Outdoor Activities in Cairo

Although Cairo is truly an urban sprawl in every sense of the word, it does have a lot of outdoor activities. One of the easiest and most fun ways to get outdoors in Cairo is to take a leisurely sail on the Nile. Felucca rides are available from lots of different spots, but the best place is down in Maadi, where there are no bridges to get in the way, and the river feels wide and spacious.

The western desert outside of the pyramids enclosure is another slice of the great outdoors in Cairo, and a wonderful place to hire a horse or camel and ride off into the sunset. And of course, the Giza Plateau itself is all outdoors, though be warned there's not much shade, and - given the crowds and touts - it hardly counts as relaxing!

For an area of classic greenery, check out al-Azhar Park, a gorgeous green space built over the top of an old rubbish tip in Islamic Cairo, and the perfect spot for a picnic. Or if you are feeling more adventurous, head out to the Wadi Degla nature reserve, and explore some of the trails there.

Getting outdoors in Cairo doesn't necessarily mean leaving the city. The Cairo Zoo is a nice space, as long as you don't mind your zoos a little old school in their approach to animal husbandry, and a tour around Dr Ragab's Pharaonic Village includes a boat ride through papyrus thickets and the chance to wander around an island, as well as the cheesiest fancy dress opportunity in the whole of pharaoh-dom.

Finally, if you want to be outdoors, but aren't so fussed about communing with nature, markets such as Khan al-Khalili and Attaba are a good place to be outside on your feet whilst enjoying a spot of haggling.

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Felucca Ride on the Nile

Maadi ferry, next to Grand Café
Maadi Cornice

Chill out and sail on the longest river in the world... read more

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Camel Ride by the Pyramids

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FB stables
Gamal Abdul Nasser St

Sail back in time on a ship of the desert... read more

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Horse ride by the Pyramids

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Gamal Abdul Nasser St
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Exhilarating canter on an Arabian thoroughbred...
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Al Azhar Park

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Salah Salem Street
Al Darassa

Beautiful and inspiring park on former rubbish tip... read more

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Wadi Degla

al-Zahraa al-Maadi

Serene great outdoors just outside Cairo... read more

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Cairo Zoo

El-Gamaa Square

Lions and hippos in the centre of Cairo... read more

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Giza Plateau

Sh. Al Ahram Road
Old town of Giza, 5 miles into the desert

Childhood dream come true: the ancient pyramids of Egypt... read more

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Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

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Off Hussein Square
(Across from El Azhar Mosque)

Beating heart of Islamic Cairo... read more

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Attaba

Attaba

Crazy market area where if you can name it you can buy it... read more

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Dr. Ragab's Pharaonic Village

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3 El Bahr El Aazam St
(Jacob's Island, Giza)

Experience ancient Egyptian life at this living museum... read more
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