LORD KITCHENER'S ISLAND

Kitchener's Island, known also as the Island of Plants or the Botanical Garden, is a small, oval-shaped island in the Aswan archipelago. It's located between Elephantine Island and the west bank of the Nile.

The island was given to Lord Kitchener as a thank-you for his services in the Sudan Campaign (1896-1898).

With the aid of the Ministry of Irrigation, Kitchener rapidly transformed the small (approx. 750-meter-long) island into a paradise of exotic trees and plants and carefully planned walkways.

Today, a biological research station is present at the southern tip, which is closed to visitors.

Kitchener's Island is one of two major islands in the Aswan archipelago. The second island is Elephantine, which is much larger and located between Kitchener's Island and the east bank of Aswan. It’s therefore hard to see the smaller Kitchener's Island from the corniche.

Today, Kitchener’s island as a whole constitutes a botanical garden. It’s particularly popular among the local people and tourists as a spot for weekend picnics or for a quiet afternoon away from the noise of the city.

HOW TO REACH THERE:
by private felucca or motorboat from the corniche.
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