Sukkot is the Jewish festival offering thanks for the bounty of the fall harvest. Also, the most colorful High Holiday marks the Jewish people’s 40 years’ wandering in the desert towards the Promised Land. Around the world, Jews gather in ‘Sukkot’ (booths) to celebrate. In Israel, the austere beauty of the Negev and Judean deserts provides a stunning backdrop unlike any other, enabling locals and travelers alike to connect to the essence of their ancestors wandering past and to encounter a vibrant and modern spirit. Kenes Tours invites you to get away from it all and return to your roots through Israel’s incredible and exclusive desert experiences. Check out Israel’s top desert hospitality destinations!
Nestled in the Judean desert’s Kana’im Valley between the city of Arad and the ancient Massada fortress, Kfar Hanokdim (shepherd’s village) lies in a beautifully green oasis.
Surrounded by this stark desert landscape, the ‘village’ provides travelers with laid-back desert hospitality and the opportunity to get away from the troubles and noise of the city. There, you can easily soak up the tranquil desert vibe, hike along the area’s myriad trails, enjoy an authentic camel trek or cycling trip, take in a variety of sustainable desert workshops, or, if all this sounds like too much, just chill out on a comfortable lounge chair and take in the silence of the desert.
Not limited to its excellent desert activities alone, we recommend that visitors also spend the night to truly experience the area’s full essence. Kfar Hanokdim proudly offers a diverse variety of accommodations, ranging from guest rooms, large communal Bedouin-style tents and lodges. And of course, no visit to the village is complete without experiencing Kfar Hanokdim’s legendary Bedouin hospitality dinners, featuring exquisite local desert specialties served around a campfire in traditional Arabian style.
Self-described as a ‘the only Biblical landscape reserve in the world,’ Neot Kedumim offers visitors the chance to see and experience the Land of the Bible as it was during the time of the Bible.
Located midway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (and only 10 minutes away from Ben Gurion airport), the preserve contains a picturesque landscape with plants and trees, water and agricultural installations as they were over 2,000 years ago. Visitors are invited to ‘live the life of our forefathers-the founders of the Jewish and Christian faiths’ by picking the fruits of the Seven Species of the Land of Israel, making olive oil, tasting the fruits of the vine, taking a chance at herding sheep and goats and drawing water from an ancient well. In so doing, Neot Kedumim draws on a variety of authentic disciplines: Bible scholarship, zoology, botany, history, geography and archaeology to bring the Bible to life. Offering endless content opportunities, Neot Kedumim offers visitors with a way to connect to their heritage.
Located midway between Sde Boker and Mitzpe Ramon-deep into Israel’s Negev desert, ‘Chan Hashayarot’ (caravan inn) provides authentic lodging and desert activities along the path of an ancient Nabatean trade route which once connected the vast resources of the Middle East with the markets of the Roman Empire. The modern inn was founded over two decades ago in order to host families, groups and travelers desiring authentic desert encounters and experiences.
Today, the ‘Chan’ offers authentic communal-style Bedouin tents for lodging and activities, guest cabins for families and couples, and a rustic camping site for people who truly wish to get away from it all and sleep under a canopy of endless stars. In addition, Chan Hashayarot is able to provide traditional Bedouin-style cuisine served either inside the main hospitality tent or outside under the open sky, as well as facilitate desert activities such as camel tours, safari tours, rappelling, sustainability workshops and much more.
Conveniently situated en route to the Dead Sea, Genesis Land is located in the heart of the Judean desert, the land where the Patriarchs lived. An enchanting place, ‘Eretz Beresheet,’ as it’s known in Hebrew, enables travelers to experience life as it was during the time of the Bible, first-hand.
A signature part of each and every visit, arriving guests are greeted by Eliezer, Abraham’s manservant, and by a caravan of stately camels upon which they can ride down to Abraham’s tent. There, visitors can experience excellent Biblical and desert-style hospitality meals, as well as participate in workshops and other assorted activities such as parchment writing, pita baking, mosaic art, pottery classes, shepherding, camel and jeep rides and desert-style overnight accommodations.
A Season to Rejoice
It’s interesting to note that according to the sages, Sukkot is known as the ‘Season of Rejoicing,’ and is the only festival associated with an explicit commandment to rejoice. Even more intriguing, Sukkot is also known as the ‘Festival of the Ingathering.’ This holiday season, we hope that travelers from all corners of the globe ‘ingather’ here in the Promised Land and discover how wonderful Israel can be.
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