Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
About thirty kilometers south of the Giza Pyramids, stands the Saqqara complex. Lying on an elevated hill, surrounded by serene farms, date trees and gigantic palm trees, one discovers primitive tombs, a museum and of course, the world’s oldest building in history - the Stepped Pyramid of Djoser. The fact that it is on a slightly higher ground, means one can clearly see its alignment with the Great Pyramids in the distance.
The complex itself is peaceful and depending on the time of day, less crowded. It consists of the Zoser (Djoser) funerary complex, the tombs of Unas and Mereruka, the Ptolemaic Temple, Pyramid of Teti, as well as the legendary stepped pyramid. It is currently being restored, which makes for less attractive photos having the construction scaffolding surrounding it.
Many people who have visited Egypt more than once, and who have visited the sights of the Great Pyramids and Saqqara, would describe this as their favorite of the two. Whether it is the fact that the stepped pyramid was the prototype of all pyramids to follow, or whether the history of the funerary tombs is as extravagant, no one will know. Perhaps the underground burial chambers with their frescoes and paintings and the fact that the original structures still partially exist, contribute to their opinion of the complex.
The cart that is used to transport tourists around is a big hit amongst the young ones. As for descending into the Teti pyramid, young and old should give it a try as it is far less demanding than entering the Great Pyramid. One could easily spend an entire day at the Saqqara Pyramids. To round off the day in the desert, visit a nearby open air restaurant serving grilled chicken and local foods, with fun and entertainment for the kids in the form of young camels and other animals.