Kfar Hanokdim

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Kfar Hanokdim
© Yoni Gritzner

Time Out Says

A palm-tree shaded oasis in the middle of the Judean Desert, Kfar Hanokdim offers Bedouin tents, camel and donkey treks, communal picnicking areas, and more

In the Kanai’m Valley between the city of Arad and ancient Masada lies Kfar Hanokdim, a palm-lined oasis in the Judean desert. Driving down the winding desert road, the full spectrum of the desert falls upon you as you land in the enclave of this very special destination - rife with family-friendly activities, a communal atmosphere, delicious food, and a rugged, yet composed variety of sleeping options. Have a truly memorable stay in one of the traditional Bedouin tents or in the newly renovated and more modern private cottages (for those wanting an intimate, less 'campy' experience). There are so many sleeping options that everyone will find something that fits their needs - from massive groups to singles or couples looking for some solitude. The actual area is quite expansive and the staff takes great care in directing each party to a specific region of the grounds that will suit their stay. Wanna be extra loud until the wee hours, have an awesome bonfire, and drink 'til dawn? Or care to fall asleep reading solo in a quiet hammock away from the world? Have a group of families and kids that want to go on a scorpion hunt when the stars come out? Take some camel rides and hang out at a petting zoo with bunnies? Have a singing drum circle and jam out after dinner? Zone out, meditate, and practice yoga in the desert? All options are readily available. There is also an interesting ecological area that demonstrates how Kfar Hanokdim runs sustainable practices, including heating water with the sun, recycling various materials to make furniture found throughout the area, cleaning drinking water, and more. Packages include dinner and a hearty home-cooked breakfast made by local Bedouin hosts. 


Route 31 towards the Dead Sea, through Arad and right at the second roundabout on to Ben-Yair Street. After 1.5 miles turn left at the orange sign to Masada
Judean Desert
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