Elephantine Island, Aswan

#2 of 8 in Parks in Nile River Valley
Island · Nature / Park
Known for its archaeological sites, Elephantine Island possibly played an important role in the ancient ivory trade. Though most of its old structures have perished with time, the island still maintains a serene and essentially rural atmosphere. Archeologists have discovered remains of many temples here, as well as a small step pyramid and two Nilometers--used by ancient Egyptians to measure water levels during the flood season. Don't miss a temple dedicated to the ram-headed god Khnum, one of ancient Egypt's oldest deities and the creator of the Nile. Arrange to visit Elephantine Island and other attractions in Aswan using our Aswan road trip planner.
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  • Most people visiting Aswân are looking for the real Nubian experience and you can’t get more real than on Elephant Island. A real Nubian village where many people have opened there homes to visitors.....  more »
  • You can sail around the island and enjoy the views, visit aswan museum and the old city ruins which is quite amazing. The views are amazing and you can take nice photos with old cataract hotel in the....  more »
  • It’s amazing to be on a beautiful river ride in the midst of Egyptian desert history and archaeological explorations. A great contrast to most of the historic sites and a great experience.
  • Nice place with nice view over Nile ..some stories about history.. was very nice time to me

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