Valley of Wadi El Rayan, Egypt

Wadi El Rayan is a small valley and a unique nature reserve southwest of the Fayoum oasis, about 65 km southwest of Faiyum city and 80 km west of the Nile River.

Village of Wadi El Rayan

Village of Wadi El Rayan

Spring of Wadi El Rayan

Spring of Wadi El Rayan

The reserve is composed of Upper lake and Lower lake which were formed in 1973 as a result of excess agricultural drainage water from the Fayoum region.

Fayoum South Lake

Fayoum South Lake

Rich green of the oasis

Rich green of the oasis

 Fayoum South Lake

Fayoum South Lake

Valley of Wadi El Rayan consists of two lakes connected by Egypt’s only waterfall.

Upper Lake and Waterway flowing  to the waterfall.

Upper Lake and Waterway flowing to the waterfall.

 Egypt's only waterfall.

Egypt’s only waterfall.

It was Thursday, but many Egyptians were playing with water on the day.

Egyptian enjoyed water play.

Egyptians enjoyed with water.

The young Egyptians enjoy getting into the water, but elderly women enjoy to look at the children who did water play and enjoyed it.

Elderly Egyptians

Elderly Egyptians

The Egyptian family who enjoys a picnic in the side of the waterfall.

The Egyptian family who enjoys a picnic in the side of the waterfall.

Wadi El-Rayan is a protected area famous for its waterfalls and is home to many historically significant sites including, Roman and Pharaonic ruins.

An Egyptian boy carries a child

An Egyptian boy carries a child in Wadi El-Rayan. (This photograph is from Voice of America.)

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