Felucca sailing on the Nile river in Egypt.
A trip to Egypt is not complete without sailing the Nile river on an Egyptian Felucca. My felucca adventure started in Aswan. Feluccas or Egyptian sail boats, are used throughout the centuries. It has graced the Nile since the days of the Pharaohs and is still the primary transportation system on the Nile. These boats made from wood, relies on the breeze and the Nile river’s current and seldom has an engine. They can also be found in Cairo, Luxor and Alexandria.
An adventure sailing the river Nile on a Felucca.
The captain of my boat was an old Nubian man who couldn’t speak a word of English. That was not important because the view is spectacular and speaking not necessary. There are moments in life when you don’t want to talk and this was one of them. All I could hear was the sound of the wind and the splashing of the water.
Even though this might sound like an ordinary ride it is not. It is amazing to see how the landscape changes. Whilst travelling through Egypt, I got used the to dessert and a lot of sand and dunes. As we were floating down the river I could see how the dunes change colour , the blue water of the Nile and lush trees. It was almost like a little oasis.
From the Felucca we were able to see the Agha Khan Mausoleum, situated on the top of a hill, commanding a magnificent view of Aswan area. There is not much to do on the Felucca apart from soaking up the view and to think. I was thinking back to the times of the Pharaohs and the baby Moses who was floating in a basket on the same river. It was amazing to think I was here in Egypt doing the same thing.
Excursions with Feluccas and options for travellers.
Our ride took about 20 minutes and the wind was on our side. It was definitely one of the highlights during my visit to Aswan. I took a basic package but there are tours available for 3 days or more. Sleeping on the felucca might not be very comfortable and there are no toilets, but I think it must be an amazing experience to sail the Nile river.
Would I recommend a felucca ride? Definitely! Egyptians say you should make sure you like and trust your felucca captain before you hop on board, it will really make a difference to your experience.
I apologize for the quality of the photos. They were taken in 2005.