A little about us…..
The “Desert Bird” guest house is located in the desert city of Arad, at the top of a ridge 600 meters above sea level, at the gateway to the Judean and Negev deserts, between mountain ridge and the lowest place on earth in th midest of the wilderness. Arad is a city with 25,000 inhabitants, characterized by a diverse population, a cool and slow rhythm of life style and pastoral quietness.
From Arad you can depart on several trails with different difficulty levels, enjoy the biblical views on foot, by jeep or mountain bike (it is possible to hire bikes). Masada, a world heritage site, is a mere 20 minutes drive from Arad.
You can visit and bath in the Dead-sea, the lowest place on earth (25 minutes away).
You can visit Ein-Gedi or Ein-Bokek oasis, and see many animals coming to drink from the fresh water spring that provides water year round.
You can go up to the Yatir Forest (the largest planted forest in Israel) and walk through the ruins of ancient settlements 2,500 year old and synagogues in the forest. During the day the climate in Arad is hot and dry, yet cool in the evening even in the midst of summer, so warm clothes are advised. In winter, if you are lucky, you can see floods after several hours of rain, and when spring comes along the desert transforms and becomes green. During summer, when it is very hot out side, we tend to have the activities in the early hours of the morning (sunrise over Masada), or the evenings (an evening bathe in the Dead-Sea).
The guesthouse is located in a villa neighborhood at the northern part of the city, on top of a family home.
Guesthouse owner – an Out Door instructor who will be happy to advise on hiking trails and recreational opportunities in the area.
At the premises there are 4 rooms and 15 beds. There are 2 private rooms and 2 dormitories, communal bathrooms, showers, a fully equipped kitchen for personal use and a pleasant public area. In the yard there are chill-out areas and hammocks.
What else ?
- Complimentary coffee / tea / biscuits.
- Free Wi-Fi.
- Information stands with maps, books and games.
- Laundry service at a cost of 15nis.
- Towel for 5nis.
- Dormitory – from 100nis / night.
- Private double room – from 320nis / night.
Reservations in advance
It is advised to call a half hour in advance to make sure someone will be there to great you. If you intend to cook, it is advised to get groceries in advance in one of the local stores or in the supermarkets. If you decide to dine out there are several restaurants to choose from.
Weekly schedule (depending on number of participants):
Sunday 19:00 pm: Lecture – what there is to do in the area.
Monday 16:00 pm: Market, collective purchase of food at the local market and joint cooking of dinner.
Tuesday: Light and sound show at Masada (March to October). Depart at 19:00pm.
Wednesday: Trip to the Dead-Sea. Depart at 07:00, return at 13:30pm.
Thursday: Pizza baking workshop with beer in the yard. 17:00pm.
Friday: Hike tour in the Kidod Wadi (three hour hike at mediate difficulty level) depart at 07:00am – A must go !!!! Don’t miss it !!!
Observation points: Moav look-out: a view to the Dead-Sea and the Moav (Jordan) mountain range, a nice and isolated location to be alone, meditate, read a book or take pictures ( 15 minutes walk from the guesthouse.