Desert's Best – Optional Day Tours
The best way to get to know the most special and unique places in the Israeli and Jordanian desert, with local experienced guides
Dead Sea spa & Masada (UNESCO heritage site)
The lowest point on earth, surrounded by the stunning landscape of the Negev Desert and the saline water (renowned health and healing properties) of the lake give lead to the name ‘Dead Sea’ because no fish can survive in the salty waters.
Masada (“fortress”) is an ancient fortification situated on top of an isolated rock plateau on the Eastern side of the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead sea.
Desert Bedouin and Nabataean experience - Incense Route (UNESCO heritage site) to Ramon Crater
Off road drive which starts with one of the most epic parts (UNESCO world heritage site) of the Nabataean Incense trade route and ends in The Ramon Crater. The world’s largest erosion crater (‘makhtesh’). A landform unique to Israel’s Negev desert, a makhtesh is a large erosion cirque, created 220 million years ago when oceans covered the area. Shaped like a long heart, and forms Israel’s largest national park, the Ramon Nature Reserve.
Timna park and Eilat - Explore the underwater world of the Red Sea
One of the largest attractions in the south of Israel, Timna Park, set in a beautifully majestic desert setting, has amazing history and geology, and a number of unexpected activities including those on a lake! Timna Park covers about 15,000 acres in a horseshoe-shaped valley surrounded by steep cliffs, with Mount Timna, the world’s first ever copper mine, standing tall in the center. Northern Red Sea, one of the most beautiful marine environments on the planet. Known for lush reefs, and a multitude of famous wrecks
Agri-novation valley - explore the Arava majestic life
Arava desert is a unique area in Israel. Combination of special people who built their homes in the middle of the desert in a unique settlement (Moshav & Kibbutz) and created one of the best agriculture industries in the world!
Petra and Wadi Rum – One of the 7 wonders of the ancient world!
Home to one of the 7 New Wonders of the World, the Rose City of Petra (dating back as early as 300 BC) is famous for its multicolored sandstone and Nabatean architecture, making it one of the most archaeological treasures in the world.
In a quiet and magical place next to the orchard of Nof Zuqim there is a yurt treatment.
Enjoy and relax in the desert atmosphere.
Holistic Swedish Massage
45 Min. – 220 ₪ | 60 min – 270 ₪
In coordination with reception in advance.
Desert Navigation Game, creative development of Nof Zuqim, offers a formative, fun and clever attraction between hills and trees. Highly recommended for groups of all sizes and ages and can be played in Hebrew and English.
A variety of attractions
A variety of experiences and attractions suitable for all ages in the spirit of the place await you in our surroundings:
Star observations, prairie harvesting, antelope and alligator farms, visitor centers, diverse farming tours and more…
Zuqim area is amazing in its beauty and we recommend you to explore and experience the power of the desert. We will be happy to advise you on hiking routes that will suit you and lend you trail marking maps.
The Mushroom Trail
A short circular trail of about 3 miles that begins in Zuqim settlement. The trail passes by two impressive large rocks that look like giant mushrooms: the Ashush Mushroom and the Tsofar Mushroom named after the two large streams where the mushrooms are located. The trail was created by the residents of the community and “travelers” (pedestrians of Israel Trail). The trip goes through a special and beautiful trail.
Zuqim Bicycle single
Single Zuqim is part of the Israel Trail for bicycles. It starts west of Zuqim settlement, in wild and fascinating terrain and continues along a creek. During the ride, you exit and enter through various tributaries of Nahal Tzofar, passing through Ramat Zofar, Nahal Shafan and Nahal Ashush. The trip takes you to the depths of the desert, to the same “land of Genesis” advancing and entering the area, meeting the virgin landscapes of the land.
It’s accessibility to every vehicle and being a circular route made it one of the popular routes in the prairie. The start of the route is a dirt road that starts on the Arava Road, about 7 minutes south of Zuqim settlement. The ride is very nice along the beautiful and sculpted walls of Ramat Barak and Sharoud cliffs.
It is recommended to do the Nahal Barak route during the winter months after floods, since water lovers are surrounded by beautiful deep water dips and challenging ladders.
Difficulty: Easy – Medium, walking time about 2 hours and length 3 km.