Aswan Botanical Garden
Aswan Botanical Garden
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • newflyer
    Bridgeport, Connecticut1,223 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a shame this is not maintained in better condition
    I have visited botanical gardens all over the world and at different times of the year. This one was the worse one as far as it being in very bad condition. Yes, the walkways for the most part are ok, but there is debris everywhere and when you arrive via boat, the only way to get to it since it is an island, it is difficult to get off the boat and onto the island and vice versa. I was lucky in that my guide knew the person running the place so we had a private tour with my guide translating what this man said so I understood what I was looking at. There were a ton of interesting birds to see here and we were the only folks here on the day we visited. It took approximately 30 mins each way via boat from my river cruise ship to get here and back. If I had known ahead of time what it would look like I don't know if I would have gone. My guide informed me that I would have a nice breeze while on the river in the boat, boy was he wrong. The wind was like when you are baking something in the oven and open it, but it lasted for 30 mins. I was worried I would burn my face so I kept turning my head this way and that. It was really cool to see the huge sand dunes and the new area being excavated near the edge of the river.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Its other name is Kitchner’s Island Garden
    I enjoyed my short visit here, reached it via a boat. Entrance fee is 70 EGP per person. There are many huge trees that provide shades from the very hot sun. Benches are located along the paved walkways, making it eaasier to sit down here and enjoy the ambience. Highly recommended to visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 October 2023
  • Dani B
    Newbury, United Kingdom32 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely lush gardens. Shame about getting hassled for money all the time
    Was looking forward to a tranquil and shady walk through the gardens after the hectic Nubian village. There are the inevitable traders lining some of the walk ways but what was very annoying was that the gardeners engage you in conversation about the plants then won’t leave you alone until you tip them to go away. Did not expect that and after paying the first one we were forced to be rude and not acknowledge any of the other gardeners who try to talk to you. Also lots of kids and other people hassle you if you try to sit on a bench for a minute or two. My husband and I resorted to pretending we were having an argument every time we were approached to deter them. The actual gardens were very lush and attractive but it is hard to fully enjoy them.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 November 2023
  • Marie M
    Chiang Mai, Thailand528 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trees trees trees
    The island has an interesting history of which you can read on the internet. It has trees from all parts of the world. There is a Nubian market for souvenirs at the end of the first length where you walk. they do not hassle you. There are sellers of souvenirs who will try to sell you things but if you are not interested, simply say "no thank you" and walk on. DO tip the toilet lady. Remember these sellers must feed their families, and it is likely many things for sale were made by sisters, mothers, their families, so you can help by something you do not need and you can give it away or keep it. Hand -crafted wooden crocodiles, decorated fans (a necessity in that heat), scarves, etc. Nubian people are funny, friendly, and you may see a tall, very thin man selling necklaces. His family makes them and any teen would want to wear one, so buy one or two and help him feed his family.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • ken j
    Manalapan, New Jersey903 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Green change of pace in Egypt
    Our group came here as part of a tour. It is good to see green in Egypt. It is very scenic with the river on both sides of the island. Plants could be better marked and explained. Many vendors, but they were not overly aggressive.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 February 2024
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant green island
    The garden on Kitchener's Island was originally a botanical garden created by Lord Kitchener in the 1890s. It is a pleasant green space in Aswan but, compared to other botanical gardens we have visited, has no large open lawns. It seems you mostly keep to the concrete paths that go from one end to the other. It isn't very large and it is easy to walk most of it within an hour or less. We enjoyed the walk around the island looking at the desert on the West Bank and views of Elephantine Island. There are bougainvilleas, acacias and lots of palm trees. Many of the trees are labeled, especially the palm trees but I saw few labels on other plants. You will need to take a motor boat to get to the island and we combined our trip to the garden with a felucca ride around this and Elephantine Island back to the East Bank at Aswan which was pre-arranged by our guide. Gardeners will explain various plants in hopes of tips and, in the end, we walked fast to avoid them. There was a Nubian market and other vendors at the opposite end of where you pay to enter the garden. There are some places to eat and drink or buy drinks and snacks but, as their coke zero was more expensive than at my hotel, I declined. Toilets, as usual, cost at least 10 Egyptian pounds so have that money with you. As a person who enjoys gardens I still think this is a worthwhile place to visit but it isn't necessarily a must see.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2024
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The garden on Kitchener's Island was originally a botanical garden created by Lord Kitchener in the 1890s. It is a pleasant green space in Aswan but, compared to other botanical gardens we have visited, has no large open lawns. It seems you mostly keep to the concrete paths that go from one end to the other. It isn't very large and it is easy to walk most of it within an hour or less. We enjoyed the walk around the island looking at the desert on the West Bank and views of Elephantine Island. There are bougainvilleas, acacias and lots of palm trees. Many of the trees are labeled, especially the palm trees but I saw few labels on other plants.

You will need to take a motor boat to get to the island and we combined our trip to the garden with a felucca ride around this and Elephantine Island back to the East Bank at Aswan which was pre-arranged by our guide. Gardeners will explain various plants in hopes of tips and, in the end, we walked fast to avoid them. There was a Nubian market and other vendors at the opposite end of where you pay to enter the garden. There are some places to eat and drink or buy drinks and snacks but, as their coke zero was more expensive than at my hotel, I declined. Toilets, as usual, cost at least 10 Egyptian pounds so have that money with you. As a person who enjoys gardens I still think this is a worthwhile place to visit but it isn't necessarily a must see.
Written 1 April 2024
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ken j
Manalapan, NJ903 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Our group came here as part of a tour. It is good to see green in Egypt. It is very scenic with the river on both sides of the island. Plants could be better marked and explained. Many vendors, but they were not overly aggressive.
Written 14 February 2024
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Marie M
Chiang Mai, Thailand528 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The island has an interesting history of which you can read on the internet. It has trees from all parts of the world. There is a Nubian market for souvenirs at the end of the first length where you walk. they do not hassle you. There are sellers of souvenirs who will try to sell you things but if you are not interested, simply say "no thank you" and walk on. DO tip the toilet lady. Remember these sellers must feed their families, and it is likely many things for sale were made by sisters, mothers, their families, so you can help by something you do not need and you can give it away or keep it. Hand -crafted wooden crocodiles, decorated fans (a necessity in that heat), scarves, etc. Nubian people are funny, friendly, and you may see a tall, very thin man selling necklaces. His family makes them and any teen would want to wear one, so buy one or two and help him feed his family.
Written 15 November 2023
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Dani B
Newbury, UK32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Was looking forward to a tranquil and shady walk through the gardens after the hectic Nubian village. There are the inevitable traders lining some of the walk ways but what was very annoying was that the gardeners engage you in conversation about the plants then won’t leave you alone until you tip them to go away. Did not expect that and after paying the first one we were forced to be rude and not acknowledge any of the other gardeners who try to talk to you. Also lots of kids and other people hassle you if you try to sit on a bench for a minute or two. My husband and I resorted to pretending we were having an argument every time we were approached to deter them. The actual gardens were very lush and attractive but it is hard to fully enjoy them.
Written 9 November 2023
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Jodi S
Victoria, Canada10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
My advice is don’t spend your money to visit these gardens. We were literally followed and harassed by people selling their wares the entire time we walked the grounds. Even the police officer on site wanted a tip, which I had to give as he had the gun! I have a deep appreciation of gardening and different plants, tree varieties, etc. and have visited many gardens around the world, but a person couldn’t really enjoy what we were looking at due to the sellers in your face, no matter what you said or did.
Written 5 November 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I enjoyed my short visit here, reached it via a boat. Entrance fee is 70 EGP per person. There are many huge trees that provide shades from the very hot sun. Benches are located along the paved walkways, making it eaasier to sit down here and enjoy the ambience.

Highly recommended to visit.
Written 25 October 2023
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newflyer
Bridgeport, CT1,223 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I have visited botanical gardens all over the world and at different times of the year. This one was the worse one as far as it being in very bad condition. Yes, the walkways for the most part are ok, but there is debris everywhere and when you arrive via boat, the only way to get to it since it is an island, it is difficult to get off the boat and onto the island and vice versa. I was lucky in that my guide knew the person running the place so we had a private tour with my guide translating what this man said so I understood what I was looking at. There were a ton of interesting birds to see here and we were the only folks here on the day we visited. It took approximately 30 mins each way via boat from my river cruise ship to get here and back. If I had known ahead of time what it would look like I don't know if I would have gone. My guide informed me that I would have a nice breeze while on the river in the boat, boy was he wrong. The wind was like when you are baking something in the oven and open it, but it lasted for 30 mins. I was worried I would burn my face so I kept turning my head this way and that. It was really cool to see the huge sand dunes and the new area being excavated near the edge of the river.
Written 8 August 2023
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Mr. Fisher
Tampa, FL467 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I asked my private guide to take me to this garden because of the good reviews and specifically the birding. We walked the length of the park, camera with telephoto in hand, ready for the action but there was not much to see, at least that day. I did not see many birds and the plants/trees were not well displayed and organized as I expected. Based on my experience I would not recommend this park. I did see a lot of birds on our way to the Nubian village, which I really enjoyed.
Written 5 June 2023
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary2,148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We visited this place by local boat „felukka”. This island is located between the Elaphantine Island and the western part of the Nile. General Kitchener got this island as a present and he ordered many different plants and flowers from over the world. Now it’s a beautiful park with lots of exotic plants and trees. „Doum” was the most interesting tree and fruit for me, but I also liked all the others. I think it’s worth a visit.
Written 2 May 2023
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Dody
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
It was a spectacular day to visit it and enjoy birds watching in the middle of the nile don’t missed
Written 26 December 2022
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