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Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

Ein Gedi Reserve, Ezor Yam Hamelah

The Basics

Ein Gedi has several well-marked hiking trails traversing its wadis, waterfalls, and desert oases, and guided hikes typically take in landmarks like Dodim’s Cave (Lovers’ Cave), Wadi David, Ein Gedi

Springs, and David Waterfall. Most travelers opt to visit on a day trip from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, often combining a hike at Ein Gedi with a cable-car ride to the mountaintop fortress of Masada and a soak in the Dead Sea.

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Dead Sea, Masada & Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Tour from Jerusalem
Dead Sea, Masada & Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Tour from Jerusalem
star-4.5
$80.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Enlightening
Scenic for the nature lover, and fulfilling for the curious. Good tour guide, down to earth, and with warm personality
Voyage66246908481, Sep 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Dead Sea

star-5
Amazing
Emilios, Dec 2020
Masada, Ein Gedi, and The Dead Sea from Tel Aviv
It was really well organized but the big difference has made our guide , he was amazing!!! Worth it 100%!
star-5
History Lesson in Beautiful Surroundings
Marcy, Mar 2020
Masada, Ein Gedi and The Dead Sea from Jerusalem
Anna was a wonderful tour Guide! She is very knowledgable in the history of Masada and Engedi. The Day was a history lesson and a beautiful nature hike all in one:) I want to go back and do it again, but this time walk up the mountain instead of taking the ride up:) I'd definitely need more time for that. The dead sea was a beautiful sight too, but as it was winter, it was too cold for me to do anything but stick my toes in. I highly reccomend this tour. You will not be disappointed.
star-5
Great day out
Antony_M, Mar 2020
Masada, Ein Gedi and The Dead Sea from Jerusalem
Wonderful day out with a truly excellent and knowledgable guide, Eli. Thoroughly recommended for anyone who wants to take in three important and interesting Israel experiences in one day.
star-4
Great tour with Abraham Tours
genibre, Feb 2020
Dead Sea, Masada at Sunrise & Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Tour from Jerusalem
Great tour overall!! The pickup was smooth and there was a good amount of time allowed for exploring Masada (AMAZING sunset views and ruins). I wish we could have explored Ein Gedi a bit more as Wadi David is not that impressive, but the visit to the Dead Sea was stellar. Could have stayed for hours more!!
star-5
Favorite part of our trip
jbansaldi, Feb 2020
Masada Sunrise Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Tour from Jerusalem
This was one of the most fun things on our entire trip in Israel. Our driver was great, very friendly and nice. He never rushed us and gave us tips/advice throughout the day. I loved how early things got kicked off, we were back in Jerusalem by the afternoon and still had the day ahead of us if we wanted it.
star-5
Just perfect
albertgalera, Jan 2020
Masada, Ein Gedi, and The Dead Sea from Tel Aviv
Was exactly what we were looking for. Really nice walking with our tour guide Alan, who was explaining us very interesting historical facts with his perfect Peaky Blinders english accent. It ended up with a refreshing bath in the dead sea!
star-4
Israel and Masada
Athol_G, Feb 2020
Masada, Ein Gedi and The Dead Sea from Jerusalem
Great guide Ido he was very nice- bus was very comfy All good except the Nature Park was ....... not so good!!
star-5
Worth the early wakeup
49kenw54, Nov 2019
Dead Sea, Masada at Sunrise & Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Tour from Jerusalem
We are in our 60s and handled the trail up in time for the sunrise. The small group was collegial and the driver engaging. The waterfalls at Ein Gedi were awesome.
star-5
Touring Masada
mkappy1, Feb 2020
Masada, Ein Gedi and The Dead Sea from Jerusalem
Our guide was very knowledgeable and my family had a great time on the trip. I would highly recommend the trip to others.
star-4
9h tour masada gedi deadsea
GlennB1893, Jun 2019
Dead Sea, Masada & Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Tour from Jerusalem
It was very Nice, the driver did some explanation. Could see a lot in a short time. Was a good choice.
star-4
Very good but short timing
Brice M, May 2019
Masada Sunrise Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Tour from Jerusalem
Great place great view, and very nice trek which take less than expected, but when the bus arrives at the entrance, dawn was already there and I would have preferred to hike in the dark and wait there for the first lights
star-4
Great experience!
Cruiser54249780907, Jan 2019
Dead Sea, Masada & Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Tour from Jerusalem
The trip was very interesting but since the cable car wasn't available the time given to climb Masada was hardly enough to climb up and down again without enough time to take it all in.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is an entrance fee to enter the reserve, and tickets include a map of the park’s hiking trails and attractions.

  • Wear comfortable shoes, and bring sunscreen and plenty of water, especially if you plan on hiking; temperatures can reach 100°F (38°C) in the summer months.

  • The uneven and often gravelly tracks mean that Ein Gedi is mostly inaccessible to wheelchair users.

  • Visitor facilities include restrooms, a kiosk, and a gift shop at the reserve entrance.

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How to Get There

The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is located along Road 90, which runs along the coast of the Dead Sea. To arrive by public transport, take bus 486/487 from Jerusalem or Ein Gedi, or bus 421 from Tel Aviv. The park entrance is at the southeast edge of the park, just off the highway.

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When to Get There

An early start is recommended to avoid the midday heat, especially during the summer months (June–August); here is very little shade in the reserve. In winter, the reserve closes early for conservation reasons, so be sure to check the closing times before setting out on an afternoon hike.

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Wildlife of Ein Gedi

Covering 6,250 acres (2,529 hectares) and fed by four natural springs—David, Arugot, Shulamit, and Ein Gedi—the park hosts a wealth of tropical flora and native wildlife, with endemic species including Nubian ibex, Syrian hyrax, Afghan fox, and striped hyena, as well as a large population of migratory and resident birds. The reserve is also dotted with archaeological sites, with key attractions including the Chalcolithic Temple of Ein Gedi and a village dating back to the AD first century.

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