops etc. your camera. You run the risk of it being stolen too as their are slight handed pickpockets and thieves around too. Check out this useful list to avoid any scams.
Don’t: Go Inside The Pyramid If You Are Claustrophobic
It is possible to go inside the second Pyramid however some say it is slightly overrated. This is because you will find large crowds, long queues and not much to see in the darkness plus no artifacts are kept inside. We'd suggest that it is much better viewing them from all angles outside. See a variety of opinions on the experience.
Do: Dress Appropriately And In Keeping With The Local Culture
It is not uncommon for women to be whistled or stared at by locals loitering around the complex. To minimize this and to remain respectful of local culture- cover up where possible. Although temperatures can soar, avoid showing too much skin to keep that unwanted attention off you. Here are some packing list tips.
Do: Keep Your Belongings Close To You Always
High season or low season, you cannot avoid the crowds thus pickpockets and thieves capitalise on this and on the unaware tourists. Watch out for you camera, and as mentioned don't give it to a stranger to take a picture.
Do: Visit The Panoramic Viewpoint
An elevated spot in the pyramid complex known as the Panoramic Viewpoint gives you a view of six of the nine pyramids together. Opt to walk rather than having to run the risks of camel ride scams.
Do: Obey Orders
Signs are dotted around letting tourists know that climbing on the Pyramids is prohibited. Do obey these as we want to preserve such ancient wonders.
Generally Cairo is an amazing place to visit- check out a list of activities and things to see and do here.