En Gedi Nature Reserve
Meet En Gedi Nature Reserve
Tucked amidst the rugged terrains of the Judean Desert, overlooking the serene Dead Sea, En Gedi Nature Reserve invites explorers from every corner to embrace the wonders of nature. Once a refuge for King David, today’s En Gedi is a symphony of cascading waterfalls, lush greenery, and diverse wildlife. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a wildlife enthusiast, or someone seeking solace in nature, En Gedi offers an unparalleled desert adventure.
If you’re planning to visit Arugot Wadi, please note that only the shorter path to the lower pools is currently open. The route takes approximately 45 minutes, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Unfortunately, the hidden waterfall and upper pools are closed until further notice.
The En Gedi Nature Reserve is divided into three parts: Wadi David Trail | Wadi Arugot Trail | En Gedi Antiquities area.
- Visits to the David Stream and the Arugot Stream trails must be reserved separately.
- The entry ticket to each of these areas is good for same-day entry to all three of the other areas.
- No reservation is necessary to visit the En Gedi Antiquities site. If you choose to visit only the antiquities site, purchase your ticket at that entrance for that area only.
En Gedi, meaning “spring of the kid (young goat)”, is a living testament to the resilience and beauty of nature amidst arid surroundings. For centuries, this oasis has been a source of life, stories, and inspiration. From its biblical references to its historical significance, every stream and trail narrates a tale.
Its unique location, between the desert cliffs and the Dead Sea, has made it a sanctuary for diverse flora and fauna. As you tread along its paths, the whispers of ancient shepherds, prophets, and nomads accompany you.
Yet, En Gedi is not just a relic of the past. Modern facilities, educational centers, and eco-friendly initiatives ensure that this natural gem continues to thrive and inspire.
En Gedi Nature ReserveUseful Information
Reserve entrance closes one hour before cited closing time. Last entry to Wadi Arugot: 14:00Summer hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 17:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 16:00 - 08:00 Winter hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 16:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 15:00 - 08:00 Holiday eves: 13:00 - 08:00 Yom Kippur eve: 13:00 - 08:00
- Visitors must exit the gate by closing time due to considerations of nature conservation.
- We recommend you check out the brochure and the site map to plan your visit – Click here
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The main entrance to the site
- entrance area
- visitor service station
- accessible restroom
Nahal David Stream
A section of the Nahal David Reserve includes:
- wheelchair accessible trails
- resting and observation areas
- an audio station
- an observation point with a view of the “Olympic” pool waterfall
The trail is about half a kilometer long, and is designed and built to blend with the desert view. People can enjoy resting under the shade of acacia trees with ibexes and hyraxes nearby.
- The parking at the gate
- movement through the archeological site on foot on well-paved paths
- A shaded accessible path to the antiquities for people with mobility impairments and accessible observation points
- a service station for visitors
- picnic areas
- accessible restrooms
- all reachable via paved paths
We recommend that people with mobility impairments visit with a companion.
Service animals are not permitted in the En Gedi Nature Reserve. Animals may be left in a cage at the reserve entrance for the duration of the visit
No entry for dogs
- Souvenir shop
Along Road 90 (Dead Sea), approx. 1 km north of Kibbutz En Gedi.
Reserving a visit to En Gedi Nature Reserve
|Adult in group||₪ 24.00|
|Child in group||₪ 12.00|
|Israeli senior citizen||₪ 14.00|
|Synagogue – adult||₪ 14.00|
|Synagogue – child||₪ 7.00|
|Synagogue – adult in group||₪ 13.00|
|Synagogue – child in group||₪ 6.00|
|Synagogue – student||₪ 12.00|
|Synagogue – Israeli senior citizen||₪ 7.00|