What are my go-to National Parks in the Negev? well, the Negev is vast and constitutes 60% percent of the entire State of Israel. And I promise you there lots of National Parks and reservations you can see there. So which ones are my personal go-to National Parks in the Negev?
Ein Avdat National Park
My first go-to National Park in the Negev is Ein Ovdat is a canyon just south of 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. Moreover, the water emerges from the rock layers with salt-tolerant plants like Poplar trees and Atriplexes growing nearby. The hike through the park will take you about an hour up to three hours. It’s fun. But I would recommend starting early in the summer.
Avdat National Park
So my second go-to National Park in the Negev is Avdat National Park is a site of a ruined Nabataean city in the very heart of the Negev desert. Furthermore, it was the most important city on the Incense Route after Petra; between the 1st century BCE and the 7th century CE. In fact, 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. Furthermore, 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 when you consider going to tour the National parks in the Negev please do get in touch! I will plan the ultimate tour for you; with all the best places where to eat and have the best wine cultivated locally.