Discover the real Negev. See the Negev with your feet on the ground rather than from the inside of a bus.
Do you like ancient civilizations? Nature? Landscapes? The Negev desert offers all three. I can offer tailor-made trips to suit your individual interests.
The desert is the perfect place to get away from the routine of everyday life. Whether you’re looking for relaxation, an adventure, or a spiritual experience, the desert has something for you.
Possible trips include:
The Negev’s Nature (1/2 day)
Let the desert envelope you. Hike along the creek beds of Nahal Haverim or Nahal Karkash and discover how local plants and animals survive and even thrive in such a harsh environment. We will see ibex, desert birds, reptiles, and the tracks of the desert nightlife. Find out how the Negev was formed and the history of its inhabitants. In addition, if you wish, we can visit Ein Ovdat, a rare desert spring.
The Nabataeans (1/2 day)
Discover a long-lost people who created a civilization in the desert and fed the Roman Empire’s desire for perfumes. The Nabataeans built cities in the Negev, brought perfumes from south Arabia to the Mediterranean coast and developed a flourishing system of agriculture based on capturing and storing the scant desert rains. Scientists are now studying the agricultural techniques of the Nabataeans.
A Taste of the Desert (2 days)
This two-day introduction to the Negev desert highlights both long past civilizations and modern Israel. Discover how the ancient Nabateans managed the desert to produce an agriculture and trade based society and how in the 20th century Israel’s first prime minister rediscovered the desert’s potential. A three-hour easy hike will introduce you to the plants and animals of the Negev and to the landscape itself, a rocky desert that gradually emerged from the ocean millions of years ago.
First Day: Beginning at David Ben Gurion’s desert home on the kibbutz. Meet the first prime minister of Israel and his vision for the Negev Desert. Then head into the real desert for lunch; walk past ancient Nabatean waterholes, colored rock formations and signs of animal life. Learn how to live in the desert and how the local plants and animals thrive in these harsh conditions. End the day with a glorious view of Nahal Zin from Ben Gurion’s burial site.
Second Day: Beginning with Ovdat, the Nabatean city that was a stopping off point on the ancient perfume route that began in the south of the Arabian Peninsula. Visit a Beduin village and enjoy their hospitality for lunch. In the afternoon we will drop in on a local winery to taste the red desert wine. We will end the day by looking for 4,000-year-old rock carvings near the winery.
Come to the desert and I will arrange a trip to suit you.
*A professional freelance photographer is also available to join us if desired.