REFRESH AND renew in a natural pool..
(photo credit: PIKI WIKI)
The juxtaposition of water and desert has always fascinated me. The contrast between the brown landscape and the cool blue pools of water that are hidden in the canyons is unique, and the Judean Desert is one of the few spots where this phenomenon can be experienced. One of the best places to engage in this kind of experience is Ein Gedi. Every time I visit Ein Gedi, I’m renewed with a burst of energy as I delight in the natural desert surroundings. The desert is such a peaceful place, and the discovery of a water source is always extremely exciting and refreshing. There are two perennial streams that flow through the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve: Nahal David, in the north, and Nahal Arugot, in the southern part of the reserve.
These two streams essentially bisect the nature reserve and provide hikers with two separate entry spots. But there’s much more than just these two streams in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. There are also archaeological gems that are worth investigating, such as the temple from the Chalcolithic period, as well as a number of indigenous animals, such as rock hyrax and ibex that leap around the canyons unhindered, and wolves and hyenas, which come out only after dark. In addition, visitors can see desert plants such as acacia trees, reeds and the famous Christ’s thorn jujube.
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