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Lake Nasser Small Boat Safari

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“Our objective is to offer affordable first class holidays personalized to small groups of individuals and families who would like a break from crowded tourist sites and experience Egypt from a different perspective”  

    Tim Baily: Founder of African Angler Pty Ltd.


If you enjoy nature and the out of doors then here is a chance to experience a totally unique outdoor adventure which is also ideal for families. Come on a small boat safari to explore Lake Nasser’s magnificent desert landscapes and biodiversity in your own private live aboard boat supported by a well-appointed mother ship and safari crew who will take good care of you on an African style boat safari; an experience which cannot be underestimated.
In the 1960’s a massive dam was built on the Nile at Aswan and the resulting Lake Nasser flooded over 6,200 sq. km. of southern Egypt creating one of the world’s largest manmade lakes; a vast body of fresh water in the middle of the largest and driest desert on our planet. 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.
The lake supports 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. This bird population is followed by their predators; Nile crocodiles and monitor lizards and other species of wildlife include Dorcas gazelle, jackals, desert fox, and various other desert mammals also inhabit the shoreline and islands. Transient peasant fishermen fish the lake using traditional rowing boats; there is no modern commercial fishing on the lake. The residents are Desert Bedouin camel and sheep herdsmen who graze their flocks on the sparse vegetation growing on the shoreline.


Small Boat Safaris – How They Work

In 1993 the African Angler had the privilege of pioneering small boat safaris on Lake Nasser. For the past 20 years we have been operating fishing safaris on this stunning lake and our Kenyan origin has brought the atmosphere of traditional African “Hemingway style” safaris to Lake Nasser together with old fashioned hospitality and attention to service. See About African Angler.
A small boat safari is as close to the real meaning of the word safari as you are likely to find. On an African safari 4x4 vehicles are used for travelling, while support trucks carrying the equipment and safari staff go on ahead to set up comfortable bush camps. Our safaris are the same except we use ‘live aboard boats’ supported by well-appointed mother ships instead of land vehicles.

Hotel ships cruise down the middle of the lake viewing the desert panorama from a distance. We offer a more in-depth experience, exploring the remote areas of this stunning lake getting close to the magic of its wilderness, wild life and nomadic people.Hotel ships cruise down the middle of the lake viewing the desert panorama from a distance. We offer a more in-depth experience, exploring the remote areas of this stunning lake getting close to the magic of its wilderness, wild life and nomadic people.

Explore this stunning desert lake in your own private ‘live aboard boat’ then at lunch time and in the evening meet up with your 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 you with all the requirements for a comfortable camp. You will be well looked after on safari; 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. For more information refer to Safari Boats & Crew in the left panel.
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. For more information click About Lake Nasser

“Tim Baily who was born and raised in Kenya runs and organizes 'The African Angler' and it is through Tim's enterprise that individuals find themselves in the desert of southern Egypt. It must be emphasized from the very outset that the term safari is precisely what a trip to Lake Nasser is. The environment is rugged, though incredibly beautiful, remote and demanding. Yet despite this Tim has, evolved an adventure which is remarkably civilized in several aspects, primarily centered about the social and culinary side of the trip”.         

Martin Gay article “More Than Meets the Eye”


Live Aboard Boats

For your live aboard boat you can charter either a House Boat or a Safari Boat for your own exclusive use. Each boat is skippered by an English speaking Nubian guide with extensive local knowledge many of them have had more than 15 years’ experience.

House Boats are a perfect choice for families or a group of friends, the more people who share a house boat the less expensive it becomes for each person. 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. For information click on Safari Boats & Crew


Safari Programs

Our most popular safari is the cruise from Aswan to Abu Simbel which is a much more rewarding adventure than to travel down the middle of the lake in a huge cruise ship.

Small Boat Safari (From 1 night & 2 days upward)
You can come on a desert lake safari on any month of the year and stay for as long as you like which will make it easy to include this unique experience into your holiday itinerary for Egypt. For program details click on Small Boat Safari in the left panel.

Abu Simbel Safari (5 days & 4 nights)
Our most popular small boat safari is the cruise between Aswan and Abu Simbel. A highlight is visiting the Temples of Abu Simbel where four immense statues of Ramses II address the lake, designed as a show of strength, an awesome sentinel watching over boats sailing into the Pharaoh’s lands.
For itinerary click on Abu Simbel Safari in the left panel

Private Charter
Charter your own small boat safari unit with your choice of live aboard boats supported by a mother ship for your own private use. This safari can start or end on any day of the year and last for as long as required. Perfect for a family or a small group of friends who would like to set out and explore the lake, at their own pace, on an adventure which has few equals anywhere.


Information & Contact

Send us an email with your dates and how long you would like to spend on the lake also tell us how many of you are traveling together and the ages of any children (for family discounts) and we will reply with what availability we have and send you a .pdf file containing comprehensive information. Or, ask your travel agent to contact us and together we will make the necessary arrangements for you. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Destination Information, to get the most from your holiday it is important you know as much as possible about the style of our safari. Click on Getting Ready & Arrival in Egypt in the left navigation panel where you will find a lot of useful information including flights to Egypt etc.

"Egypt was the trip of a lifetime - you most certainly know how and where to push the boundaries of sport; dare I say it unrivalled in my experience. Genuinely an incredible week epic in all and every way; I cannot begin to imagine what goes on behind the scene to pull a trip like that off but it was impressive. An execution of seamless effort and on behalf of all of us on the trip I congratulate you. Thanks for what has so far been the trip of a lifetime....that is, of course, until next time!"

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