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Nile Perch Fishing Safaris

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John Wilson MBE writer and TV personalityJohn Wilson MBE writer and TV personality
Catch and  release - "Thanks for the sport"Catch and release - "Thanks for the sport"

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 this huge lake to live in and have thrived in their new habitat, especially the Tilapia and their predators, Nile perch, Tiger fish and big catfish.
Egyptians have been fishing for Nile perch since the dawn of civilization so why not come and try your luck as well, targeting one of the largest fresh water fish in the world, the legendary Nile perch? Tiger fish which can grow to 16lbs are also plentiful; one look at their vicious teeth leaves you in no doubt they are savage predators which, for pure sport on light tackle, take a lot of beating. There are also two species of big Catfish in the lake Vundu and Bagrus.
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.
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 small boat safari. 


Boat Safaris – How They Work

In 1993 the African Angler had the privilege of pioneering fishing safaris on Lake Nasser. For the past 20 years we have been operating fresh water 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.
Safari units are made up of live aboard fishing boats skippered by experienced English speaking Nubian fishing guides. Fishing boats are supported by a well-appointed mother ship manned by a cook and safari crew. 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.
For more information refer to Safari Boats & Guides in the left panel.

What Can I Expect To Catch?

We are often asked, ‘What can I expect to catch on a safari?’ Fishing being fishing, who knows for sure? Most anglers can expect to capture at least one Nile perch of 50lb plus. Beyond that, anything’s possible – perhaps even another world record? We do not like to promise Nile perch of 100 pounds plus - they are there and they are often caught - we have broken the last 3 (IGFA approved) Nile perch all tackle world records with fish of over 200 pounds.
It is almost impossible to answer the question “how many fish can I expect to catch in a day” or "how big will they be". Some days you might catch nothing at all and the next day might produce 8 /10 fish up to 100lbs or even more. Also, a lot will depend on the size of the fish that you are targeting – the bigger the fish you target the less you will catch.

Fly Fishing for Nile Perch

Please follow link for section dedicated to Fly Fishing for Nile Perch

...... the Tiger Fishing was off the hook, and I caught enough perch to keep me dreaming.


It really is such a unique experience to be able to see some of the most important historical sites on the planet one day and stick 20 tigers the next!

 Your guides, your staff, and the operation as a whole are all something to be proud of. Having guided in central Africa for the past nine years I am very impressed by what you have created. Fantastic!

Peter DeBaun– US Fly fishing guide May 2014.


Lure Angling

“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 vetran angling writer and TV personality


Lure Angling 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.

Check SPECIAL OFFERS in right navigation panel

Day Fishing

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 Anglers are welcome on a Lake Nasser Safari. 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 – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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 -

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

While you were shore fishing a perch this size swam past the boat ... 'No kidding'While you were shore fishing a perch this size swam past the boat ... 'No kidding'