Premium Jeep Tours, Mitzpe Ramon, Negev Desert, Israel

Mitzpe Ramon Jeep Tours  | Maktesh Ramon Jeep Tours | Zin Valley Jeep Tours and More

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Experience Israel Friendly Desert at Mitzpe Ramon area 

We invite you to join us on a journey deep into the Israeli Negev desert wilderness, to learn about the geological forces that formed the unique Ramon Crater (AKA Makhtesh Ramon), the Zin Valley and more. To become familiar with the surprisingly diverse ecosystem of wildlife and vegetation hidden along the way of the Negev trails and meet with the people inhibiting the area.

Enjoy the jeep tour ride on our 4X4 vehicle that sits up to 7 passengers in a pleasant climate controlled cabin, equipped with an advance suspension system to keep you comfortable through the bumpy track ahead.

Where to Go and What to See

Our most popular desert jeep tours are family friendly and require no special skills. However, if you have a specific interest to investigate deeper into any of the exotic features that this piece of land has to offer (history, plants, food, people, desert agriculture etc.), please let us know and we will be happy to suggest a track tailored just for you.

All you need to do is to let us know where you would like us to pick you (within Mizpe Ramon, unless you request otherwise), and we will show up with our premium vehicle and take you with us on a jeep tour into the heart of the desert. The most populare tours commonly leave from Mitzpe Ramon heading to the Ramon crater (Makhtesh), the Zin Valley, to a Bedouin village or a local deluxe vinery – see more details below and in the links added.

 

A view of the Makhtesh Ramon crater

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When people hear the word “crater” they automatically envision violent meteorite impacts and giant round holes in the ground, but the Ramon Crater is something entirely different, as it was not created as a result of impact, but rather through a very unique process of erosion.

Only seven such erosion craters are known to exist worldwide, all of which reside in the Negev and the Sinai deserts, with Ramon Crater being the largest (stretching up to 40 km in length). For that reason, the correct term to describe it is not 'crater' but rather 'Makhtesh', which is the Hebrew word for crater, indicating the uniqueness of this geological phenomena. Let us therefore use the correct Makhtesh term from here onward. Our tour takes you through the breathtaking rock formations which are the results of different forces and materials coming together in a manner not seen anywhere else.

 

The eroded geological layers tell the epic story of Earth's early history, exposing an abundance of aquatic fossils from the days when this highland used to reside at the bottom of an ocean.Dry and barren at first sight, Makhtesh Ramon is teeming with life so long as you know where to look for it. Wild asses, mountain goats, raptors, reptiles and insects are among the wild inhabitants of this piece of land. Thanks to seasonal flash-floods which provide the desert with precious water, this delicate ecosystem includes also some incredible vegetation which has evolved to survive the harsh environmental conditions. 

Makhtesh Ramon Jeep Tour

Nahal Ramon exposed geological layers - Makhtesh Ramon

 Depending on the time of year, you may also witness the awesome force of a flash-flood, or dip your feet in the seasonal water bodies left as their reminder.

Duration 2-4 hours, price 800-1100 NIS

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The Zin Valley Jeep Tour

    About 30 Km north of Mitzpe Ramon and the Ramon crater (Makhtesh), just below Kibbutz Sde Boker - lies the ZIn valley. The Zin valley is a sub-fracture of the biggest and longest tectonic fractures on the globe, the Syrian-African rift valley. Therefore it holds some of the more dramatic Negev desert landscapes. The Zin valley is also home to a few hidden springs, with the biggest and most famous of them being the Ein-Akev spring. Ein Akev is one of the biggest springs of the Negev desert.

    There is nothing quite like water in the middle of desert and Ein Akev is a beautiful spring holding water throughout the year and offering the opportunity for a cool dip on a hot desert day. Come with us on a jeep tour into the ZIn observe the dramatic views, learn of the geolofy and nature and enjoy the water. 

    Duration 4-5 hours, price 1200-1600 NIS

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    Zin Valley jeep tour from mitzpe ramon

    Ein Akev spring - Zin valley

     

     

    This tour will enable you to meet the traditional and modern life of the Negev Bedouins. We will make our way to a Bedouin village (15 monutes from Mitzpe Ramon) where the head of the tribe, Salman, will host us in his traditional tent. There you will be served a Bedouin traditional meal and coffee/tea while Salman will share with us the story of the Bedouins in the Negev, the difficulties and charm of the past nomadic tribes and the challenges of the future ahead.

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     Come with us to the beautiful Nana farm where you will meet the founder of the farm and hear all about the challenges and benefits of wine making in the Negev desert while enjoying the tasty awarded winning wines made at the farm and appetizers served alongside.

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    • All tours are suited for all ages, including families, groups, teams and couples. All tours leave from Mitzpe Ramon unless otherwise mentioned
    • Vast parts of the Negev region are declared nature reservations, under the supervision of the Israel Nature and Park Authority. We work closely with their people to ensure that we do not violate any rules or regulations, and take any means necessary to preserve the local nature values.