Notable for its green dome, and the minaret that dominates the village roofline.
Elephantine Island lies opposite the town centre, just north of the First Cataract. The island's southern end comprises the site of the...
Aswan Botanical Gardens
To the west of Elephantine Island is Aswan Botanical Gardens , still often referred to by its old name, Kitchener’s Island. The island...
Panorama Restaurant & Bar
The Panorama is the best thing to open in Aswan, and in the Mövenpick's eyesore tower, in a long time. The food is good, service...
main street, Siou, Elephantine Island · interesting places nearby
This is a small but charming museum run by Mohamed Sobhi, a Nubian guide, and his family, who have dedicated part of their large house to the traditions, flora, fauna and history of Nubia. It has a collection of stuffed animals found in Nubia, samples of sedimentary rocks, great pictures of Nubia before it was flooded by Lake Nasser, a small shop selling Nubian crafts at fixed prices, and a lovely roof terrace where drinks and lunch are served overlooking the gardens.
Mohamed Sobhi is passionate and knowledgeable about Nubian culture and the natural world. He also takes people around Elephantine Island, and on early morning birdwatching trips.