You will visit Manshiyat naser, or “Garbage City" in Cairo. Its inhabitants are affectionately known as Garbage People. Then visit the most famous Cave Church of St. Simon in Cairo. There are seven cave churches carved into the nearby Moqattam Mountain.
What to Expect
The tour guide will pick you up from your hotel at 10:00 to start your day tour to the Garbage City in Cairo. Manshiyat naser, or “Garbage City in Cairo” as it’s better known, is a slum settlement located to the southeast of Cairo. Its inhabitants are affectionately known as “Garbage People” because they have been sustaining themselves for decades as Cairo’s unofficial sanitation crew.
The Garbage People, comprising mostly Coptic Christians, first immigrated to Cairo in the 1930s in search of big city dreams and land under their feet. Being very poor, and without a solid plan, they got by whatever way they could: living in makeshift housing and recycling the city’s compostable waste products by feeding it to their pigs.
Today, Cairo’s Garbage People make ends meet by going door to door to pick up people’s trash for a nominal fee, which is then brought back to their Garbage City neighborhoods. There, they sort and recycle everything they could, using it for their own manufacturing.
The Zabbaleen is an Arabic Egyptian Word means Trash Collector who using trucks to Collect the trash from Egyptian Houses to Garbage City, and further direct their loot via a network of donkey-powered carts that carry heaps of trash back to their exact destination
Once the garbage arrives at its final destination—a Zabbaleen house or apartment— families sort out the trash according to their specialization. Some sort plastic bottles, others cans, and so on. They recycle this garbage to make anything from bags and stationery to plastic hangers and toys.
Many sources agree that the Zabbaleen have created one of the most efficient recycling systems in the world, which recycles up to 80 percent of all the waste that they collect.
Then the tour guide will take you to let you visit the famous Cave Church of St. Simon in Cairo. There are seven cave churches carved into the nearby Moqattam Mountain. The Monastery of St. Simon the Tanner is the largest and has an amphitheater with a seating capacity of 20,000. It is worth a visit if you are interested in seeing something different in Egypt.
Then continue your unusual tour to the City of the Dead. At the end of the day at around 17:00, transfer back to your hotel.
- Entry fees
- Expert tour guide
- All taxes and services
What's Not Included
- Personal Items
- Entry Visa to Egypt
- Any Optional Tours