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Egypt now as an alternative cruise destination to offer visitors who may have already spent time on the River Nile. The Aswan High dam was built across the River Nile and as a result, Lake Nasser was formed. The lake reaches a maximum width of 35km and is more than 300km in length. As well as the ancient temples, some villagers also had to relocate as the Lake Nasser waters rose.

Perch, Catfish and Tiger Fish can all be found in Lake Nasser which is a real attraction for anglers. These fish were all originally found in the River Nile before the Aswan High Dam was built and once Lake Nasser was formed, these species thrived on their new environment. Lake Nasser offers anglers the best Perch fishing in the world.

Lake Nasser is coming into it’s own as an inland cruise destination. Lake Nasser cruise depart from Aswan and sail the length of Lake Nasser to Abu Simbel. There are various stops on the way for passenger to explore some of the lesser known ancient Egyptian sites but are nonetheless impressive.

Lake Nasser cruises last either 4 or 7 nights. Abu Simbel is the destination for both cruises as they depart from Aswan. As the cruise heads south, it stops off at various points of interest including the temples at Kalabsha, Wadi El Seboua, Amada and of course, Abu Simbel. The journey from Aswan to Abu Simbel takes 4 days and at this point passengers can disembark and take the 3 hour road trip back to Aswan. Those wanted to take a longer cruise on Lake Nasser can remain on board and sail back up to Aswan.

Its not just the ancient Egyptian sites that are impressive, the scenery around Lake Nasser is spectacular. The landscape around Lake Nasser varies from rugged hills to flat beaches. A few local bedouin and fisherman live near the lake and can occasionally be seen. There is also a variety of birdlife living near the lake including ducks, geese, pelicans, heron as well as various birds of prey. Desert animals and reptiles can be seen while cruising the lake.

Although the popularity of cruising the River Nile is as strong as ever, Lake Nasser offers tourists an alternative cruise exploring ancient Egypt’s past in a spectacular setting.

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