Boat Safari Units
In 1993 we had the privilege of pioneering boat safaris on Lake Nasser and over the past 20 years we have become a household name in the angling world for our fresh water fishing safaris. Using our in-depth experience of this fascinating lake we also operate ecology related boat safaris.
Boat safari units are made up of ‘live aboard’ boats which are supported by a Mother Ship. For your ‘live aboard’you can charter either a House Boat or a Safari Boat. Each ‘live aboard’ boat is skippered by an English speaking Nubian guide with extensive knowledge of the wildlife, places of interest and the desert Bedouin who live on the lakes shoreline.
“The kind of hospitality shown by Tim and his guides is seldom seen these days and the atmosphere was incredibly friendly ". Steve Pitts.
Mother Ships: We have four well appointed mother ships which carry the equipment, provisions, fuel and the safari staff; leaving the live aboard boats free to explore the Lake, viewing wild life 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 240v generator which can recharge your camera batteries.Each of our mother ships is also equipped with a satellite telephone which you can use if required. The Nubian safari crew 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, which is superb, so you will eat well.
House boats have two spacious cabins sleeping four comfortably; they can accommodate up to six people with two sleeping on the sun deck. They are fitted with a toilet & shower and a small galley with amenities for making tea or coffee. The electricity supply is an onboard 240v generator capable of recharging your appliances. When the generator is not running there is a 12v battery powered night light circuit. The sun deck has a comfortable shaded area which is ideal for relaxing and sun bathing. A house boat is perfect for exploring the Lake, big enough to be comfortable but also small enough to reach shallow areas, where you are more likely to see wild life and get close enough for memorable photographs.House Boats are an ideal choice for families or a group of friends, the more people sharing the less expensive it becomes for each individual.
Safari Boats are smaller than the house boats; originally designed for fishing they are ideal for those who would like to try their luck fishing for Nile perch or Tiger fish. Safari boats have a cabin with two large single bunks, at night the cabin can be enclosed by canvas providing a cosy sheltered sleeping area or you can sleep on the top deck under the desert stars which most people find is a unique and peaceful experience; it never rains in the desert. Unlike the house boats, safari boats do not have an on board toilet and shower, these facilities are provided for on the mother ship.
The Nubians have a special reputation amongst outsiders; their characteristics are generally considered to be honesty, trustworthiness, good heartedness and cooperation. But this reputation covers not only the people but also the country, which was called Balad El-Aman, a land of safety and security.
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 May 2014