Lake Nasser

Lake Nasser, Nile River Valley: Address, Lake Nasser Reviews: 4.5/5

Lake Nasser
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This artificial lake, which was created after the construction of the Aswan Dam, is more than 500 kilometers long of which 150 belong to the Sudan.
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carol c
Dothan, AL4 contributions
Do not sail on the MS Abbas... Take a day trip to the lake and Abbu Simbul instead. The ship has peeling paint, paper lamp shades in your rooms, and antiquated furniture. The food was ALL buffet every meal...and bland. my morning coffee was served in paper cups. Ripped carpet on ramps to get on and off the ship...If you are American this compares to Hotel 6. I understand the economics in the country but this is not a 5 star ship.
Written December 4, 2021
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,194 contributions
Lake Nasser was formed by the construction of the Aswan High Dam that was completed in 1970. One of the largest man-made lakes in the world, the natural scenery is beautiful. It’s easy to forget that thousands of Nubians, including those in Sudan, were forced to relocate when the lake formed. We got our first glimpse of the lake from Aswan High Dam and then again when we visited Abu Simbel. If you fly to Abu Simbel, get a window seat for views of Lake Nasser that are out of this world!
Written April 29, 2020
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Paul J
Western Australia, Australia100 contributions
We joined this cruise in Aswan as part of a month-long tour from Cairo to Abu Simbel with an Australian archaeologist, who showed us many of the historical sights, including Kalabsha temple, Beit el-Wali, Wadi es-Sabua, Dakka, Amada, Derr, Qasr Ibrim (floodlit at night from the ship) and, of course, Abu Simbel both during the day and for the Sound and Light show. It's probably the only way to see some of these sights along Lake Nasser and a relaxing way to travel. The ship was only about half full.
The ship, itself, is good but not up to the standard of some other Nile cruise ships. The rooms were comfortable and adequately furnished with air-con, a safe and lake views. The crew were friendly and helpful and we had a mix of Australian, Belgian, Canadian and Spaniard tourists. The meals were all buffet style with a good selection and you could order omelettes, etc for breakfast. There was a bar-b-cue for one evening. Tenders were used to take us ashore at some of the sights but we docked for Abu Simbel. There was a bar serving reasonably priced drinks as well as tea/coffee, etc. The sun-deck was good for relaxing tho' it was plagued by midges, which did not bite but were extremely annoying - maybe just the time of year - but the parasols were covered in them.
The ruins of Qasr Ibrim were viewed from the ship at night as they cruised close and shone the floodlights. As we neared Abu Simbel they played music (Chariots of Fire) as notification so we could have cameras ready.
Written April 6, 2020
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Gail Goldman
Hartsdale, NY1,098 contributions
We traveled on the Movenpick MS Prince Abbas with our Odyssey tour group. We had a wonderful tour director who led us through remarkable sites and Nubian temples. The Temples of Philae was our first visit in Aswan. The next day we visited the Kalabasha Temple which was moved and reconstructed on higher ground and impressive. We also saw the Dakka Tample, the Temple of Amada, the settlement of Karr Ibrim, other sites and the most spectacular, the Abu Simbel Temple Complex.
Great Trip!
Written March 29, 2020
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caabbani
1 contribution
We used Odysseys unlimited for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. We have traveled a lot in the past with a much more expensive company and expected less, but got almost as much! The hotels were great, the itinerary perfect and our guide was top notch.
Written March 21, 2020
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AdriZaAst
Milan, Italy172 contributions
Going on a cruise on Lake Nasser is not only a trip through time, seeing the southernmost part of one of the most ancient civilizations on Earth, but also relaxing experience in some of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen. From splendid beaches to desolate deserts, I strongly suggest it.
Written March 2, 2020
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KJFulton1948
31 contributions
For the first time in many decades, I was able to enjoy the night time sky without light pollution from civilization.
Written February 13, 2020
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Martha4994
Saint Paul, MN12 contributions
My husband and I spent two nights and three days fishing and staying on the houseboat.The crew and guide were wonderful, the scenery amazing, and the boats are kept spotless. I am gluten free and the cook did an amazing job of accommodating it, even making a special GF coconut cake that was fantastic. We caught several huge Nile perch and tigerish. Truly a unique and wonderful cultural fishing experience.
Written December 25, 2019
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m p
Texas151 contributions
Did a one day fishing trip out of Aswan. Couple of key points. The Major one is that on arrival there was a guy by the boat with an AK-47 in hand. Which we thought strange but what was Really strange was that he got on the boat and sat behind us the whole time with machine gun. Frightened my wife half to death and I can't say I was thrilled either, having had no warning of this. So on to the fishing. We started by trolling for a couple hours with no luck. Then we tried cast for a while also with no luck. Next we were let off on an island which I walked and cast several different lures and finally caught 1 small Nile Perch maybe 2 or 3 lbs. A baby. Left went back to trolling again with no luck. Will say that the guide obviously tried it just wasn't our day. Also this was by far our most expensive day activity in our 10 days in Egypt. I think about $500 USD. Wish I could have spent 2 or 3 days as would have loved to have caught something a little more challenging.
Written June 27, 2019
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fuzzbarb
Adelaide, Australia159 contributions
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We did a four-night cruise on the Steigenberger Omar el Khayam.

We were originally booked on the Movenpick MS Prince Abbass but were notified prior to our departure that the ship had changed.

The staff onboard the Lake Nasser boat were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they were unfailingly polite and friendly. They also tried to make the trip fun. 

The internet was basically non-existent, but after initially being disappointed, it turned out to be a blessing, as people had to converse with each other instead of sitting looking at their devices over meals and on excursions.

We were invited by the general manager of the boat to inspect the kitchens to see how spotless they were.  They wash all of their fruit, vegetables etc in boiled spring water.  We also had a tour of the (bridge?) part of the boat where the captain sits / steers. The general manager told us - and I thought he was joking - that the captain and co-captain, who were brothers, couldn’t use the boat’s radar system, but that was OK, as they knew the waters like the backs of their hands.  A couple of hours later, when docking, the captain smacked the boat straight into the rocks (photo attached of where we docked), sending most of us scurrying to our balconies to see if we were re-enacting the sinking of the Titanic!  This must be why, when we first arrived, the first thing we saw when we entered our cabin were two life jackets on the bed. There was no damage done to the boat re: docking. It was just a jolt, nothing serious.

The boat was only at about 40 per cent capacity and we noticed a few ‘ghost ships’ in the harbour at Aswan.  Tourism numbers in Egypt are not good, so a number of boats just sit idle in the harbour.  There was only one other cruise ship operating on the lake when we were there, but we never saw it.

The only boat we saw on Lake Nasser was a ferry we saw coming from or heading to Sudan.

The shore excursions were extremely interesting and we had most of the amazing temples and other sites to ourselves. The scenery was spectacular.  We saw lots of falcons and a few eagles.  The only scorpions and crocodiles we saw were the ones with souvenir sellers - stuffed or live - for posing for photos with, which I avoided. 

The temples are wonderful inside. Outside, some of them they look quite plain, but inside they are mostly highly-decorated and still have a lot of their original colours as they are protected from the light.

What was unusual was that on each shore excursion, we were accompanied by a plain-clothes policeman with a machine gun.

At one of the site, some of us chose to be transported by donkey cart, and there was just one man with his two donkeys.  There used to be men with camels as well, but there are no longer enough tourists, so they sold their camels.

The approach by ship to Abu Simbel was spectacular! 

 Inside, Abu Simbel is just as awe-inspiring as the outside. It is right up there with the pyramids. Photos do not do it justice. There is an excellent black and white documentary on how they moved Abu Simbel. An amazing engineering feat.

We also saw Abu Simbel again that night, but this time with a light and music show.  They don’t need to jazz up’, Abu Simbel, as it is spectacular enough without razzmatazz. However, as I had skipped the last light and sound show at the Philadelphia Temple, I was was strongly ‘advised’ by our tour leader  to attend :-) .  It did not enjoy it at all, but I am not into that sort of thing. It was in Spanish and other languages were available through a battery-operated head set.

We had an interrupted night’s sleep on the last night on the ship, as we were parked near some rocks on the other side of Abu Simbel, and it was very rough in the early hours of the morning. It felt like we were been smashed against the rocks every few minutes (we weren’t, it was just very rough). The speedboat ride to shore to disembark the next morning was ‘interesting’, given the rough waters. It is a good job I only had a light breakfast!
Written June 14, 2019
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