Southern District Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by machomikemd
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by machomikemd
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by machomikemd

Southern District Off The Beaten Path

  • Day Activities

    Eilat Off The Beaten Path

    A little known place not far from Eilat offer you a great view of a flock of 300-400 flamingos. Instead of going all the way to Africa, these flamingos stay here all year round. To get here, you need to drive north from Eilat on road number 90. A little after the customs checkpoint, look for a brown sign with the name "Sharsheret Wells". This...

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  • Beaches

    Eilat Off The Beaten Path

    ...who doesn't like the beach life???sun, surf, snorkelling, scuba diving in the red sea??Nice cold beer to top off the day's activities??...However, Eilat, like most tourist areas in and around the world, has all of the above to offer, and more!!!BUT - if you are looking for a secluded beach, with next to nil inhabitants, you will be sorely...

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  • Timna Park

    Eilat Off The Beaten Path

    Timna park to my opinion is not Off the beaten but Must see activity. A lot of people come to Eilat to relax and enjoy the sea and the beaches and they forget that there is also beautiful nature here. Park timna is a beautiful nature park with lovely rocks and stones , a copper mine and beautiful landscapes.

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  • Massada

    Eilat Off The Beaten Path

    Masada is a symbol for us the jews for courage. Massada is a fortress that is very close to the dead sea (you can combine both of them) and from Massada you can see the amazing view of the dead sea and the surrounding mountains. Massada is UNESCO World Heritage Site and entrance to the place will cost you 70 nis for and adult and 35 for a...

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  • Dead Sea

    Eilat Off The Beaten Path

    The dead sea is an attraction In israel and in the world , becuase of the salty water that makes you float on your back and also because it is the lowest place on earth. This is not too close to Eilat (2-3 hours drive) but you will enjoy beautiful landscapes and relaxing place. You can check my Dead Sea (En Gedi) page for more details

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  • Nahal Bokek, desert oasis

    If you find the hotel area called Bokek along the western shore of the Dead Sea, you will be very close to the Nahal Bokek oasis. Just a short walk into this dry canyon brings you to a green wonderland where you can find mountain deer, birds, rock rabbits, dragonflies and there even was once a tiger who roamed this area (sorry to say she has since...

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  • Views in and near the Nizzana Hillocks

    Remember the old saying "if my grandmother had wheels"?Well that was what popped into my mind when I saw this sign of a camel with wheels and that we should get him to join our mountain bike club ^O^The Tamarix trees were growing in a small grove (great for a picnic before or after you hike into the Nizzana Hillocks) and were so thick that they had...

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  • Scottish Hostpital & Nabatean Ruins

    Just at the junction where you turn right to access the Nizzana Hillocks, take a look at the top of the hill to your left, you just may notice the ruins of the Scottish Hospitall above and the few walls and columns that are left of a Nabatean settlement below.

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  • Hamuki Nizzana (Nizzana Hillocks)

    The Nizzana Hillocks are a natural formation and the geologists say "Aeolian sand movement in an arid linear dune ecosystem, Nizzana, Western Negev, Israel"...okay, so now that we have said that, I went there for the beauty of the place and of course to take a few photos.Almost forgot to mention that you do not need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to reach...

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  • Havat Arundel, 70 kilometers north of...

    Havat Arundel (Havat is ranch in Hebrew), located in the Arava, a southern desert in Israel, was used first by the Jordanians as a police outpost. Later in 1949 a brigade of Golani troops on their way to Eilat. Again used by Israeli paratroopers in 1956 as a forward post. Since then it has been abandonded and only in 2005 did Karen and Dani Cohen...

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  • "THE" tree in Nahal Rahaf

    Nahal Rahaf is one of the major valleys running west to east in Israel. It "empties" into the Dead Sea and has a series of very nice dry waterfalls that you can rappel (rope climb). But it is in our desert and has no natural source of water, only the rain that will sometimes fall in the desert. When this happens you may get a very spectacular WET...

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  • Nahal Tziniem

    Here in Nahal Tziniem (Tziniem is a small valley that branches off from the main valley of Nahal Tzin, hence the name which means "little Tzin"), we found what looked to be some sort of excavation into the mountain. The first photo shows the entrance, large enough to drive a semi-trailer into. The second photo shows the interior construction. We...

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  • Nahal Nekorot

    Nahal Nekorot is one of the major east-west trails that you can connect between the major north-south highways (no's 40 and 90) in Israel. This follows what was once the spice route throught he Arava desert in southern Israel. As you can see it is NOT for regular vehicles, you need a good 4 wheel drive here and a few of those descents are pretty...

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  • Nahal Maok

    Nahal Maok is one of the smaller dry riverbeds that attach to Nahal Nekorot (the major rift in this area) and it has a few fantatsic sections for getting out and hiking. Take for instance that large boulder that has fallen perfectly into the narrow section to almost completely block passage, even my thin friend Giora has a difficult time getting...

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  • Nahal Hava

    Nahal Hava, one of the many dry riverbeds to be found in the southern deserts of Israel is accessable only if you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle. You can find the entrance south of Mitzpeh Ramon just off Highway 40. This are will take you through some of the remains of the ancient spice route to palces such as Metzad Nekorot and Horbat Moa.Desert...

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  • Maktesh Ramon camping ground

    The Maktesh Ramon, or Ramon "Crater" as it is known mistakenly, is located in the south of Israel below the town of Mitzpeh Ramon (whose name means "overlooking Ramon"). The Maktesh is a very unique geological formation whose formation is still not 100% clear even after years of study by geologists (I have added a few links that you can look at if...

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  • MaAleh Akrabim, past and present

    We took VTer Elisa to see one of the historical spots of Israel that is relevant both past and present. In the past this was where the Romans built one of their famous roads to connect places on the "Arab Province" under their rule. The first two photos show the route, it looks impassable, but the Roman Empire did amazing things in their time.In...

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  • Nahal Pratziem (home to the Flour Cave)

    Just off highway 90, the main road that runs the length of the Dead Sea and between the junctions of highway 31 in the north and highway 25 to the south, you will find the area that includes, Nahal Hemar, Har Sdom, Flour Cave, Lot's Wife, HaRabotiem Cave, Nahal Ashliem, Nahal Peres, Sdom Cave and of course Nahal Pratziem. Traveling south from the...

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  • Metzad/Nahal Nekorot

    Metzad Nekorot, so named for the dry valley or Nahal that it is located in is yet another part of the tapestry of places that make up the Spice Route here in Israel, connecting the Nabattean city of Petra to the Med coast at Gaza. Here at Metzad Nekorot you will find two distinct structures, the main living quarters and a cistern with entry...

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  • Khan Sharoniem (part of the Spice Route)

    You can take a step back in history and travel the route that the camel caravans took through Israel to make the business connection between the red city of Petra and the Gaza shipping area. Khan Sharoniem is just one of many sites along this route. But to get there you must travel through many kilometers of unforgiving and dry desert. It is nature...

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  • Drejat (Arab Village Near Arad) Part 2

    You can find Drejat just to the north of Highway 31, which links Beer-Sheva and Arad. It is on a road that has at this point in time no official number yet. The turnoff to Drejat is just about a kilometer before the entrance to Kuseifa. The kids, like in most places, were the friendliest of all, just take a look at the first two photos, the eyes of...

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  • Drejat (Arab Village near Arad) part 1

    We visited this fairly new Arab village that is only a few kilometers west of Arad as part of a project called "Du-Kium" or Mutual Living. The program was designed to let both Arabs and Jews learn about each others cultures by inviting them into each others villages.This village was an "illegal" village for many years...what does that actually...

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  • Visit Yeruham lake

    This artificial lake is located outside the town of Yeruham, and is a good spot for picnic because of the trees that are planted around. In fact this is probably one of the only shady points you can find within kilometers and there is also taps with running water for your use there.

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  • Visit Iris yeruham reserve

    This is a small area next to the town of Yeruham. I march it is covered with this rare Iris flower, and some other blooming plants.

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  • Hike at Ein Yokniam

    Ein Yokniam is a small riverbed, usually dry, called "nahal" in Hebrew. Only a short walk from the parking area are some beautifully carved rocks and cliffs, formed from the flow of water (what little there is) and the action of wind and sand. I took Malena for a visit there and we found the perfect place to sit and take a photo as you can see.Ein...

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  • Holot Beer Mashash

    Just south of Beer Sheva, along highway 40, you will find a desert wilderness of sand dunes, some scrub trees and lots of ants...it seems they enjoy the wide open spaces of the desert and they thrive here. You can see in the pictures that it is very easy to find their homes, you will find a very wide "trail" carved out of whatever material is...

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  • Desert Mouse

    Nahal Rahaf is a beautiful dry gorge running from near Arad to the Dead Sea. In the middle of a desert people do not expect to find wildlife or plant life. But in this area the valleys provide pockets in the shade of the cliffsides where water can be found even in summer. This is where you will find the "congregation" of wildlife, like this tiny...

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  • Tristamit (desert bird)

    The Tristamit is the most intellingent bird I have encountered in our desert. They will sit near you at a picnic or when you stop to rest on a hike. They will slowly edge closer till they are able to "strike" and pick up some of your food, even if it may be in your hand. They will of course steal from your plates on the table if you are not...

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  • Nahal Rahaf picnic (Independence Day)

    Nahal Rahaf a dry gorge running from near Arad all the way to the Dead Sea was a wonderful place for us to find some peace and quiet on Independence Day 2007.....as you can see in teh pictures, Giora and I took our time to enjoy a cold beer. We found some shade in the lee side of a cliff overhang which was, even in the heat of day, still cooler...

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  • Nahal Kaniem

    Nahal Kaniem, found just west of Arad and sloping east towards the Dead Sea is one of the many dry canyons in Israel. Water is to be found there only during rainy season (when it usually floods if there is enough rain) or cached in pockets that have been carved out of the rock over the centuries. But this is enough water for the plants that have...

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  • Mamshit Bedouin Market

    Here at Mamshit, one of the ancient city ruins of the Nabateans, you can find each year in the spring a Bedouin Market. It is sent up at the entrance to the National Park of Mamshit and for a single fee you get entry to the Park and to the Market. There are activities for children, concerts, arts and crafts, music and even local foods. You can pick...

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  • VTers meeting camels

    Xiao was telling me with a circular motion of her finger around her ear that she is a crazy tourist, running around in the desert trying to catch up with those camels you can see in the background to take their picture !!!!But no, need to tell the truth here, she was telling ME that I am crazy for photographing HER taking pictures while she was...

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  • Falco Tinnunculus (Baz HaMatzoie)

    If your are in our southern desert hiking or even in Arad, you may see this beautiful raptor. This small member of the Falcon family makes its home in the cliffs in the surrounding mountainous desert. I have even seen them occassionally make their homes on rooftops of tall buildings. I have seen them in all seasons hovering looking for their prey....

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  • Susia Antiquities

    Susia is an ancient Jewish settlement from the second century here in the southern Hebron mountains. Up to a few years ago this site was protected and developed by the Israeli Parks Authority. Today it is in what is called Palestine and I have no idea of its present state.Some parts of the walls and columns have been restored and a roof placed over...

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  • Nahal Aboov

    Nahal Aboov is a short desert canyon hike that is an easy family hike. The trail starts just a few kilometers south of Arad and follows the Aboov canyon till it exits at the edge of highway 258. This is a picture of one of the walking sticks who decided that he was too tired to walk and hitched a ride on my shirt. If you have never seen one of...

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  • Nahal Hemar, pictures in clay

    Because of the nature of the soil which is high in clay content you will often find "pictures" in the clay here. From the simple layering of the dried clay as you see in the first two pictures to the "fish eye" that is formed with the help of a nest of a parasitic wasp. The last picture shows evidence of the life to be found in the canyon because...

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  • Nahal Hemar (Clay Canyon)

    Nahal Hemar is one of the largest and deepest canyons in Israel and it is only a few kilometers south of Arad. It has a marked trail that begins just off the road from Arad to Dimona and can be done in a day. As you can see in the pictures it is a large dry canyon, but as you progress to the center of the canyon you will find a small fresh water...

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  • Besor Scenic Route and Eshkol National...

    Not far from Kibbutz Urim, you will a beautiful oasis. The Eshkol National Park offers swimming pools and plenty of activities for the kids. The nearby Besor Scenic Route is wilder and more natural and offer great views, especially in winter and early spring when the flowers are in bloom.

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  • Meet the Bedouin - a village view from...

    While in Israel it is well worth your while to visit the desert area in the south, one of the best things is meeting the people who have inhabited the area for hundreds of years, the Bedouin. In the past they were nomads, wandering a large area between Jordan, Israel and Egypt, today most stay in one spot. In the pictures here you can see a Bedouin...

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  • Coloured Sands in the Big Crater

    Don't get fooled by the name! While it is bigger than the Little Crater, the Big Crater is much smaller than Ramon Crater. Anyway, here you can find colourful sands and rocks. These are quite popular by the kids.To get here, take road 225 from Yeroham to the east. The road passes through the crater and the colourful sand are right before the...

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  • The Israeli Air Force Museum

    If you are an airplane fan, or you travel with kids around Beer-Sheba, this is the place for you. Here you can find dozens of airplanes and helicopters used by the Israeli air force since 1948. There are also some airplanes used by the Arab air forces, like a MIG-21 flown here by a Syrian defector pilot.Shown here is the Ace of Aces. This Mirage...

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  • Ein Avdat

    One of the popular hiking spots in the south is Ein Avdat. This is an oasis in the middle of the desert, right below the kibuttz of Sde Boker. It is always surprising to see the amount of water and trees and in the middle of the desert. And, of course, the wild animals come here to drink the water.

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  • Hiking in Hemar Wadi

    The Judea desert is full with hiking trails. One of them is Hemar Wadi. It is located west of the southern Dead Sea. Between road number 258 and Newe Zohar.See more in the travelogue.

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  • Pura Reserve - Not all desert

    The Israeli south part is not all desert, one of the great places to come for wild flowers is the Pura Reserve, a little south of Qityat Gat. The flowers and the colours vary with the season: red anemones in winter, yellow mustard in spring and much more.

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  • Hiking in Hatira Wadi

    Yet another desert hike is Wadi Chatira. You can start the hike in Ein Yorqeam and then keep walking eastward. You will have to climb down this ladder to go into the wadi (notice the green-white trail mark next to the ladder).

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