Dahshur Travel Guide

  • Dahshur
    by illumina
  • The Red Pyramid
    The Red Pyramid
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  • The Bent Pyramid
    The Bent Pyramid
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Dahshur Things to Do

  • The Pyramid of Amenemhat III

    This is one of only 3 of the original 11 pyramids still standing on this necropolis. It is called the Black Pyramid, but cannot be seen close to, nor entered as is still in the military area,. From a distance it looks like a pile of rubble. However it has a brick core which seems intact, but the outer limestone covering has collapsed or been...

  • the second true pyramid

    The Red Pyramid, so called because in certain light it looks red, was built by Sneferu, father of Khufu, in about 2600 BC. It is 99m high with sides of 220m.Entry is possible, although it is hot and sticky at the best of times. A 27 degree sloping ramp leads down 63 m. There are 3 chambers linked by a single corridor. The ceiling is corbelled. The...

  • visit the Bent Pyramid

    The Bent pyramid was built by Sneferu in about 2600 BC. He also built the Red Pyramid. Both pyramids are about the same height and are the 3rd highest after the two large Giza Pyramids.The pyramid was built on gravel of the local limestone and faced with the finer Turah limestone. The original slope was 54 degrees but whether because of stress or a...

  • Red Pyramid

    The only pyramid at Dahshur which you can actually enter, the Red Pyramid was the third pyramid constructed for Snofru, and may have been his final resting place. It's capstone, a rare discovery, was uncovered and is displayed here (apologies for that photograph, a piece of dirt got onto the lens, blown off the desert!).One of the nice things about...

  • Inside the Red Pyramid

    The pyramid is entered on the north side, about a third of the way up it's height, and a very low passage angles fairly sharply down, leading you into the heart of the construction. There is lighting, but I'd suggest bringing a torch anyway, as you're walking down a wooden plank with nothing but metal strips across it to stop you sliding. A short...

  • Bent Pyramid

    Dahshur is probably best known for the Bent Pyramid, built for the pharoah Snofru, which is thought to be a transitional form between step pyramids and the smooth-sided ones that everyone thinks of as true pyramids. It's believed that the steeper angle of the lower part made the structure unstable, and so it had to be finished at a much shallower...

  • The Red Pyramid

    The Red Pyramid was built in an angle of 43 degrees after the "failure of the "beny" pyramid. As such, it became the first proper pyramid. The Red Pyramid is the third largest pyramid in Egypt. This pyramid was openned in late 1990's and there were a few crowds, if any. So it is nice to go into the burial chamber without a heavy human traffic along...

  • Inside the pyramid

    From the parking lot there is a stair up to the entrance of the Red Pyramid. The entrance is 30 metres up and from there you can see the pyramids of Saqqara. A passage is leading 65 metres down to the chambers. The first chamber has a 12 metres high corbelled ceiling. The second chamber is the burial chamber and there the corbelled ceiling is 15...

  • The Red Pyramid

    After the Bent Pyramid pharaoh Sneferu (2613 - 2589 BC) had a new pyramid built, the Red Pyramid (North Pyramid). This time the pyramid was built in an angle of 43 degrees from the beginning and therefore it became the first proper pyramid. Together with the Bent Pyramid the Red Pyramid is the third largest pyramid in Egypt.Entrance fee to the area...


Dahshur Transportation

  • A trip off the beaten track

    The only way to get to this site is by car, or most likely a taxi.We had a regular taxi driver whenever we went anywhere in Cairo, On this particular day he took us first to Saqqarah, and then was persuaded to take us to Dahshur. He was rather reluctant to do so, but agreed in the end. I think the whole day cost us about 70 Egyptian Pounds.We had...

  • Hire a taxi

    If you're travelling independently, the easiest way to get to Dahshur is probably by hiring a private taxi and visiting as part of a day trip to Saqqara and Memphis (and maybe also Giza). We hired a taxi through our hotel, which cost us 220LE between two of us - possibly a little expensive, but we didn't have to worry about the driver trying to...

  • from Cairo to Dahshur

    I chartered a taxi to visit four sites within one day – Dahshur, Memphis, Saqqara and the pyramids at Giza. I paid 190 EGP and arranged through the travel agent in the Garden City House Hotel in Cairo. All sights are close to Cairo and with a car they can easily be seen in a day.


Dahshur Tourist Traps

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    Tourist Police

    by illumina Written Apr 1, 2008

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    From what we were told while in Egypt, the tourist police earn considerably less than the national average wage, so naturally attempt to supplement their earnings with baksheesh. They will almost certainly try to get you to let them take photos of you with their camels, and then charge you for this 'service'. This was pretty much our first experience of this sort of thing, so we got sucked in, but while they did start asking for British money we had none on us, and we got away with only giving them 2LE (worth about 20p). They were friendly enough that we weren't too bothered about the small rip-off.

    Unique Suggestions: If you don't particularly fancy a photo of tourist police and their camel, simply say no thanks - 'la shukran' (a phrase which becomes remarkably useful!).

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    • Archeology

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