The Khan (desert lodgings)
In the shadow of an ancient acacia tree, growing in the heart of the desert, there is a desert inn (khan) built of mud and date palms and decorated with carpets and recycled items—all natural.
The variety of natural colors, shapes and textures and the peaceful environment produce a charming, soothing sensation and a sense of complete detachment from the hubbub of everyday life.
These lodgings blend in harmoniously with their natural surroundings.
There is no raucous entertainment that will ruin the quiet tranquility, allowing the visitors to experience the expansive desert vistas, taking in the slowly, ever-changing natural panoramas over the days and seasons - the colors and landscapes, the play of light and shadows,
the spectacular desert sunrises and sunsets…
Khan Be'erotayim has guest houses in several sizes, suited to couples, families and groups.
Each guest house has a covered porch and a corner with seats and hammocks. There is also a large, central, communal guest hut in which meals are served and sweet herbal tea or coffee can be enjoyed around a bonfire. Here a variety of guests and desert dwellers meet:
dreamers, nomads, researchers and travelers.
At night, the place is lit by means of lanterns and solar-powered lighting.
The greatest treasure Khan Be'erotayim offers is the scenery,
the expanse and the quiet.
We invite you to share this with us.
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The madfunah process
chicken or lamb charcoal-grilled in an
are served in the communal guest hut, lit by
lanterns, with everyone seated on padded
carpets and cushions around low tables.
The Khan's cuisine emphasizes high-quality,
locally-grown fresh and raw produce, e.g.
olive oil from Halutzah; boutique wines and
honey from the vineyards and beehives at
Kadesh Barne`a; and fresh vegetables and
choice goat cheeses from local farms.
Khan hospitality includes a meat supper (mansaf) and a rich buffet breakfast.
Specialties are: chicken madfunah, lamb madfunah, or the dairy "shepherd's celebration", consisting of quiches, goat cheeses, breads and a variety of salads.
Specialties must be ordered in advance.
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The camel was domesticated some 4,500 years ago and thanks to its unique qualities and perfect suitability to desert conditions, it served the nomadic desert dwellers.
The Be'erotayim Khan has a herd of 25 well-kept, friendly camels for our guests to ride on hidden desert paths found in gullies - those same paths taken by the ancient camel caravans.
are led by the staff of Khan Be'erotayim, people who have chosen a desert life-style, who are familiar with these gullies, the caravan routes and the desert lore. During the camel-ride, visitors learn about the ancient settlements and agriculture; the adaptation of flora and fauna to the desert climate; survival in the desert; the vital need for water; the spice-route caravans and other fascinating stories about the people of the desert: nomads, researchers, travelers and dreamers…
A taste of the desert (about an hour and a half)
This is a camel-caravan tour that leaves from Khan Be'erotayim, offering an experience of the immediate surroundings. Thanks to the superficial aquifers, the region is unusually blessed with natural features and archaeological sites: ancient farms, the largest
Byzantine water-catchment basin, etc. - all seen during the short tour.
The tour includes some walking.
In the footsteps of the hunters and
gatherers (4-5 hours)
This is a camel-caravan tour that starts at the Khan
Be'erotayim and goes to the "Painted Hill",
where there are 55,000 year old rock
drawings, unique flora, ancient agriculture
and more, fascinating caravan tales… During
this tour, there is a rest-stop in the shade
of the acacia trees, where desert cookery is
taught, including the preparation of
(bread charcoal-baked in an earthen pit)
and other desert delicacies. The tourists
both learn and participate in desert ways.
the water-holes (7-8 hours)
This is a
whole-day camel-caravan tour that goes to
Nahal `Azuz (the `Azuz seasonal
following the Kadesh Barne`a-Be'er
Mosheh-Be'er Aharon rivulet.
It reaches the "Screaming Hole" - an active bell-shaped water-hole
Nabataean, in which
the tourists can swim in cool waters during
The caravan passes through primordial
landscapes with spectacular views of the
Sinai Desert and the
Negev Highlands. During the camel-ride,
visitors learn about the ancient settlements
the adaptation of flora and fauna to the desert climate; survival in the
desert; the vital need for water;
the spice-route caravans and other
fascinating stories about the people of the
desert: nomads, researchers, travelers and
During this tour, there is a rest-stop
in the shade of the acacia trees, where
desert cookery is taught, including the
charcoal-baked in an earthen pit) and other
desert delicacies. The tourists both learn
and participate in desert ways.
the caravan routes
These are tours deep into the desert on
natural paths, passing through wadis
(dry seasonal watercourses) and unspoiled
ecospheres, where plants, trees and
creatures thrive in complete harmony. The
camel-caravan routes pass through ancient
natural gullies that served the
desert folk hundreds and thousands of years
The necessary equipment and provisions
for this tour are loaded on camels, so the
pace is slow,
but steady - the pace of the desert. Some
tourists may share in leading the caravan.
All the meals are made outdoors, as the
tourists learn and participate in their
using traditional desert herbs and methods.
There is a special taste to the long-cooked food with desert spices made
over the open bonfire.
Only desert - leave your cell phones, wrist-watches and the modern world behind!
Adopt the pace of the desert!
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Khan Be'erotayim also serves as a base for
in the western Negev Highlands,
facing the magical Sinai landscape. A number
of well-marked biking routes,
with various degrees of difficulty, start
out from the Khan.
The process of marking these paths was
complex and often required camels to carry
heavy equipment to the spots to be marked,
so that the natural habitats and
primordial scenery would not be spoiled.
A family biking route
(5 km.) – an easy path
This is a circular
path passing through Nahal Be'erotayim (the
Be'erotayim seasonal watercourse),
ancient agricultural settlements, the large
Byzantine water-catchment basin, the
(ancient rock drawings), Nahal `Azuz, and
woods - a woods of tamarisk trees planted
by the graduates of Mikveh Yisra'el, who
were drafted by the Ottoman Turkish Army
and then back to the Khan.
A family biking route around
(12 km.) – an easy, but slightly harder path
This is a circular path passing
through Nahal Be'erotayim (the Be'erotayim
the "Painted Hill", and Nahal `Azuz via the
olive orchards and the citrus groves.
Then on to an ancient Bedouin cemetery, the
Be'erotayim woods, Be'er Aharon and the
Turkish train bridge from 1914, and then
back to the Khan.
A route to the Kadesh Barne`a rivulet
(27 km.) - medium to very difficult
is a challenging ride from the Khan through
stunning desert landscapes, facing the
remarkable scenery of the Negev Highlands
and reaching the biblical Kadesh Barne`a
rivulet by way of the old patrol route,
going down into Nahal Hurshah, on to upper
Nahal `Azuz, and then back to the Khan.
"Shvil net" biking maps.
Instruction of biker groups
Accompanying vehicles, transport and logistics
Events and weddings
Events at Khan Be'erotayim
Khan Be'erotayim offers a variety of
possible ways to celebrate private events,
bar-mitsvahs, bachelor parties, baby
showers, etc. in the hypnotic desert setting
with its open expanses.
At Khan Be'erotayim, when it is booked for a private event, the whole
place is bathed in soft lantern-light;
a large dance-floor is prepared; Orly, the
house DJ, plays music from the large
and tens of tables and chairs are set out.
The hosts of the event choose their preferred menu from the Khan's
catering service; the Khan uses only the
freshest, local ingredients in its quality
cuisine - all the food is native to the
These events can also include exciting camel
rides, workshops, walking tours, etc.
Parties at Khan
Twice a year, Khan
Be'erotayim invites tourists to a 24-hour
party conducted by
DJ Orly - two days of sensual saturation.
To the party site
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About the region
Khan Be'erotayim is an oasis in the western Negev Highlands, on the Sinai coastal plain, with a grove of giant tamarisk trees and two ancient wells - which gave the place its Arabic name,
Birayn or in Hebrew, Be'erotayim (i.e., two wells): Moses' well and Aharon's well.
The trees and the wells are fed by a superficial layer of groundwater, one that had served the prehistoric hunters and gatherers some 55,000 years ago.
The superficial aquifer and its proximity to the Shur road (Genesis 26:18) enabled many archaeological artifacts to be left behind, attesting to human settlement throughout the course of history:
flint manufacturing, inscriptions and drawings on rocks, various ceramic shards, agricultural terraces, and a large Byzantine water-catchment basin, one of the largest in the Negev.
The region is rife with the remains of many cultures, having had wave after wave of settlement and destruction from the dawn of history and to this very day.
From the days of `Uziyahu, King of Judaea, through the Nabatean and Byzantine eras and until to the start of the 20th century - when this area gained new strategic significance during the struggle between the Commonwealth forces and the Ottoman Empire.
Later, at the beginning of the 21st century, it became the location of modern forms of settlement.
This region has unique and interesting flora, such as: Atlantic terebinths (oaks) - powerful, ancient giants, almonds, buckthorns, sumachs and carpets of amazing flowering plants after each rainy season. There is also a stable population of animals, some of which are unique to the Negev Region.
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Photos of the floods
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Eli Ildis and Hayim Cohen going South to
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Khan Be'erotayim –
Nitsanah, Mitzpe Ramon
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Directions for drivers:
Take the Be'er-Sheva
by-pass road (Route 40), south to the
and drive straight until the Telalim
Continue on straight until Route 211,until Nitsanah junction, then turn left
and follow the signs to `Azuz. Then drive on
the winding road until you reach Khan
** Note: The only open gas station before `Azuz
is located at Mash'abe Sadeh.