About us

Ayujidda was born out of a special bond between Tamer (Tee) and Mohamed (Khairy), two individuals with a deep love and appreciation for El Nuba. Their friendship started ten years ago, when Tee, a Cairene with a passion for Aswan, met Khairy, a true Nubian who had a profound connection to his land. It wasn't long before Tee fell in love with the people, place, and culture, and together with Khairy, they embarked on a journey to create something truly magical.


After years of hard work, Ayujidda finally opened its doors at the end of 2022. Built on the Nubian island of Heisa, the lodge embodies the unique character of its surroundings, offering guests a comfortable and authentic experience. Khairy's great grandmother lived in that old Nubian house on the place in the early 1900s. Hence, the name "Ayujidda" which means "mother of the mother" or "great grandmother" in the Nubian language, paying homage to the island's rich history and cultural heritage.
Mohamed and his family have been hosting guests in the Nubian house for years, with his sister and wife preparing delicious homemade meals for their visitors. Tee and his family were enchanted by the warmth, kindness, and hospitality of the Nubian people, and they knew they wanted to be a part of this special place. Ayujidda was created as a way to share the magic of Heisa Island and Aswan with others, and to offer a true Nubian experience coupled with comfortable accommodations.
Heisa Island is one of the oldest standing Nubian islands, and the only one that remains to this day. Located on the west side of the island, Ayujidda sits at the tip of the Nile bank, offering stunning views and a serene atmosphere. The island is water-locked between the old Aswan reservoir and the Nile River Dam, and is adjacent to the magnificent Philae Temple. The town sits on high ground, providing an adventurous spirit to anyone who wants to visit and walk/hike around. The island is a true representation of Nubian culture, where generosity, kindness, and hospitality are embodied in the smiles and continuous invites of the locals.
Ayujidda is a place where you can unwind and disconnect from the fast pace of life, relax in nature, and immerse yourself in the simple setting of the Nubian houses around you. The lodge exudes a special energy, one that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired. Tee, Khairy & their families invite you to come and experience the magic of Ayujidda for yourself.