If you are traveling to Abu Simbel to see the Temple of Ramses II, take the extra time and spend at least one night at Eskalah Lodge. Your host, Fekri, cooks wonderful food from his organic gardens and you will have the opportunity to hear Nubian music playing in the background as you dine and relax in the lodge and surrounding gardens. The rooms are very comfortable, although we were there in December, so the weather was pleasant (not too hot during the day and chilly at night). There were some mosquitoes and they had bug spray available as well as netting over the beds. The mosquitoes seemed to be discriminating as our children (in their 20's) were bitten more than we were, but both enjoyed hanging out and talking to the other guests. The dining room can serve more than just guests of the lodge, so you are likely to meet people from around the globe. Fekri is an Egyptologist and used to work on cruise boats on Lake Nasser, so is very knowledgeable. Since the Nubians were displaced by the creation of Lake Nasser, their culture is in danger of dying out, but if you spend time here you will be able to be a part of something very special. One other note, like many Egyptian businesses, it is cash only, so come prepared (or there is also a nearby ATM if you get stuck). Don't miss it!!
- Also Known As:
- Eskaleh Nubian Ecolodge Hotel Abu Simbel
- Eskaleh Nubian Ecolodge Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eskaleh ..... an Eco-Lodge Guest House , located a few minutes away from Abu Simble temples , marvelously overlooking the Lake Nasser, where Nubia was located. The hotel was built using natural materials such as Nile mud bricks. With a maximum capacity of 16 guest , Eskaleh ensures the best services for its guests in a relaxing , natural and warm atmosphere... ... more less