Nubian Village
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  • Abhinav P
    New Delhi, India160 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unique experience
    In Aswan Nubian Village is a must visit to experience a traditional and very unique lifestyle. The Village is very colorful. We found people very welcoming. They have small market where you can buy local spices and crafts with bargain.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Lucian M
    Constanta, Romania2,462 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unusual experience
    We arrived in the Nubian village aboard a small boat. We passed on a small and dusty street full on both sides with shops selling traditional things, they said: all kinds of decorations, spices, shawls, veils, shmehr for men, dried fruits, African masks made of wood, leather goods ... I don't know, many other things. The houses in the village have a typical architecture and are very colorful. We were welcomed into the household of a family from the village. We were served tea and hibiscus juice, a cheese paste mixed with something spicy, there was something else on that tray, but I couldn't identify what. The family had a cage in their yard containing three baby crocodiles. With the youngest we took pictures. Of course, something new and unusual for us as tourists, but too bad for those animals, they should have been free. After all, we tourists encourage their captivity. Carried in so many hands, I don't think it was good for the poor animal. Honestly, I'm so sorry now that I took a picture with poor baby crocodile in my hands. Looking at the photos posted here, I am sure that not the same village is visited by groups of tourists. As such, I can't say for sure which Nubian village I was in.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Victoria K
    San Diego, California292 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Colorful village is a must see!
    One of our tour guides in Luxor suggested we visit the village, which was not in our original plans. It turned out to be a highlight of our time in Egypt. We went early in the am form our ship in Aswan. It was cooler and quiet and a beautiful boat ride for our group of 7. In the village we went to a family home, had tea. Some had henna, some took a camel ride. The vendors there are not aggressive and actually friendly. My friends felt they could have gotten better prices by buying souveniers here instead of other spots. We had a tuk-tuk to take us out of the village to our van - which then took us to the airport. A great way to end the river cruise when in Aswan.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 October 2023
  • tinamcq
    8 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The crocodile situation put me off completely.
    The motorboat ride was terrible with the diesel fumes. About time they used electric outboards. The Nubian people were lovely. However, having a small crocodile with its jaw taped for photos is not my cup of tea, nor is the sight of a fully grown crocodile in a tiny exclosure with not enough water to cover it, let alone turn around. Best left alone even though the Nubian people allegedly worship crocodiles, I would not recommend the trip
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 October 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,641 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad that I stayed here instead of downtown Aswan!
    For my home base during my 3-day visit of Aswan, I stayed at this village. The views are beautiful such as colorful houses and Nile River, neighborhoods are quiet and calm, no honking of horns and other noises that one experienced in the city center. Watching the boats passing by along the Nile River made me feel relax. Locals here are kind and friendly. There are several hostels/Guest Houses with restaurants. Shops are welcoming and do not hazzle you as you walk by.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Eimear99
    Ireland2,771 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Traditional Nubian Village visit.
    Our group visited this traditional Nubian village while in Aswan. We travelled there on a diesel motor boat. Pleasant journey down the Nile but quite a lot of diesel fumes. The pace of life in the Nubian village was slow and the vendors were not as pushy as in other areas. We visited a family house and were greeted warmly. We were given refreshments… did not like to see the three crocodiles who were kept in a central area of the house. These people always keep them as a pet for 12 years and then return them to the waters of the Aswan dam as they get too big… We also got the opportunity to visit the local kindergarten school and meet one of the teachers Mr Omar. This was a particular joy for me as a teacher. Lovely pleasant boat ride back…
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 November 2023
  • CreativelyUrs
    35 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Skippable visit
    We went there as an added excursion while on a Nile Cruise. The boat ride to the village was beautiful but the village itself, not so great. All the same shops can be found everywhere. We were taken to a Nubian home where crocodiles are kept as pets. Didn't really care for a baby croc being shoved in our faces and how it was being treated. Easily skippable in my opinion
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 December 2023
  • Daisy Z
    Corona, California185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You have to take the boat trip to this village
    We booked Movenpick hotel, right next to the Nile River and from the hotel, you board a boat from the hotel directly to the port of Nubian village. The whole trip around sunset time took about 40 minutes one way, the boat would take you deep into the village and makes good photo opportunities. Village was very colorful and you get to walk around the entire town, go into one of these Nubian restaurants or coffee shop,, take a picture with the small alligator (and pay $1 for it). The tea was good too and I loved the dinner prepared by the local Nubians. They even made spaghetti for us and the Egyptian naan.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 January 2024
  • TripRabbit
    Virginia444 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting, friendly, colorful and a welcome break from all the temples
    We combined our visit with a private motorboat up the Nile cataracts with our guide, and we are so glad we did. I urge you to visit the Nubian Museum in Aswan if possible before coming here. There is so much to learn about a culture that goes back thousands of years, well before Egypt itself, one that was about to essentially disappear upstream when the Aswan High Dam was to be built. The villages are both a resettlement and recreation of the colorful modern-day culture. Our guide took us to a village on the west bank, and he was very helpful in leading us to the places that most matched our interests. They included some time inside a Nubian family’s home to learn more about their culture and everyday life, complete with some homemade bread and condiments that served more than well enough as a light lunch. Among the many vendors we passed, our guide recommended a specific one for spices. After temples galore, this was an not only an interesting departure from the norm but also a worthwhile learning experience of a friendly and colorful culture, and we are so glad we came.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 February 2024
  • PeterBarras
    Menai, Australia744 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing tourist trap.
    I found this place to be little more than a tourist trap. Any semblance of the village life has been largely striped away and replaced with shop after shop and merchants trying to get you into their stall. I had been looking forward to this and left disapointed. Very glad that we were staying in the area and hadn't forked out for a tour from Aswan
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 March 2024
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,873 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
We took a small boat to a Nubian village on an island in the Nile River. We went inside a Nubian home. We were able to look around and sample some local food. There was a tank of Nile crocodiles to look and and hold if you dare!

Next we visited a community school. It was interesting to visit a classroom at the West Sohail Qibli school. Their teacher taught us how to say the numbers from 1 to 10 in Nubian.
Written 8 May 2024
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Andrea N
61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We loved it! Omar Haridi was our guide. He organized everything, and did a nice job of explaining the Nubian cultural significances in Egypt. The lovely boat ride on the Nile alone was worth the money, with a friendly and helpful crew. They had handmade wares to offer for affordable prices, and made things fun with music and a dancing lesson. Omar took us to a local home to drink mint tea, get Henna tattoos, have an option for shashish (hookah), get pictures with crocodiles. Make sure to shop the Nubian Village Bazaar (had more authentic items than the bazaar in Cairo). On the way back to Aswan we waded in a beachy part of the Nile, and there was an option for camel rides. The restaurant we ate at had amazing food. We really enjoyed the excursion.
Written 5 May 2024
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Reema D
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Feels very sketchy and constant hassling from shopkeepers. Not remotely worth paying the extra to come here. Also if you can, stay at either the hotels on Elephantine Island or BenBen - will make for a significantly better experience!
Written 3 May 2024
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Carl M
19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
It is small, dirty and full of stalls with vendors trying to sell you something from China. Skip this stop and spend time with the alabaster shops. That you will go by on the way back to your hotel. They are much more friendly, they want you to buy, but at least it is made there. Offer half the asking price and settle for a 40% markdown.
Written 23 April 2024
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Helen V
Norfolk, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We went early evening from our hotel on a private felucca. It was the most amazing experience. Our boatman was a Nubian and he took us through the market to a home to have mint tea and a henna tattoo ( both unplanned and unexpected) we couldn’t have asked for better hosts and we felt safe at all times.
The Nubians spoke great English and were so welcoming. We felt looked after and respected. It was one of my most favourite trips of the entire holiday. A must do for anyone
Written 6 April 2024
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PeterBarras
Menai, Australia744 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
I found this place to be little more than a tourist trap.

Any semblance of the village life has been largely striped away and replaced with shop after shop and merchants trying to get you into their stall.

I had been looking forward to this and left disapointed.

Very glad that we were staying in the area and hadn't forked out for a tour from Aswan
Written 21 March 2024
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tiddlepom
Watford64 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
There is nothing here.
Crocodiles kept and treated cruelly(like the rest of this country).
Only the usual cheap stuff for sale
Written 9 March 2024
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Kristian S
Ry, Denmark63 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Nubian Village in itself was fine and worth seeing. Boat trip with 100 other boats is not
an amazing experience. Take a taxi.

The trip there often includes a camel ride (or something you can decide). Don't do that. We lived on a hotel just above the camel place, and when tourists were gone we could see both hitting and really hard kicking of the camels :-(
Written 25 February 2024
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TripRabbit
Virginia444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We combined our visit with a private motorboat up the Nile cataracts with our guide, and we are so glad we did.

I urge you to visit the Nubian Museum in Aswan if possible before coming here. There is so much to learn about a culture that goes back thousands of years, well before Egypt itself, one that was about to essentially disappear upstream when the Aswan High Dam was to be built. The villages are both a resettlement and recreation of the colorful modern-day culture.

Our guide took us to a village on the west bank, and he was very helpful in leading us to the places that most matched our interests. They included some time inside a Nubian family’s home to learn more about their culture and everyday life, complete with some homemade bread and condiments that served more than well enough as a light lunch. Among the many vendors we passed, our guide recommended a specific one for spices.

After temples galore, this was an not only an interesting departure from the norm but also a worthwhile learning experience of a friendly and colorful culture, and we are so glad we came.
Written 16 February 2024
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ChicagoHiker11
Chicago, IL108 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Stopping at a Nubian village is part of almost all the tour packages in Egypt, but it was my least favorite part. I should have stayed at the hotel since I was bored.
Written 3 February 2024
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