With artifacts which date back to the predynastic periods, Elephantine Island is one of the most ancient sites in Egypt. Spend a few hours with My Egypt Travel exploring the largest island of the region which has an important role on Egyptian history. Elephantine Island is the largest of the Aswan area islands, and is one of the most ancient sites in Egypt, with artifacts dating to predynastic 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 it’s principle god of the island, Khnum (Khnemu). It is believed that the island received it’s name because it was a major ivory trading center, 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.
* 9:00am (later departures are available until 3:00pm if required, please advise at time of booking)
Tour departs from Aswan hotels or Port area
Tour returns to original point of departure
Tour departs from Aswan hotels and Port area. Please include the details of your hotel at the time of booking.
* Private Qualified Egyptologist guide
* Entrance fees
* Hotel/port pickup and drop off
* Transport by Private air conditioned minibus
* Gratuities (recommended)
* Food and drinks, unless specified