En Gedi Nature Reserve

22.05.2019

This magnificent nature reserve is by far Israel’s biggest oasis and a definitive “must-visit” while travelling across the country.

Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. Photo Credit: Manu Grinspan

If you are in Israel En Gedi Nature Reserve is a must-see.

This magnificent nature reserve is by far Israel’s biggest oasis and a definitive “must-visit” while travelling across the country. This wonderful oasis in the middle of the desert offers several very enjoyable hiking trails, stunning views, streams, waterfalls, exciting wildlife (with hydraxes and ibexes easy to spot) and a bit of biblical history. You can even treat yourselves to a refreshing dip at the bottom of each waterfall (swimming in the salty water is a unique experience not to be missed).

Located in the Judean Wilderness on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea (about an hour outside of Jerusalem), this gorgeous nature reserve encompasses 3,500 acres and features year-round flowing streams.

Also, if hiking is your thing, you’re in for a real treat since this site is considered as one of the most amazing hiking expeditions that you can experience on your trip to Israel, mainly for the unique and diverse beauty of the desert and the springs. Especially don’t miss out on Arugot Stream – a hiking trail along the length of the stream that will lead you to a hidden waterfall and several pools. The main trails are paved for most of the way but make sure you wear good hiking shoes nevertheless.

This is also the traditional Biblical location where David hid from King Saul and it will give you geographical insight into the things you have read. Knowing that David hid in these caves makes it a truly amazing historical site.