En Gedi (עין גדי)

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Map of the En Gedi Nature Reserve
Map of the En Gedi Nature Reserve
Nahal David (נחל דוד)

This is the classic path in the En Gedi Nature Reserve. It's a short and easy path that leads up the stream to the "David Waterfall". The path winds on the bottom of the valley, next to Wadi/Nahal David. ("wadi" means "valley", "nahal" means "stream").

Unfortunately, a big part the stream's plantlife was damaged in a fire 3 months before, so the park authorities closed down most of the area. They only allow you to walk about 20 minutes in before you have to turn back.
Caves a cave window
Cavesa cave window
Shmuel and I
Shmuel and I
The path in Nahal David is very easy. All the ascents have stairs.
The path in Nahal David is very easy. All the ascents have stairs.
David's Waterfall. This is the last point on the Wadi David route. It's about 20 mins. walk from the park entrance.
David's Waterfall. This is the last point on the Wadi David route. It's about 20 mins. walk from the park entrance.
A Ya'el. This is a species of wild goat that lives in the Judean desert.
A Ya'el. This is a species of wild goat that lives in the Judean desert.
Nahal Arugot (נחל ערוגות)

This is the other main stream in the En Gedi Nature Reserve (the first being Nahal David). Here you can walk much further, about 1.5 hours up stream. After that, the path is closed and you have to turn back. The scenery is very similar to Wadi David, althought the path is less "beaten" and a bit more challenging.
We took a path, marked red, which follows the northern mountain side. There's another path, marked blue, which goes below, next to the stream.
We took a path, marked red, which follows the northern mountain side. There's another path, marked blue, which goes below, next to the stream.
Some Europeans dipped in these pools (I didn't photo them). "Water is Wunderbar", they said. In December?
Some Europeans dipped in these pools (I didn't photo them). "Water is Wunderbar", they said. In December?
After Nahal Arugut, we set out to look for Arubotaim Cave (מערת ארובותיים), which was described in my guide book and also marked on the map. This cave is further south, next to the Dead Sea, a bit north of the Dead Sea industry facilities.

We found a cave, which had no road sign, but we believe is the correct one. Unfortunately, it had another sign, which translates to something like:
"Entry is forbidden. You risk death."
So we didn't enter, and that was our nearest brush with death on the trip.
Arubotaim Cave (?)
Arubotaim Cave (?)
A view of the eastern coast of the Dead Sea (in Jordan) My smooth car
A view of the eastern coast of the Dead Sea (in Jordan)My smooth car

 

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