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Four immense statues of Ramses II address the lake, Ramses built them to intimidate his   enemies and seat himself amongst the gods.




Click for 3 minute video Temples of Abu Simbel.

A small boat cruise to Abu Simbel is a more rewarding experience than travelling down the middle of the lake in a cruise ship. Explore this amazing desert lake in your own house boat with an experienced guide then, when you want to relax and have your meals, join up with other guests in the social atmosphere of a well-appointed mother ship. For details about how our small boat cruise operates go to Cruise Boats & Crew in left panel.

"To sit back under a big, full sky full of stars, eating, drinking and yarning, listening to the desert sounds.... are a super experience, both exciting and relaxing simultaneously "  Barrie Rickards:  Professor of Palaeontology and Biostratigraphy Cambridge University.



The Abu Simbel cruise starts or ends at either Aswan or Abu Simbel. On average, each day you will cruise for 5 or 6 hours close to the lakes shore line taking in the incredible scenery. Between cruising times, there are opportunities to, go for walks, wild life viewing, visiting the Bedouin or exploring the ancient monuments on the lake, the highlight is the world famous temples at Abu Simbel.

Each house boat is skippered by an English speaking Nubian guide. Most of our guides have been with us for sixteen years or longer and know the lake intimately. They will take you to see what you are most interested in. You can visit any of the Nubian temples on the lake’s shoreline but, our guides are not qualified Egyptologists.

You have two itinerary options: -

  • 3 nights & 4 days starting weekly on Monday or Thursday
  • 4 nights & 5 days starting weekly on Sunday or Thursday

Get away from the hustle and bustle of crowded cruise ships and experience the nature and people of a fresh water lake located in the largest and driest desert on our planet.



The focal point is your mother ship with an experienced Nubian crew who will take good care of you and insure you have a relaxed and memorable holiday.

Explore the lake in your house boat then for meals and overnight link up with your mother ship. Our concept of having an independent unit taking care of catering and recreation is unique on Lake Nasser. With cruise ships everything is cramped together in one unit with little privacy.

Cruise ships, big or small, are too cumbersome to get close to wild life and manoeuvre in shallower water where all the action is. Our live aboard boats are perfect for getting a close-up experience of this spectacular desert lake.

As you have sundowner drinks watch spectacular desert sunsets followed by a night sky full of brilliantly bright stars; there is no light pollution from cities, a natural phenomenon few people have experienced.

At night, when the lights have been turned off the area comes alive; Gerbils scouting around for leftovers; desert foxes or golden jackals are also likely to be searching for titbits we sometimes leave out for them.

During the day explore the lake’s shore line with its captivating environment and prolific bird life. Water has washed away the top soil to reveal fossils of bygone eras. Also, Stone Age drawings and hieroglyphics, carved by ancient Egyptians on their trading expeditions can be found.

The weather is always sunny; most areas have not seen any rain for many, many years.

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Family: Adults pay the full amount under the price band of the number travelling together. Children under 18 years old get a 15%, 4 years old or younger get a 50% discount off the same price band.

Organizer: If you have a group of 6 or more adults on the same safari the ‘organizer’ the 6th person gets a 15% discount off the cost of their safari.

Solo Travellers are welcome:  Pay for one place from the price band for 2 sharing plus a reasonable supplement. If you find a suitable partner, then neither of you will pay the supplement.


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.  We specialize exclusively on Lake Nasser and as a result have unparalleled experience of this magnificent 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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