• Ido Gayer

The Wonders of the Desert Day Tour

Updated: Jan 29, 2021

A unique character of Israel is its diversity. Almost an hour away from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, a Terra incognita exists. A place where once Lawrence of Arabia wrote about, where extinct cultures were blooming, Egyptian Pharaohs trying to eliminate nomads tribes and where gods were created to help survive the hardships of the hot-as-hell summers and cold-as-polar winters.

The rounded hills of upper Judean Desert.

After leaving the hotel in central Israel we will drive south, depends on the departure location we might pass next to the Israeli – Gazan border, if so we'll stop to take a look & hear and to share with you my thoughts and insights as a commander and officer who took an active part in the last operations (some known, some less known) in the Gaza strip.

Continuing southward we will Arrive to Sde Boker, a Kibutz of pioneers who "Flourished the Deseret" (the words of Israel's first prime minister, David Ben Gurion), we will visit Ben Gurion's tomb and observation point and continue on to reach the ancient city of Ovdat. Ovdat is one of the remaining cities of a mysterious culture called "Nabateans" who bloomed and expanded in the Greek – Roman times on the region of the Arab Peninsula, Jordan & Israel, trading for spices and knowing the secrets of waters in the desert. Later on the Nabateans disappeared for pages of history, why and when ? All in our tour.


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We will visit a desert winery or a desert dairy farm to talk with the locals about the way of living in a remote and harsh desert region. We will arrive at Mitzpe Ramon, a small, colorful, vibrant and remote community sitting on the edge of the largest Makhtesh (similar to a crater, but not a crater) having a moon-like views of the mountains and hills belongs to the Upper Negev Desert. To finish the day it's recommended to stay the night in one of the "Desert Farms" as the Alpaca Farm, in order to meet the locals and breathe the clean, fresh air of the desert mountains.

Hiking in Arugot Canyon outside of Ein Gedi Oasis.

In our second day we can continue down and hike in one of the trails of Makhtesh Ramon, or visit the canyon and springs of Ein Ovdat, visit the Nabatean site "Mamshit" or to visit the site of Nitzana and the small off-the-grid community of Azuz, meet a Bedouin family and have a local, delicious meal. The desert is big, vast, and empty and waits only for us!

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”

― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

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