Tip #2 – If you MUST see the Negev as it floods, do it safely
The transformation of dry, golden sandy regions into rushing rivers is positively breathtaking, but you must make sure you’re never in harm’s way, even for a second. For this reason, a jeep tour of the Negev during flood season is not recommended. Instead, join a group led by an experienced tour guide and watch the Negev as it floods from a safe viewpoint. Always make sure your loved ones know where you are, that you are dressed warmly (yes, Israel does get cool in the winter), are equipped with drinking water, something to snack on, a flashlight and a fully charged cell phone in a waterproof bag. Educate yourself about safe and unsafe behaviors and share that knowledge with all members of your group.
One way to safely view the Negev as it floods is to join the Israel Parks Authority’s special flash flood watching events, several of which are held throughout the winter season. You licensed guide will explain the geography and process of flash flooding in the Negev, giving you a unique and rich perspective on how the desert comes to bloom. Most of the tours are led in Hebrew, but many of the guides can accommodate English speakers if requested.
Call *3639 to reserve your spot on an Israel Parks Authority flood watching tour this winter.