Ein Gedi Reserve
An Oasis in the Judean Desert

Ein Gedi Nature reserve is located on the northwestern coast of the Dead Sea Israel on the edge of the Judean desert and mountains.

The name in Hebrew means the young goat’s spring. It is mentioned several times on the Bible, for example on the Song of Songs, in Hebrew, Shir Hashirim, by King Solomon.

It is like a miracle to see this strong spring of water flowing in a site that is totally surrounded by a dessert region like the Judea Mountains and the Dead Sea.

This is an Oasis located on the slopes of the Judean Mountains

Kibbutz Ein Gedi

There are a few sweet water spring fed streams, the Arugot stream (Nahal Arugot) and David’s stream (Nahal David).

Another two, Ein Gedi Spring and the Shulamit spring also flow down the slopes and create an abundance of flora and fauna and a mild climate in the middle of the desert and about 400 meters below sea level. In the area lies the Kibbutz founded in 1956.

In the area you can see the remains of a Synagogue, a street and many buildings from the Byzantine period. The Jewish town that was located here was an important source of balsam for the Greco Roman world until its destruction by the Byzantine emperor.

A beautiful synagogue mosaic remains from Ein Gedi's past, including a Judeo-Aramaic inscription warning inhabitants against "revealing the town's secret”.

Possibly the methods for extraction and preparation of the much-prized balsam resin, though not stated outright in the inscription – to the outside world. You will also find a beautiful mosaic floor depicting the 13 ancestors of humanity and the Zodiac signs.

It is hard to believe that such beautiful flowers grow in the desert

Rare Vegetation

Due to the special conditions of the area there are hundreds of rare species of trees, shrubs and flowers from all over the world.

The variety include among others Biblical plants like Myrrh and Frankincense, trees like the Baobab, the Sodom Apple, many palm trees, fruit trees and tropical plants. You may visit the facilities with a group or by yourself at a minimum cost for the entrance.

The park is a sanctuary for many animal species. There are mammals like the ibex and hyrax. You will also find many species of birds supplemented by another 200 species during the migration periods in spring and autumn.

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Nahal Arugot is one of the springs in the area

From here you may take a few desert excursions

• By the Light of the Moon – Once a month on a Full Moon, there is this excursion of about 3 to 4 hours, “The magic of the Judean Mountains” by the light of the silvery moon is a spectacular site.

• The Spice Route – Tracking the routes of the Nabataean caravans thousands of years ago.

• A visit to Masada Israel – This is the last stronghold of the Jews in their fight against the Romans.

• The Shalom Marathon, also known as the Ein Gedi race – This is a popular running event held by the Tamar Regional Council since 1983.

Dead Sea Swimming is one of the treatments of the Spa

Ein Gedi Spa

Situated on the shores of the Dead Sea and overlooking the impressive Moab mountains of Jordan, the Spa is a natural wellness centre combining the four natural elements of the area:

• Water
• Sun
• Mud
• Air

The Spa offers:

• Pools of Thermo-mineral         Sulphur water
• Resting room
• Massage
• Beach
• Swimming Pool • Shopping
• Dead Sea swimming
• Sulphur Springs
• Swimming Pool

Amazing view of the Dead Sea from the Judean Mountains

Pamper your body and soul at the Dead Sea

  • Sun – The 'brighter and cheerful' atmosphere at the Spa is definitely contributed to by the filtered rays of the brilliant sunshine of 330 days of sun a year.
  • Warmth and comfort, freedom and happiness are all the sensations one feels here. The ultra violet rays are quite weak by the time they reach -420 meters below sea level making sunburn quite rare.

  • Dead Sea Mud – "Mud, Mud, glorious mud, there nothing quite like it for cooling the blood." At the lowest spot on earth. The famous therapeutic black mud is available freely at the spa.
    Cleopatra used it frequently to relieve arthritis and rheumatism and here the Spa provides you with the opportunity to simply 'Wallow' in it.
    Plaster it all over yourself, your partner or your children, see yourself in the mirror and take your photo. What is the result? Soft, silky, cleansed skin. Even men are impressed.

  • Air – Dry and high in oxygen and bromide content. The bromide reduces blood pressure and relaxes the nervous system. The oxygen (23%) opens the respiratory system and makes physical exertion easier.

I always recommend to my friends that come to visit Israel to spend a couple of days at Ein Gedi. You’ll leave totally rejuvenated.

Image Credits:
oasis by david baranek
spa by david baranek
flower by matania
view dead sea by orel mlachi
nahal arugot by ester inbar

All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The resorts images are courtesy of Ein Gedi

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