The Heart of the Negev: Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) is the world’s largest erosion crater, nearly 25 miles long and between 1-6 miles wide, shaped like an elongated heart. Marvel at the striking red and yellow layers and unique geologic formations. Explore this geomorphic wonder with:
- A two-hour Jeep tour, where we’ll start at the edge of the crater for an overview before descending to Wadi Ramon. Learn about the Maktesh and its formation before continuing our trek to the summit of Mount Gvanim for a stunning view of the entire Maktesh. Our journey will continue along Wadi Gvanim, stopping in the shade of an acacia tree to point out the flora and fauna of the region before we return to Mitzpe Ramon.
- A walk to the unique natural phenomenon known as HaMinsara (The Carpentry Shop), which looks like a pile of wooden blocks, but are actually black basalt rocks. Along the way, explore the rock formations that were created by thousands of years of erosion.
- Wisdom in the Wilderness: Discover the harsh beauty of the desert and the insights of the people who make their home there. Desert experts from local Bedouin clans will accompany us on a camel ride into the astonishing Ramon Crater and reveal some of the secrets of traditional desert life. Our journey will conclude with an authentic local meal, where we’ll experience how hospitality remains central to Bedouin culture.
- Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
- Dinner at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Sde Boker