Anakato — Nubian Houses Resort
This week I am daydreaming about taking a trip to see the unique homes of the original Nubian region, which lies along the West bank of the Nile River. Sadly, what is there is just a small remnant of what once was.
This is an area that has seen violent displacement. The construction of the Aswan Dam in 1912 almost completely flooded the Nubian lands, destroying an entire way of life. Nubians largely resettled to a desert region called Kom Ombo, or New Nubia.
Construction of yet another dam in 1963 sealed the fate of the area’s ability to support Nubian life. The dam created a large reservoir called Lake Nasser, displacing 98,000 Egyptian Nubians from their homes in 39 villages.
Gharb Soheil, one of the few remaining villages, is now seen as a gateway to what is left of the old Nubian way of life along the Nile. For this reason, it has become a destination for tourists, beckoning to them from the shores of the Nile with the colorful facades of its buildings.
One particular resort called Anakato, which encompasses three houses, is a standout example of the Nubian mud house style. Hopefully these treasures and the way of life that they represent can be preserved for many years to come.
Who wants to come with me?