As part of a private tour of Israel, we included this site. It had been eliminated several times on other tours of ours because it was always the last stop of the day. In fact, we tried to go in the late afternoon, on our way to the Dead Sea, but because the parking lot was packed, we left without seeing itper our guide's advice. We returned early the next day, and were treated to the easy sidewalk walkway to the first waterfall. Numbers of groups were doing Bible study in the shade. ( "And David went up from thence, and dwelt in the strongholds of Ein Gedi" Samuel I 23:29. The flora ( Christ thorn jujube and acacia) as well as others were plentiful ,and with our guide, Dov Friedman ( No. 3121) relating the historical backgrounds, this was very special. We took the challenging walk up to the 2nd waterfall which was so worth the effort for us as middle aged climbers. Don't do it unless you have walking shoes, a hat, and water bottles. Be prepared to roll up your pants and wade in the water/ or have a swimming suit under your clothes.While we only saw ( and smelled) Rock Hyrax, we were satisfied. We saw other climbers much higher on the rocks, enjoying the other portions of the park.
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