Abu Simbel Safari

Visit one of the world’s most famous ancient monuments

Six cruise ships transport thousands of tourists across Lake Nasser to visit the world-famous Temples at Abu Simbel. They cruise down the middle of the lake only stopping at ancient temple sites. Our small boat safaris offer a much more worthwhile adventure than travelling down the middle of the lake in a stereotypical cruise ship….

On a small boat safari there is a lot to see and do; in many ways, it’s like visiting a game park which you explore from your own live aboard boat.  For meals join the social atmosphere of a well-appointed mother ship where you can have sundowners as you watch spectacular desert sunsets followed by a night sky full of brilliantly bright stars; then sleep peacefully in your liveaboard boat with no crowed cabins next door.

Explore this amazing desert lake and visit the spectacular Temples of Abu Simbel; carved out of solid rock four immense statues of Ramses II address the lake, designed as a show of strength, an awesome sentinel watching over any boats sailing into the Pharaoh’s lands. Millions of people visit these temples every year and are awestruck by their grandeur and alignment with the constellations.

Click for an interesting 3 minute video Temples of Abu Simbel

"The kind of hospitality shown by Tim and his guides is seldom seen these days and the atmosphere was incredibly friendly". Steve Pitts.

Abu Simbel Small Boat Safari

During the day there are plenty of opportunities to explore the desert lake’s shore line; water has washed away the top soil to reveal fossils of bygone eras. Also, Stone Age drawings and more recent hieroglyphics, carved by ancient Egyptians during their trading expeditions can be found.

The lake is blessed with vast areas of natural beauty, shorelines with a diversity of desert landscapes, from hilly and rugged to sandy with dunes cascading into the lake forming beautiful freshwater beaches.

There are an impressive variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded and the area is an important staging point for migrant and over-wintering birds. The predators are crocodiles, monitor lizards, jackals, Hyena and desert fox. Other species of wildlife include Dorcas gazelle, and many other smaller desert mammals inhabit the shoreline and islands.

Transient peasant fishermen fish the lake using traditional rowing boats; there is no modern commercial fishing. The residents are Desert Bedouin camel and sheep herdsmen who graze their flocks on the sparse vegetation growing on the shoreline.

You will meet the desert Bedouin and the fishermen who are remarkably hospitable; they are just as interested in meeting you as you will be to meet them.  An unforgettable and rewarding holiday experience.

Information: Safari Boats & Crew                 PDF file with itinerary and cost: Itinerary & Cost

Images of a Desert Lake

Take some time to peruse the slide shows we have created they will give you an interesting insight into this unique desert Lake.  A refreshing experience from the hustle & bustle of the world we live in and a perfect place to introduce your children to the great outdoors.

Desert Lake Experience: Waited on ‘hand & foot’ by an experienced team of Nubian safari staff and guides. Slide Show

People of the Lake: Transient peasant fishermen fish the lake using traditional methods. The residents are Bedouin camel and sheep herdsmen, who are seen grazing their flocks on the sparse vegetation of the shoreline. Slide Show


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Peter Baily - Sydney Australia
African Angler Pty Ltd

PO Box 1063
Sydney NSW 1585
Tel: + (61) (02) 9992 0997
Mobile: 0423 261 875
Tim Baily - Aswan Egypt
African Angler (Egypt)

PO Box 191
Tel: + (20) (097) 0122 7491 892
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Throughout the year we promote exclusive offers.

If you are interested in Lake Nasser it will be well worth your while to fill in the form below, so we can keep you up to date with the cost cutter and themed small boat safaris we currently have on offer.

The most popular is our small boat safari cruise between Aswan and the world-famous temples of Abu Simbel. From time to time we need to relocate our boats between Abu Simbel and or Aswan, for these cruises we offer fantastic savings. There will also be many other great deals for you to consider.

Our style of holiday is for the individual and is not mass tourism. Take a break from the tourist 'hot spots' and let us introduce you to a more intimate and traditional side of Egypt.