The Aswan High Dam was built in the 1960's and, the resulting Lake Nasser flooded over 6,200 sq. km. of the Nile Valley in southern Egypt. The fish populations of the original 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, big Vundu and Bagrus catfish.
Lake Nasser, one of the world’s largest manmade lakes, is situated in the middle of the largest and driest deserts on our planet. The only way to reach the fishing areas is to join a boat safari made up of fishing boats supported by a mother ship.
Most anglers who visit Lake Nasser for the first time have an excellent chance of catching the largest "wild" fresh water fish of their life and have an angling adventure they will never forget.
“Another interesting experience is shore fishing… Where else, for instance, can you work artificial lures from the shore anywhere in the world, either in fresh or salt water, and encounter fish in the 20lb to 100lb category. Nasser is quite unique in this kind of experience, believe me!”
John Wilson MBE England’s best known angling writer and TV personality
Fishing Safaris – How They Work
Lake Nasser is located in a remote desert and the only way to reach the fishing areas is to join an organized fishing safari. Fishing safari units are made up of live aboard fishing boats each skippered by experienced English speaking Nubian fishing guides. The fishing boats are supported by a mother ship which is manned by a safari crew who will do their best to insure you enjoy your safari. You spend the day fishing and then for meals and overnight you join the mother ship 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.
In 1993 the African Angler had the privilege of pioneering fishing safaris on Lake Nasser. For the past 20 years we have been operating big game fresh water fishing safaris targeting one of the world’s largest fresh water fish the legendary Nile perch.
For more information please refer to Safari Boats & Crew in the left panel.
Fly Fishing for Nile Perch
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"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!"
Stamford Galsworthy – Sipsmith Gin & Vodka – UK.
Choice of Safari
We operate two types of fishing safari, each offering slightly different options. Or, if you are just passing through Aswan and don’t have enough time you can come fishing for one day.
If you are passing through Aswan, you can come a day fishing on any day of the year. We will collect you from your hotel or cruise ship at 08.00am and then transfer you to your fishing boat for full day’s fishing. We return to Aswan at approximately 4.30pm when we will transfer you back to your hotel or cruise ship. A picnic lunch and fishing tackle are included in the price
Go to - Day Fishing in the left panel for details.
Lake Nasser Safari
This safari is designed for anglers who would like to come on their own or with a friend and then join in the atmosphere of a sociable camp with other fishermen.
Single Travellers are welcome:
Pay for one place from the price band for 2 sharing a fishing boat plus the single boat supplement. You then have the option of using the fishing boat for your own personal use, or we can advertise to find a suitable partner; if we find someone then neither of you will pay the single boat supplement.
Click on Lake Nasser Safari in left panel for details.
Nubian Safari (Private Safari)
Charter one or more fishing 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 is required which is ideal for anglers who would like to have the flexibility of deciding how long they want to stay on the lake. The Nubian Safari offers a degree of independence which many anglers prefer and is perfect for a small group of friends who would like to set out and explore the lake, at their own pace, on a private fishing adventure that has few equals anywhere.
Go To – Nubian Safari (Private Safari) in left panel for details.
"What happened next will stay with me to the end of my life. One second the lure was wobbling quietly towards me, perhaps 25 yards away. The next it was hit with unbelievable power...."
Dr. Barrie Rickards Ph.D., D.Sc. (Cambridge) "Kings of the Nile” Coarse Fishing
Safari Dates & Cost:
We will send you a downloadable PDF file with all the information you need to plan your safari. Be sure to mention which currency you prefer to pay in – English Pounds, Euro or US Dollars Please send an email to Peter Baily –
Getting to Lake Nasser: For information about how to reach Aswan and join your fishing safari refer to Getting Ready & Arrival in Egypt in the left navigation panel.
Visiting Egypt’s Ancient Monuments
You can come on a fishing safari as your complete holiday or if you would like to combine fishing with visiting Egypt’s incredible ancient monuments then let us know; we have the experience to help you and will be pleased to pass on some advice.
Books About Nile Perch
Find details about several of John Wilson’s books which include John’s fishing adventures on Lake Nasser. Over the years John has been on more than 15 safaris with us and we owe him a big thank you for helping us introduce Nile perch fishing to the angling public. John Wilson MBE is a legend in the British angling community in 2009 he was awarded an MBE for his work in this field - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wilson_(angler)
Nile Perch “The Ultimate Guide for Anglers”
You may be interested in getting a copy of our book Nile Perch ‘The Ultimate Guide for Anglers. This book is co-authored by Tim Baily who pioneered Nile Perch safaris on Lake Nasser and is a world authority on the subject of fishing for this huge predator and the late Barrie Rickards an experienced pike angler and fishing journalist who was captivated by Nile perch and Lake Nasser. For details refer to the left panel - Nile Perch Books