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Ein Gedi

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The kibutz of Ein Gedi (the plateau covered with trees) from a distance. Taken from the top of the Arugot canyon

Ein Gedi (Hebrew:עין גדי) is an oasis located in the Judian Desert, near the Dead Sea, between Masada and the caves of Qumran.

Understand[edit]

The Ein Gedi National Park is the biggest and the most important oasis in Israel. The park is found in the Dead Sea Valley, which is an effect of the Great Rift Valley. In the park there are two spring-fed rivers that streams for the all year: the David Stream and the Arugot Stream, and two more springs the Shulamit and Ein Gedi springs, also flow in the reserve.

Ein Gedi Kibbutz is a kibbutz located few dozens of meters southern than the park. In the kibbutz there is a beautiful botanic garden [1] with more than 900 species from the entire world. The garden, which covers about 100 dunam (10 hectares), is the only botanic garden in the world with a settlement.

Get in[edit]

Ein Gedi is located on Road 90, which goes down the Israeli coast of the Dead Sea. It is also possible to reach Ein Gedi via buses from Jerusalem's central bus station (Line 486) or From Tel aviv (Line 421).

See[edit][add listing]

  • Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is on Route 90 (Dead Sea road) about 1 kilometer north of Kibbutz Ein Gedi, +972-7-658-4285 (fax: +972-7-652-0228), [2]. April-September: 8:00-17:00, October-March: 8:00-16:00. Situated near the Kibbutz, visitors have access to the adjacent nature reserve for viewing bird sanctuaries and wildlife of the desert, including the Nubian ibex. Hikers have the choice of following two riverbeds and can follow trails past waterfalls, springs, caves, canyons and an early Bronze Age temple.  edit
  • Ein Gedi Eco Park, (Located in Kibbutz Ein Gedi), (+972) 08-659-4614, [3]. During your trip to Ein Gedi, stop by the Eco Park to learn about the environmental challenges and technologies in Israel today. The Eco Park includes solar cookers, a zoo (with monkeys, peacocks, goats, lemurs, and more), and beautiful mud structures. Entrance is free with entrance to the Kibbutz Ein Gedi's botanical garden, but schedule a visit in advance to take a tour, make your own bottle farm, learn about mud building, or take part in any other organized activities.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Ein Gedi Public beach, +972-8-6594433.  edit
  • Hamai Zohar Public Beach, +972-8-6594433. Alternative to Ein Bokek and Ein Gedi beaches with separate bathing for men and women.  edit
  • Ein Gedi Spa Beach, +972-8-6594413. The signature element of the Dead Sea - black mud, has both cosmetic and therapeutic benefits known to cleanse and stimulate the skin. Relieve muscle and emotional tension; improve blood circulation and ease rheumatic pain at Ein Geidi Spa beach.  edit

Eat & drink[edit]

  • Pundak Ein Gedi - a restaurant betwean Wadi Arugot and the Kibbutz.


Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • The Ein Gedi Beit Sarah Guest House, Near the Dead Sea road (# 90) at the entrance to the Nahal David reservation, +972-08-6584165 (, fax: +972-08-6584445), [4]. A guest house in the oasis of Ein Gedi with 51 rooms, some of which with balconies.  edit

Splurge[edit]

Camping[edit]

Camping is allowed for free on the Ein-Gedi coast (aprox. 500m south of the kibbutz itself), toilets and showers are on site for a small fee. The ground is a bit stony so any kind of mattress is useful.

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