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The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is located on the western shore of the Dead Sea in the Judean Desert, about an hour-and-a-half drive from Jerusalem. Ein Gedi, a natural oasis, is one of the most beautiful spots in Israel where strata springs sustain an abundance of flora and fauna. Flocks of Ibex, or Nubian goats, as well as families of conies can often be closely observed. Pools of fresh water with small waterfalls invite visitors for a refreshing dip in the desert heat. There are a number of trails in the area for hikes above the Dead Sea. Many visit not only to enjoy the spectacular beauty, but, more importantly to remember and reflect that it was here where David hid from King Saul in a cave, as recorded in the First Book of Samuel.
Ein Gedi, Israel
-371m / -1217ft below sea level (altitude)