The so-called Desert Fathers were Christian monks meditating in utmost simplicity and silence in the desert. Some of these desert fathers settled in Wadi Qelt, in the St. George Monastery. A hike through the Judean desert to the sixth-century cliff-hanging monastry complex, with its ancient chapel and gardens.
Throughout the ages, the desert has always been a place to rest, pray and discover. Take in the spectacular starry sky on a desert overnight, study Israel’s revolutionary water saving technologies, and drink tea from desert herbs in a traditional Bedouin tent. From camels rides to 4×4 jeep rides, Keshet Journeys brings you an unforgettable desert adventure.
Showcase in the Central Arava Research and Development Station. This station does scientific research to support agriculture on desert soil. The research includes seven sector centers: vegetables, ornamentals, plant-protection, orchards, organic agriculture, fishery and produce quality.
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Ein Gedi is an oasis in the desert and a green Garden of Eden in the wilderness. Hike along the Nachal David, the river of David, named David River (Nahal David), named after King David hiding from king Saul. A full Judean desert experience is encapsulated in this short but non-the-less spectacular river hike.
Swim and float in the Dead Sea, bathing yourself in the mineral rich water and mud
Showcase Ramat Negev Research and Development Center, focusing on developing advanced agriculture in arid conditions, irrigating with brackish water.
Visit the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR) at the Sde Boker Campus of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The institute particularly emphasizes research and development of water resources in drylands.
A visit to an Organic Date Farm, a date farm where dates are produced in a unique way, free from toxins & non-organic pesticides, herbicides & fertilisers
An activity center for birdwatchers, with an office that organizes tours of the beautiful park during the migration seasons. Israel, and particularly the Eilat surroundings, has ranked among the top five
foreign destinations for British and European birders for many years. Extraordinary concentrations of migratory birds use the area, making Eilat one of the busiest migration areas in the world.
The Ein Avdat canyon, south of Beer Sheba and Sde Boker, is a beautiful area for seeing a mixture of desert and waterside birds. Hike through the Ein Avdat National Park, located in a beautiful canyon in the Negev desert. The Ein Avdat Spring flows down in a waterfall towards an 8-meter deep pool of water. The oasis created by the springs attracts ibex and other animals.