Best National Parks in the Negev

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Which are the Best National Parks in the Negev? Well, you just landed at the David Ben Gurion port all ready to tour! But where should you start? Well although the Negev is not where usually go to tour first. Still, there are various National Park you should consider checking out. 


In This Photo: Ein Avdat National Park

Ramon Crater National Park 

Ramon Crater National Park is for sure one of the Best National Parks in the Negev! The crater is an erosion cirque, called a Makhtesh. Unlike most craters, it wasn’t formed from a meteor’s impact or a volcanic eruption, but millions of years of natural earth processes. How did it start? We’ll discover that during our private tour. 


In This Photo: Ibex in Ramon Crater

Best National Parks in the Negev: Ein Avdat National Park 

Ein Avdat is a canyon close to Kibbutz Sde Boker. Archaeological evidence shows that Ein Avdat was inhabited by Nabateans and Catholic monks. Numerous springs at the southern opening of the canyon empty into deep pools in a series of waterfalls. It is a really nice place for a short hike. 


In This Photo: The Spring of Ein Avdat

Avdat National Park 

Avdat is a site of a ruined Nabataean city not so far from Ein Avdat. It was the most important city on the Incense Route after Petra, between the 1st century BCE and the 7th century CE. It was founded in the 3rd century BCE, and inhabited by Nabataeans, Romans, and Byzantines. Avdat was a seasonal camping ground for Nabataean caravans traveling along the early Petra–Gaza road (Darb es-Sultan) in the 3rd – late 2nd century BCE.


In This Photo: The Nabataean Temple at Avdat National Park

The city’s original name was changed to Avdat in honor of Nabataean King Obodas I, who, according to tradition, was revered as a deity and was buried there. So the site is beautifully preserved and for sure worth a visit on your way south to Eilat for Example. 

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Hi! My name is Arik Haglili, an Israeli native who decided to dedicate his life to share my knowledge about the Holy Land to those that are interested to know more about this amazing piece of land. My career as a private tour guide started at the International School For the Studying of the Holocaust and the rest is history. 

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