Nubians are famous of their hospitality and kindness. ‘”They always invite you to their homes where you can enjoy a cup of “Karkade” a drink made of hibiscus flowers. Which ia a traditional drink for Nubians. Many would happily show you their handicrafts. They sometimes invite you to taste their unique “Shamsi” bread which has a special baking technique. The bakers, usually the women of the village, let the dough rise in the sun before baking it. Some connoisseurs claim that the “Shamsi” bread is one of the best kinds of bread in the world.
There are several Nubian villages around Aswan. A couple of them “Siou and Koti” are located only 150 meters from the corniche on Elephantine Island in Aswan archipelago.
Other interesting villages are located on the west bank of the Nile such as “Gharb Sehel” which is located near the old dam south of the archipelago on the west bank and “Gharb Aswan” which is located north of the Tombs of the Nobles.
Nubians used to live in the valley of the Nile south of Aswan. However, many Nubian villages have been flooded after the High Dam construction which created the huge artificial Lake Nasser. As a result, more than 100,000 Nubian inhabitants of the area were relocated to villages north of Aswan and around Kom Ombo.