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In the 1960’s a massive dam was built on the Nile river at Aswan, the resulting Lake Naser has 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, now Egypt’s most important natural treasure.

Comfortable cruise ships transport thousands of tourists to visit the world famous temples built by Ramses II at Abu Simbel they travel down the middle of the lake only visiting the Nubian monuments on the shore line, our small boat cruise offers a more rewarding experience.

On a small boat cruise you will get a close up insight into the Sahara deserts grandeur, its prolific bird life, wild animals and nomadic people.

‘’Our style of holiday is for the individual, not mass tourism, we show you the intimate and traditional side of Egypt.’’

 

 

DESERT LAKE SMALL BOAT CRUISE

A small boat cruise is similar to a traditional African safari where cross country vehicles are used for game viewing, while support trucks carrying a luxury tented camp goes on ahead. Our small boat cruise is the same except we use comfortable live aboard House Boats or Safari Boats supported by a Mother Ship instead of land vehicles.

Our concept of having an independent Mother Ship taking care of catering and recreation is unique on Lake Nasser. Explore the desert lake in your own House Boat or Safari Boat escorted by an experienced Nubian guide then to relax and have your meals, join in the social atmosphere of a well-appointed Mother Ship.

Cruise ships are too cumbersome to manoeuvre in shallower water where all the action is. Our House Boats and Safari Boats are perfect for getting a close-up experience of the desert lake panorama, its biodiversity and to meet the desert nomads who inhabit the shoreline.

 

We offer two cruise options to explore this unique desert lake.

Small Boat Charter:     Start on any day of the year and come for as long as you like from 1 night 2 days upward, ideal for including in an itinerary you are planning for Egypt. Click Small Boat Charter

Abu Simbel Cruise:     This small boat cruise will give you an in depth experience of Lake Nasser on your way to visit the world famous temples built by Ramses II at Abu Simbel. Click Abu Simbel Cruise

You will be looked after by a professional team of Nubians whose homeland Lake Nasser once was. Most of our cruise staff and guides have been with us for 16 years or longer.

For more information about how a small boat cruise works see tab in left panel Boats & Crew

 

‘’The kind of hospitality shown by Tim and his guides is seldom seen these days and the atmosphere was incredibly friendly"   Steve Pitts

 

 

Lake Nasser 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 freshwater beaches.

The West bank of the lake has vast stretches of shallow shore line which attracts wild birds and their predators. In contrast, the East bank is  made up of rugged desert landscapes where the Nile has pushed up against a ranges of mountains on its way into the Mediterranean Sea.

The lake is an important staging point for migrant and over-wintering birds; during the autumn and spring months millions of birds pass over the lake on their annual migrations between Europe, Asia and Africa. The bird population has created a food chain with an impressive variety of mammals and reptiles.

The residents are nomadic camel and sheep herdsmen, who graze their flocks on the shoreline’s sparse vegetation. Transient peasant fishermen fish the lake using old methods, simple wooden rowing boats living in ramshackle temporary camps. There is no modern commercial fishing on Lake Nasser.

’'Pictures speak a thousand words’’ peruse our Slide Shows tab for an insight into this unique desert Lake.

 

 

We are a small professional family business who in 1993 had the privilege of being the first to pioneer small boat safaris on Lake Nasser. For over 20 years we specialize exclusively on Lake Nasser and have unparalleled experience of this amazing desert lake.  See tab heading About Us

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU TO OUR DESERT LAKE

 

 

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Treat yourself and your family to a unique holiday exploring the wilderness of a magnificent desert lake and visiting the world famous Temples of Abu Simbel.

Take a break from the tourist ‘hot spots’ and let us introduce you to a more intimate and traditional side of Egypt.

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