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Kitchener's island (Plantation Island) Kitchener's island (Plantation Island)
Photo courtesy of
Egyptian Tourism Authority

The island was given to Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener, the former British consul general of Egypt, as a reward for his successful campaigns against the revolts of the Mahdists in Sudan.

Having a passion for vegetation, Kitchener imported plants from Africa, the Far East and India, turning the island into a botanical paradise. After his death in 1916, the whole island was reverted to the government.

Though not the same as Kitchener left it, the island still retains its past glory, attracting birds to its beautiful greenery.

The island is approached by a ferry that can be taken from the east bank of Aswan.

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