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“cool down in relaxing waterfalls, great for children, see a bit of desert life - need to avoid the crowds”

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.
New York City, New York
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“cool down in relaxing waterfalls, great for children, see a bit of desert life - need to avoid the crowds”
Reviewed September 1, 2010

My kids had a great time here. We spent time in 4 different water pools on our hike. We took one of the shorter versions given the mix of ages in our group.

The kids saw desert animals like the hyrax which they usually don't get to see.

Standing under a cool waterfall on a hot day is quite relaxing, in particular when compared to sitting in the dead sea which felt hotter than the outside air.

I should point out that your experience will be affected by the crowds. We had a couple of the waterfalls / pools to ourselves for a bit which was nice. When they were crowded it was a different experience.

I debated making this a 4 or a 5 rating - as it really doesn't compare with places like Lake Powell in Utah. But i decided that the fact that it is natural and a place to cool down outdoors in such a dramatic desert setting warranted the higher ranking.

You should bring watershoes with backing to walk and go in the pools with (ie keens rather than crocs for example). There were several slippery rocks.

Also- they have closed the final waterfall (David's) on the hike due to falling rocks.

We had 5 year olds with us who had no problem with the walk and really enjoyed the pools/waterfalls.

This is not a good hike/trip for people who don't like the heat or can't walk on slippery rocks.

Bring water.

Leave yourself time to enjoy the water.

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“Great hike”
Reviewed May 5, 2010

There are two main hikes that people do in Ein Gedi Reserve, Nahal David and Nahal Arugot. We had to laugh. We showed up to hike Nahal David and saw just busload after busload of kids arriving. I asked the guy at the ticken booth if we were going to be hiking with all of these kids. He said yes, that during the week Nahal David is full of field trips, and that we would be better off at Nahal Arugot, which is longer but less crowded. I was already tired because we had hiked up Masada that morning, so was a bit worried about another stenuous hike. I was fine.
After about a 10 minute walk you have a choice between the blue or the red trails. They basically run parallel but one goes through the river and the other over dry land. We wore our Keens and took the river route. Our seven year old though that this was the coolest thing ever. At the top, about an hour into the hike, we arrived at the waterfall. It's lots of fun. You can swim right under it and get a good shoulder massage.
This is not a hike for people who don't hike. If you aren't used to hiking, I believe Nahal David is easier. Also, if it's a hot day, go early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Even though it's a water hike it's in the desert and can get really hot.

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“A must for every family visiting Israel”
Reviewed October 29, 2009

When our young and fit guide Nadav Kersh (--) told us we would be hiking in a nature reserve in the heat of the day I was not keen at all since I am not an athletic type with 2 kids in tow but I trusted him and it was the best experience of my life!! He took us on a short, easy walk to the first waterfall and told us to go and take a dip he timed it so that we were the only ones in the pool and what an experience - not only was the scenery so beautiful but he knew of yet another even more beautiful waterfall. It was like an incredible romantic oasis filled with the most adorable little mountain rabbits which my kids just adored! Please do not miss out on this once in a lifetime experience.

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Meredith, New Hampshire
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“Playing under waterfalls at Ein Gedi”
Reviewed November 5, 2007

Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is by the Dead Sea about an hour south of Jerusalem. The road from Jerusalem is safe, but not scenic. It passes through the barren Judean desert, passing an occasional Bedouin camp dotted with goats and possibly camels.

The nature reserve includes the canyon where the future King David hid from an angry King Saul. Today it is a pleasant oasis where a short easy hike follows a stream through the Wadi David to a series of little waterfalls. Wading under the falls amid papyrus and eucalyptus is allowed and is a delightful way to escape the desert heat. We visited in November and found the water warm and inviting. The water is safe for even preschoolers.

Within the preserve you will see a several ibexes and little animals called rock hyraxes as well as various birds. There is a minimal snack bar and decent rest rooms. Allow several hours for your visit; the park closes early (about 4?).

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