The oasis Ein Gedi, Israel, is situated west of the Dead Sea in the Judean Desert. It is considered to be one of the largest and the most important oasis in Israel. It is also well known as an excellent hiking area. The varied landscapes and beautiful gardens attract national as well as international tourists. The park covers an area of fourteen square kilometres. Ein Gedi nature reserve has two spring-fed streams, Nahal David and Nahal Arugot. These streams have flowing water all year-round. Ein Gedi is a one-hour drive from Jerusalem. If you start from Tel Aviv, head to Jerusalem on Route One and continue the journey on Route Ninety along the Dead Sea. It takes around two hours to get from Tel Aviv to Ein Gedi.
The climate by the Dead Sea is hot and very dry. There are only fifteen days with precipitation over the year. In winter, the daily maximum temperatures range from twenty-six to thirty degrees Celsius. Avoid the summer months, since the average maximum temperature usually hit forty degrees Celsius.
Ein Gedi is a small place. The number of accommodations such as Ein Gedi, Israel hostels and hotels is limited. However, the quality of your Ein Gedi, Israel hostel is very good, and free Wi-Fi is included. You can find hotels in Ein Gedi, but the rooms can be very pricey. If you cannot find a place to stay and you travel by car, check out Arad and Metsoke Dragot. Both places are nearby and they offer additional hostels for a reasonable price.
Ein Gedi Botanical Garden is the only botanical garden worldwide where you can find a community resident on the premises. The Cactus Garden is well worth seeing. This garden boasts over a thousand species and it is used as a source for the numerous smaller cactus gardens in the Kibbutz. The Eco Park is a very informative place to learn more about the environmental challenges in Israel today. The Eco Park includes a Zoo with peacocks, lemurs, and many more animals. If you look for some relaxation, try out the Ein Gedi Spa Beach.
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