Elephantine Island
Elephantine Island
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This island is the oldest inhabited part of Aswan and served as the cult center of the ram headed god Khnum in ancient times.
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  • World Prof
    Buffalo Grove, Illinois174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasant excursion including Nubian village and ancient ruins
    Take a 6 LE ferry over to the island from Aswan, then explore the Nubian village with Mudbrick houses and find your way (no signage!) to the ancient site on the south end of the island with ruins, a small museum and and ancient nileometer (that measured the height of the Nile. The ruins are unimpressive, though expansive, with no explanation. Locals will guide you around for a tip. The small museum includes some interesting items from the island. If you have time, it's with an excursion.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 4 March 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,407 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small Museum and Ruins of Ancient Aswam
    Entrance fee here is 160 EGP that includes the visit of the small Aswam Museum and the ruins of Ancient Aswam behind it. A guy met me at the Entrance Area and unlocked the Museum Doors for me. On display are an ancient Marriage Contract, small carvings, tools, spears, etc. Outside are three huge statues on display. Behind the Museum: I was surprised to see the ruins of the ancient Aswam being restored. Took some pictures here and left.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 October 2023
  • tsyeoh
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small island, quiet and peaceful, away from busy Aswan
    Stayed in Elephantine Island for 2 nights in Green Nubian House. This facility is more like a homestay with a room provided with 2 bedrooms, kitchen, balcony, and large living room. As for the island, it is away from the noise of Aswan city and is quiet and peaceful. There is a ferry boat which takes passengers to and fro from the island at EGP10 each way and is frequent. As for the island, it has many houses with narrow lanes, although it is a small island (1.2km long, 400m wide). Its walkway may not be as clean and can be a bit messy. You need Google maps to get around as there are many criss crossing lanes with no signages. There are nice views of sunrise and sunset on the island and you can just walk across the island easily. Overall, nice place for peace and quiet.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 November 2023
  • Ricky
    Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stay on Elephantine Island, not the mainland
    Stay on Elephantine island, not the mainland- it is so much nicer! We stayed at Mostafa Jamaica House just above King Jamaica restaurant and had the best time. The food, the people, the lifestyle- perfect. Ask for Mostafa from Nubian dreams to take you out on his felucca for a day trip (or multi day trip), you won’t be disappointed. His boat hand Nasir is also an amazing cook- some of the best food we’ve eaten our whole time in Egypt. Incredible duo.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 November 2023
  • Codiak!
    Abbotsford, Canada10,878 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    International Jenga effort
    This place is amazing when you learn the history of it. When the Aswan Dam was to be built an international effort to preserve temples that would soon be underwater came into play. What you see here was transported jigsaw fashion above the water level to be preserved.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 December 2023
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Codiak!
Abbotsford, Canada10,878 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
This place is amazing when you learn the history of it. When the Aswan Dam was to be built an international effort to preserve temples that would soon be underwater came into play. What you see here was transported jigsaw fashion above the water level to be preserved.
Written 21 December 2023
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Ricky
Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Stay on Elephantine island, not the mainland- it is so much nicer!
We stayed at Mostafa Jamaica House just above King Jamaica restaurant and had the best time. The food, the people, the lifestyle- perfect.

Ask for Mostafa from Nubian dreams to take you out on his felucca for a day trip (or multi day trip), you won’t be disappointed. His boat hand Nasir is also an amazing cook- some of the best food we’ve eaten our whole time in Egypt. Incredible duo.
Written 18 November 2023
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,866 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
My wife and I took a felucca ride around Elephantine Island in Aswan during a Nile River cruise this past December. It was a scenic ride and very relaxing.
Written 13 November 2023
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tsyeoh
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Stayed in Elephantine Island for 2 nights in Green Nubian House. This facility is more like a homestay with a room provided with 2 bedrooms, kitchen, balcony, and large living room. As for the island, it is away from the noise of Aswan city and is quiet and peaceful. There is a ferry boat which takes passengers to and fro from the island at EGP10 each way and is frequent. As for the island, it has many houses with narrow lanes, although it is a small island (1.2km long, 400m wide). Its walkway may not be as clean and can be a bit messy. You need Google maps to get around as there are many criss crossing lanes with no signages. There are nice views of sunrise and sunset on the island and you can just walk across the island easily. Overall, nice place for peace and quiet.
Written 13 November 2023
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HappyHammer69
Port Macquarie, Australia937 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We loved our trip to Elephantine Island and it was an opportunity to spend time with local people and understand more about their story and how they live, highly recommended. The food and the hospitality we received was absolutely fantastic.
Written 1 November 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Entrance fee here is 160 EGP that includes the visit of the small Aswam Museum and the ruins of Ancient Aswam behind it.

A guy met me at the Entrance Area and unlocked the Museum Doors for me. On display are an ancient Marriage Contract, small carvings, tools, spears, etc. Outside are three huge statues on display.

Behind the Museum: I was surprised to see the ruins of the ancient Aswam being restored. Took some pictures here and left.
Written 25 October 2023
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rafaelrabello
Campinas, SP161 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
It is a hard and painful poverty that moves the heart and changes the mood of the trip. There are trash everywhere and it is a sand floor (so forget to bring luggage here).

I saw some Europeans fascinated with this poverty and filth. Well, I come from a developing country and I can say that it is only sad, nothing to admire.
The painted houses are very isolated, it is a kind of one picture place.

If you're willing to do charity, please help the locals, they are very friendly and it is a safe place to walk around.

Unfortunately I can't recommend for the readers this place.
Written 28 June 2023
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia1,689 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Sort of enjoyed going to the island and seeing some museums and temple ruins but found it all a little underwhelming!!

Boat ride across nice and relaxing but once on the island very dirty, no signage and very hard to find attractions.

Museum at best OK and temple ruins fairly good but nothing spectacular, so would recommend visiting island but if short on time you can easily give it a miss.

Research island what to do before you go.
Written 9 May 2023
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary1,673 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We sailed on the river by a local boat „felukka” and passed around the island. The giant rocks looked like grey elephants on the south part. In the past a town (Szvenet) stood there, and it was the center of the cult of the ram-headed god. This trip was really a very good experience.
Written 2 May 2023
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Faith H
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
I went on a Globus group tour but solo. We stayed the night at the Movenpick hotel on Elephantine Island. Most of the group went to the Nubian Village, which I opted out of. This was the view from my room and it was Spectacular and other worldly. At night the entire hillside and tombs were lit up !
Be sure to ask for a room facing that direction.
Written 16 April 2023
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