Sara Hotel

El Fanadek Street, Aswan, Egypt
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Unfinished Obelisk shopping complex.Unfinished Obelisk shopping complex.

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Lake Nasser Fishing

by mbennet

What tour guide would you recommend for a day of fishing on Lake Nasser?

Re: Lake Nasser Fishing

by Odinnthor

Depends on the rest of your trip there. I do not have a aspecific guide in Aswan, but this guy comes highly recommended. I am sure that he can get you one. I doubt that he will have time personally to just take you on a day tour in Aswan, but he can surely get you one.

You can also find testimonials here on VT for Mohamed Bahaa, as well as Tripadvisor. Good luck......d:o)

Re: Lake Nasser Fishing

by vdoortje

I am sure Bahaa is able to help you! I have used his services for 7 trips up until now and he never disappointed me.

But he never took me fishing.... Fishing is not a great hobby of me.

Although I remember that once he took us to the Birkash Camel Market near Cairo and on the spot he arranged a boat for us back to Cairo where we had the best grilled fish meal ever!!

During my explorations about Egypt I came across this man:

'Mode': TO
Category: Ship/Boat
Getting TO/AROUND: There is another way to sail across Lake Nasser outside the big cruiseships.
That is going by safari boat. It is a small motor boat mainly used for fishing.
In Aswan there is a Nubian boatman who adapted his ship to host 8 to 10 guests. You can compare it with the fellukah sails between Aswan and Edfu. The ship is like a camping site. You will sleep on deck and the captain will prepare your food on board.

If you like you can do some fishing, seems to be great on Lake Nasser. The ship can dock on any site you like. Not just the historical sites, but also the tiny fishermen settlements on the shores of Lake Nasser.
One big advantage, to my idea, is that the ship can dock at Qasr Ibrim, where you can get ashore to explore the site (see my Off the Beaten Path tip).

The name of the boatsman is Negrashi. Ask around when you are in Aswan if you want to take this trip. The trip will take about 6 days.

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Other Contact: Ask for NEGRASHI

I copied this from my VT home page "Abu Simbel" section. I have got Negrashi's name from some kind of magazine article.

I am sure MOhamed Bahaa is able to help you further.

Good luck, Dora.

Travel Tips for Aswan

General Background

by Kuznetsov_Sergey

The town Aswan is situated in Upper Egypt north below the First Nile Cataract on the east bank of the Nile, partly on low ground and partly on a hill. Aswan is the capital of Egypt's most southerly governorate and the terminus of the railroad line along the Nile Valley. As a result of the construction of the High Dam farther up the valley Aswan is now becoming one of the country's principal industrial centers.

At Aswan the Nile divides into several arms, separated by large granite rocks and islands, in particular the island of Elephantine.

The best time to visit Aswan is winter (December-February).

Aswan Dam

by miman

Without impoundment the River Nile would flood each year during summer, as waters from East Africa flowed down the river. These floods brought nutrients and minerals that made the soil around the Nile fertile and ideal for farming. As the population along the river grew, there came a need to control the flood waters to protect farmland and cotton fields. In a high-water year, the whole crop may be entirely wiped out, while in a low-water year there was widespread drought and famine. The aim of this water project was to prevent the river's flooding, generate electricity and provide water for agriculture.The Aswan High Dam is 3,600 m in length, 980 m wide at the base, 40 m wide at the crest and 111 m tall. It contains 43 million m³ of material. At maximum, 11,000 m³ of water can pass through the dam every second. There are further emergency spillways for an extra 5000 m³ per second and the Toshka Canal links the reservoir to the Toshka Depression. The reservoir, named Lake Nasser, is 480 km long and 16 km at its widest with a surface area of 6,000 km² and holds 150 to 165 km³.

With hydroelectric output of 2.1 gigawatts, the dam powers twelve generators each rated at 175 megawatts. Power generation began in 1967. When the dam first reached peak output it produced around half of Egypt's entire electricity production (about 15% by 1998) and allowed for the connection of most Egyptian villages to electricity for the first time. The effects of dangerous floods in 1964 and 1973 and of threatening droughts in 1972–73 and 1983–84 were mitigated. A new fishing industry has been created around Lake Nasser, though it is struggling due to its distance from any significant markets.

Drinking Water

by Rachelynn

It's not safe to drink from the tap. You can buy bottled mineral water, which is very much available everywhere in shops and hotels.

It cost about 6EP to 10 EP for one large bottle in hotels, and 2EP if you buy from shops.

The brands that i took were Nestle and Baraka.

Some of my tour mates boiled the mineral water but i didn't. It's not really necessary.

View at Elephantine and westbank

by sachara

At the end of the afternoon, after visiting many ''must see'' places, we sat in the garden of the New Cataract Hotel and had a splendid view at the southern end of Elephantine, said to be the most scenic part of the Nile, and the westbank with the silhouette mausoleum of Aga Khan.
We were happy that we were allowed to use this beautifull neughbouring garden. We were at the Kalabsha Hotel.

Marketing Meeting

by kenmerk

The local vendors huddle to discuss the days sales strategies:

"OK guys, this is what we are gonna do: We buy low and sell high.... And just look what's a coming, a whole fleet of dem tour buses just full of them Euro-packing Teutonic tourists...."

The hawkers in Aswan can be a bit pushy, though they don't hold a candle to the ones in Luxor... (The undisputed top hassle location on the Egyptian Tourist circuit...)


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Address: El Fanadek Street, Aswan, Egypt