In Israel there are camping sites of course. The only problem is how to find them. I give you one wonderful tip, and that’s Google Maps. In Google maps you can search for “Camping sites in Israel” or “Camping sites in Tel Aviv” and the like. Here, take a look and click here for an example. But here are some ideas of main camping sites and where possible, the price in Israeli Shekels.
The Masada Night Camp
For those astonished by the rich history of the Judean Desert, the Masada night camp is a must. The ancient fortification holds the tragic story of the demolition and exile of the Israelite people in the first century. The site, visited by hundreds of thousands each year, is considered a symbol of Jewish identity and is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Make sure to arrive on a day where the local audio-visual show takes place. For a truly picture perfect moment, climb the mountain before dawn and enjoy the stunning sunrise from the top, an intense yet worthy hike.
Nature lovers should not miss Hurshat Tal, located in northern Israel. The national park was declared a nature reserve mainly due to the centuries-old Mount Tabor oaks growing there. The campsite has a large pond of cool water from the Dan River; perfect for a summer swim. Guests can also enjoy the small springs spread out throughout the reserve. For those who prefer to sleep in closed areas, the site offers various bungalows and guest rooms.
The Dead Sea
The famous Dead Sea, known for its extreme saltiness allowing you to float effortlessly in the water, and its healing effects. The water may not contain living organisms but definitely it’s full of life with hundreds of guests visiting daily. Many attractive campsites can be found near this national treasure. A recommended place to pitch a tent is the Ein Gedi Beach Campground. With a natural spa as your backyard, what can go wrong. Let yourself relax with a one of a kind landscape at the lowest point on earth.
Ein Gedi Beach Campground
This campground sits on the northern shores of the Dead Sea in Ein Gedi Beach. It is in a centralized location for travelers who want to explore the Masada, Dead Sea and Ein Gedi region. Because the campsite is attached to the Ein Gedi Beach, travelers can can take advantage of the beach’s picnic areas and snackbar. Kibbutz Ein Gedi is also across the street from the campsite. Staying overnight at the campsite is free, but there is a charge for the use of toilets and showers. There is no electricity. The campground is located off Route 90.
Ein Gedi Beach Campground is temporarily closed due to sink holes in the area
Kefar Hanokdim campground is between the city of Arad and Masada, located in the Kana’im Valley in the Judean desert. The campground includes bedouin-style tents with colorful rugs and mattresses. The site is designed to be a peaceful, reflective place, shaded by palm trees and surrounded by gardens. Visitors have a great view of the Judean desert and are a short distance to Masada. There are also various activities visitors can do at the campground, like riding camels. Prices at this site vary depending on the type of accommodation.
Kesem Hamidbar Campsite
This campground is located 20 minutes south of the Dead Sea coast in Moshav Neot Hakikar. Kesem Hamidbar offers large Bedouin tents. There are five tents that can accommodate 10 to 25 people, and mats, mattresses and pillows are included. There is a self-service barbeque and kitchen, where visitors can cook their food (charcoal not included). There are also hot showers. Kesem Hamidbar is located off of Route 90, 10 minutes north of the Arava junction.
Masada Campsite West
Masada Campsite West is located inside the National Park near Mount Masada. Here, travelers can bring their own private tents and trailers or rent rent tents and mattresses. There are also six guest cabins on site. The campsite includes an outdoor barbeque area (charcoal not included), a gas cooking area, a kitchen and a refrigerator. The cost for camping overnight in a private tent starts at 53 NIS for adults. Other prices vary. The entrance to the campsite can be accessed only from the city of Arad.
Shkedi Camp Lodge
Shkedi’s Camp Lodge sits south of the Dead Sea in Neot Hakikar. The campground has several spacious and stylish bungalows. They include mats, mattresses, and cushion. Each bungalow can accommodate up to 15 people. There are also air-conditioned cabins available. The campground includes clean toilets, hot water showers, a barbeque and grill area, and a self-serve kitchen. Shkedi’s Camp Lodge is open September-June and is 20 minutes south of the Dead Sea shoreline.
The Camping Neot is located 20 minutes from the Southern Shore of the Dead Sea, in the Valley of Soddom. The Camping offers space for private tents and has 3 large communal tents with mattresses.In summer months you will be able to enjoy the swimming pool of the camping! Also, the camping facilities include hot showers, grocery store, BBQ space.Prices start from 50 ILS.
Kfar Blum Kayaks – Jordan Campground
The Jordan campground located at Kfar Blum Kayaks (see also Rafting the Jordan River and Kayaking down the Jordan River) offers the ideal combination of excitement and serenity. The site is located on one of the most sacred rivers in history, the Jordan River. Enjoy it’s beauty by taking a kayak trip. There are various routes available depending on your preference and expertise. Other adrenaline activities include zip-lining and wall climbing. Explore the outdoors by day and absorb the peaceful environment by night.
Sea of Galilee
Israel’s largest freshwater lake, the Sea of Galilee, is also the lowest freshwater lake on earth. Much of the country’s water supply comes from these sweet waters. Besides swimming, there are many activities to do in the area. Visit Hamat Gader hot springs for a soothing experience or get in shape by biking around the shore (a 60-kilometer trail awaits). The Kinneret has a variety of campsites to choose including the Gofra Beach campground, which offers a thermo-mineral water spring. Leave your smartphone behind as you explore all that the natural environment has to offer.
Ha’Bonim Nature Reserve
If you’re looking for an alternative to the popular Tel Avivian beaches, Ha’Bonim Beach is the answer. Located south of Haifa, this nature reserve has clear blue waters, outstanding sunsets, and nature trails. Fall asleep to the sound of the ocean as you spend the night at one of Israel’s most beautiful shores. In the morning take a walk along the coast and discover the area’s secret blue cave and colorful flowers. For lunch it is recommended to visit the small town of Zichron Yaakov, a short drive from the campground.
Yarok (Green) Campground, Beit Hillel
In the heavenly Upper Galilee, you will find the moshav Beit Hillel. The Green Campground is located on the Hasbani River, a stream which later connects to the Jordan River. Bring your family, friends or significant other and enjoy the fresh air and green scenery characterizing the area. Depending on your preference, you can either bring your own equipment to the site or reserve a Native American tipi tent. Start packing for a weekend full of bonfires, mores, and river-dipping.