Fly To Aswan, Egypt
Located along the banks of the majestic Nile River, Aswan is a quieter and more relaxed version of Egypt’s capital city Cairo. It is an ideal destination if you’re interested in the history and culture of Egypt minus the cacophony of a big busy city.
Located in Southern Egypt, Aswan marked the southern frontier of the Egyptian Empire and played a major role during the Nubian military campaigns. The numerous relics of years gone by speak softly about the rich history of this region. Old it is, but busy it is not. Its relaxed and laidback atmosphere is infectious, and you can’t help but feel a sense of timelessness here.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Aswan do require a Visa for Egypt. You can apply for an Egypt Visa in person at the Consulate of Egypt in Muckleneuk, Pretoria. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of return and should have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
- There are two SA consulates in Egypt, although none are in Aswan. The South African Embassy is at 11 Road 200/203, Degla Maadi, Cairo. Phone: +20-2-2535-3000. Website: saembassyinegypt.com. The SA Honorary Consulate is at the Nile Projects and Trading Company, 1, El-Fath Street, Boulky-El-Wezarra Station, Alexandria. Phone: +20-3-582-6825 (Ext 1039).
See and do
Thanks to its centuries old history, there is no dearth of places to visit in Aswan. But there is no need to rush sightseeing here and you can explore the city at your leisure and will still be able to see all of it. Here are some must-see places in Aswan:
Temple of Isis: The Temple of Isis at Philae was once located on an island in the First Cataract of the Nile. It was completely dismantled and reassembled on Agilka Island after the original site was partially flooded. Its location and exceptional preservation work makes it a sight to behold. Do not miss this place when you visit Aswan.
Abu Simbel: A fitting icon of the city, Abu Simbel is also the symbol of the Egyptian Empire. It is understandably busier than other locations, but a visit here is well worth the wait and effort. The highlight is the four huge statues of Ramses II, but there is a lot more worth seeing inside this famous temple.
Nubian Museum: Opened in 1997, the Nubian Museum showcases the art, culture, and rich history of Nubia. Much of Nubia was lost after Lake Nasser flooded the region because of the construction of the Aswan dam. The museum has some incredible displays and exhibits, not to mention its halls, which are extremely charming in their own special way.
Animalia: This is a small museum containing exhibits of animals that were found in Nubia, along with some stone samples. What makes this place worth visiting is the shop that sells Nubian crafts and a great roof terrace that overlooks beautiful gardens.
Aswan International Airport – ASW
Also known as Daraw Airport, Aswan Airport (code ASW) is located 16km from Aswan city and serves EgyptAir flights to/from Cairo and Abu Simbel.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Aswan Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: There are no airport hotels; the nearest hotels are Sara Hotel Aswan and AnaKato Nubian Houses.