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The Negev

THE NEGEV - ISRAEL’S MAJESTIC DESERT

Where adventure and inspiration await

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AN IDEAL DESTINATION FOR TRAVELERS WHO LOVE ADVENTURE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS, THE SOUTH OF ISRAEL IS SPARSELY POPULATED, BUT PACKED WITH FASCINATING SITES AND ACTIVITIES

With amazing natural wonders and beauty, the south boasts magnificent views that are guaranteed to take your breath away, from sunrise to sunset.

A desert but definitely not deserted, there is so much to see and do here – there are many extraordinary geological marvels, significant historic landmarks and wonderful nature reserves where you can go hiking, cycling, and camel riding or enjoy adrenaline-charged 4WD desert drives.

Simply put, this majestic southern region is one of the country’s greatest assets and an absolute must on the itinerary.

Ramon Crater

In the heart of Israel’s vast Negev Desert lies the Ramon Crater, the world’s largest erosion crater, also known as Machtesh Ramon. Encompassing a vast diversity of rocks of fantastic colors and forms, this mesmerizing natural phenomenon measures 40km in length and between 2 and 10km in width, shaped like a long heart, and forms Israel’s largest national park, the Ramon Nature Reserve.

Far from city lights and crowds and featuring multicolored sandstone, volcanic rock and fossils, the Ramon Crater is often described as Israel’s very own Grand Canyon.

The truly stunning views from the 300m edge lookout point of Machtesh Ramon, reminiscent of a Hollywood backdrop offer a powerful experience for tourists from all over the world, all year round.


Photo taken by photographer: Dafna Tal

Sde Boker

A remarkable glance to the history of the State of Israel, Sde Boker is a Kibbutz originally established by pioneers, with the mission to settle the Negev in the early 50’s.

Sde Boker is renowned as the home of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister whose home is now a museum open to the public.

Vidor Center

A truly unique attraction, offering a multi-sensory experience of the exceptional nature of the Arava region. Visitors to the center can discover advanced farming methods, the local flora and fauna, climate challenges, and special qualities of the soil and water of the desert.

Nevatim

A visit to Nevatim, the home to Cochin Jews, is a fascinating experience. Cochin Jews, originally from India, immigrated to Israel after the establishment of the State. Cochin Jews consider themselves as one of the most ancient Jewish communities in the world.

The Center for Cochin Heritage at Moshav Nevatim tells the story of this unique community.

The Bedouin Experience

The Bedouin hospitality is a truly unrivalled experience, one which if both highly enjoyable and culturally engaging.

A group of nomadic tribes indigenous to the area and dating back many hundreds of years, the Bedouins of Israel continue to live in traditional ways, opening their hearts and their homes and their way of life to the public to share in their customs and their world-renowned hospitality.

From camel riding to traditional Bedouin meals and even overnight stays in customary Bedouin tents - all these are immensely popular attractions with tourists in the region and an opportunity to discover and connect with a long-forgotten way of life.


Photo taken by photographer: Dafna Tal

The Culinary Queens of Yeruham

For a truly memorable local experience, make sure to visit the Culinary Queens of Yeruham – a unique project, in which the wonderful women of Yeroham host tourists from far and wide for an excellent traditional meal in their homes, creating an unforgettable experience of smells, colors and flavors.

Get to know the real life of locals through their fascinating stories, while tasting the ethnic delicacies and enjoying their amazing hospitality.

The old city of Be'er Sheva

Said to have been founded by biblical Abraham, Be'er Sheva is one of the oldest cities in the country, with evidence of a settlement dating back thousands of years. As charming as it is historic, the old city of Be'er Sheva offers a fascinating mosaic of urban spaces, and exploring the old city will reveal a rare wealth of unique architecture, extensive history and stories as old as time.

Carasso Science Park

New in the Old City of Be’er Sheva, the Carasso Science Park, spread over 4.25 acres, is the largest science park in Israel.

Engaging and entertaining for all ages, Carasso Science Park features an interactive museum and a scientific garden with games and hands-on activities. The park also offers ten interactive exhibitions in various fields of science including: Genetics, Communication, Microelectronics, Nuclear Energy and more.

Arad

Arad of the new millennium is a town with young spirit and rich experience. Arad and its surroundings have been blessed with beautiful landscapes, desert tranquility, and many walking trails nestled amongst untouched desert nooks, which are suitable for any age or style.

With lots of attractions and plenty of tourism sites in and around the city, Arad is the perfect starting point and your natural gate to the perfect desert vacation.

Timna Park

15,000 acres in a horseshoeshaped valley surrounded by steep cliffs, Timna Park is an extraordinarily stunning experience and an absolute treat for hiking enthusiasts. Here you'll witness the marvelous works of nature, as well as the amazing wildlife, plants and trees which make the desert their home, surviving in the harsh arid conditions.

With its multitude of attractions, colorful sands and craggy mountains, Timna Park is an incomparable visitor magnet.


Photo taken by photographer: Dafna Tal

Yotvata Hai-Bar

The Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve is the area’s largest animal breeding and reclamation center for animals before they are reintroduced into the wild. The reserve boasts wonderful attractions that are an absolute delight for animal lovers, including the predators’ center with its live predators and small desert animals, a Nocturnal animal’s observatory in dark room conditions and 12 square kilometers of ground where herds of herbivores roam free.


Photo taken by photographer: Dafna Tal

The south of Israel is a total dream destination for adventure-hungry travelers.  Its unique and challenging terrain make for an ideal setting for various extreme sports and activities including abseiling down steep ravens and canyons, dirt biking and off road cycling which are extremely popular in this area as are the 4x4 adventure drives which are all the rage for locals and tourists alike.


Photo taken by photographer: Alon Ron

 

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