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En Gedi Nature Reserve

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Address: | Road 90, Israel
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+972 8-658-4285
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 17:00
Fri 08:00 - 16:00

En Gedi is the biggest oasis in Israel. It has springs and waterfalls, and...

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.

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We went here and had an awesome time. The views were just amazing. The waterfalls were small but nice. It was a bit crowded at the wadis but still nice. I would highly recommend... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here and had an awesome time. The views were just amazing. The waterfalls were small but nice. It was a bit crowded at the wadis but still nice. I would highly recommend going here

Thank Calvin M
Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ein Gedi is the "place of the goats" . This oasis is well worth a visit. You might even see some of the 30+ wild goats that live in the area. It was here that David hid from King Saul with his 300 warriors. A beautiful series of waterfalls flows through this arid wilderness and consequently life flourishes in the... More 

Thank Caerphillyshepherd
Santa Monica, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice place for a hike to see the waterfalls. You can even go in the water and put your head under the waterfalls. Not for swimming but for wading as it is not very deep. We saw many ibex and friendly hyrax eager to pose for the cameras.

Thank KenJoan2014
Ramat Gan, Israel
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374 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This nature reserve is quite large and mainly consists of two strams- The David stream and Arugot stream. This time we visited the David stream and the ancient sysnagogue- RECOMMENDED.

Thank Danny S
Stuttgart, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a special place: Like an oasis in the dessert. It is wonderful to see the green and the water in the dessert. The trail to the waterfall is well prepared and easy to walk, also for elderly people (my father is 79 years old and could easily walk).

Thank TopGunFun
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a short easy walk to a small but lovely waterfall with plants nearby. It was a beautiful setting. It looked like you could walk up farther into the rocks, too. We were disappointed to not see any ibexes that live in the rocks. But we did get to see hyraxes, also know as conies. They are cute. This... More 

Thank BeckySD
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hike was very interesting terrain. Quite enjoyable. Go as far as you can as the beauty and secluded falls are well worth the effort.

Thank Rebyaz
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The nature reserve offers various lengths of hikes. The first is up to davids waterfall (which you can't swim in for danger of falling rocks) and back to the start. That takes about an hour. We took a longer walk up the mountain to see dodim cave (you need to be able to climb down some laddered bars so if... More 

Thank Kaji_London
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hiking is different in Israel than I am accustomed to. The terrain is very barren and feels more like you are hiking on a gravel mountain or as my family put it "it looks like you are hiking on the moon." That being said hiking to the lookout in Ein Gedi provides sweeping views of the Dead Sea and offers... More 

Thank Holly S
Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

Kids very much enjoyed spending time in the waterfalls/pools. The David waterfall was closed due to rockfall - note one can make their way back to the start of the pools via a small loop. We also didn't have enough time to do more hiking to other destinations, but we did hike around almost to the closest pool above the... More 

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