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No questions asked for three days and a third...
That is how long you would be fully hosted if you stumbled on a Bedouin encampment.
Today this tradition continues, and you can experience it all over the Israeli Negev. There are home stays for groups as small as one, or a tent at "Desert Ship" that can host one thousand. One thing is for sure: the experience of hospitality is magnificent.
Elias Tent: Hospitality at its best! Atia and Naame open their home in the Bedouin village of Hashem Zaneh to visitors and offer full board, a tour of their village, and guided tours of the desert around them. Beyond excellent home cooking, stories of Bedouin traditions and donkey rides, here you can receive a taste of true Bedouin life. Groups of all sizes are welcome.
Desert Ship: light and full Bedouin meals (Kosher upon request); accommodations –
Bedouin tent and bungalows; camel rides, jeep tours and safaris into the desert; entertainment: drum circles, Bedouin music; and much much more.
Location: Route 222, by Mashabim juct. across from “Golda Park”.
The Hidden Village: One of the last small authentic villages, here Salman Sadan will host you in the Shig, and before you even introduce yourself, he will begin preparing the Libbeh - the traditional bread created right in the hot coals. A talented story teller, Salman will let you know of the secrets of the desert.
Drejat: Hospitality in a Cave. Visit an authentic desert Arab village with a story… Visit the caves in which the families lived until quite recently; experience amazing local cuisine: which includes also homemade bread, Labane, and the traditional “maqluba”, all prepared with the traditional wild spices.
Location: on route 31, ten minutes west of Arad.