Beautiful place !
It's very hot here.
An oasis on the desert
You will be surprised to see so many animals roaming the area and not being disturbed by the visitors. I saw many Hyrax and Ibex in the park. The Hyrax seemed to prefer the trees close to the entrance and the Ibex, as good climbers, were mainly along the canyon walls. Both are perfect to take photos, so don't forget your camera!more
This restaurant is directly off the parking lot in Ein Gedi. We had a set lunch here for 45 Israeli Shekels, which comprised main course, bread, salad and a drink. It's a buffet and you can choose what you like as you go along the hot counter. I chose a turkey dish which was quite tasty and some potatoes because Irish people can never pass by a...more
You dont have a lot of options for nightlife in this area.Dont try to leave your hotel's area because this is still a desert and you can fall or find a dangerous animal (leopard , snake).You can enjoy in your hotel's lobby or sit outside and enjoy the desert silence. The desert can be very cold place during the night so i think you should take...more
Don't expect bars, discos or clubs here. There is nothing but mountains, deserts and the Dead Sea. But something that is nice to do is floating in the Dead Sea at sunset. When it gets dark you can see al the stars while floating. Do watch out though, don't close your eyes, when the wind blows a bit, you'll easily get further then you wish. Also you...more
The road from Jerusalem to Ein Gedi first descends the 1000m from the Judean Mountains to the Dead Sea level. The last 43 km of the road are on Route 90, along the north-western shore of the Dead Sea.This part of the road is especially beautiful. The road meanders along the narrow shore, between the water and the overhanging cliffs of the Judean...more
The Ein Gedi Spa used to be very close to the beach, but the Dead Sea level gas receded over the past 25 years, and now it's a 10 minute walk from the spa to the beach.The Ein Gedi Spa provides a shuttle service between the spa and the beach, by means of a tractor-pulled train. It's a fun ride!The "train" leaves every 15 minutes.more
You can get to En Gedi the hard way or the easy way. The easy way would probably be to drive down this fabulous desert highway from Jerusalem to Eilat or to take one of the comfortable, air-conditioned Egged buses. The long-distance ( Photo 3)photo of this road was taken from the hills above and the sight of it certainly conjures up adventurous...more
You have to pass through the store of the Ein Gedi Spa ("Sea of Spa") on your way out of the spa. If you want to get some Dead Sea products to bring home as presents or for your own use, here you will find a wide variety.There are bath salts, mud and lots of cosmetics based on the Dead Sea salts.Among the medicinal products, there is a special...more
The reastaurant we ate in had a shop at one end. There were postcards and some other souvenirs here but 95% of the Merchandise consisted of Dead Sea Beauty Products. This is a huge industry in Israel and these products are sold right round the world. I overheard customers saying that if you bought them in London, for example, you would pay three...more
When you hike in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, keep an eye on the slope of the cliff above you: a family of ibex (wild mountain-goats) may be walking there, and may cause stones to roll down the slope on the trail.If you see ibex above you, let them pass before you continue on your trail.(For those who don't read or heed my tips, there are also...more
When you walk to the Dead Sea shore, stay on the roads or paved paths leading to the shore.Wandering off the path carries the risk of sinking in the deep mud.Another dangerous natural phenomenon is the sinkholes, present in the muddy salty soil close to the Dead Sea shore, near Ein Gedi and other locations in the northern part of the Dead Sea. The...more
The sun is strong here. Even in late September it was scorching so what it must be like in high summer is unimaginable. Just because you are in an oasis, don't let that make you casual with your sun protection, especially if you are fair-skinned and not used to strong sun on a regular basis. Keep slapping on that UV protection, drink loads of water...more
You'd better not travel with taxis. They drive very dangerously and some of the drivers really rip you off!
Backpack, what's new?! Short clothes, long sleaves clothes, trousers, sweater. Daytime it's very hot here and in the night it's freezing cold. Be sure to take good walking shoes with you, you'll need them! Loads of suncream! In the bigger towns, you can get film, but also in touristic shops at the nature preserve (at the entrance) or at the...more
Buy all the necessary for a cookout.You can gather your own wood and just start cook out fire. It was a fun and good way to meet new friends like the Argentinian Elizabeth Keitelman who won the first prize in a painting contest with her paint about "Impressions of the Dead Sea"more
There is a marked hikers trails through waterfalls, springs, caves, canyons, and an early Bronze Age temple. Incredible view of bird sanctuaries and wildlife of desert, such as the Nubian ibex.
You will have a choice of hiking along two riverbeds:
The David Spring nature reserve walking tour (1.5-3 km), including a short trek to two waterfalls, can take between one and a half hour to 3 hours. I took about 4 hours to return to the Kabbutz because I decided to deviate from the usual trail and hiked and climbed the adjacent canyon and caves.
The Arugut reserve is adjacent to the David reserve and includes a series of shallow pools perfect for bathing. The 4 km circular hike can take up to four hours. A marked path leads to an impressive waterfall.
Both reserves open seven days a week between 8:00 and 16:00. However if you join a tour group paying your entrance fee before hand or to the tour guide you can have access before sunrise so that you could be up in the hill just as the sun shows up in the dead sea. It is a glorious time.
Equipment: * bathing suit
* drinking water (save your empty bottle since you will have the change to fill from the most pure water in the creek)
* a hat or shal to cover your head from the intense heat
* hiking shoes
* flash light
* small light backpack (you will need to have your hands free)
* a plastic bag to carry your wet clothes
I found this schematic pictorial map of Ein Gedi on the paper placemats at the Ein Gedi resort hotel, and thought of you, my dear fellow VTer.You can get an idea of where everything in Ein Gedi is from this pictorial map: the main road, the kibbutz, the hotel, the botanic garden, the spa, the beaches, the field school, the youth hostel, the David...more