ABOUT LAKE NASSER
In the 1960’s, President Nasser ordered to build a second dam on the Nile near Aswan, resulting in flooding over 6,200km2 of the Nile Valley to the south, creating one of the largest man-made lakes in Africa. The lake is 550km long and its shores reach an incredible 7,844km.
The fish population of the original river was presented with a huge lake to live in and have thrived in their new habitat, especially the Tilapia and their predators, Nile Perch, Tiger Fish and the big cat-fish.
Lake Nasser represents for Egypt their only long lasting resource of fresh drinking water. Therefore it is well protected by the authorities and there is no easy access to the shores around the lake. That makes it a privilege for us to be able to navigate in these waters. There is no city or other source of pollution on the lake, which makes it possible to drink straight away from the lake if you wish!
Aside from terrific angling, the lake is a lovely place to visit. It’s a magical wilderness of stunning desert scenery, bordered by the clean water of the lake, which is dotted with rocky islands; there is an atmosphere of tranquillity, vastness and adventure; a wilderness where anglers literally have hundreds of square miles for themselves. The shoreline is a variety of desert landscapes, hilly and rugged, flat and sandy beaches. There are thousands of islands and a large number of inner lakes to be discovered.
The lake is remote and thinly populated by peasant fishermen; the local residents are Bedouin camel and sheep herdsmen who are occasionally seen grazing their flocks on the sparse vegetation at the edge of the lake. There are an impressive variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. More than 100 species of birds have been recorded: Wild duck, Egyptian geese, pelicans, herons, egrets and various species of hawks, kites, falcons and eagles will be among the birds seen. In most areas there are crocodiles and monitor lizards, other types of wildlife include gazelles, jackals, desert foxes, and various smaller desert mammals.