Bird Watching, Camel Tours and Desert Predators
Not only a popular diving centre, Eilat is a bird watching hub owing to it location on the migration route between Africa and Europe. This means that visitors can view Israel’s resident desert birds alongside migrant birds as they make the short sea crossing from Africa.
A popular activity for children, camel tours explore unique desert trails in the striking Eilat Mountain range and provide mouth-watering Bedouin-style meals such as bread baked in desert ovens, labene (cheese) and herbal tea while visitors recline on expertly woven rugs and mattresses.
The Hai-Bar Yotvata Nature Reserve, which is about 25 miles north of Eilat, is popular for wildlife and conservation, protecting a variety of endangered animal species including the onager or Asian wild ass, Arabian oryx, Blanford’s fox and Egyptian vulture. It’s possible to take tours through the reserve including visiting the Predators Centre and Desert Night Life Exhibition Hall as well as attend the evening feeding.