Kitchener’s Island; The picturesque and tranquil Island of Lord Kitchener may be found in the middle of the River Nile, between the Cataract Islands, and just across from Aswan City.
During the warmer months of the year, this journey is often greeted as a pleasant surprise by many tourists who are looking to spend a few hours unwinding in a verdant setting, enjoying the sights and sounds of the Nile.
In the 1890s, while Lord Horatio Kitchener was commander of the Egyptian army, the island was presented to him as a gift.
Kitchener transformed the whole island into a spectacular botanical garden, bringing plants from all over the world, including the Far East, India, and portions of Africa, to indulge his enthusiasm for exquisite palms and plants.
It is 6.8 hectares in size and is home to hundreds of different kinds of birds as well as hundreds of different types of plants. Although the garden has lost some of its previous splendour, the gigantic palm trees that line the path are still a sight to see, especially just before sunset when the light is softer and the aroma of sandalwood wafts through the air.
On Fridays, stay away from the park since it will be overrun with picnicking extended families with stereos.
The island is best viewed as part of a felucca cruise, which may be arranged. As an alternative, travellers may take the northernmost boat to Elephantine and then walk across the town to the other side of the island, where a few small feluccas await guests on the island’s western border, ready to transport them across the water.
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