It was designed by me: Petra
a tourist myself after and during many visits in Aswan.
Designing this website I want to say thank you and honour the most warm, honest and trustworthy people I met during my visits in Aswan.
Waleed (2nd picture) has been established as the responsible travel agent for the "Aswan Individual Network" to makes wishes come true,
Sero (third picture) to coordinate the Nubian / felucca part.
Waleed, licensed travel agent and first man of Aswan Individual (organises almost everything, but mainly guides, drivers, cars):
Waleed (2nd photo) provides you with your own car or microbus, your own driver, your own guide, to take you wherever and as long as you wish.
Also for the Nile Cruises, he is "your" man.
Aswan Individual offers modules instead of "packages".
You put together what you like and if you need assistance with building your itinerary according to your taste, reserving hotel rooms, fix broken spectacles, even seeing a doctor: we will be at your side!
Waleed: Mobile Phone (++2) 0100 - 250 95 88
Sero (3rd pic) and more Nubian Felucca-Captains
love to introduce you to Nubian Culture and the Nile
... to invite their guests to Elephantine or to other Nubian villages. They will share with you a relaxed time on the felucca or introduce you to other friendly captains. Think of the felucca to be "your" sailing boat to sail wherever you like, as long as you like and get out for sightseeing, where it is interesting for you and the felucca will wait at the beach until you are ready to continue sailing.
On our website you will find clear descriptions and prices which are fair for the guests AND for the Egyptians. These prices are not negotiable on either side. This website was made for tourists as a help to stay outside hassle and mistreatments - but it intends also to be a chance for locals to be independent from the slave wages that travel companies pay to their local employees.
Aswan Indidivual is a project that does not collect any fees or prepayments before you get the service you asked for. Thats why we appreciate when we are notified of any changes in your plans!
We will wait for you to arrive and everything you have asked for will have been organised: In case of transfers Waleed will even have paid the cars which have been reserved from our guests by email.
Because it has happened that a guest did not arrive, we do need a last confirmation from you 24 to 48 hours before by telephone (and we think it will also be a better feeling for you to have talked to Waleed and to hear that all is prepared for you).
Waleed: Mobile Phone (++2) 0100 - 250 95 88
It would also be nice to get YOUR mobile phone number, in case we will not see you at the meeting point, or if there is a choice between different Nile Cruise Boats (before your arrival), or ... or ...
To save roaming costs for you Waleed will try first to send an sms, if there is a need to reach you, so you can call him back from any Egyptian phone or send an answer by sms.
To save roaming costs for calls you get from your home or to make calls, its a good idea to buy an Egyptian sim card.
To help, and although I am "only" the graphic designer of these pages, I (Petra, the tourist :) also help to answer your emails. After building the perfect itinerary for you - including all agreements - it will be given to Waleed to start organizing. Please email us and call Waleed only to confirm shortly before your arrival, not to make arrangements, this would only lead to chaos.
With us you are free!
Here are the differences to other offers in the web or on the street and the benefits we offer you:
3 Photos on top left side:
copyright Petra Dressler
After answering many questions from travelers
shortly before their departure to Egypt, I put many advices and
"Frequently asked Questions" on one website:
Please read "Before you leave"
for more understanding and a good time in Egypt!
Why I made Aswan Individual
I made Aswan Individual to help guests find their way through Upper Egypt (and not to be as lost as I was the first time I came to Aswan), but also to help the locals to get fair wages instead of slavery payment, which usually Egyptian companies working for tour operators give - who sell for low prices, still keep much profit and leave only some coins for the locals.
I started working on the website (2005) originally to say thank you to locals that I have met during several visits in Aswan - I am a graphic designer living in Berlin (Germany) and I had thought it would cost me only a few hours to build a few pages recommending them. Google found it, guests wrote in traveler forums, and I still love to help answering emails to guests and to visit Aswan and our "Aswan Individuals" whenever I can.
Many websites have been added since then with different ideas, many locals are involved now: chosen because of their friendliness and honesty, who are not intrusive but very hospitable.
Aswan Individual was the first website for Aswan and without alternatives until 2007/2008. Words spread, Aswan Individual became popular and I gave the project to Waleed who is travel agent in Aswan with all licenses to be responsible and organize in Aswan.
Still Aswan Individual is not a tour operator but some kind of "fair travel project": a website providing contact to locals. The money for services is not collected in advance but - to make things easier for you - payed directly to Waleed who divides it between guides, drivers, captains, felucca-owners and car companies. (Please pay in EGP and cash. There are many ATMs in Egypt to draw money with your credit card if you remember your pin number.)
The project Aswan Individual tries to be perfect in service, to be "5-stars". This takes a lot of effort and is not comparable to cheap offers.
You will be advised well before your trip and - f. ex. - to send a new, clean limousine with aircondition and professional driver empty to the airport to wait with a sign showing your name - no matter if your flight might be delayed - cannot cost the same like some taxi hailed on the street. To cook with fresh vegetables, fish or meat on the felucca is not the same as offering beans 3 times a day. To provide well educated and highly motivated guides that will not take you to any souvenir shop (where they would get commission for souvenirs sold), or to be at your side as soon you call for assistance led to our good reputation. (More examples: please see our benefits on the left side.)
I want the locals to get fair money for their very good service: That's why we put fixed prices on our website: for everyone to see, to compare and to decide. You will see: This project is still less expensive than offers from tour operators.
In short: we want you to spend beautiful days in Upper Egypt!
Disclaimer / non-warranty clause:
However all informations are offered by Aswan-Individual as advice only and we are unable to accept any responsibilities which would normally be offered by a tour company. There are no insurrances and I or the locals are unable to accept any claims whatsoever (for injuries, damages, loss, death etc.). We do not assume del credere liability which a tour operator gives you. No payments will be made for anything which might happen to you whilst utilising any of the tours or services suggested on this website. If this is something that is important for you, you will have to book with the international travel companies. (I have been informed there are no insurrances for Egyptian travel agencies at all - even if they are in an international franchise system!)
This website is "only" a possibility to arrange trips with locals in Aswan before you start your journey instead of looking for them while travelling. Please read in our guestbook from previous guests telling their experiences.