The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is situated on the eastern edge of the Judean desert approximately one and a half hours drive south from Jerusalem on route 1 which latterly changes to route 90.There is ample parking at the reserve and it is also possible to visit by bus from Jerusalem. The entrance to the reserve at the shore of the Dead Sea is approximately 400 meters below sea level whilst the escarpment at the back rises to approximately 200 meters above sea level .This results in a variety of well marked trails from "easy" to "very difficult". Ibex are the most prominent of the larger animals roaming the reserve and travel around in groups,Of the smaller species the Rock Hyrax can be spotted in large numbers.They are rabbit – like in appearance but can climb trees like squirrels.The Ein Gedi oasis has the densest concentration of tropical plants growing in Israel including Acacia and the Christ-Thorn Jujube.Many species of birds live in the reserve permanently includingTristram's grackle,fan-tailed raven,Arabian babblers,Blackstarts and the white-crowned black wheatear, Anyone interested in nature and the outdoorswould enjoy a visit to Ein Gedi and it has been laid out to cater for the very energetic and adventurous to the elderly and not so fit visitors. There is an entrance fee and a detailed and informative map and guide is included. Remember to carry water with you and read the guide before setting off on your walk. Refreshments are available adjacent to the car park.