Camel trek in the Kana’im Valley
And how would we manage in the desert without camels, which are Nature’s four-wheel drive? Choose a camel, climb onto the saddle, and upsy daisy!
First we’ll take the camel for a “test drive” in the desert. Guided by the Bedouin, for whom the camels are like part of the family, we will ride into the heart of the desert, into its breathtaking primeval landscape.
The duration of the trek is about half an hour.
Camel riding is on two-person saddles.
Camel riding is allowed from age five to age 67, and donkey riding from age of two, accompanied by an adult.
Traditional Bedouin hospitality
The host welcomes the guests and invites them to relax in a spacious tent, around a campfire. First he honors his guests with tea imbued with desert herbs, and then begins the traditional coffee-making ritual: he toasts the coffee beans in front of the guests, grinds them with a mortar and pestle to the traditional rhythmic drumming beat, and finally brews coffee and serves it to the guests. After the coffee ceremony the host prepares pitas on a saj, which are served to the guests. The activity is accompanied by explanations and stories about the Bedouin way of life.
The salads are served first: seasoned Arab salad, thick tahini, homemade pickled vegetables, spicy matbucha, fried eggplant with mint, and cabbage salad with freshly ground black pepper are all brought to the tables. Together with the abundance of salads, a colorful and rich mansaf is served, made of yellow rice, lentils, a choice wheat dish, antipasti and stuffed vegetables, accompanied by thin Bedouin pita bread. A rich meat dish is served with the mansaf. For dessert steaming hot Bedouin tea is or Turkish coffee is served with different types of baklava and seasonal fruit. Throughout the meal you can quench your thirst with clear water and fresh lemon-mint drink.
At Kfar Hanokdim you will find a diverse range of accommodation options to comfortably enjoy the magical desert atmosphere, in a guest room or sukkah (guest lodge). Accommodations in a sleeping tent are also available for events.
Desert-style accommodation for nature-lovers who want to feel at home.
On the outskirts of Kfar Hanokdim there is a small desert hotel, with 43 desert-style rooms. The furniture in the rooms was handmade by the indigenous people, and is made of iron, wood, local stone and salt crystals that have been deposited in the Dead Sea. The rooms are air conditioned, and have a private bathroom facilities, bed linen, towels and coffee-making facilities. There is a small cooking area near the rooms.
In the evening you can enjoy the tranquility of the desert, relaxing in the grapevine roofed “zulas” (areas for lounging on rugs and pillows) scattered among the rooms, or sit around a campfire.
- Most of the rooms are suitable for a couple + three (children or additional guests) or a couple + 4.
- Some of the rooms are accessible for the disabled.
- The cooking area includes a gas stove, worktop and refrigerator. You will have to bring your own utensils (cookware, serving dishes and dishes).
- Please bring your own toiletries.
- Desert-style accommodations in charming sukkahs (guest lodges)
The sukkahs are made of material woven from goat hair, and the floor is paved with wood. There are sleeping futons in the sukkah, coffee-making facilities and an elevated veranda, from which you can savor the desert views over wilderness that stretches as far as the eye can see.There are bathroom facilities near the sukkahs, a small cooking area and places to just chill out or build a campfire.
- Each sukkah can accommodate from four to eight people.
- In the winter the sukkah can be heated.
- There is one electric outlet in the sukkah; please consider bringing along an electrical outlet splitter.
The cooking area includes a gas stove, worktop and refrigerator. You will have to bring your own utensils (cookware, serving dishes and dishes).
- The price for the package of ‘Ideal desert hospitality’ (In a room or a Sukkah) is ILS 485 for adults and ILS 259 per child under 12 years old, with a minimum of two people per sukkah/Room. For an extra adult in a sukkah/Room, the price is ILS 314.
During the Sukkoth and Passover holidays reservations are for half-board only for a minimum of two nights.
- ** Please note that during holidays and weekends there will be no Bedouin hospitality and dinner is served as a buffet.
Cancellation fees are as follows:
On weekdays and weekends:
Up to one week prior to arrival: Cancellation fee of just ILS 50.
One week to 48 hours prior to arrival: 50% of the cost of the reservation.
Less than 48 hours prior to arrival or no-show: Full cost of the reservation.
On holidays and intermediate days of certain Jewish holidays:
Up to two weeks prior to arrival: Cancellation fee of just ILS 50.
One to two weeks prior to arrival: 50% of the cost of the reservation.
Less than one week prior to arrival or no-show: Full cost of the reservation
In the case of extreme weather conditions or unusual security situations, there is no cancellation fee.
- Check-in is at 15.00 (3.00 pm), check-out is at 11.00.
- All reservations have to be coordinated in advance!
- The Kfar is closed on weekends from July until the middle of September.
- Animals are not allowed in the Kfar! Animal lovers can enjoy a small petting zoo and the herd of camels and donkeys.
- Please leave your vehicle in the large parking lot at the entrance to Kfar Hanokdim for the duration of your stay. No vehicles are allowed in the Kfar.
- Campfires can be built and wood for the fire can be purchased, but it’s important to light fires only in the specifically allocated areas.
- There are taps and drinking fountains throughout the Kfar.
- There is partial reception only for mobile phones from the Orange network, and there isn’t any Wi-Fi.
We would be happy to host you at the Kfar!