Israel: Negev Desert Tour

Hello there! It’s Day 8 of our tour and we are almost coming to an end. 😭😭😭 Nevertheless, the doors of adventure are always kept open *wink wink*. Since we have enjoyed our Masada Sunrise tour from Abraham Tours. We booked another package, which is the Desert Adventure Day.

This tour includes a visit to Negev Desert, seeing Makhtesh Ramon’s big and small craters, Ben Gurion’s grave, Ein Avdat and a lunch at the Bedouin tent. Important things you need to bring are: HUGE bottle of water, shawl or hat, sunnies, sunblock, some snacks, extra cash for entrance fees at National Parks and souvenirs too. For more details click the link of the Desert Adventure Day above.

Makhtesh Ramon
Our tour begins at 7:00AM. So we woke up early and had our hearty breakfast which begins at 6:45AM in the hostel. Then off we went to a road adventure. I didn’t know how long the trip exactly was but it sure did give me a quite long time to snuggle and nap at the van.

Arriving in the area, we are warned by our tour guide Sassi 🙂 to not take photos of certain places as it is forbidden by the military. True to it, there are signs posted everywhere. So we were really mindful of it. Reaching the place, we had a 20 minute hike up to see the Small Crater. Though, I dare say it doesn’t look small. It was wondrously huge and you can somehow see the Dead Sea from it.
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Then after a few photos taken we headed back to the van and went to Ben Gurion’s Tomb. I would suggest that you drink moderately, as there are no restrooms in most of the places in this tour except for the Tombs.

Ben Gurion’s Tomb
David Ben Gurion, Israel’s First Prime Minister, a Zionist and the founder of the State of Israel. A well-respected man and beloved by the Israelis. His and his wife’s tomb are set separately in honor of what he has done.
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Entering the area takes around 5 minutes to see the tomb and another 5 to exit. After that we headed to pay for our next stop, the Ein Avdat.

Ein Avdat
Sassi told us that Ein stands for Spring and Avdat is the place. In simple terms, Spring of Avdat. Everytime it would rain in Negev Desert, springs and lakes would form out of Ein Avdat. Although it does dry up as the summer passes by.

Before we were dropped off, we were told that it would be a long hike and those with heart, leg or lung problems aren’t advised. My mum had sore feet from our past few days of adventure. She oftentimes experience palpitations too which is why she chose to stay behind. So did my brother, who feared to get more tanned than he ought to.

As for me and dad, we embrace our tan and getting tan skin. So we did the hike. It was a loong path and thank goodness there were signs along the path. You have to look for painted rocks, they guide you on where you should go next. You should also be mindful on where you step onto as you might slip.
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I should say, at least the stairs have handles on them despite the narrowness of the path. I don’t really have that fear of heights but it sure gave me one here.
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Nevertheless, you can find yourself amazed with nature and in awe of the beauty of Ein Avdat. Just be sure that you are up for a hike as there is only one entrance and one exit for the hike.

Lunch at the Bedouins
Finally on our last stop, our growling tummies are quite excited too. I had a bedouin experience before but I was too young then, so I was really looking forward in meeting the bedouins and getting to converse with them.
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They served us a good heavy lunch and I really like their tea. It’s sweet as candy. According to our guide the bedouin’s tradition during meal time is to eat and not talk. Which is opposite to the Filipino culture, but we were all hungry to talk and so we ate heartily. Then our host’s wife and youngest daughter came over and the conversations started.
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Bedouins are known to be hospitable people. They will accept you and even let you sleep in their tents without asking you why you came to them. It is only after three days, will they begin to ask. Some bedouins have adapted to modern society, some build homes and have heaters for winter times. While there are some to prefer to keep their roots.
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I really like talking with them and playing with our host’s daughter who is soo adorably cute. 😍😍😍

After a hearty meal and chat we headed back home tired but fulfilled.

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!

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