Bedouins of the Negev


A Bedouin tour of the Negev desert in Israel offers visitors the opportunity to experience the traditional culture and way of life of the Bedouin people. The tours typically include a visit to a Bedouin tent where you can learn about their customs and traditions, and enjoy a traditional meal. You can also take a camel or jeep ride through the desert and see the unique landscapes and wildlife of the Negev. Some tours also include activities such as making pottery, hiking, and visiting ancient Bedouin settlements. These tours give a unique and authentic experience of the Bedouin culture and the beauty of the Negev desert.
1. Begin your tour by visiting Rahat, the largest Bedouin city in Israel. Explore the city’s vibrant streets and learn about the unique culture and lifestyle of the Bedouin community. Visit the Rahat Museum to gain insights into the history and traditions of the Bedouins in the Negev region.
2. Take a stroll through the Zenab Art Gallery, located in Segev Shalom. Admire the diverse artwork created by local Bedouin artists, showcasing their talents and cultural expressions. Learn about the significance of art in the Bedouin community and the stories behind the artwork.
3. Engage in a meeting with Bedouin entrepreneurs in the Negev. Learn about the challenges and successes of Bedouin entrepreneurs, and gain a deeper understanding of their contributions to the region’s economy.
4. Experience traditional Bedouin hospitality by joining a Bedouin family for a meal. Enjoy a traditional Bedouin feast, often featuring dishes such as maqluba (a layered rice and meat dish), mansaf (a meat and yogurt-based dish), and freshly brewed Bedouin tea. Engage in conversations with the family members, learn about their daily lives, and listen to their stories.
5. Visit a Bedouin weaving workshop or women’s cooperative to learn about the traditional art of weaving and embroidery. Witness the intricate craftsmanship involved in creating Bedouin textiles and support local artisans by purchasing their handmade products.
6. If time allows, explore the surrounding natural beauty of the Negev Desert.

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4-8 hours


Bedouin villages, Bedouin Art galleries, Meeting Bedouin entrepreneurs, Bedouin hospitality

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