One of the brightest and most beautiful in the Dead Sea area is a nature reserve of Ein Gedi.
Ein Gedi – a bright oasis in the desert.
Ein Gedi – a source of “living water” near the Dead Sea.
Ein-Gedi – an ancient settlement. Next to Ein-Gedi’s springs there are the remains of an ancient temple, historians carry them to 3000 — 4000 B.C. In Bible it is mentioned that King David runs away and hides from Saul in Ein-Gedi. The biggest fall with a cave inside is called “David Waterfall”.
After that, the settlement of Ein Gedi was constructed and destroyed several times. Since that period there were the ruins of an ancient synagogue, which is very well preserved. In one of the inscriptions, the famous mosaics of the synagogue, it is said that there is a strict secret of the “afarsemon.” Historians say that we are talking about some “essences” which kept the economy of the settlement. In the 6th century Ein Gedi was finally destroyed. It was rebounded in 1953, when the kibbutz was established close to the spring.
Walking tours in Ein Gedi :
1) Basic – walk along a stream to “David Waterfall” and visit of an ancient synagogue.
2) Walk only along a stream to “David Waterfall”.
3) Several routes along a stream to “David Waterfall” and further to the desert.
All the routes are in the map you will receive at the entrance to the reserve.
We chose the first option. Walk begins along the streams, small falls. As a rule, especially on Saturday, one can find a great number of people bathing in each of them (that spoils the view).
You can see here various animals and, certainly, goats.
The name Ein Gedi is composed of two Hebrew words: ein means spring and gdi means goat-kid. Ein Gedi thus means “Kid spring.”
Then we admire the bigger waterfall and stunning and unusual waterfall with a cave inside – “David Waterfall”.
The beautiful views of the Dead Sea open here and there along the route. Well, if someone decides to continue the climb on mountains, the views of the Dead Sea are simply unforgettable.
You will see a lot of trees, bushes and flowers. Because Ein Gedi is the real oasis in the desert.
Cost of an entrance to the reserve + ancient synagogue.
Adult: 25 shekels
Children: 13 shekels