Shalom! Continuing our journey in Israel, if you missed my earlier posts, check out Shalom! Israel
After Qumran, our next stop was to En Gedi Nature Reserve, located on the eastern edge of the Judean Desert, on the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, approximately 400 metres below sea level.
Two valleys run through the En Gedi Nature Reserve – Wadi David in the north and Wadi Arugot in the south. Four sweet-water springs flow in the reserve – David’s Spring, flowing into Wadi David; Arugot Spring, flowing into Wadi Arugot; Shulamit and En Gedi Springs flowing down the slopes between the two wadis. The combination of the reserve’s geographic location, topographic composition, warm temperatures and lack of cold days, coupled with the abundance and quality of the water, make it possible for a variety of flora and fauna to survive within the reserve.
There is trail for hikers, unfortunately we missed the last ascend time to En Gedi Spring which is no later than 1.30pm. We arrived way past the time.
There is a reference from the Bible on En Gedi – David reached En Gedi (1,000 BC) and hid there during his wanderings in the desert after fleeing from King Saul.
“And David went up from thence, and dwelt in the strongholds of En Gedi” – Samuel 23:29
Whenever we passed by the rock mountains with caves (refer to the pictures below), we said to one another that David could have hidden there more than 3,000 years ago.
For more information on En Gedi, check out Israel Nature & Parks Authority.
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