Kitchener’s Island is famous for tourists to stop in Aswan because it is close to many of the city’s most famous sights.

The beautiful and peaceful Island of Lord Kitchener is on the other side of the Nile from the city of Aswan. These islands could be anywhere from the end of the Nile River in the north to the end of the Cataract Islands in the south.

If you like to spend a lot of time outside during the warmer months, especially in the summer, in a place with lots of greenery, easy access to food, and beautiful views of the Nile, this could be the perfect place for your next vacation.

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You can fly from Cairo to Aswan in about an hour and fifteen minutes, or you can drive from Luxor City to Aswan’s Corniche and take a Felucca from there. In terms of time, there won’t be much difference between the two options. If you pick option two, you’ll have more free time.

Kitchener's Island
Kitchener’s Island in Aswan


Aswan, Egypt’s southernmost city, is close to Kitchener’s Island, also called the Island of Plants, on the Nile (Geziret an-Nabatat).

Kitchener was given the Island as a reward for his work as a military advisor in Sudan. This was done because he said he wanted to learn more about plants from other places. He went as far as India and Malaysia searching for shrubs and seeds to add to his collection of rare plants and flowers.

It is now a quiet place, except on Fridays, where tourists can see many different kinds of birds.

If you leave the Elephantine peninsula and go to the west side, you will find a place to launch feluccas and rowboats that will take you to the Island.

From a Felucca, the narrow passage between the Elephantine and Amun Island looks more like a royal passageway.

If you don’t bring your boat, the young men hanging out in the nearby coves will be happy to take you sailing to any islands or the West Bank.

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