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“Judean dessert, cool springs, wild animals, and a glimpse oh history all in one place!”

En Gedi Nature Reserve
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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.
Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

This great place gives you a glimpse of biblical history where king David hid and took refuge from king Saul. Fortunately for me, I took a short bath on one of the waterfalls and it felt refreshing after a day's travel around masada and the dead sea.

Unexpectedly, we found a few interesting animals that roam freely in the reserve. Climbed up rugged paths, along brooks and streams. Though they had a path developed but the whole reserve still has that genuine historic feel about it.

And at the end of the tour, having ice cream made available in the souvenir shop is a good way to end the visit.

Thank shinobi007
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is located on the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth (400 meter below sea level). The goal of the reserve is to ensure the perpetuation of the landscape, springs and waterfalls, flora, fauna and remnants of the past, since the Chalcolitic era, (4000 BCE), up today.
There are several trails for walking, with different degrees of difficulty and length of time. All are very well marked. The trail of the lower section of Wadi David and David's Waterfall, passes waterfalls and pools containing lush river vegetation: acacias, jujubes, thorn trees, cordia, etc. Among the larger animals in Ein Gedi are the Nubian Ibex (wild goats) and the rock Hyrax (conies), both of which are mentioned in the Bible. Many species of birds live in the Ein Gedi reserve permanently, like the Tristram's grackle, a black bird with orange-tipped wings and a loud singing voice.
A visit of the ancient synagogue, is recommended. It shows the jewish settlement in ancient Ein Gedi in the 3rd-6th centuries CE.The Synagogue's floor has a mosaic decorated with animals, birds and inscriptions.
The reserve is clean and only the first part of the Wadi David is accesible for weelchairs or strollers. Most of the trails have steps with holding rails which make to climing easier.
Have to bring water and a hat. The summer time may get to be hot but still nice in the reserve itself.
A very enjoyable place, not to be missed.

1  Thank Ester Z
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

beautiful oasis in the desert. Great trail leads to a few waterfalls with lush greenery. Very interesting hike. Wildlife runs freely around you. The place is clean and well marked. A nice biblical story also goes with this place. A perfect place to enjoy nature, history and biblical themes.

Thank jlantern3
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Ein Gedi is a great place to get lost. Two large valleys to choose from with imposing cliffs and crags on both sides as you journey into the wilderness. Desert landscapes and refreshing streams make this place a true oasis.It is populated with the local inhabitants,nimble tree-climbing Nubian ibex and cuddly teddy bear-like hyrax which hang about in the branches of the trees along the route.At times you feel all alone and isolated but around the next bend you suddenly discover 50 school children snaking there way to the local water hole to get soaked.
Go and get lost!

Thank Gordon M
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

It is best to visit Ein Gedi in winter as I understand the Dead Sea area gets very hot in summer. We went in December and even then it was T- shirt weather.

After a gentle start the walk gets more interesting but never really difficult. In places there was one way up and another way down, if only other people had kept to this rule!!

Interested to see so many school groups there - both Israeli and Palestinian. The water was warm enough for the children to paddle in so take a towel with

It took under an hour to drive from Jerusalem and we Intend to go back and stay in the hostel or one of the hotels up the road so that we can tackle the longer hikes

2  Thank davidzLondonEngland
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