About Negev Highlands Tourism: The World’s Friendliest Desert

Negev Highlands Tourism brings together hundreds of tourist sites, attractions, catering and accommodation providers, operating throughout Israel’s Negev Highlands - the most friendly and accessible desert in the world.

In the midst of the Land of Craters and the Arava desert, on the brim of the majestic Ramon Crater cliffs, is the capital of Israel’s desert tourism – the town of Mitzpe Ramon surrounded by vast stretches of biblical landscape. The Negev Highlands Tourism spreads out from the new Visitors Center being built in the area of Neot Hovav Industrial Council, right down to the biblical Faran desert vistas, unfolding south of the Ramon Crater.

Over the last two decades, tourism services in the desert have greatly expanded and today our region offers more than a thousand types of various accommodation, dozens of tourist attractions and sites adapted to a diversity of visitors, and of course, an array of restaurants, cafes and catering services.

The ‘friendly desert’ is a general concept which has many different facets:

  • Our desert is accessible and easy to get to for both Israelis and foreign tourists.
  • Our desert is safe, secure, and convenient for travel as it is rich in well-marked trails.
  • The Israeli desert has relatively widespread wireless and cellular coverage.
  • There are skilled rescue units available at all times, capable of reaching any point and taking care of any kind of emergency event.
  • The local residents are hospitable and happy to share their experiences of how it is to live amidst of our ancient landscape.

Negev Highlands Tourism engages in a number of regional tasks:

  • Advertising and marketing of the Negev Highlands in Israel and overseas.
  • Advertising regional tourist activities.
  • Providing accessible information for tourists from Israel and abroad, through print and digital media.
  • Exposing the area to local and international journalists.
  • Closely accompanying entrepreneurs in the area through a ‘tourism incubator’, encouraging the creation of partnerships between various businesses.
  • Preparation of training courses for tour operators on various topics each year.
  • Promotion and improvement of tourist infrastructure in the area.
  • Submission of applications for raising funds for the purposes of support and realization of new projects in the region.
  • Developing and escorting tours of the area for public opinion leaders.

We invite you to browse our website and enjoy a wide range of tourist services at your disposal throughout the Negev Highlands.

Shahar Shilo: Negev Highlands Tourism Coordinator

Neta Shacham: Project Manager and Negev Highlands Tourism Office manager

Important Information for Travelers

Please Note: It is important to collect up-to-date information, and especially weather forecasts, before going out into the desert. Please consult the Nature Reserve Authority Information Centers or the Field Schools.

Hikers should be equipped for the desert, with good hiking shoes, plenty of water, hat  and sun-protection

  • Har Hanegev Field School  08-6588615
  • Sde Boker field School 08-6532016
  • Nitzana Educational Community 08-6561435
  • Israel Nature & Parks Authority Visitors Center at Mizpe Ramon 08-6588691
    • Visits to the center must be coordinated by telephone.
    • Summer:
      • Sun – Thurs and Saturday: 8am – 5pm
      • Friday and holiday eves – 8am – 4pm
    • Winter:
      • Sun – Thurs and Saturday: 8am – 4pm
      • Friday and holiday eves – 8am – 3pm
    • Rosh Hashana eve, Yom Kippur eve and Passover eve – 8am – 1pm
  • Israel Nature & Parks Authority Visitors Center at Sde Boker Academic Center 08-6555684
    • Admission to the reserve is allowed until one hour before closing time.
    • You must start the Ein Avdat trail at least one hour before closing time.
    • Summer:
      • Sun – Thurs and Saturday: 8am – 5pm
      • Friday and holiday eves – 8am – 4pm
    • Winter:
      • Sun – Thurs and Saturday: 8am – 4pm
      • Friday and holiday eves – 8am – 3pm
Emergency & Helth Services
Police - 100
Fire Department - 101
Emergency Medical Service/Ambulance - 102
Electricity Company Hotline - 103

Search and Rescue unit is called via police 100
Address: 4, Nahal Grofit St., Mizpe Ramon
Tel:  08-9559222
Operating Hours

  • Sun-Thurs: 08:00-13:00 & 16:00-19:00

  • Fri: 08:00-11:45

Address: 9, Nahal Grofit St., Mizpe Ramon
Tel:  08-6588514
Operating Hours

  • Sun -Wed: 08:00-12:00 & 16:00-18:45

  • Thurs: 08:00-12:00 & 16:00-18:00

  • Fri: closed

Address: Nahal Hava St. (adjecant to the police station)
Tel:  08-6588514
Operating Hours

  • Fridays and eve of holidays: 19:00-22:00

  • Sat and holidays: 10:00-17:00

A doctor is on call at 03-6272310 at the following times:

  • Sun-Thurs: 19:00-07:00

  • Fri and eve of holidays: 22:00-10:00 on the following morning

  • Sat and holidays: 19:00-07:00 on the following morning

Mizpe Ramon Local Council

Mizpe Ramon Local Council

The town of Mizpe Ramon is located at the heart of the Negev Highlands, 50 miles south of Be’er Sheva
Ramat Negev Regional Council

Ramat Negev Regional Council

Ramat Negev Regional Council is a growing community in the heart of an arid desert region. Ramat Negev is the