The Negev Desert
One of the Best Destinations in the WorldDid you know that over half of Israel is desert? I couldn't believe my ears when I first heard this. The Negev Desert is deemed to be one of the friendliest deserts in the world, with over half a million people living there. When I heard about the Negev, I knew that I had to see it for myself.
The Negev is extraordinary. When I went there for the first time, I couldn’t take my eyes off of my surroundings. On the trip, we started our day by walking through the Ramon crater. The Ramon crater is very popular because it is the world’s largest erosion crater (machtesh in Hebrew). An erosion crater isn’t actually a crater, as most people mistake it to be. It’s actually caused by erosion that creates a deep valley with steep surrounding walls, making this crater shape in the land.
On my first evening in the Negev, the Bedouin showed us how to make traditional coffee and we ate a feast. Before going to bed in Bedouin tents, I looked up at the sky and saw millions of shooting stars. The whole experience was both very enjoyable and insightful. It strengthened my connection with Israel and really showed me what Israel was.
Deserts are generally considered dangerous places to be. The Negev is such a great tourist attraction because it is actually one of the safest deserts in the world. It’s accessible, well-marked, and equipped with more than capable rescue teams. You can even have access to strong cell service in the middle of the desert. There is a lot of security to be found.
The local population of the Negev is known to be very warm and hospitable. It’s very popular to interact with the locals and learn about the rich culture that resides in the Negev. With the Bedouin, tribes that have lived in the Negev for centuries, you can experience their hospitality by doing a variety of things. Visitors can eat Bedouin food, sleep in Bedouin tents, and even ride on camels.
There are so many things that you can do in the Negev. I’m sure that there’s something out there for everyone. There are trails to hike on, museums, camps, hotels, you name it. What’s for sure is that anyone visiting Israel should come and experience this magical place for themselves.
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Posted by Natalie_Sun