The desert provides many experiences to its travelers. Here are a few from among many, many recommendations:

Ein Ovdat

An easy track for families or those who simply don’t want to go too far from the vehicle…
Paid entry to the reservation.

Starting point: the serpentines parking lot at the foothills of the Midrashat Ben Gurion
Ending point: there is an option of a half-track and return. There is also an option of going up the dry waterfall (highly recommended) however in such case the ending point will be the upper parking lot, and a lift or two vehicles may be required.

The spring is full all year long but entry to the waters is prohibited.
If there is any “fear” of floods, it is very recommended to instead go to the top entrance of the park (about five kilometers south of Midrashat Ben Gurion) and see the dry waterfull in full force

Havarim Stream

An easy, short track, suited for families and particularly for a full-moon walk.

Starting point: Havarim Stream parking lot about one kilometer south of the entry to Midrashat Ben Gurion
Ending point: the serpentines parking lot at the foothills of the Midrashat Ben Gurion. 2 cars needed or a lift must be scheduled!

Upper Zin

An easy, short track, suited for families and particularly recommended after floods

Ein Akev

An easy – medium track about 12km long, suited for families with children ages 10+.
Walking through Zin stream on the marked road from Ein Ovdat parking lot to the wonderful spring that hides each year behind the cliffs of Akev Stream, and back through another marked road through Ramat Divshon to the parking lot. Swimwear is mandatory!

Zror Mountain and Stream

A turn to Zin Field about 2km south of the Sde Boker Kibbutz’s gas station, brown sign for Messad Zin, the vehicle can stay behind in the old landing ground of David Ben Gurion, a walk on the marked road toward Zror Mountain (no significant climbing at this point). The mountain allows observation of the Zin Valley and early risers have a change at catching the mists that “flow” through the dry wadis, an experience like no other… From the mountain we continue to Zror Stream, a wonderful outlook from atop the waterfall and a simple walk around it. We continue with the marked road until we meet the oil road, a clear path of jeeps on which we head back towards the landing ground… It is not a particularly tough track and except for the upward walk at the end of it (Maale Zin) it is simple and easy. About five kilometers.

The Sternbergian Blossom

Sternbergian species only blossom at several locals in Israel, one of which is right next to us, and only for several weeks in October/November. The road there takes about 15 minutes of walk but is unmarked. We would be happy to give our guests directions.

Hazaz Stream and the Daffodils Blossom

Daffodils are known for blossoming in swamplands; however, in our neighborhood they fully blossom from within the desert surface of Hazaz Stream. It is an easy work that also suits families. As you keep going forward, you find more and more daffodils. It is a spectacular view and the contrast raises memories of fairytales.

Noked Stream

Noked Stream gained its name from Israeli settlers who came to Ramat Hanegev in the mid-20th century. The stream was called by locals, for hundreds of years, “Etz Stream”, named after the giant, increasing Negev method in the stream. The stream’s slopes have tulips blossoming in-between the rocks during springtime.
The track is a roundtrip about three kilometers in each direction; a very comfortable walk.

Yemin Stream and Ein Um-Tina

Yemin Stream flows from Yemin Plane, east of the great crater (25 minutes of drive from the farm). When the road meets the stream, there is an overnight parking lot where you can leave your vehicle. The stream is dry most year but has three natural pools that accumulate flood water for several weeks. Along the stream, there is a spring that goes by the Arab name “Ein Um-Tina” or loosely translated: “Em Teena Spring” and the name precedes the stream… The spring is dry most of the year except for a very delicate flowing which keeps the Teena alive… During a flood, a large pool is formed around the Teena, remaining for long weeks.

From the parking lot about 2km and another 2 to the spring. There is a downward slope in the first half of the track and then an upward one in the second, though not a very steep ascent.

Bike Tours

Halukim Single – dirt road + single, medium riding level, average riding duration 3-4 hours
Track length 25km not suited for families

Zin Field – classic family track, very easy, planar with spectacular landscapes.
Length about 5km, suits everyone.

Yeruham Single – dirt road + single, medium+ riding level, average riding duration 4 hours
Track length 33km not suited for families

Terrace Road – dirt road, beginner’s riding level, average riding duration 2 hours
Track length 9km and can be connected to additional paths. Suited for families

 

Terrain Vehicles

Our area has many tracks for terrain vehicles in a selection of difficulty levels and lengths. You can travel with any vehicle type and if you do not own a 4*4 vehicle, we highly recommend that you take a tour with a jeep and guide.

To schedule a trip – Adam Sella 0505308272 Ohad 0503833929

 

Example tracks:

  • Maale Avraham and Ein Yorkam
  • Zarhan Stream and Ein Um-Teena
  • Ein Akev, Ein Zik and Ein Shviv
  • Ramat Ziporim, the Quarry, and the Bedouin villages.
  • And of course – the craters

 

Generally

The desert is fertile grounds for many types of activities that involves animals, like riding camels and donkeys, having picnic with a llama and guided bird ringing.

 

The farm can serve as your point of exit to the field and also a comfortable place for the night before and the day after a long day of horse-rising. The farm has cabin and stable accommodations, each species to its own.

 

Camel trips can be scheduled – from half an hour to several weeks.

We would be glad to help plan the trip that is appropriate for your level and for the season…

The farm is an active goat- and sheep-breeding farm; notwithstanding, the desert is full of life and allows observation of animals such as golden spiny mice and the Cairo spiny, various birds such as the Arabian babbler, tristram, spur-winged lapwing and the rock partridge mostly.

Many insects and reptiles hide between the rocks. Porcupines, foxes and rock hyrax will hide away from curious people, though they live here too.

If you sit in the quietness of either the sunrise or sunset, you might get a glimpse of a wolf roaming the Wadi with its puppies, or a hyena going solo on the mountain!