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Enjoy our exciting educational Ramon crater tours!

When people hear the word “crater” they automatically envision violent meteorite impacts and giant round holes in the ground, but the Makhtesh 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 desert 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. Our tour will 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.In both English and Hebrew, an erosion crater is known as a "Makhtesh". The Ramon Crater is the biggest Makhtesh of its kind, and remains amongst a diverse number of Earth’s unique geological phenomena.

The abundance of exposed geological layers in the Ramon Crater offers a unique window into the past. Versatile fossils are encountered here, and some of Earth’s oldest geological layers are exposed. Specialized desert wildlife and vegetation inhabit the area, and hidden water bodies are present.

Going down into the crater you could already appreciate the dramatic scenery of an erosion crater. When going off the main road and into the Ramon dry riverbed, we will have a break to learn on the beauty and complexity of a Makhtesh an erosion crater. We will then continue up to the Gvanim Mt. There you  a panoramic fantastic view of the Makhtesh revealed. Going down again, this time through a different path, you will see the most ancient layers of the crater unravel with brilliant colors.

Throughout the tour we will be discussing desert wild-life, botanic, geology and whatever is on your mind. Finally we will go back up again to Mitzpe Ramon and drop you off on a destination to your choice within town.

The Ramon crater tours are a unique outdoor activity for families, groups, teams and couples.

Technical Details

The "get to know the crater" jeep tour is the basic option. It is about 2 hours long and costs 800 ILS. This tour will give you an insight into the Ramon crater’s creation and the different geological layers, and you will learn about how local vegetation and wildlife survive in this extreme desert.

A more detailed 4 hour jeep tour is available (coffee and snack break are guaranteed!) during which you will get to see and learn about more geological phenomena. You will also have the opportunity to see one of the Ramon Crater’s water bodies used by the wildlife in the desert. This tour costs 1200 ILS.

At the end of your Ramon crater tour, we will return up the winding road leading back to Mitzpe Ramon, where we will drop you off wherever you like within the town.

Ramon crater tours all leave from Mitzpe Ramon unless otherwise requested.

"Makhtesh Ramon is a geological feature of Israel's Negev desert. Located at the peak of Mount Negev, some 85 km south of the city of Beersheba, the landform is not an impact crater from a meteor nor a volcanic crater formed by a volcanic eruption, but rather is the world's largest "erosion cirque" (steephead valley or box canyons). The formation is 40 km long, 2–10 km wide and 500 meters deep, and is shaped like an elongated heart. The only settlement in the area is the small town of Mitzpe Ramon ("Ramon Lookout") located on the northern edge of the depression. Today the area forms Israel's largest national park, the Ramon Nature Reserve."

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