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“Trails, waterfalls, plunge pools, great views...lots of fun”

En Gedi Nature Reserve
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9-Hour Masada Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Tour from Jerusalem
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Owner description: En Gedi is the biggest oasis in Israel. It has springs and waterfalls, and flowing brooks at the foot of the cliffs, home to ibexes and rock hyraxes.
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Trails, waterfalls, plunge pools, great views...lots of fun”
Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

There are a couple of hiking routes that take you around the reserve following closely to the main river/stream. There are lots of waterfalls and plunge pools to dip in.

We hiked up past Davids Waterfall (the main fall) and found some amazing Plunge pools to jump in... Much quiter than the ones lower down.

A good experience that last 3/4 hours. Entrance was 27 sheckles per person.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Interesting but not spetacular”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

This is a small nature reserve that is more interesting for the relatively small river in the middle of a very arid desert. We are not big on hiking under 110 degrees sun, so we did not go into the hiking trails that are supposed to be nice. The river itself is tiny with several relatively small water falls that you can bath in. This is a national park, like Masada, and if you are in Israel, consider being a pass that allows you into all of the Israeli national parks, you will save some money. With the pass you can go to Masada, Ein Gedi, Avdat, Cesarea, Meggido, and others.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank bweksler
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Hiking at paradise”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

You can hike, have some little climb (not possible with climbing material) and enjoy the springs (+/- swim, depends on how high the water is)
The place is wonderful.
Two things you have to know:
1 eating is forbidden in the park but there is a cafeteria at the entrance
2 I recommand that you take two pairs of shoes: hiking/sport shoes plus swimming shoes, so you can enjoy the springs (specifically for children)

3 Thank Fulopy
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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“great value”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

This spot was great because there is not charge to enter the beach area just 2 shekel to use the bathroom and facilities but there is an outdoor shower free of charge. When I went it was very hot and was not able to stay there for too long. I wore flipflops but I saw other people in sneakers or closed sandals that looked to me like a smart idea since my flipflops kept slipping off. Just be aware that this location has no beach area its all rocks.

Visited July 2012
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A fun hike that's very scenic”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Ein Gedi is the perfect side-destination to enrich any trip to the Dead Sea and/or Masada. I went early in the morning, which I recommend since the heat isn't as bad, there are likely to be fewer fellow visitors and more animals out. We loved seeing all of the rock hyrex (large rodents) scampering around the trails. It gets quite busy and quite hot, so go early and bring or purchase water.

The hike isn't for the mobility impaired, but was fairly easy, navigating along a stream. As a fit twenty-something it was almost too easy, taking only about an hour, even with plenty of photo opportunities. If you want a chance to get wet then plan to spend a little longer.

Visited March 2012
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