Safari Boats & Crew

In 1993 we had the privilege of pioneering small boat safaris on Lake Nasser and as a result of our Kenyan origin we have brought the atmosphere of traditional African safaris to Lake Nasser together with old fashioned hospitality and attention to service.

Explore the lake in your own House Boat or Safari Boat then at lunch time and in the evening meet up with a well-appointed mother ship for meals and drinks in comfortable social surroundings. Our Mother Ships have a built in kitchen, dining and recreation areas, toilets and showers providing all the amenities for a comfortable camp. You will be well looked after; our Nubian safari staff will surprise you with their ability to conjure up amazing food in the middle of nowhere. The style of cooking is a blend of western taste merged with Nubian cuisine, superb.

Camps are located on sandy beaches where it is safe to swim in the lakes clean fresh water. There are plenty of opportunities to walk along the desert shore where, in some places, the water has washed away the top soil, to reveal plant and animal fossils of bygone eras. Also, Stone Age drawings and more ‘modern’ Hieroglyphics, carved by ancient Egyptians during their trading or mineral seeking expeditions down the Nile, can also be found. During the two annual bird migrations between Africa and the northern hemisphere you will be amazed by the millions of birds passing through this desert lake.

The weather is always sunny; most areas have not seen any rain for five or more years. Spectacular sunsets are followed by a dazzling night sky full of brilliantly bright stars; no light pollution from cities a phenomenon few people have experienced.

 

Safari Crew
The most important requirement for a successful cruise is the crew. We take this seriously and have devoted a lot of time and effort into selecting and training our team; most of our guides have been with us for sixteen years or longer.
Our crew and guides are all Nubians who are the people who inhabited the Nile Valley before it was flooded by Lake Nasser. The Nubian people have a proud heritage which dates back to long before the Pharaohs were in control of ancient Egypt.

There is an excellent esprit de corps amongst our Nubian staff, they are proud of the work they do, and you can’t beat them for their spontaneous and genuine friendship.

The Nubians have a special reputation amongst outsiders; their characteristics are generally considered to be honesty, trustworthiness, good heartedness and cooperation. I am telling you all this because the whole crew and the staff of African Angler are Nubians, and without exaggerating, I have barely ever met better, politer, more helpful and grateful people in my whole life! These guys are very proud of their culture and their values and until today represent them to the fullest!    Moritz Witter Germany

Mother Ships: We have three well-appointed Mother Ships which carry the equipment, provisions, fuel and cruise staff; leaving your live aboard boat free to explore the Lake, viewing wild life meeting up with nomads or taking in the incredible desert scenery. Mother ships are fitted with a built-in kitchen, dining area and there is plenty of space on the upper deck to relax sunbathe or just watch the world go by. The electricity supply is powered by a 240 volt generator which can recharge your camera batteries.

Live Aboard Boats: For your live aboard boat, you can charter either a House Boat or a Safari Boat for your own use. Each boat is skippered by an English speaking Nubian guide with extensive local knowledge of the lake.

 

House Boats: have two spacious cabins sleeping four comfortably. They are fitted with a toilet & shower and a small galley with amenities for making tea or coffee. The electricity supply is an on-board 240-volt generator capable of recharging your appliances. When the generator is not running there is a 12-volt battery powered night light circuit. The sun deck has a comfortable shaded area which is ideal for relaxing and taking in the scenery.

A house boat is ideal for exploring the Lake, big enough to be comfortable but also small enough to reach shallow areas, where you will get a close up experience and be able to take memorable photographs. Perfect choice for families or a group of friends. There are no crowed cabins with strangers next door, its your own private living space.

 

Safari Boats: were originally designed for fishing. They have a cabin with two single beds, at night the cabin is enclosed by canvas which provides a sheltered sleeping area, ideal for two guests. They can accommodate up to four with two sleeping on the roof  of the cabin under the desert stars... it never rains in the desert.

Safari Boats do not have an on-board toilet and shower these facilities these are provided on the Mother Ship. If caught short during the day while cruising outdoor enthusiasts will not find it a problem to locate a convenient bush!

Safari Boats are ideal if you are on a tight budget.

 

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

 
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