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February 24, 2022

Things to Do in Eilat

Prince Roy  CC BY 2.0View of Eilat

Prince Roy  CC BY 2.0
View of Eilat

Touring Eilat

Looking for things to do in Eilat? First, you need to know how to get around. There are several ways to tour Eilat, depending on the season. During the summer the heat is very intense and hiking is not advised. Luckily, all hotels, restaurants, public places, and buses are air conditioned.There are public buses in Eilat and there are also bus tours sponsored by travel agents. However, there are also other unique ways to get around.

Eilat Camel Treks

The Eilat Camel Ranch at Nachal Shlomo (the Shlomo River) offers  you the opportunity to travel on the “ship of the desert” – the main mode of transportation for thousands of years in arid regions. On Eilat Camel treks you can experience the silence of the desert and enjoy the ability to go places completely inaccessible by motor vehicles. However keep in mind that the sun beats down on you and there is no air-conditioning, so depending on the season you may want to opt for a sunset or early evening tour.

מוחמד מוסא שהואן  CC BY 2.5Promenade with the Sheba

מוחמד מוסא שהואן  CC BY 2.5
Promenade with the Sheba

Each Eilat camel trek includes either a light snack on the trail or a meal back at the ranch, consisting of pita (Bedouin bread), labena in olive oil, olives, cheeses, vegetables, and herbal tea. Families are welcome and children under age 7 ride together with an adult in a specially designed saddle. Discount voucher is available.

What to Do in Eilat: Segway Tours

The Segway, invented in 2001, is a battery powered two-wheeled scooter-like vehicle that the rider stands on. The rider’s balance is key to controlling the vehicle and when done properly, it gives a feeling of floating. Riders are required to wear a helmet.

The Segway is a great way to travel to places that are too far to walk to but would be lost when zipping by on a bus. Segway guided tours are suitable for people age 16 and over and include the Eilat Promenade, Kibbutz Eilat, and an exclusive Eilat night tour. To reserve, call 052-707-6779.

Camel Ride in Eilat

Ana Paula Hirama  CC BY 2.0
Camel Ride

Eilat All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Tours

Founded in 2006, Desert ATV provides guided trips for the whole family. Trips are 1-4 hours long and go to some of Eilat’s most special attractions, such as the bird-watching park, the salt ponds, and the vanished lake.

Eilat Jeep Tours

Challenging sports and events are offered by Jeep Sea: The Center for Desert Tourism.  These Eilat jeep tours include desert meals and “riddles” provided by the experts; you can even try your hand with a bow and arrow.  Tours range as far as the Eilat mountains to Mitzpe Ramon and can take from 2 hours to 5 days. Be aware that while most jeeps are not air-conditioned, a few air-conditioned ones are available on request.

Eilat Red Canyon Jeep Tours: These Eilat jeep tours range from ½-day to several days and can include landmarks such as the Eilat Mountains, the Red Canyon, Timna Park, the Hai Bar Nature Reserve, and Masada. For the ultimate unforgettable experience, you can even combine a jeep and camel riding trip.  Alternatively, go hiking on the Eilat Mountains try a mountain bike tour for a new way of viewing the desert.

Things to Do in Eilat Trivia: Did You Know?

Although most people realize Israel is a tiny country, many do not know that 60 % of it is almost untouched. The reason? Only a fraction of the population resides in the Negev Desert stretching from Eilat to Beer Sheva.

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