How to Visit Nubia — The Colorful Nubian Village in Egypt

Have you seen the colorful village of Nubia in Aswan, Egypt? If you’re planning a trip to Egypt, here’s everything you need to know about visiting Nubia, the beautiful Nubian Village near Aswan, Egypt.

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

What Is Nubia?

Nubia is the region along the Nile river between Aswan, Egypt and Khartoum, Sudan. It was the site of one of the oldest civilizations in Africa, dating back to at least 2500 BC (4,500+ years ago).

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

Nubia on the Map — Where is the Nubian Village?

The famous colorful Nubian village is about 3 miles south of Aswan, Egypt on the west bank of the Nile River.

Here is the exact GPS Location of the Nubian Village.

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

How to get to Nubia from Aswan?

From Aswan, you can get to the Nubian Village by car or boat. If you have a car you can drive there, or you can hire a taxi or driver.

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

Hiring a Boat from Aswan to the Nubian Village

A really beautiful way to get to the Nubian Village from Aswan is a relaxing, scenic, 45-minute boat ride down the Nile River.

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

Tips for Hiring a Boat to the Nubian Village

Aswan is a very touristy place and the locals here will try their best to get as much money from you as possible. If you want to take a boat from Aswan to the Nubian Village, you will need to use your best negotiating skills if you don’t want to pay too much.

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

In front of the McDonald’s in Aswan, there is a small port with several boats. Walk down by the water and wait for one of the captains to approach you. They will most likely ask if you want to go to the Nubian Village. You need to act a bit disinterested, and be willing to say no and walk away several times.

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

We negotiated using the tactic for at least 30 minutes, and finally got the price down to around $10 USD per person for 3 people. But we met other travelers who missed out on going to the beautiful Nubian Village because they were quoted $75 USD per person!!

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

Make sure the boat captain agrees to take you to the Nubian Village south of Aswan — downstream. There is another, closer Nubian Village upstream where they may try to take you.

Agree how long they will wait for you while you explore the Nubian Village — usually 2-3 hours, but you can negotiate for longer.

Do not pay until after you get back to Aswan.

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

How Long to Spend in the Nubian Village

If you’re hiring a boat to the Nubian Village, you will need to negotiate ahead of time how long they will wait for you. Usually it’s 2-3 hours, but you can negotiate for longer. We ended up really loving this quiet, tiny village and stayed for 4 hours.

If you want to sit and relax at one of the cafes, you may want at least 4 hours.

Nubian Village — Aswan Egypt

Best Things To Do in Nubia

Nubia is a very small, quiet village. We went first thing in the morning and there were no other tourists in the entire village when we were there. However as we were leaving there was a large boat full of Chinese tourists coming for the afternoon.

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

Admire the Colors

One of the best things to do in the Nubian Village is just wander around, explore, and admire all the beautifully painted rainbow buildings!

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

Relax in a Cafe

There are also a few restaurants and cafes with beautiful, colorful courtyards and balconies overlooking the Nile River if you want to sit and relax and have a drink.

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

See the Pet Alligators!

As crazy as it sounds, many of the Nubian people have real, live alligators as pets in their home! One of the main tourist attractions in Nubia is the alligator house. You will recognize it from all the alligators painted on it! They will gladly show you their pet alligators if you ask. If you go inside to see the alligators, be prepared to tip before you leave.

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

Buy Spices

Nubia is famous for their spices. All of the shops in Nubia are selling spices. If you’re looking for a unique souvenir that someone will actually use, consider bringing back some authentic Nubian spices.

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

These Nubian spices like cumin, curry, cinnamon, clove, even hibiscus and different types of tea are the perfect souvenir from Nubia.

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

So many colorful, rainbow stairs in the Nubian Village near Aswan Egypt!

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

Loved this rainbow rooftop!

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

Aswan Hotels — Where To Stay

If you are looking for the best place to stay in Aswan Egypt, I highly recommend the  Movenpick Resort Aswan. It’s on an island in the middle of the Nile River!!

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

The rooms are clean and spacious with fun Egyptian-inspired decor.

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

The Movenpick Resort Aswan is located on the beautiful Elephantine Island in the Nile River, just a 5 minute boat ride from Aswan city center. The hotel has its own boat shuttle service that will take you back and forth on demand.

Aswan Egypt

Rooms have views of the Nile River and the massive dunes of the Sahara Desert.

Nubia — Aswan, Egypt

A large breakfast buffet is included, and you can eat outside on the terrace with a breakfast view of the Nile River and the Sahara Desert.

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Nubian Village — Aswan Egypt

Nubian Village — Aswan Egypt

Nubian Village — Aswan Egypt

Have you been to the Nubian Village in Aswan Egypt? What was it like?

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6 Responses
  1. Maria Harvey

    How far is this Nubian Village from the Movenpick Resort? I read that there is a Nubian Village that you can walk from the resort, Is this the same Nubian Village here?

    Thank you for any information about this.

  2. Veronika Slaninova

    Hi Amanda,
    I noticed your photos at the Anakato hotel in Gharb Seheyl – is it possible to explore around the hotel without staying there as a guest?

  3. Sara Tamimi

    Hope all is well on your end!

    I’m Sara Tamimi, journalist at CNNArabic.

    We are working on an article about the colorful village of Nubia in Egypt, and was wondering if you can share with us your experience and comments about the place?
    The article would Ideally include an interview with you about the trip you had to make in general, some of your findings or things you noticed there and tips for travelers.
    Also, the article would include embedded photos of the place in general ( with the full attribution to the photographer or yourself, if the photos belong to you personally).
    please do let me know if that is of interest to you.
    Sara Tamimi

  4. Sujata

    Amazing post with surreal pictures! Are you talking about the Nubian villages in Elephantine island or is this a different one? We are also planning a trip to Egypt and definitely would like to visit the village! 

    1. Amanda

      Hi Sujata! This Nubian Village is not on Elephantine Island. The exact GPS location is linked in the post. Have a great trip!

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