Chan Hashayarot is situated in the midst of the flourishing settled Negev desert, an area that currently constitutes around 60% of the state of Israel. Today this is a prosperous, populated region, rich in tourist attractions and agricultural resources, but this was not always the case. At the time of the founding of the state, the Negev region was desolate and arid, and David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, viewed its development as a first and foremost national goal. As soon as he retired from his office, in 1953, he moved with his wife Pola to live in Sde Boker in order to set an example for others, and to realize his own vision. And Indeed, looking back today on those times, it is evident that the Negev has undergone a true change. New cities were born, existing cities expanded, and innovative agricultural methods were developed to suit the desert’s climate. In the 1960s various teaching institutions were established, among them the University of Be’er Sheva, the Sde Boker Field School, and the Institute for Desert Research. These institutions attracted many youth who came to the Negev from all across the country, and made it their home.
The perfect track for full moon nights, a magical experience and highly recommended, also very close to Chan Hashayarot.
Starting point at Havarim pit located on road 40, 2 km north to Chan Hashayarot. Leave the cars at Havarim pit and go down to the stream following the marked route, which begins at a very impressive and well preserved Nabatean well and ends at the stream’s northern exit, near Ein Ovdat nature reservation. You might want to leave one car there in order to take drivers back to the cars at Havarim pit. It is a 3 hours track, suitable for families and travelers of any age.
About 5 km north to Chan Hashayarot is one of the most marvelous nature reservations of the Mount Negev - Ein Ovdat. It is famous not only for its magnificent canyon view and the multiple water sources, but also for and mainly because of the rich population of wild animals that live there.
Ben-Gurion’s cabin is David and Paula Ben-Gurion’s cabin in Sede-boqer kibbutz, which was preserved as David left it on his death on 1973
Individual farmsteads the new “Wine Route"
Along road 40 in Ramat HaNegev, on the new “Wine Route”, are scattered small agricultural settlements of families and individuals who decided to leave everything behind and settle in the middle of the desert. The farms offer home-made goat cheeses, wine tasting. Guided tours at olive vineyards and a variety of activities to families and visitors.
Southern Israel Like You’ve Never Experienced Before
Israel is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Throughout the year, people from all over the globe visit this beautiful country. The rise in the tourism industry can be evidenced from the fact that there are hundreds of hotels in the country. From the cheap motels for people who just want accommodation, to five star hotels for those who want luxury living, there’s something for everybody here. Covering over 50% of the total land area of the city, the region is full of different adventures and activities in which to partake. Here are some of the best attractions that you can visit in the South of Israel:
Chan Hashayarot is located right on the ancient “perfume route”, where the Nabatean led camel convoys carrying spices and perfumes (that’s where the name comes from) 2000 years ago.
a stable and comfortable 4X4 car with 32 seats. Suitable for challenge and tours for groups all around the country.
The safari car can be rented with or without a guide, for half a day up to several days, or combined with additional activities and as part of round activities
Bedouin hospitality - Arabian Nights
A traditional Bedouin hospitality around the fire with the story teller, Sheikh Salem.
Salem will tell you all about the Bedouin way of life and the desert customs while making the famous Bedouin coffee ceremony, spicing it by telling fascinating stories, for children and adults as one.
An exciting and filled with adrenalin activity of a magnificent gliding from cliffs at Ramon crater for all kinds of groups.
The Chan’s professional, experienced and skilled staff will guide you in a few gliding stations, in different heights and levels on the cliffs of Ramon Crater. You can choose this activity alone or combine it with other activities, in rounds.
No need of prior experience or a certain physical shape, only some courage and a will to break routine.
For groups - 10 stations can be open simultaneously.
Traditional Bedouin Meals
Bedouin feast meals
rich meaty meals are served at the authentic hospitality Bedouin tent, in a traditional style using large trays and sitting on mattresses and cushions.
Feast meals are served as lunch or dinner on large trays shared by several people. All feast meals include Bedouin pita bread, salads ,delicious rice and vegetables ‘Magluba’ dish, a traditional ‘Matfuna’ dish - a whole stuffed chicken, delicious home-made kebab and side dishes, according to the menu.!