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Negev Desert, Israel

Negev Desert

The Israeli Negev is home to the largest erosion crater in the world.

The desert, inhabited by many different civilisations over the millennia, many of whom have left impressive remains, is not as barren as it may first appear.

As well as the well renowned Dead Sea and the ancient fortress of Masada in the east of the Negev, the Negev Desert has another unique geological formation – the makhteshim, unique crater-like land formations which are only found in the Negev and its extension into Egypt’s Sinai.

The Israeli Negev is home to the largest erosion crater in the world, the Ramon Crater, which is a stunning sight to behold. Camp at the Ramon crater and sleep beneath the stars or alternatively stay in the luxurious Six Senses Shaharout Resort.

Ramon Crater, Negev desert
Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

A little more about the Negev Desert

Buried in the desert lie several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Shivta and Avdat which form part of the Nabatean spice route which continues down to Petra.

A huge variety of birds, plants and animals combined with incredible scenery and diverse habitats are all within easy reach. The Negev highlands are home to birdwatching centres.

Their main goal is scientific and conservation orientated. With prior notice, they offer excellent birding tours for visitors. A visit in March will reward you with a memorable migration spectacle, although excellent birding can be found year-round. Overall March is considered by many as the best month for birding as at this time resident birds are courting and singing, migration is in full swing and many winterers are still around.

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Six Senses Shaharut, Shaharut, Israel
Six Senses Shaharut, Shaharut, Israel
Panorama Pool Villa, Six Senses Shaharut, Shaharut,Israel
Six Senses Shaharut, Israel
Six Senses Shaharut, Shaharut, Israel
Six Senses Shaharut, Shaharut, Israel

Six Senses Shaharut

To the south of the Negev Desert in Israel, is the small community of Shaharut, nestled in the Arava Valley. This is where you will find Six Senses Shaharut, nestled into a dramatic cliff.

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Experiences

Negev Desert

Explore the Negev Desert staying at the Six Senses Shaharut.

The Ramon Crater

Drive by 4×4 into the Negev Desert where you find unique geological land formations. View the Ramon Crater, the largest erosion crater in the world.

Masada

Learn the fascinating story of Masada during a visit to this unique fortress, situated on an ancient rock plateau with glorious views across the Negev and the Dead Sea.

Timna Park

Take a hike through Timna Park with its gorgeous multicoloured sand, combined with its towering sandstone pillars.

Wine Tour

An emerging market, Israel’s wine production is on the rise. There are some excellent boutique wines at the wineries on the Negev Wine Route.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.
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Tom Frost

Having travelled to different parts of the world over the years it never ceases to amaze me how you constantly learn and evolve from the adventures you experience. I adore working in an environment where I can share my passion for the world and discuss fascinating stories both from my experiences and that of our clients. In the past year I’ve delved into the wintery beauty of St Petersburg, trekked through the colourful desert in Jordan and sailed down the iconic Nile in Egypt.
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