View from Cairo Tower on a Polluted Day

If someone told you that the view from Cairo Tower is amazing – don’t fully believe him. There’s nothing spectacular from up there. It was not even breathtaking to me. I wasn’t that impressed. But, hey, I was there on a polluted day, so, you can’t blame me for this impression. I couldn’t see the beauty beyond the hazy cloud. The view of the city’s skyline from The Citadel is so much better than from this free-standing tower. You can even see the Pyramids from The Citadel.

On my first attempt to climb Cairo Tower, the afternoon weather was nice. I had to tell the Uber driver to find the best route so I could catch the sunset. I arrived there around 4 in the afternoon and was so devastated to see the queue that looked like forever and day. And the line moved so freakin’ slow because only one elevator was working. With a heavy heart, I decided to leave the place.

The view from Cairo Tower is forgettable – unless you happen to be there on a blue sky day.
View from Cairo Tower on a Polluted Day (Egypt).
View from Cairo Tower on a Polluted Day (Egypt).

If you look closer, the structure looks like a stylized lotus plant.

Things to do and see in Cairo (Egypt).
Things to do and see in Cairo (Egypt).

This tower used to be the tallest structure in Egypt and North Africa for about 50 years!

View from Cairo Tower on a Polluted Day (Egypt).
View from Cairo Tower on a Polluted Day (Egypt).

And it also was once Africa’s tallest free-standing tower for 10 years. It’s a 360 view up there.

Things to do and see in Cairo (Egypt).
Things to do and see in Cairo (Egypt).
Believe it or not, Cairo Tower is the second most visited attraction in the city, after the Pyramids.
View from Cairo Tower on a Polluted Day (Egypt).
View from Cairo Tower on a Polluted Day (Egypt).

How to Save Time and Money in Cairo

Cairo is still cheap. In fact, Egypt is the second cheapest country I’ve ever been to. However, taking public transport is a challenge – crowded and hot. If you’re a solo traveler and you’re up for it, then, I’d recommend you to do it. Taxi? Good luck! It’s either the driver will pretend to take the shorter route or fooling you with the meter. Both happened to me. And not to mention bad driving skills. 😂

On the other hand, if you have little time in Cairo and you want so much to explore – join a tour! It’s more informative and hassle-free from harassment in public transport and avoids the scorching heat.

Things to do and see in Cairo (Egypt).
Things to do and see in Cairo (Egypt).

From above, the Nile River runs through the city. Can you imagine Cairo (or Egypt) without the glorious Nile? It would just be a city that came out of the desert, like Dubai, minus the skyscrapers. And perhaps, there won’t be an ancient civilization that the country is known for.

View from Cairo Tower on a Polluted Day (Egypt).
View from Cairo Tower on a Polluted Day (Egypt).

One floor down from the observation deck, there’s a cafe that serves real fresh mango shakes. It was so cheap – so I had two big glasses while waiting for the restaurant to open for lunch. The view from here could have been nice if the glass walls/windows were clean.

Things to do and see in Cairo (Egypt).
View from Cairo Tower on a Polluted Day (Egypt).

The food at the revolving restaurant is just ok. Nothing to rave about.

Things to do and see in Cairo (Egypt).
Things to do and see in Cairo (Egypt).

Rumour has it that the money used to build this tower was from the US government. Former Egyptian President Nasser accepted $6 million and publicly outed the bribe in defiance of the US government. Today, the tower is visible from and taunting the US Embassy across the Nile River.

Where to stay in Giza with the View of the Pyramids

Well, if you are on a budget, there are two guest houses/accommodations I’d recommend: Giza Pyramids View Guest House, Giza Pyramids Inn, and Comfort Pyramids Inn. All these three guesthouses have views of the pyramids. If you can afford a bit more, Jimmy’s Pyramids Views and Marvel Stone Hotel will suit you.

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A wanderer. A frustrated photographer. Hiker. Lover. Half extrovert, half introvert. Solo traveler.

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