Aswan Botanical Garden

Covering 6.8 hectares, it’s home to thousands

of birds and many exotic plants imported from many parts of the world like

Far East India and Africa. The Aswan Botanical Garden offers a beautiful and

unique escape from the city. A true jam of Egyptian treasures, strolling through

the garden will take you into a dream state of scenery. The entirety of the island

is landscaped with rare and exotic plants that were planted there by order of

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Lord Horatio Kitchener, who has gifted the island in gratitude for his service

as consul general of Egypt Army under British control.

Where is the Aswan Botanical Garden located?

It’s located on Kitchener’s Island, to the west of Elephantine Island. It’s one of

two islands in the Nile immediately adjacent to the city center of Aswan Egypt.

History of Aswan Botanical Garden

was used by the Nubians to settle in it; they called

it Jet Narty. In the year 1899, Lord Horatio Kitchener took the island to be

a place where his campaign can rest and call it the lord’s house. Lord Kitchener

was a commander of the Egyptian Army. With a deep passion for palm trees and

plants, Kitchener transformed the entire Kitchener’s Island into a stunning botanic garden.

The Egyptian government later reclaimed the island and it has been maintained

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The Aswan Botanical Island is divided into 27 squares with vertical and

horizontal paths cutting each other which makes it look like a chessboard.

It is an amazing experience exploring this island and all that it has to offer. In 1928,

the ministry of irrigation  turned the Botanical Garden to feature trees from

all five continents. You will find there a huge variety of plantations and trees

on the island, some of which  naturally found on the island before it converted into

a Botanical Garden and others have been brought in from different

continents. A number of rare palm trees such as the Royal Palm tree,

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the Sabal Palm tree and the Phonic Pam tree can found there on the Island

The only way to reach it on Kitchener’s Island is by boat,

either on one of the public ferries that run between Aswan, Elephantine Island,

and Kitchener’s Island or by privately hiring a felucca tour while

sightseeing this beautiful part of the Nile River, cruising to an Egyptian Sunset.

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Kitchener’s island has three entrances. The main entrance of the

Island is located on the northern end of the island. The best way to see the

the whole island, without having to walk a lot, is to enter the main entrance

and walk the full length of the island until you reach the southern end;

book a felucca from there and ask the captain to wait for you at the other end.