Luxor - Historic Sites

Upper Egypt  >  Egypt

The desert areas Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut and Karnak Temples, and the Ramses statue are home to many uncommon desert species.

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Most recent update 10 October 2022
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At Karnak Temple, watch for Little Owl, Barn Owl, Pale Crag Martin, Asian Green Bee-eater, Trumpeter Finch and Blue Rock Thrush. Valley of the Kings has Desert Wheatear, Hooded Wheatear and Spanish Sparrow around the cafe.

Also in the area are Brown-necked Raven, Namaqua Dove, Crowned Sandgrouse, Spotted Sandgrouse, Sooty Falcon, Barbary Falcon, Desert Lark, Lanner Falcon, Saker Falcon, Lesser Kestrel, Cream-coloured Courser and others.



Luxor is a popular tourist destination with its own airport. Train from Cairo takes about 10 hours. From the city centre take ferry across the Nile, then taxi, donkey or camel to Valley of the Kings. The route shown on the map is about 8 km. Entrance ticket to 3 tombs costs 240 Eg £. Take plenty of water.

Terrain and Habitat

Mountain , Canyon/cliff , Desert , Scattered trees and bushes , Plateau , Valley , Dunes


Hilly , Dry , Open landscape , No shadow

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Autumn


Narrow trail , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform



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