Location: Aswan, Egypt
With artefacts which date back to the pre-dynastic periods, Elephantine Island is one of the most ancient sites in Egypt. Spend a few hours exploring the largest island of the region which has an important role on Egyptian history.
- Private guide for a more personalized tour experience
- Tour guide is a qualified Egyptologist
- All entrance fees included
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Elephantine Island is the largest of the Aswan area islands, and is one of the most ancient sites in Egypt, with artefacts dating to pre-dynastic periods. This is probably due to its location at the first Cataract of the Nile, which provided a natural boundary between Egypt and Nubia.
As an island, it was also easily defensible. In fact, the ancient town located in the southern part of the island was also a fortress through much of it’s history. At one time, there was a bridge from the mainland to the island.
Elephantine is Greek for elephant. In ancient times, the Island, as well as the southern town, was called Abu, or Yabu, which also meant elephant. The town has also been referenced as Kom, after its principle god of the island, Khnum (Khnemu).
It is believed that the island received it’s name because it was a major ivory trading centre, though in fact, it was a major trading post of many commodities. There are large boulders in the river near the island which resembled bathing elephants, particularly from afar, and this too has been suggested as a reason for the island’s name.
Please note: In the event of strong Nile currents, travel will be by motorboat rather than felucca for safety reasons.
Departure Point: Aswan hotels or Port area
Departure Time: 9:00am (later departures are available until 3:00pm if required, please advice at time of booking)
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Return Details: Returns to original departure point
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