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How a Small Boat Safari Works

Explore the lake in your own private live aboard boat then at lunch time and in the evening meet up with a well-appointed mother ship for meals and drinks in comfortable social surroundings.

Mother Ships. Our concept of having an independent unit taking care of catering and recreation is unique on Lake Nasser. With cruise ships, both big or small, everything is cramped together in one unit with little privacy. Cruise ships are too cumbersome to get close to wild life and manoeuvre in shallower water where all the action is. Exploring the lake in your own live aboard boat is the perfect way to get a close-up experience of this magnificent desert lake.

Camps are located on sandy beaches where it is safe to swim in the lakes clean fresh water. There are plenty of opportunities to walk along the desert shore; in some places the water has washed away the top soil to reveal plant and animal fossils of bygone eras. Also, stone age rock drawings and more "modern" Hieroglyphics carved by ancient Egyptians during their trading expeditions can be found.

During the two annual bird migrations between Africa and the northern hemisphere you will be amazed by the millions of birds passing through this desert lake.


Safari Crew

An essential requirement for a successful small boat safari is the crew. We have taken this seriously devoting a lot of effort into selecting and training our team; most of our guides and safari crew have been with us for sixteen years or longer.

Our safari staff are all Nubians who inhabited the Nile Valley before it was flooded by Lake Nasser. The Nubian people have a proud and rich heritage which dates to long before the Pharaohs were in control of ancient Egypt. To this day they still maintain their own distinct traditions, architecture, and their own language. There is an excellent esprit de corps amongst our Nubian staff, they are proud of the work they do, and you can’t beat them for their spontaneous and genuine friendship.

The Nubians have a special reputation amongst outsiders; their characteristics are generally considered to be honesty, trustworthiness and good heartedness. But this reputation covers not only the people but also their country, which was called Balad El-Aman, a land of safety and security. I am telling you all this because the whole crew and the staff of African Angler are Nubians, and without exaggerating, I have barely ever met better, politer, more helpful and grateful people in my whole life! These guys are very proud of their culture and their values and until today represent them to the fullest!  Moritz Witter


Mother Ships

A small boat safari unit is made up of live aboard boats supported by a well-appointed mother ship. Our mother ships carry the equipment, provisions, fuel and the safari staff; leaving the live aboard boats free to explore the Lake, viewing wild life or taking in the incredible desert scenery.

Mother ships are fitted with a built-in kitchen, dining area, toilet, and shower; there is plenty of space on the upper deck to relax and watch the world go by. Beer, and soft drinks are in plentiful supply and always ice cold. You will be well looked after; our Nubian safari staff will surprise you with their ability to conjure up amazing food in the middle of nowhere. The style of cooking is a blend of western taste merged with Nubian cuisine, superb.



Live Aboard Boats

Charter either a house boat or a safari boat. Each live aboard boat is skippered by an English-speaking Nubian guide with extensive knowledge of the wildlife, places of interest and the desert Bedouin who live on the lakes shoreline.

House Boats have two spacious cabins sleeping four comfortably. They are fitted with a toilet & shower and a small galley with amenities for making tea or coffee. The electricity supply is an on-board 240-volt generator capable of recharging your appliances. When the generator is not running there is a 12-volt battery powered night light circuit. The sun deck is a comfortable shaded area which is ideal for relaxing and taking in the scenery. A house boat is perfect for exploring the Lake, big enough to be comfortable but also small enough to reach shallow areas, where you are more likely to see wild life and get close enough for memorable photographs.



Safari Boats are smaller than the house boats; originally designed for fishing they are ideal for those who would like to try their luck fishing for Nile perch or Tiger fish. Safari boats have a cabin with two large single bunks, at night the cabin can be enclosed by canvas providing a cosy sheltered sleeping area or you can sleep on the top deck under the desert stars which most people find is a unique and peaceful experience; it never rains in the desert. Unlike the house boats, safari boats do not have an on-board toilet and shower, these facilities are provided for on the mother ship.



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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