Fun Activities in Cairo for Adults
Nestled on the banks of the timeless Nile River, Cairo is a vibrant tapestry of history, culture and modernity.
While the city has been a magnet for history enthusiasts and adventurers with the architectural wonders that are the Great Pyramids of Giza, Cairo today offers a treasure trove of experiences tailored for adults. Where ancient wonders meet contemporary delights, you essentially have an exhilarating playground for memorable experiences.
Leave behind your utility trousers, as Cairo is notorious for its long sunny days and high temperatures. Cairo is not just a city; you have the freedom to embark on a journey of discovery, relaxation and cultural enrichment. You’re spoilt for choice in the modern Egyptian capital city.
Where to Start Your Adventures
If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, I bet you'll be bouncing with joy when you find out that Cairo has multiple hiking trails. A city-hidden gem and not for the faint of heart Take in the beautiful views of Wedi Delga Protectorate, where you can go hiking, bouldering, camping, mountain biking, or BBQing.
Rock Climbing and Bouldering
Cairo also has several facilities where you can enjoy fun days testing your limits and getting up to some real monkey business.
Marios High Ropes.The only indoor climbing wall in Cairo is located at St. Simons Monastery on AI Mokattam Hill. They offer an array of activities, including high and low ropes and an exhilarating zipline. Ensure you book ahead, as they do not allow walk-ins.
Fingerlock. Fingerlock holds the highest indoor rock climbing wall in the country. They provide you with all the gear and equipment; just bring yourself and your willingness to explore the great heights. Located at the new Cairo’s Gold Gym, so if you're an eager beginner, just message ahead to ensure an instructor is available.
Ascent. Located at Eden Mall in Sheikh Zayed This one’s for those who seem more confident and interested in free climbing and bouldering routes. That’s not to say beginners aren’t welcome but they will be of great interest to those with a love for the sport already.
Explore Cairo’s Citadel
Dive into history at the Citadel of Cairo, acclaimed as the world's largest medieval fortress. This architectural marvel, perched on the hills of Cairo, offers breathtaking panoramic views of the sprawling city beneath its majestic walls. As you wander its expansive grounds, you'll find traces of various dynasties and rulers that once called it home. Opt for a guided tour to gain deeper insights; knowledgeable guides will regale you with tales of battles, rulers, and the evolution of this iconic landmark. Beyond its historical allure, the Citadel also houses several mosques and museums, making it a comprehensive encapsulation of Cairo's rich tapestry of history. A visit here isn't just about witnessing grandeur, but about time-traveling through the ages. Don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in a story that spans centuries when in Cairo.
Visit The Great Pyramids Of Giza
You can’t come to Cairo and not take in the sights of the great pyramids, said to peak at 138 metres tall and there is nothing quite like it—the only known remaining wonder of the ancient world. There are still mysteries behind these pyramids and it is a privilege to be able to see them in person.
These colossal structures have attracted millions of annual visitors since their discovery, so it's best to plan before coming to Cairo. Avoid the peak hours of the day and opt for early in the morning or later in the day.
You have the option to hire an expert guide who can give you an in-depth tour of the pyramids and all that we currently know.
Camel Rides, Dinner and a Show . If seeing the pyramids wasn’t enough, you can enjoy a fun night out, starting with a camel ride at the great pyramids of Giza to a beautiful restaurant where you can dine and watch the sunset around the pyramids. To finish the night off, you can sit back and watch the famous sound and light show.
Considered a traditional craft that dates back to the ancient Egyptian era, it would be a missed opportunity to take a pottery class or workshop to immerse yourself and become part of the Egyptian culture.
Here are some of the places you can enjoy making pottery:
- Darb 1718 in Al-Fustat
- Abouied Ceramics in Al-Fustat
- Fokhara Studio in New Cairo
Kayaking in the Nile
An activity you weren’t expecting was available but was such a unique and fun experience. It’s also a great way to see the city and soak up the landscape Cairo has to offer.
Nile Kayak Club. No matter where you’re visiting in Cairo, it’s likely you'll be near one of the three branches across the city: Maadi, Manial Shiha or Dokki. They only offer this on weekends, so keep that in mind so you don't miss out on this great opportunity.
Zamalek Kayak. If you want picturesque and close proximity to Zamaek, then you are in for a treat, as they provide transparent kayaks. You can have 360-degree views of Cairo and the beautiful Nile, which is open to tourists and the general public.
Cairow Watersports. As the name suggests, this place doesn’t just offer kayaking but has something for everyone. They offer windsurfing and SUP and welcome beginners, intermediate and advanced sessions.
Ahimsa. This would be a more suitable place for kayak enthusiasts; they offer other experiences and wellness services such as yoga workshops and retreats, to name a few.
Khan el Khalil
Practise your haggling skills at one of the most famous markets located in Egypt’s capital city. The labyrinthine structure offers more than just a shopping trip but a whole experience; it houses hundreds of independent stalls selling everything from spices to hand-made jewellery.
Marvel at the Abdeen Palace Museum
In the heart of old Cairo, the magnificent museum once home to Eygpt’s royal family now acts as the president's official residence and workplace.
The interior is beautifully decorated with hand-crafted rugs, dazzling chandeliers and vintage furniture pieces. It's an architectural masterpiece that is a gift to behold.
The Egyptian Museum
It would be a shame not to soak up the unmissable attraction that is the Egyptian Museum, full of archaeology artefacts and history alike. Located next to the Nile, it is the world's largest collection of pharaonic history.
Home to over 100,000 pieces of history from different ancient Egyptian eras, you can truly get lost in the culture and craftsmanship.
The highlights include the treasures of Tanis and the great statues of the great kings Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. The whole museum is completely fascinating and offers such a unique perspective.
Cairo offers a captivating blend of history, culture, and modernity, ensuring that you have a diverse range of activities and experiences during your visit. It would be a mistake to exclude the fact that Cairo offers some great nightlife fun, from pub crawls to romantic dinners on the Nile. There isn’t one right way to explore the wonders that Cairo has to offer.