Imagine a vast body of fresh water located in the middle of the largest and driest desert on our planet. A magical wilderness of stunning desert scenery, the shoreline a variety of desert landscapes, hilly and rugged, or desert dunes cascading on to sandy freshwater beaches creating an atmosphere of vastness and adventure.
In the 1960's a huge dam was built on the Nile close to Aswan in southern Egypt; the resulting lake flooded some 5,250 sq. kilometres of the Nile valley creating one of the biggest manmade lakes in the world. It’s hard to comprehend how big Lake Nasser really is; for example, the flying distance between London Heathrow airport and Cairo airport is 3,524km – the shoreline of Lake Nasser is 7,844km twice that distance!
If you are interested in nature and the outdoors and would like to experience the Sahara Desert in comfort then when you come to Egypt include a small boat safari in your itinerary. There is a lot to see and do, in many ways it’s like visiting a game park, view spectacular bird life, meet desert Bedouin and go for walks in a beautiful desert environment. If you are a keen fisherman; Lake Nasser is famous for its fresh water fishing, catch and release huge Nile Perch and hard fighting Tiger Fish. At the same time enjoy the experience of an old style safari waited on ‘hand & foot’ by an experienced team of Nubian safari staff and guides.
A small boat safari is as close to the real meaning of the Swahili word safari as you are likely to find. On a traditional African safari vehicles are used for game viewing, while support trucks carrying the equipment and safari staff go on ahead to set up comfortable camps. Boat safaris are the same except live aboard’ boats, supported by well-appointed mother ships, replace the land vehicles. You explore the lake in your own private live aboard boat then at lunch time and in the evening meet up with the mother ship where excellent meals and cold drinks are enjoyed in comfortable social surroundings. A small boat safari is a more worthwhile adventure than traveling in a huge cruise ship; on a small boat safari you will get a more intimate and rewarding close up of this unique desert Lake. Click for info about Safari Boats & Guides
These safaris are perfect for families or individuals who would like to set out and explore this lake, on an outdoor adventure that has few equals anywhere.
Go to: Lake Nasser Small Boat Safari or Nile Perch Fishing
About Lake Nasser
The West bank of the lake has vast stretches of shallow shore line which attracts wild birds. In contrast, the East bank is scenically different, mostly made up of wild and rugged desert landscapes where the Nile has pushed up against a range of mountains on its way north to the Mediterranean Sea.
Over 100 species of birds have been recorded on the lake which is also an important staging point for migrant and over-wintering birds. During the autumn and spring months millions of birds pass across the lake following the Nile River on their annual migrations between the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa. These bird populations have created a food chain with an impressive variety of mammals and reptiles. In many areas, crocodiles and monitor lizards make their home; other types of wildlife include Dorcas gazelle, jackals, desert fox, and various smaller desert mammals can also be found.
There are also several important Nubian archaeological sites which have been dismantled block by block and moved to higher ground when the lake inundated the Nile Valley. The most notable are the temples of Abu Simbel, built by the Pharaoh Ramses II in 1200 BC; four immense statues of Ramses address the lake, designed as a show of strength, an awesome sentinel watching over any boats sailing into the Pharaoh’s lands.
The fish populations of the original Nile River system were presented with a huge lake to live in and have thrived in their new habitat, especially the Tilapia and their predators, Nile perch, Tiger fish and species of big catfish; all of which provide anglers with some of the best fresh water fishing in the world.
A small population of transient peasant fishermen commercially fish the lake using old methods, simple wooden boats with gill nets and living in ramshackle temporary camps. The residents are Bedouin camel and sheep herdsmen, who are seen grazing their flocks on the sparse vegetation growing on the shoreline.
The weather is always sunny; most areas will not see any rain for five, ten or more years.
Spectacular desert sunsets are followed by a dazzling night sky full of brilliantly bright stars; in this part of the world there is absolutely no light pollution from cities, a natural phenomenon few people have experienced.