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  • Admission: 8 L.E.

Built in the 1960s, the Aswan High Dam was an engineering marvel at the time and changed the face of Egypt. It increased the cultivable land by 30% and doubled Egypt's available electricity supply. It also created Lake Nasser, at the time the world's largest artificial lake, which would have covered the important Abu Simbel Temple monuments if not for the support of UNESCO and a worldwide appeal for funds to move them to higher ground, a massive feat which was successfully achieved.

The dam itself is massive, containing 18 times the material used to build the famous Pyramid of Cheops at Giza. It is 11,811 feet (3,600 meters) long, 3,215 ft (980 m) thick at the base, and 364 ft (111 m) tall. Today, it provides visitors with wonderful views up and down the Nile River.

Practical Info

The dam is near Aswan, at one end of Lake Nasser. It is best visited by organized tour where you take in other sites at the same time, including the Philae Temple.

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Private Tour: Abu Simbel by Minibus from Aswan

4 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

See the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel on a minibus tour from Aswan. With a qualified Egyptologist as your guide, you'll enjoy a personalized visit to Abu ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00

Private Tour: Abu Simbel Flight and Tour from Aswan

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Fast track your journey and take the quick route to see the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel on an air tour from Aswan. With a qualified Egyptologist as your ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 4 - 5 hours

From USD $370.00

Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Take a private tour to explore three of Aswan most popular and well known sites. Walk on the High Dam which separates Lake Nasser from the Nile, be astounded ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.00

Private Tour: Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser

On the banks of Lake Nasser lies Kalabsha Temple, an often overlooked jewel of Aswan. Your Egyptologist guide is waiting to take you on a private tour to the ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.00

Private Tour: High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk

Take a private tour to see a modern and an ancient engineering marvel in Aswan when you visit the High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk. See two of Egypt's ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.00

Private Tour: The Nubia Museum

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

The Nubia Museum is considered to be one of the most important Egyptian museums. Featuring exhibits and artifacts from the surrounding sites such as the High ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $32.00

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