Ein Gedi nature reserve is one of the most beautiful national parks in Israel. It is set between two dramatic canyons along the western shores of the Dead Sea. Its perennial springs form two scenic streams that provide wild vegetation and a haven for desert mammals. Especially common are flocks of the Nubian Ibex, and the Rock Hyrax (a small mammal that somewhat resembles a guinea pig)
Hiking in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
There are nine marked trails in Ein Gedi’s nature reserve, but the two most popular are the hike up to Shulamit waterfall in Nahal David, and along the stream of Nahal Arugot. The lush green landscape along these trails form a dramatic contrast to the arid cliff of the Judean Desert around it. It is recommended to hike in bathing suites and water sandals and enjoy the natural pools with freshwater.
Points of interest in the Area
Within the nature reserve are also the remains of Jewish village from the Byzantine Period. Its ancient Synagogue is of special interest, as its mosaic floor bears inscription alluding to a secret the community held. Nearby, in Kibbutz Ein Gedi one can enjoy a genuine Kibbutz-style lunch experience, as well as stroll among the kibbutz’s world famous special Botanical Gardens. A visit to Ein-Gedi Nature reserve can be a great activity to combine in a guided day tour of the Dead Sea.