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This summer, instead of booking a five star hotel, why not try a five-billion star hotel and instead of the repetitive hotel experience, go camping and connect with mother nature. Israel’s constant warm weather makes it the ideal place for a camping retreat. Whether it’s by the beach, river, or lake, the country’s natural gems can satisfy any wanderlust. Read on to discover the must visit campsites in Israel.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the popular Tel Avivian beaches, Ha’Bonim Beach is the answer. Located south of Haifa, this nature reserve has clear blue waters, outstanding sunsets, and nature trails. Fall asleep to the sound of the ocean as you spend the night at one of Israel’s most beautiful shores. In the morning take a walk along the coast and discover the area’s secret blue cave and colorful flowers. For lunch it is recommended to visit the small town of Zichron Yaakov, a short drive from the campground.
For those astonished by the rich history of the Judean Desert, the Masada night camp is a must. The ancient fortification holds the tragic story of the demolition and exile of the Israelite people in the first century. The site, visited by hundreds of thousands each year, is considered a symbol of Jewish identity and is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Make sure to arrive on a day where the local audio-visual show takes place. For a truly picture perfect moment, climb the mountain before dawn and enjoy the stunning sunrise from the top, an intense yet worthy hike.
Nature lovers should not miss Hurshat Tal, located in northern Israel. The national park was declared a nature reserve mainly due to the centuries-old Mount Tabor oaks growing there. The campsite has a large pond of cool water from the Dan River; perfect for a summer swim. Guests can also enjoy the small springs spread out throughout the reserve. For those who prefer to sleep in closed areas, the site offers various bungalows and guest rooms.
The famous Dead Sea, known for its extreme saltiness allowing you to float effortlessly in the water, and its healing effects. The water may not contain living organisms but definitely it’s full of life with hundreds of guests visiting daily. Many attractive campsites can be found near this national treasure. A recommended place to pitch a tent is the Ein Gedi Beach Campground. With a natural spa as your backyard, what can go wrong. Let yourself relax with a one of a kind landscape at the lowest point on earth.
The Jordan campground located at Kfar Blum Kayaks offers the ideal combination of excitement and serenity. The site is located on one of the most sacred rivers in history, the Jordan River. Enjoy it’s beauty by taking a kayak trip. There are various routes available depending on your preference and expertise. Other adrenaline activities include zip-lining and wall climbing. Explore the outdoors by day and absorb the peaceful environment by night.
Israel’s largest freshwater lake, the Kinneret (or Sea of Galilee), is also the lowest freshwater lake on earth. Much of the country’s water supply comes from these sweet waters. Besides swimming, there are many activities to do in the area. Visit Hamat Gader hot springs for a soothing experience or get in shape by biking around the shore (a 60-kilometer trail awaits). The Kinneret has a variety of campsites to choose including the Gofra Beach campground, which offers a thermo-mineral water spring. Leave your smartphone behind as you explore all that the natural environment has to offer.
For star gazing far away from the city’s pollution, visit Mitzpe Ramon. The small town is situated on the edge of the Ramon Crater, also known as Israel’s mini Grand Canyon. The area provides fascinating views and is highly visited by locals and tourists. Attractions include observation points, hiking trails, camel tours, rappelling, and jeep tours. To truly satisfy your sense of adventure, spend the night at the Be’erot Campground, located right at the heart of the Crater.
In the heavenly Upper Galilee, you will find the moshav Beit Hillel. The Green Campground is located on the Hasbani River, a stream which later connects to the Jordan River. Bring your family, friends or significant other and enjoy the fresh air and green scenery characterizing the area. Depending on your preference, you can either bring your own equipment to the site or reserve a Native American tipi tent. Start packing for a weekend full of bonfires, s’mores, and river-dipping.