Camel trek in the Kana’im Valley
How would we manage in the desert without camels, nature’s four-wheel drive? Step into our ranch and meet our beautiful herd of female camels. Once you are acquainted with your new friend, 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. Don’t forget to snap some pictures during the special ride!
Trek duration is approximately 30 minutes.
Camel riding is in pairs, on two-person saddles.
Camel riding is permitted from ages five to age 67, and donkey riding from age of two, accompanied by an adult.
Traditional Bedouin hospitality
Guests are invited to relax within a spacious Bedouin tent around a campfire, where they will be honored with tea imbued from desert herbs. Next begins the traditional coffee-making ritual: the Bedouin toasts the coffee beans in front of the guests, grinds them with a mortar and pestle to the traditional rhythmic drumming beat, before brewing the coffee and serving it to guests. The activity is accompanied by explanations and stories about the Bedouin way of life.
* Please note that during holidays and weekends there will be no Bedouin hospitality.
Abraham path Activity
Four thousand years ago, following the word of G-d, Abraham left his home and wandered the Holy Land. This biblical journey, which represents the beginning of monotheism, has inspired believers through the centuries.
Finally the Abraham Path was created, a route which reconstructs his ancient trail.
Kfar Hanokdim, situated on that very path between the new city of Arad and ancient Masada,
permits a taste of Abraham’s time spent:
Sitting in a nomad’s tent made of goat’s wool, overlooking the same desert views that Abraham passed through, we will read verses from the bible and let the story unfold. This experience will allow you the opportunity to understand the story from the perspective of our ancestors.
Traditional Dinner – Bedouin Hafla: The Bedouin hosts dressed in white Jalabiyas welcome the guests and invite them to sit on soft, comfortable mattresses. The guests are seated in a circular fashion around the Sania (a large tray). In the center of the Sania is the Magluba- a rice and vegetable dish served on thin pita breads. Accompanying the Sania are different salads: Arabic vegetable salad, thick tahini salad, cabbage salad, and homemade pickles.
Shortly after, you will be served grilled meats: Kfar Hanokdim’s special homemade Kebab and crispy chicken wings.
All the dishes are lavish, in accord with Bedouin hospitality.
Whenyour Bedouin host notices that you have finished your meal, fruits, Bedouin tea spiced with desert herbs and coffee will be served.
Dining Sheik style: Bedouin hosts welcome all the guests and invite them to relax and sit on soft colorful sofas next to low tables, laden with delicacies. Alternatively, Regular chairs and table will be provided for guests who prefer not to sit on mattresses.
In the centre of the tables are small oriental bowls filled with colorful salads: spiced Arabic salad, thick green tahini, homemade pickles, spicy matbuha, fried eggplant with mint and cabbage with ground pepper.
Alongside the salads there are jugs filled with cool fresh water and mint lemonade.
As guests settle down comfortably, your Bedouin hosts serve big trays laden with thin Fatir (Bedouin pita).
Soon your hosts come again with big Sanias with seasoned Bedouin rice and vegetables, together with Stuffed vegetables and sweet corn arranged around it.
And then, from the kitchen come trays laden with succulent meat:
Skewered tender chicken and homemade kebabs.
All the dishes are lavish, in accord with Bedouin hospitality.
To complete the meal guests are offered spiced Bedouin tea and Turkish coffee, baklava (sweet pastries) and seasonal fruits.
At Kfar Hanokdim, we offer a diverse choice of accommodation options for you to comfortably experience the magic of the desert. Options include a desert cabin or “sukkah” lodge, as well as sleeping tents for groups and events.
Guests will stay in a traditional Bedouin tent made of black goat’s hair. The tents are decorated in an authentic style and fully equipped with rugs and soft mattresses.
The desert climate is comfortable year round, with fresh dry summer air by day, and a cooler climate by night. In winter, all tents are rain proofed and heated.
- Tents are for a minimum of 15 guests.
- Toilets and shower facilities are located nearby
- In the winter, the tent can be heated.
- Please bring your own toiletries.
Desert-style accommodations in charming “sukkah”(Lodge)
The sukkahs are made of material woven from goat hair, and the floor is paved with wood. The sukkah features sleeping futons, 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 nearby, a small cooking area and places to chill out or build a campfire.
- Each sukkah can accommodate from four to eight people.
- In the winter the sukkah can be heated.
- Please bring sleeping bags, pillows and towels with you. Sleeping bags and bed linen can rented at an additional price and must be arranged in advance.
- There is one electric outlet in the sukkah; please consider bringing along an electrical outlet splitter.
Desert-style accommodation for nature-lovers who want to feel at home.
On the outskirts of Kfar Hanokdim is a small desert hotel, with 46 desert-style rooms. The furniture in the rooms has been handcrafted by the indigenous people, made from iron, wood, local stone and Dead Sea salt crystals. The rooms are air conditioned, have private en-suite bathroom (toiletries not included), 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. Please note, you will need to bring your own utensils (cookware, serving dishes, etc).
- All reservations must 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 as well as our herd of camels and donkeys.
- Campfires can be built in the designated areas and wood for the fire is available for purchase.
- There are taps and drinking water fountains throughout the Kfar.
- There is no Wi-Fi on the Kfar. Partial mobile reception is available to those on the Partner.
We would be happy to host you at the Kfar!