Kitchener's Island

Kitchener's Island
A Felucca ride by local boat from the side bank of the Nile in Aswan and a three hour drive from Luxor City with an alternative to fly from Cairo to Aswan in about one hour.

Kitchener's Island is also known as the Island of Plants, set on the Nile near Aswan in the South of Egypt. Introduced with the island in gratitude for his military exploits in Sudan, Consul-General Kitchener gratified his love for exotic flora, importation shrubs and seeds from as far afield as India and Malaysia. Today this island-wide botanical garden is a lovely place to spend a low afternoon (except on Fridays), with much of birdlife. The island is accessible by rowing boat or felucca from the west bank or Elephantine. The broken strait between Elephantine and Amun island looks its best from a Felucca. If you are not already waterborne, the surrounding coves are frequented by local lads who'll blithely sail you to any of the islands or the West Bank.