In 1993 we had the privilege of pioneering small boat safaris on Lake Nasser and as a result of our Kenyan origin we have brought the atmosphere of traditional African “Hemingway” style safaris to Lake Nasser together with old fashioned hospitality and attention to service.
A small boat safari is as close to the real meaning of the word safari as you are likely to find. On an African safari 4x4 vehicles are used for travelling, while support trucks carrying the equipment and safari staff go on ahead to set up comfortable camps. Our safaris are the same except we use ‘live aboard boats’ supported by well-appointed mother ships instead of land vehicles. Hotel ships cruise down the middle of the lake viewing the desert panorama from a distance. We offer a more in-depth experience, exploring the remote areas getting close to the magic of the lakes wilderness, wild life and nomadic people.
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. Our mother ships have a built in kitchen, dining and recreation areas, toilets and showers providing you with all the amenities for a comfortable camp; you will be well looked after on safari. 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.
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 where, in some places, the water has washed away the top soil, to reveal plant and animal fossils of bygone eras. Also, Stone Age drawings and more ‘modern’ Hieroglyphics, carved by ancient Egyptians during their trading or mineral seeking expeditions down the Nile, can also 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.
The weather is always sunny; most areas have not seen any rain for five or more years. Spectacular sunsets are followed by a dazzling night sky full of brilliantly bright stars; no light pollution from cities a phenomenon few people have experienced.
The most important requirement for a successful safari is the crew who run the safari. We have taken this seriously devoting a lot of time and effort in selecting and training our team; most of our safari crew have been with us for twelve years or more.
African Angler Safari crew and guides are all Nubians who are the people that inhabited the Nile Valley before it was flooded by Lake Nasser. The Nubian people have a proud and rich heritage that dates back to long before the Pharaohs were in control of ancient Egypt. 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.
We have four well-appointed mother ships which 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 and there is plenty of space on the upper deck to relax sunbathe or just watch the world go by. The electricity supply is powered by a 240v generator which can recharge your camera batteries.
Live Aboard Boats
For your live aboard boat you can charter either a House Boat or a Safari Boat for your own exclusive use. Each boat is skippered by an English speaking Nubian guide with extensive local knowledge.
House Boats are a perfect choice for families or a group of friends, the more people who share a house boat the less expensive it becomes for each person. They 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 240v generator capable of recharging your appliances. When the generator is not running there is a 12v battery powered night light circuit. The sun deck has 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.
House Boat & Safari Boat Como
Chartering House Boat & Safari Boat Combo is the ideal way to include your family, while they explore the lake in the comfortable House Boat, you can go fishing or exploring in the Safari Boat. House Boats have two cabins which sleep four comfortably and with two comfy beds in the Safari Boat this combo can accommodates up to six people.
Guides & Safari Crew
One of the most important requirements for a successful safari is the crew; we take this seriously and devote time and effort in selecting and training our team although almost all the key members have been with us for fifteen years or more.
African Angler's Safari crews and guides are all Nubians who are the people that inhabited the Nile Valley before it was flooded by Lake Nasser. The Nubian people have a proud and rich heritage that dates back long before the Pharaohs were in control of ancient Egypt. To this day, Nubians still maintain their own distinct traditions, architecture, and their own language, even though they had to migrate into Egypt or south to the Sudan after Lake Nasser swamped much of their traditional homeland. 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, good heartedness and cooperation. 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 Germany May 2014