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Ein Avdat

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Ein Avdat

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Ein Avdat is a spring and nature reserve in the Negev desert of Israel.


As a water source in the middle of the desert, Ein Avdat has always attracted humans and animals. Nowadays it is a popular hiking spot due to the beauty of the steep canyon in which it is located.

The most direct entrance is from the south (the top of the canyon), but many hikers choose to begin at Sdeh Boker (a kibbutz several kilometers north) and walk southward to see the whole length of the canyon.

Flora and fauna[edit]

Due its lush vegetation, the area of the springs attracts large numbers of animals such as insects like the dragonfly, songbirds such as the Bulbul, rock pigeons, birds of prey, frogs and ibexes. The canyon cliffs are sometimes used by eagles as nesting spots. Other birds of prey that also can be seen are vultures, hawks and bustards. Around the springs grow salt-loving plants like Poplar trees and Atriplexes.

Get in[edit]

Bus number 60 from Beer Sheva to Mitzpeh Ramon runs quite often and stops at both Ein Avdat and Sdeh Boker.

You can also drive south from Beer Sheva.


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Bring lots of water, it's hot and dry!

As usual, you should not drink untreated spring water.

Stay safe[edit]

Do not visit in winter on days when rain is possible. There could be flash floods which are lethal to people in canyons.

Get out[edit]

A few kilometers to the south is the restored Nabatean city of Advat.

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