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Midreshet Ben-Gurion, 5km southwest (by road) of the kibbutz, is known for its spectacular desert setting – Wadi Tzin and En Avdat National Park are next door – and for cutting-edge research into desert ecology, arid-land agriculture and solar energy. Created as a regional academic centre, this attractive village is home to a satellite campus of Be’er Sheva’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.


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$240 Outdoor Activities

Ramon Crater Jeep Tour from Mitzpe Ramon

Start your morning or evening tour from Mitzpe Ramon and head down the road 40 to the depths of the crater. Leave the paved road and climb up on a 4×4 trail to the most amazing observation point at Mt. Gvanim. From that point you will have a panoramic view, 360 degrees and see the whole dimension of the crater with its' beautiful colors and shapes. Next, continue driving on 4×4 trails to Wadi Zochalim (reptiles valley) and cross the road to wadi Gvanim. You will stop under the shade of the Acacia trees and get to know the desert world of plants and wildlife.Next drive across the crater on the pipeline road, visit Beerot campground for refreshment and next we will visit one of the rehabilitated Quarries. You will then be taken back to the highway and drive back to Mitzpe Ramon.

$750 Private & Custom Tours

Private Negev Tour from Beersheba Sde Boker or Mitspe Ramon

Get picked up at your hotel or other accommodation in Beersheba, Sde Boker, or Mitzpe Ramon by your private guide. Choose to customize your tour to suit your interests, or even add on activities - just let your guide know.Visit any of the sites that interest you, such as the Biblical cities of Tel Arad or Tel Beer Sheba or the Crater Land including large and small craters.You can go to Beersheba sites like Abraham's Well International Visitor Center, Hatzerim Israel Airforce Museum, the Advanced Technology Park, Ben Gurion University, the Australian Soldier's Park, The Australian Anzac Trail, the Negev Museum of Art, or the Carasso Science Park.Visitors might go to the local Bedouin communities to gain an understanding of their transition from nomadic to settled existence. Visit Israeli wineries in the southern region of Israel. See the Kibbutz home of Israel's first prime minister or Ben-Gurion's Grave. Visit the Sde Boker Desert Institute, which is a world center for solar energy and desert agriculture research. Take in the history of Nabatean sites such as Avdat or Mamshit, and Mitzpe Ramon and Machtesh Ramon.If you wish, you may also add an optional 2.5-hour bike ride or 4x4 Jeep ride to your itinerary.At the conclusion of the tour, you'll be returned to your accommodation.

$78 Outdoor Activities

Ramon Crater in a Nutshell 4X4 tour for individuals and small parties

This 2.5 hour tour offers the amazing off-road desert experience to individuals and small parties who do not wish to pay for a private jeep tour. The tour starts with a pickup from the entrance to the visitor center in the town of Mitzpe Ramon. The tour goes into the the Ramon crater and visits many of the geological highlights of this amazing realm of rocks. During the tour we will explore the ancient layers of sedimentary rock, climb the windy road to some amazing viewpoints, discuss the mining operation and the recent restoration of abandoned mining sites, stalk some of the local wildlife (with our cameras only) and, time permitting, stop for a tea break under one of the impressive Acacia trees. The jeeps and Land-Rovers used for this tour can seat up to 6 or 8 people. Passengers are kindly requested to show consideration towards one another and switch seats between the various stops, so everyone gets to enjoy the front window view. All tours are guided by local experienced guides, who will be happy to share the knowledge and experience of the desert and Israel in general.

$40 Outdoor Activities

Rappelling Down the Ramon Crater Cliff

Located by the Nature Reserve Authority’s visitor center, the rappelling site is easy to accesses by car or foot, where from any hotel in town it is no longer than 10-15 minutes’ walk. You will meet us onsite ready for your arrival with all the gear set and organized. The site is on the Ramon crater cliff edge, one of the most beautiful places to rappel in Israel, where dramatic desert landscape stretches below and as far as the eye can see. After an introduction to our well experienced and friendly guides, you will get a short safety group briefing. You will then be assisted with gearing up and ready to safely start descending. One by one you could go down the cliff while encouraging each other and take great pictures if you’d like. The descend time for a small family is usually 1.5-2 hours. While going down the cliff you will get personal guldens from the guides on the top of the cliff. The guides can see and hear you all the way down and will communicate you through the descend. The way back up again is an easy 2 minutes stroll and you will be back where we started.

$47 Outdoor Activities

Get To Know the Ramon Crater tour

From your hotel you’ll be picked up with your jeep for the tour. We will make a brief introduction and venture off down to the crater.  Going down into the crater you could already appreciate the dramatic scenery of an erosion crater. When going off the main road and into the Ramon dry riverbed, we will have a break to learn on the beauty and complexity of an erosion crater (occurring only in the Negev region). We will then continue on a challenging path on and up the Gvanim Mt. There you would have a 3600 fantastic view of the crater. Going down again into the crater, this time through a different path, you will see the most ancient layers of the crater unravel with brilliant colors. Throughout the tour we will be discussing desert wild-life, botanic, geology and whatever is on your mind to ask our local knowledgeable and friendly guide. Finally we will go back up again to Mitzpe Ramon and drop you off on a destination to your choice within town.

$83 Cultural & Theme Tours

In Depth Introduction of the Ramon Crater

From your hotel you’ll be picked up with your jeep for the tour. We will make a brief introduction and venture off down to the crater.  Going down into the crater you could already appreciate the dramatic scenery of an erosion crater. When going off the paved road and into the Ramon dry riverbed, we will have a break to learn on the beauty and complexity of an erosion crater (occurring only in the Negev region). We will then continue on a challenging path up the Gvanim Mountain. There we will stop again and you could enjoy a panoramic view of the crater and some more explanations of the crater history geology and more. Going down from the Gvanim mountain into the reptiles Wadi, you will witness the most ancient layers of the crater unravel with brilliant colors. From there through the Gvanim ephemeral wash we will continue to Ein Saharonim – the only constant water source of the crater. Finally through the Nekarot wash we will reach the Ardon dry riverbed where you could watch and learn of the incredible geological Dike phenomenon and encountered a small dormant volcano hill. On our way we will also stop for a snack break (coffee/tea and cookies guaranteed). Throughout the tour we will be discussing desert wild-life, botanic, geology and whatever is on your mind to ask our local knowledgeable and friendly guide. Lastly we will go back up again to Mitzpe Ramon and drop you off on a destination to your choice within town.