The island’s unusual name has nothing to do with the presence of any large land mammals anywhere on it. Instead it is thought to come from the large gray granite boulders at its southern end that some think to look like a group of elephants standing in the water.
Others have suggested that the name comes from its shape, similar to that of an elephant tusk. The island offers a variety of attractions that make it hard to miss on any trip to Aswan.
The island also host the Aswan Museum and an ancient nilometer in the form of ancient stairs leading into the water cut into the rock that displayed markings in Arabic, Roman and pharaonic numerals. In the middle of the island palm groves hide two Nubian villages that regularly host tourists and beautiful scenery along the river. There is also a luxurious hotel, the Movenopick Aswan, located at its northern end.