Be’erot Campgrounds (Makhtesh Ramon) – Negev

After our first hike through Wadi Ardon we stayed the night at the Be’erot Campgrounds, the only accommodation inside Makhtesh Ramon (there are hotels and hostels in the nearby town of Mitzpe Ramon). The Be’erot Campgrounds is run by local Bedouins and therefore give visitors a taste of Bedouin life. The rooms are very very modest (see 3rd, 5th, and 6th photos): a room (shared by 5 of us) was a small area enclosed by carpets and rugs with five mattresses. But what the rooms lacked the Bedouins made up in hospitality. They served us tea – which tasted like honey (4th photo), dinner, and breakfast (last photo). The meals consisted of a locally baked flat bread (one huge slab, but as many as we wanted), served with salads, olives, cheeses, eggplant, and of course, hummus. The rest of the campsite was filled with Israelis who were probably looking for a peaceful weekend (but didn’t find it because everyone was thinking the same thing).

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~ by jonathanmtsai on October 31, 2010.

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