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The Negev

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Sand surfing, surf on a dune with a board!

Sand surfing, surf on a dune with a board!

In 2012, Dror introduced sand surfing to Israel in the Negev Mountain's spectacular dunes. *We will be happy to host in the desert in a shaded area including: mats, mattresses and pillows, water and herbal tea, suitable music and a lot of love for the desert. The sand on which you will surf and play is soft as silk. It comes from the Sahara desert through the Nile in Sinai and is found only in three places in Israel, including this dune. Surfing is for everyone with us, no previous experience required. Family and group experiences are available for children and grandparents alike. The sport of surfing can be done in a variety of ways on sand boards, including in pairs. Please call in advance for more details: 08-6753636.

Be’er-Sheva Lake

Be’er-Sheva Lake

"Lake" in Be'er Sheva is a unique project establishing an artificial lake that covers about 23 acres and is entirely filled with effluent water. About 167 acres of the park are dedicated to lawns, wooded areas, picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, and leisure and recreation areas. The lake is one of the largest artificial lakes in the world, and it is considered the second largest lake in Israel, after the Sea of Galilee.

Bastory chef’s restaurant and bar, Be’er Sheva

Bastory chef’s restaurant and bar, Be’er Sheva

Bastory chef's restaurant and bar is an amazing place to dine and drink, they offer original takes on popular dishes, well made and great taste, it is a small chef's bar with 27 seats around an open kitchen where all the magic happens. Bastosy's team is small but a happy one with happy faces all the time, the place is lively and energetic, great food and cocktails. A true desert oasis. Address 18 Chaim Yahil, Be'er Sheva

The alpacas farm near Mizpe Ramon

The alpacas farm near Mizpe Ramon

Five minutes drive from Mitzpe Ramon, near the Ramon Crater, you will find a charming gem, an alpaca farm with a herd of alpacas and llamas of the Negev. South American safaris like this can only be found in the Andes Mountains... or in the Negev Mountains and experience it. You will meet many different animals here, you can pet and feed the alpacas and llamas, ride a horse, hear about the story of the farm, and of course stay in the B&Bs and spend the night with us. Hear from the farm team about the alpacas' fascinating journey from the distant Andes to the Negev mountains and their amusing customs Go on a Llama picnic - a beautiful hike in the hills around the farm, just you and the llama who helps carry the picnic. You can choose a cute alpaca or llama and feed it from the palm of your hand. Each guest receives the bag of delicious food at the entrance to the farm. Yes, you can walk along the desert paths to the rim of the crater, riding on the back of one of our horses. No previous experience is required. Visit the stone hut, rest and enjoy a cup of coffee, herbal tea or ice cream. At the farm you can also practice yoga in our studio or in the desert space, alone or with the farm's yoga instructor.

Six Senses Shaharut  Israel, Shaharut Negev Desert

Six Senses Shaharut Israel, Shaharut Negev Desert

According to Condé Nast Traveler's surfers' ratings, the 12 best resorts in the Middle East, from Cairo to Dubai, were selected and ranked. According to the list, the Six Senses Shahrut hotel ranks tenth. The magazine's readers awarded the hotel a score of over 96, and its editors described its many virtues in detail. Suites and villas at the Six Senses hotel offer uninterrupted desert views, complete with private pools. Every activity (or inactivity) is made possible by your GEM. "The boutique resort is an ideal combination of artistic indulgence and specific architecture and has the most beautiful views of any resort we have ever experienced." A panoramic view of the sky, a desert plunged into a remote valley, and a view of Jordan with the Red Mountains looming in the distance. We've never felt the pressure dissipate so quickly. Add in chic and carefully designed accommodations, an expansive spa, and a host of experiences, from hiking and camel rides to guided tours of historic sites, the Negev Desert is a fascinating, enchanting, and biblical landscape of biblical proportions. The Six Senses Shaharut resort and spa in Israel nestles into a dramatic cliff, amidst the almost-supernatural panorama, where sunsets meld with orange dunes to create an inky sky speckled with stars. Book the Six Senses Shaharut on Line >>

Come to visit Ben-Gurion Desert Home

Come to visit Ben-Gurion Desert Home

The Desert Home of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, and his wife Paula, in Kibbutz Sde Boker is a national heritage site. You can visit their Desert Home to see what it was like for Ben-Gurion to live there as a leader and public figure. You can also see his study with a library of 5,000 books. Before you go into the museum, there is a short movie about the life of David Ben-Gurion. He was a man who had a vision for the Negev Desert. There are three different sections in the museum that tell you more about him and his views. The first section is called "The Gypsum house" and it is about the first house that was built on the kibbutz. The second section is called "The Test of time" and it is an interactive activity for the whole family. The last section is called "Leadership exhibition: Who is a leader?" and it is a short film about different aspects of Ben-Gurion's leadership.

The Ashalim power station

The Ashalim power station

The Ashalim power station is a solar power station in the Negev desert near the kibbutz of Ashalim, south of the district city of Be'er Sheva in Israel. It consists of three plots with three different technologies the station combines 3 kinds of energy: solar thermal energy, photovoltaic energy, and natural gas. In the 1950's, David Ben-Gurion spoke about his vision for "exploiting the abundant solar energy in our country and especially in the Negev". Six decades later, drivers to Eilat are witnessing a remarkable shiny site, a thermo-solar power station in Ashlim in the Negev. The uniqueness of the station, whose construction began in 2015, is the production of electricity from energy produced from the radiation of the sun's rays using half a million mirrors during the day. The mirrors are installed on steel constructions which are fixed to the ground, heating thermal oil inside insulated tubes to a temperature of 400 degrees Celsius. A system of heat exchangers heats water which creates steam that runs a huge turbine. A generator is connected to the turbine that supplies electricity. Another effect of this station is the ability to store solar energy during the day, which is released during the night and produces additional electricity for about 5 hours and all this as mentioned without direct sunlight. The storage of the additional energy is made possible by means of two large steel tanks (made of steel with a lower wall thickness of about 63 mm and weighing 1,070 tons each), which store inside a special chemical salt that heats up during the day and heats the oil during the night. The project covers an area of ​​about 400 Hectares, and is expected to supply electricity to about 60,000 households. This amount of electricity is equivalent to 1% of the total national consumption. The supply of the station is 121 MWh and the annual output is about 450 GWh. 15% of the energy produced at the station is utilized from natural gas that will be transported through pipes laid by the Negev Gas company to the entrance of the station.

Nahal Og Reserve Nahal Og Reserve

Nahal Og Reserve

The reserve has two parts: in the west the Nahal Og Reserve, which covers about 13,000 dunams, and in the east the Reserve in the Advantage of Og, which covers an area of about 9,000 dunams. The reserve includes the area of the ridges east of the Jerusalem mountains to the Dead Sea Rift. The ridges rise c. 200 m above sea level and descend to a height of c. 370 m below sea level. The Nahal Og Reserve is located in the north of the Judean Desert, south of Road 1, between Mishor Adumim in the west and the Dead Sea Road in the east (Road 90). Ogg observation: In the Nahal Og parking lot, about 1.5 km south of the Almog junction. A beautiful view of the Jericho steppe and the area of ​​benefits Two ancient roads pass through the reserve: the Sugar Road (Darb a-Soker) and Darb Rajib. The sugar road descends from the Ma'ale Adumim area to Bir Malki and ends at Nabi Musa. During the Crusader and Mamluk periods, the main road passed from Jerusalem to Jericho. In those days Jericho was a major center of sugar production, hence the name of the road. According to Christian tradition, this area linked Jerusalem to the baptismal site in Jordan. An ancient section of road, perhaps part of the Sugar Road, is found in the advantages of marl, on the south bank of the Og River.

Mitzpe Ramon – Ramon Lookout

Mitzpe Ramon – Ramon Lookout

Mitzpe Ramon - Ramon Lookout is a town in the Negev desert of southern Israel. It is situated on the northern ridge at an elevation of 2,400 feet (800m.) overlooking an enormous erosion cirque known as the Ramon Crater. This crater, or “Machtesh”, as it is called in Hebrew (a term also used by geologists around the world) is 28 miles long and five miles wide. It is a formation unique to Israel and the Sinai. Ramon Crater Ramon Crater is the largest one one of the three Negev craters. It contains geological formations unparalleled elsewhere in the world. Together with magnificent panorama, it presents a fascinating story of geomorphologic evolution. The Ramon Nature Reserve encompassing the crater and the Negev mountains surrounding it is the largest nature reserve in Israel. Mitzpe Ramon was originally founded in 1951 as a camp for the workers building the road to Eilat. The town's first permanent residents, immigrants from North Africa and Romania, settled there in the 1960s, and it became the southernmost of the Negev's development towns. The development of Mitzpe Ramon was adversely affected by the opening of Route 90 in the late 1960s. After the inauguration of this highway, traffic to and from Eilat bypassed Mitzpe Ramon almost entirely. However, growing interest in ecotourism, jeep trekking and hiking, and the upgrading of Route 40, which is considered a more scenic route to Eilat, have improved matters since the mid-1990s. There is a visitors center overlooking the Ramon Crater and the fit can walk down into the crater for a 4 to 5 hour trek without any shade. There is a Lama and Alpaca farm and other attractions.

About the Mitzpe Ramon

About the Mitzpe Ramon

Mitzpe Ramon -  is a town in the Negev desert of southern Israel. It is situated on the northern ridge at an elevation of 2,400 feet (800m.) overlooking an enormous erosion cirque known as the Ramon Crater. This crater, or “Machtesh”, as it is called in Hebrew (a term also used by geologists around the world) is 28 miles long and five miles wide. It is a formation unique to Israel and the Sinai. Climate Due to the desert climate, Mitzpe Ramon experiences very hot summers and cold winters. Flora Of all of Israel's desert regions, the Ramon area has the most varied and lush flora. This can be attributed to the variety of habitats found here and to the difference between the climactic conditions on the Ramon Ridge and those on the Machtesh floor. The high regions of the Ramon Ridge, such as Mizpe Ramon and the Loz Cisterns, have a steppian climate. Because of the cold desert winters, the flowers here bloom in late winter and early spring, a time when the ridge is awash with color. The Machtesh floor is drier and hotter than the ridge. Saharo-Steppian flora (originating in the Sahara Desert and the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula) are most commonly seen here. The desert springs and the damp soil near them also give rise to a special habitat. Rushes, whose leaves have needle-like points, cattails, and reeds grow near the fresh water. This is evidence that there is groundwater close by, even if none is visible. Fauna Thanks to the variety of habitats in the Ramon region, many species of animals choose to make their homes here. Because of the size and remoteness of Machtesh Ramon and stringent nature-conservation efforts in the Ramon region, the Israel Nature and National Parks Protection Authority decided this would be an appropriate place for the reintroduction of animals which had disappeared from the Negev Desert landscape. One was the onager, a wild ass which cannot be domesticated. The Nubian ibex, once in danger of becoming extinct in Israel, now romps happily on the cliffs of Machtesh Ramon. The Negev highlands also has populations of leopards, hyenas, dorcas gazelles, wolves, red foxes, Afghan foxes, caracals, sand foxes, and Syrian hyraxes. The small rodents - fat sand rat, garden dormoose, and golden spiny mouse - and the many reptiles in the Machtesh are harder to spot. These animals are on view at Bio-Ramon. Night star gazing at the Mitzpe Ramon The clear unpolluted air and the altitude of Mitzpe Ramon makes it a great place for star gazing at night. Hikers and bikers will find here interesting desert challenges. There are also a reasonable accommodations here for all : Guest House, Campground, B&B and hotels

Mitzpe Ramon Attractions and activities

Mitzpe Ramon Attractions and activities

The Alpaca Farm The Alpaca Farm is the only farm in the world where over 400 exotic alpacas & Lamas are raised and where the entire process of growing and spinning them can be observed. The Desert Archery Park The Desert Archery Park in Mitzpe Ramon is the only place in the world where you can enjoy a game of archery while hiking through 300 dunam of natural desert terrain. Decide the length of your archery course (1-4 km) and play this wonderfull game. Karkom Jeep Tours Karkom Jeep Tours in the Negev Desert The Albert Promenade. A trail decorated with impressive environmental sculptures - starts from the Visitors Center and goes aloin along the edge of the Ramon Crater. In the middle of the promenade there is a "bird balcony" which hangs above the crater and offers the best view around over the crater. Visitors can see birds flying under their feet rather than over their head. After the paved trail ends, a path continues along the crater edge and leads to a small observation platform installed atop of a rock resembling a camel. Bio Ramon. A museum showcasing the wildlife of the desert and the crater. The rich collection of desert plants and animals displayed is divided into two parts: an indoor interpretation center and an outdoor area reconstructing the Negev desert landscape, with desert loess, hamada, sand, cliffs, riverbeds and even a small spring.

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