Overlanding Africa.com offers budget safaris, Africa overland tours, camping & backpacking advice for Africa.

Check out our Chilly Bin Surfer Chronicles on our blog.

Contact us
SA: +27 (0)21 422 4644
UK: 0871 28 44 99 1

By Email
On Facebook

You have

Find things you like, add them to your backpack & they'll appear here.

Get the free Overlanding Newsletter!
Abu Simbel Day, Trip
Best of Egypt 14 Days From More about this trip
Egypt top 20
Cairo to Cape Town Nile Trans 16 Weeks From GBP 2595 More about this trip
Marrakech Morrocco
Ultimate Trans Africa Expedition 38 Weeks From More about this trip
Previous Next

About Aswan

Aswan is situated in Egypt, about 980km south of Cairo. Aswan budget travel is perfect for visitors looking for rich history and culture amid the ancient deserts.

Aswan Budget Travel

Below is a list of Aswan's top activities, click on the link to view all details and tours.

Abu Simbel Day Trip, Aswan High Dam, Kitchener Island Botanic Gardens, Nile Felucca Excursion, Nubian Village Dinner, Philae Temple

View all activities in Aswan

Airports

Aswan airport options include the following:
•Cairo International Airport
•Aswan Airport

Birdlife

Aswan birdlife is fairly basic, with a few good birding spots including Aswan Old Dam and nearby Lake Nasser. Species are not in huge numbers but are interesting with White Stork, ducks, Long-legged Buzzard, White-crowned Wheatears, Green Sandpiper, Black Redstart, Chiffchaff and Hoopoe to be seen.

Conservation

With a beautiful and well-maintained city, Aswan conservation efforts are recognized and maintained. A number of projects ranging from Aswan West Bank Ancient Quarry Landscape Conservation to community development and tourism initiatives are all part of the ongoing efforts in Aswan.

Malaria

Aswan malaria info include the following:
•Egypt is malaria-free
•Unless you are on route to a malaria-zone country, you do not need to take anti-malaria medication
•Taking medication unnecessarily is dangerous and poses a health risk

Plants

Aswan plant life ranges from sparse desert vegetation to lush oasis' and tranquil gardens such as Aswan Botanical Gardens on Kitchener's Island, which lies in the middle of the Nile at Aswan. The garden is home to over thirty varieties of palm and tropical plants from around the world.

Safety Tips


•Terrorist attacks have been known to occur in high tourist focused areas
•Aswan is generally safe, but valuables should be kept safe and out of site regardless as a precaution
•Borders near Gaza, Liberia and Sudan are dangerous and should be avoided
•Avoid political gatherings and street demonstrations which may turn violent
•Have respect at all times and follow local customs to avoid being targeted

Travel Books

Aswan recommended travel books include the following:
•Egypt: Eyewitness Travel Guide by DK Publishing
•National Geographic Traveler: Egypt 2nd Edition by Andrew Humphreys
•Globetrotter Egypt Travel Pack by Globetrotter
•Egypt Country Guide by Lonely Planet

Wildlife

The most common Aswan wildlife you will encounter is the giant crocodiles of the Nile River. They are mostly seen behind the Aswan Dam, and can grow to an incredible 10 feet. Other creatures include camels and a number of reptiles including snakes and lizards.

 

Ask us something or leave a comment


3 OVERLAND TOURS THROUGH Aswan recommended for you
Recent Feedback

Left quoteThe highlight of my trip had to be Gweru in Zimbabwe, it was my idea of paradise. So much to do there with the animals and the location of it was just beautiful!Right quote

Anne B (27) from Ireland

Left quoteThe trip was great! A very relaxed ride in a mokoro, followed by camping in the Okavango Delta and watching the animals on the islands was awesome!Right quote

Michael & Silke from Germany

Left quoteI loved every millisecond of the entire trip... Guess what I did in Swakopmund? I skydived out of a plane - woohoo was that AWESOME :-)Right quote

JoJo E (61) from Switzerland

Left quoteFinally home and had a great time…. I loved the shark diving, Sossusvlei and Himba people. Saw Lions, a Leopard, Elephants, Giraffes, everything really! Thanks for…Right quote

John E from Canada

Left quoteI did not believe in god till i visited Chobe National Park.Right quote

Juca from Uruguay

Go to all feedback Previous Next