`En Gedi Travel Guide

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`En Gedi Things to Do

  • Ein Gedi Nature Reserve-the lower trail

    Indeed Ein Gedi Nature Reserve was the main reason we came here. It’s a 6,250-acre park filled with marked hiking routes, but what makes it unique is the scenery, it’s located at the shores of the Dead Sea at the eastern edge of Judean Desert, so you see a plain environment where an oasis give life and color with waters coming out of the...

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  • Nature Reserve:David Waterfall

    Most people that follow the Lower Nachal David trail try to hurry themselves and go directly to the end where the David Waterfall is. It’s a pity because there are many other smaller waterfalls before and many pools that are ideal for photo breaks or/and some refreshing swimming :)Of course David Waterfall is more impressive because the water...

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  • Ancient Synagogue

    Most people if not all visit Ein Gedi for the scenery and the trails of Nature Reserve. But 500meters away you can visit an Ancient Synagogue. Don’t forget that the area was inhabited since the chalcolithic period (3000BC). A jewish settlement was located here from 3rd to 6th centuries AD, it was one of the wealthiest communities of those times,...

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`En Gedi Restaurants

  • not many food options

    Later in the evening we ate at the SARA hostel, the main restaurant was full of people, we bought our vouchers earlier (I’m not sure if they are available for someone that doesn’t really stay there). For 58nis(about 12euros) we were pleasantly surprised of the amount of food we found at the buffet. There were various different salads but also...

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  • Plain but substantial food

    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...

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  • Fastfood

    Heres a kind of "kibbutz food". Its cheap and looks good.We didnt actually have any of it but just replenished our stocks of beer and chips as well as ahava creams and mud masks

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`En Gedi Nightlife

  • Nightlife in the dead sea area

    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...

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  • Don't expect bars, discos or...

    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...

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  • Go for a walk in the...

    Go for a walk in the mountains. Just walk up from hostel Beit Sarah. You will see nice things then. Do be carefull though there aren't fences along the way up and traffic can show up suddenly. Also be carefull not to be bitten by snakes and scorpions while you walk.

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`En Gedi Transportation

  • How to go there

    Ein Gedi is 80km SE of Jerusalem, 140km SE of Tel Aviv, 20km N of Masada, 32km N of En Bokek. The bus descents from the Judean mountains to the Dead Sea level and then goes along Road 90 that goes down the Israeli coast of the Dead Sea. If you have a seat on the left you will enjoy a beautiful view for most partWe took bus #421 from Tel Aviv but...

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  • how to move around

    We booked a room at Sara Hostel that is located next to the entrance of the Nature Park. There’s a map at the entrance (pic 2) that shows all the trails. The short trail is easy to do (even for kids) and the first part (pic 3) is accessible to wheelchairs too while then you have to walk uphill through some steps etc (pic 4)The ancient synagogue is...

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  • Take Scenic Route 90 to Ein Gedi

    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...

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`En Gedi Shopping

  • what to shop in Ein Gedi

    The truth is that we didn’t shop anything in Ein Gedi but we saw soma spa/dead sea products in the store next to the Nature Reserve entrance. The store is useful if you need some basic food/water supplies, hats, tshirts etc But the next day we visited En Bokek where the prices were much better and the variety of the dead sea products way bigger. If...

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  • Dead Sea Products

    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...

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  • Dead Sea Skincare Products

    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...

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`En Gedi Local Customs

  • Float in the dead sea water

    A lot of people come to see the dead sea and to float in the water.A well known custom is to read a news paper in the water while someone else is taking your picture.

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  • Watch the sunset and sunrise over the...

    A lot of people (like me) come very early in the morning to see the sunrise over the dead sea and also a lot come to see the sunset.the view here is beautiful , magical.

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  • Dead sea mud

    A lot of people buy dead sea mud , cover their body with the mud and after a few minutes go into the water.

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`En Gedi Warnings and Dangers

  • warnings in Ein Gedi

    We did only the short trail in the park but if you decide to do some of the others follow some of the rules, bring lot of water with you can try to start early, there’s a sign that suggests time limitations:Do not ascend to En Gedi Spring and Dodim Cave after 1.30pmLeave Dodim cave by 2.30pmLeave En Gedi Spring by 3.00pmYou must exit the reserve by...

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  • Ibex May Roll Stones!

    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...

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  • Deep Mud, Sinkholes and Quagmires...

    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...

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`En Gedi Tourist Traps

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    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    You'd better not travel with taxis. They drive very dangerously and some of the drivers really rip you off!

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`En Gedi What to Pack

  • Walking equipment for the trails

    You need good walking shoes , hat , a lot of water , walking stick is good for unstable rocks , a map of the area.

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  • Packing List

    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...

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`En Gedi Off The Beaten Path

  • Cook out in Ein Gedi, near the dead sea

    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"

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  • Visit the deserts. There are...

    Visit the deserts. There are three deserts in Israël: Negev, Massada and Herodium. Herodium is more like a huge desertmountain. Massada is easily to reach from Engedi. It's best to go organized or with a guide at least. Getting lost here is very easy.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

`En Gedi Sports & Outdoors

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    by Prinsalsita Written Feb 16, 2007

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    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
    * towel
    * 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

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park
    • Mountain Climbing

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`En Gedi Favorites

  • All of Ein Gedi on a Placemat!

    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...

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  • Dead Sea in Winter

    Even that I went in January it was the winter I was able to swim, it was a litter cold ( but i always cold) but the high temperatures, low humidity allow too…….Next time I would like to be in the summer I sure will be very very hot!!!!!!! Getting cober all by the MUD

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  • Arugot, the big waterfall

    This is the biggest waterfall in the Arugot system and it has also carved a nice large pool for swimming. Here Edi is teaching his son Yonaton how to swim...(at least I THINK he is ;O))

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