Birqash Camel Market

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Birqash Camel Market information

Prices
admission E£25, camera E£20
Opening hours
6am-noon Fri, Sun & Mon
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Lonely Planet review

Egypt’s largest camel market is held at Birqash, a small village 35km northwest of Cairo. Until 1995 the market was held in Cairo’s western suburb of Imbaba, but when land became too precious for camels, one of Cairo’s age-old institutions was relocated to the edge of the Western Desert. Like all Egypt’s animal markets, the Birqash camel market is not for animal lovers, nor for the faint of heart. But if you’ve got a strong stomach (and better yet a weak sense of smell), a visit to Birqash can make an unforgettable day trip.