About The Negev
The Negev Desert is not covered with sand.
Occupying more than half the country’s land mass, it is a striking landscape of natural wonders – mountains, waterfalls, canyons, deep craters, caves, hidden wadis, archaeological sites, historical ruins and cities.
The Negev has a deep history.
Here, the Jewish nation’s forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, looked after their flocks. For centuries, the nomadic Bedouins have lived here, engaged in animal herding, farming and fishing.
The Negev has four ancient Nabatean towns inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.
The Nabateans travelled through the Negev, the smaller Israeli portion of the 2,000km Incense Route, in caravans of camels laden with frankincense and myrrh from the Yemen and Oman to the Mediterranean.
The Negev appeals to those who enjoy adventure in the great outdoors.
Visitors explore its vastness on foot, bicycle and in all-terrain vehicles. It is known for its unique flora and fauna and sheer natural beauty. In the peak of wintertime, it is covered with the Red Anemone, Israel’s national flowers.
- Explore the ancient copper mines at Timna National Park, some of them associated with King Solomon.
- Enjoy rappelling off the edge of Makhtesh Ramon, the world’s biggest crater.
- Hike the Red Canyon and see its exquisite colours when sunlight hits the canyon walls.
- Try a Bedouin experience – sleeping under the stars, riding camels and enjoying tea.
- Go coral reef diving in Eilat or simply bask in the sun on its famed beaches.
- Peek down over the top of Abraham’s Well near Beersheba, the capital of the Negev.
- Visit the desert home (now a museum) of Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion in Sde Boker.