Cairo Zoo


In a city not known for green spaces, this zoo is a haven for local families who come here to picnic and kick a ball about as well as gawk at the animals. It's a great place for travellers with kids to meet local families but unfortunately this is an old-school zoo and some of the animals are kept in conditions that animal-rights activists have long expressed grave concerns about. The Egyptian press has reported several animals 'committing suicide'.

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2. Manial Palace

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3. Mahmoud Mukhtar Museum

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4. Museum of Modern Egyptian Art

1.16 MILES

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5. Garden of Freedom & Friendship


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6. Andalus Garden

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8. Omar Makram Mosque

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