Among the most prominent landmarks that caught the attention of Schoenmakers was the “Kitchener” garden, which he decided to observe with his camera, due to its botanical garden, and its stunning views.
According to the Egyptian Tourism Authority, the name “Kitchener” is named after Lord Horacio Kitchener, who turned it into a botanical garden in the 1860s, making it a quiet “paradise” full of trees, beautiful flowers, and unique plants.
The island is a haven for birds whose beautiful feathers can be seen on the branches of most trees, when strolling on their sidewalks during the afternoon.
This island has always been one of the most important tourist attractions in the city of Aswan, and it is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, according to the Egyptian State Information Service website.
The Aswan Botanical Garden is located on an entire island, and contains many rare trees and plants.
The island witnessed the visit of many historical figures, most notably the first Prime Minister of India after its independence, Jawaharlal Nehru, and the first President of Yugoslavia, Joseph Tito, in addition to the Queen of Britain, Elizabeth.
In an interview with CNN in Arabic, Schoenmakers said: “I would like to describe it as a beautiful cool place in the hot climate of Aswan .. It is ideal if you want to walk short distances or relax and enjoy the surrounding views.”
The island can be accessed via felucca, a traditional wooden sail boat, which makes your visit more comfortable and special.
A brief history of the island of plants
The State Information Service in Egypt stated that the island had previously been settled by the Nubians, to be known as “Al-Natroun” garden. Later on, it was used by the English in the late 19th century as a military base, it was called Radar Island.
However, King Fouad the First changed its name, until it became King Island, until the Egyptian revolution in July 1952, when the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser ordered that it be finally called “Island of Nabatat”.
Al-Nabatat Island was established on an area of 17 acres, or 68,796.6 square meters, and was divided into 7 sectors of rare and perennial plant life, for which the appropriate climatic conditions are created by plastic greenhouses.
Tropical fruit trees
Medicinal and aromatic plants: such as toothpicks, and cloves
Spice plants: such as chilli, and brown pepper
Ornamental plants: such as jasmine, jasmine
Oily plants: such as oil palm, coconut palm, and olive trees
Palm group: such as coconut palms, and date palms
It is noteworthy that a museum of plant and aquatic life was established on the island, which made it a destination for all those interested in studying geology and ancient biology, and it also hosts a research center specialized in this scientific matter.
“I want to complete what I do,” said Schoenmaker. “Egypt has brought me a lot of joy in my life and I would like to share this feeling .. This country deserves more appreciation in my opinion.”