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It’s hard to comprehend how big Lake Nasser really is; for example, the flying distance between London Heathrow airport and Cairo airport is 3,524 km – the shoreline of Lake Nasser is 7,844 km twice that distance!

 

 

 

 

The lake is divided into two parts. Lake Nasser which is just over two thirds of the lakes area is within Egypt. A little under one third is in Northern Sudan which the Sudanese call Lake Nubia. The Land of Nubia is the name of the ancestral home of the Nubian people before their farms and villages were flooded by Lake Nasser. Nubia was one of this areas earliest civilizations, with a history that can be traced back to at least 2000 B.C. Nubia was also known as ancient the Kingdom of Kush.

The emphasis of all our small boat safaris is to show you the panorama, nature and the nomadic people of this amazing desert lake. Also, there are archaeological sites which have been dismantled block by block and moved to higher ground when the lake first inundated the Nile Valley; these temples represent the land of Nubia during the Pharaonic period. The most important is the world famous Temples of Abu Simbel.

 

 

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

Over 100 resident species of birds have been recorded on the lake which is also an important staging point for migrant and over-wintering birds. During the autumn and spring months millions of birds pass across the lake following the Nile River on their annual migrations between Europe, Asia and Africa.

The bird populations have created a food chain with an impressive variety of mammals and reptiles. In many areas, crocodiles and monitor lizards make their home; other types of wildlife include Dorcas gazelle, jackals, desert fox, and various smaller desert mammals can also be found.

 

 

The residents are Bedouin camel and sheep herdsmen, who graze their flocks on the shorelines sparse vegetation. A small population of transient peasant fishermen fish the lake using old methods, simple wooden boats with gill nets; living in ramshackle temporary camps.

The weather is always sunny with spectacular desert sunsets followed by a dazzling night sky full of brilliantly bright stars; in this part of the world there is no light pollution from cities, a natural phenomenon few people have experienced.

 

 

 

Lake Nasser Statistics

Maximum Length
Maximum Width
Surface Area
Average Depth
Maximum Depth
Shore Length
Surface Elevation
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550 km - 340 miles
35 km - 22 miles
5,250 km2 - 2,030 sq. miles
25.2 m - 83 feet
180 m - 590 feet
7,844 km - 4,874 miles
183 m - 600 feet

 

 

 

Lake Nasser Weather

Located in the largest and driest deserts on our planet the weather is almost always sunny and bright. Egypt could be said to have only two seasons blending into each other, a mild winter from November to May and a sweltering summer from June to October. The only real differences between the seasons are variations in day and night temperatures and changes in prevailing winds also, the very occasional sand storm.

 

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average high °C (°F)

22.9
(73.2)

25.2
(77.4)

29.5
(85.1)

34.9
(94.8)

38.9
(102)

41.4
(106.5)

41.1
(106)

40.9
(105.6)

39.3
(102.7)

35.9
(96.6)

29.1
(84.4)

24.3
(75.7)

Daily mean °C (°F)

15.3
(59.5)

17.5
(63.5)

21.8
(71.2)

27
(81)

31.4
(88.5)

33.5
(92.3)

33.6
(92.5)

33.2
(91.8)

31.2
(88.2)

27.7
(81.9)

21.5
(70.7)

16.9
(62.4)

Average low °C (°F)

8.7
(47.7)

10.2
(50.4)

13.8
(56.8)

18.9
(66)

23
(73)

25.2
(77.4)

26
(79)

25.8
(78.4)

24
(75)

20.6
(69.1)

15.0
(59)

10.5
(50.9)

Rainfall mm (Inches)

0
(0)

0
(0)

0
(0)

0
(0)

0.1
(0.004)

0
(0)

0
(0)

0.7
(0.028)

0
(0)

0.6
(0.024)

0
(0)

0
(0)

 

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