Cheap Flights To Aswan, Egypt
- Area Code & Prefix : (+20) 97
- Currency : Egyptian Pound (EGP)
- Population (Total) : 290,327 (2012)
- Official Language : Arabic
- Time Zones : EET (UTC+2)
- Airport : Aswan International Airport (ASW)
ASW also known as Daraw Airport is 16km from the city and has serves weekly almost 126 domestic and 14 international flights.
Direct flights from Johannesburg, South Africa to Aswan can be taken with:
- EgyptAir (via Cairo) 10h 40m+
- Kenya Airways (via Nairobi) 15h 10m+
- EgyptAir (via Khartoun) 15h 10m+
Three other airlines operate and offering cheap flights to Aswan include:
- EgyptAir Express
- FlyNas Airlines
- Air Leisure
Reasons to Visit Aswan, Egypt
- As with most Egyptian cities, Aswan has a rich history that once entailed slaves, gold and ivory due to its location on the main trading route between Egypt and lands in the south. Egypt’s third largest city, Aswan has a wonderful laid-back atmosphere (compared to Cairo’s bustling city) with numerous historical sights and activities for absolute enjoyment. Its position on the Nile River and to the north end of Lake Nasser affords visitors an arresting sight of natural beauty as white sails of felucca boats seemingly drift along the river against a backdrop of sand dunes and lush vegetation along the rivers’ edge. Its stop for cruise boats on the Nile, an added attraction for tourists besides the fascinating city which is the third most popular place in Egypt for visitors, after Cairo and Luxor.
- Situated just north of the Tropic of Cancer Aswan experiences a hot climate all year round and its recommended visitors drink plenty of water and cover their heads when going walking.
- Accommodation prices vary with seasons. Aswan’s high season is from October to April and peak months are December and January. Low season offers great rates right up until early November. There’s a good range of accommodation that includes luxurious 4 and 5-star as well as humble 1-star hotels, island resorts, apartments, bed and breakfast establishments and boat accommodation. For a truly exotic (and pricey) experience the Pyramisa Isis Island Aswan Resort & Spa located in the middle of the Nile affords spectacular landscaped gardens and awe-inspiring views of the city, mountains and Nile, alternatively Nubian Nile House Chez Aisha near the Aswan ferry, is a B&B offering ordinary furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi (in public areas) and serves three meals a day.
- There are around 14 restaurants, each portraying their own special character that serve scrumptious international and authentic North African cuisines including delectable seafood, steaks and pizzas.
Places to Visit in Aswan, Egypt
- Much of the southern tip of Elephantine Island is made up of ruins of the Temple of Khnum. The largest island in the region, it’s one of Egypt’s most ancient sites once home to numerous dynasties. For safety reasons, rather travel to the island by motorboat than felucca, due to the strong Nile current. Take a private tour of about 3½ hours and ride a camel to the southern tip of Elephantine Island where you’ll encounter the abandoned fortress of St Simeon’s Monastery constructed mainly during the 7th Included in the tour price is the mini-bus travel, entrance fee, camel ride and a qualified Egyptologist guide.
- Also located on the island is the Aswan Museum, fragments of the Elephantine Calendar of Things dating back to the reign of Thutmose III, the Elephantine papyri (+- 6th century B.C. caches of letters and official documents written in Aramaic) documenting a long ago Jewish community and excavated by the German Archaeological Institute, a mummified ram of Khnum, one of many remarkable remnants now on display at the Aswan Museum.
- For an evening to remember, the Philae Temple provides an absolutely enchanting experience of sound and light with commentary in English on the temples history. A definite must experience!
- A major landmark, the Aswan High Dam was first constructed by the British in 1898 with the newer larger version completed 1970, costing $1 billion. Building the dam created its reservoir Lake Nasser. Its one of the biggest embankment dams in the world with a reservoir capacity of 5.97 trillion cubic feet and also generates electric power of over 10 billion kilowatt-hours annually. Unfortunately, 90,000 Egyptian peasants had to relocate for the dam’s construction.
- The Nubian Museum located in Qism, Aswan is an archaeological museum that showcases the art, culture and history of Nubia.
- The ancient Egyptian Temple of Horus (Edfu) located on the Niles west bank stands at a height of 36 metres in Edfu. It was previously called Apollonopolis Magna during the Creco-Roman period.
- Located between Aswan and Edfu, south of Gebel el-Silsila is the Temple of Kom Ombo dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed god and Sobek, the crocodile god.
- The Unfinished Obelisk is situated in the northern area of Egypt’s stone quarries in Aswan and is the largest and tallest known obelisk to be raised.
- Located around 50km south of Aswan is the outstanding Temple of Kalabsha (Mandulis), deemed one of the most complete temples in Nubia. Dating back to the Roman period, it was built by the Ptolemy Pharaohs and was originally located at Bab al-Kalabsha but rescued and moved along with other monuments because of Lake Nassers rising waters.
- For arts and craft shopping, the Hanafi Bazaar with it pseudo Pharaonic frontage is the best and oldest bazaar in town. Run by the relaxed Hanafi brothers, it comprises a wonderful variety of authentic Nubian swords, amulets, baskets, beads and silk kaftans, perfect for gifts or souvenirs.
- Besides serving delectable Nubian, Egyptian and International dishes, the Salah Ad-Din also provides relief from the heat in its super cold air conditioned dining area. It’s one of the best Nile-side eateries with terraces if you’re not too hot.
- Panorama, also with a pleasing Nile-side terrace is wonderful for relaxing with a fresh juice or cup of herbal tea and serves North African meals.
- Al-Makka is very popular with local families and well known for its superb kofta and fresh kebabs including chicken and pigeon.
- For a great western pizza, Biti Pizza is busy and air-conditioned.
- Chef Khalil is a small but well frequented fish restaurant that serves fresh fish from Lake Nasser and the Red Sea. Prices are by weight with fish baked, grilled or fried to perfection and accompanied with rice or French fries and a salad.
Getting Around Aswan, Egypt
To reach Elephantine Island there are two public ferries; one that departs from opposite Egyptair to Aswan Museum and the other from opposite Thomas Cook and sails to Siou. A third public ferry to West Aswan and the Tombs of the Nobles leaves from the ferry landing opposite the train station.
Taxis are available to get around the city and also used for tours, taking five to six passengers at a time.
These operate along the main roads in Aswan.
Cycling isn’t that popular in Aswan but at the train station a couple of places hire out bikes. For a cycling excursion into the countryside, contact Bet-al-Kerem who organises these trips.