Skip to Content

Negev Desert

Israel’s Negev Desert covers over half of Israel spanning the southern section of the country and includes the southern section of the Dead Sea.

In the past, many animals were common in the Negev Dessert that today, living mainly in the African savannah.

The Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve and the Jerusalem Zoo have been making efforts to return many wildlife back into their habitat.

Animals like Persian onager and the Arabian oryx have successfully been reintroduced.

Unfortunately, they haven’t yet had the same success with the Negev ostrich.

Main cities in the Negev are today are some of the same as those in Biblical times, such as Beersheba and Arad, which have fascinating archaeological parks.

The Negev Desert has some great natural attractions like Timna National Park and the Ramon Crater.

It also has some of the most interesting non-Biblical historical sites.

There are Nabatean cities similar to Petra such as in the Nitzana, Mamshit, and Avdat, which are all UNESCO World Heritage.

Arguably the most impressive of these is Shivta, which has never been conquered or destroyed.

Related to modern Zionist history, you can visit the first prime minster David Ben Gurion’s house in Kibbutz Sde Boker.

The Negev Desert is also full of fun activities like jeep and camel of the desert, sandboarding on the dunes, and rappelling down the cliffs of the Ramon Crater.

Also, the Negev wine route encompasses a number of vineyards and wineries which offer tours and tastings.

Not to mention, the lack of light pollution makes the desert is perfect for stargazing, especially during the biannual meteor shower, and astrophotography.

Sde Boker

Sde Boker is a small kibbutz in the Negev famous for being home to David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whos house is now a museum. If you like …

Read More about Sde Boker

Tel Beer Sheva

Tel Beer Sheva National Park is the archaeological remains of the Biblical city of Be’er Sheva (Beersheba) and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is most popular for …

Read More about Tel Beer Sheva

Tel Arad

Tel Arad National Park holds the archaeological remains of the ancient biblical Canaanite city of Arad. Tel Arad is one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel, on which …

Read More about Tel Arad

Shivta

Shivta National Park is the remains of a Nabatean city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in the Negev Desert between Nitzana and Be’er Sheva not far …

Read More about Shivta

Mamshit

Mamshit National Park, or Mampsis, contains the remains of a Nabatean city from Roman and Byzantine times and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Nabataean period, Mampsis was …

Read More about Mamshit

Nitzana

Nitzana National Park is the ruins of the is ancient Nabataean city located in the Negev desert in Israel. It was part of the Nabataean Incense Route which stretched in …

Read More about Nitzana

Timna Park

Timna Park is located close to Eilat in the Negev Desert and is one of largest attractions in the south of Israel. The park is known for it’s natural landscape including the red …

Read More about Timna Park