North of Cairo, the boisterous Birqash Camel Market is not for the squeamish. Traders herd their camels from Abu Simbel, Sudan and Somalia to the huge dusty field in Birqash for hearty trading, after the animals are prodded and assessed.
The city of Cairo is slowly encroaching the pyramids of Giza. The city's pollution is taking its toll on this ancient site, but with a population of 6.8 million people Cairo needs to expand. Some housing estates can be found barely a stones through away from the pyramids themselves.