Many tourists travel to the Dead Sea Resort to relax and enjoy the view. But after they got tanned they’re looking for something else to do nearby. Just behind the hotels, an amazing oasis is waiting for you. Welcome to Ein Bokek stream.
As you already know, the Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth and thatis inviting trickling. Because we’re in the desert and water is an expensive source, the hotels around took advantage of this water stream and used this source. The problem was that the stream got almost dried… The agreement was to leave some water in order to maintain this beautiful oasis.
What are we going to see? Beside the waterfalls and animals, the most interesting tree we will see is the ‘Tamarix’. First, he has a lot of history. In Genesis we can read about him: “And Abraham planted a tamarisk-tree in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God”.
This tree has also so many abilities to survive almost everywhere:
- He’s able to absorb the humidity in the air during the night
- He drops salt from his leaves on the ground in order to make sure that other plants won’t grow next to him and drink his water
- He has 2 different roots – one who grow to the bottom and the other parallel to the ground level.
This visit is only 1.5 miles back and forth. Mostly flat and easy hike. Kids from age 5 can do this easily.
What should you bring for this hike? Half a gallon of water per person, a hat, water shoes (not flip flops!) a camera and good mood!