The Saqqara Pyramids in the City of the Dead are the burial grounds of Memphis, Egypt’s ancient capital. This place is also known and spelled as Sakkara or Saccara. Unlike the Great Pyramids of Giza, the ones you see here are smaller but older than the former.
While tourists mostly flock to the three great pyramids, only few come here for a visit. There was only one big tour bus I saw in my two hours of exploration here. Most of the visitors were on private tours, like me.
How much to get here?
I hired a driver to get me here because I didn’t want to be with a huge group. I paid around $30. He took me here first and then to Dashur where the Red Pyramid, the world’s first true pyramid, is located. The whole trip lasted 5 hours.
The most famous of all Saqqara Pyramids is the Step Pyramids of Zoser.
As you can see, its base is rectangular and if you move closer, you’ll find a number of benches.
And of course, you’ll find photogenic camels chillin’ in front of it.
The area isn’t really that big and you can explore it in less than an hour.
It took me almost two hours here because I walked around the Step Pyramid of Zoser.
The surrounding area is full of pyramids that are in different state of devastation.
Most of them look like just mounds of sand.
And most of them, too, were built with sandstone clay of poor quality.
Standing here, you’ll see these two pyramids: the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid.
In two different directions, you’ll see part of Cairo’s skyline and the lush dates plantation next to the vast desert.
Aside from Zoser, the ruler in 3rd Dynasty, other 16 Egyptian Kings also built pyramids here.
All visitors must pass through this funerary complex.
The funerary complex has rows of columns that will lead you to the Step Pyramid of Zoser.
Where to stay in Giza with the View of the Pyramids
Well, if you are on a budget, there are two guest houses / accommodation I’d recommend: Sphinx Guest House Giza and Guardian Guest House Giza. These two are right in front of the Three Great Pyramids and few steps from the gate where you can buy your ticket.