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The Besor Stream

Walking Tour
The Besor Stream
  • The route is a panoramic trail that passes alongside springs, pools, flora, fauna and historical-archeological sites.
  • The route is famous for the longest hanging bridge in Israel stretching over the river and its flood water cisterns and dams.
  • The route may traverse firing ranges, and tours taking place during the week must therefore be coordinated with the IDF.
Route: 

At the beginning of the route we can stop and hike to the Tze'elim Well area, next to Kibbutz Tze'elim. The well was dug during the time of the British Mandate, and we can wander through the cane plants and tamarisk trees that have developed as a result.

We cross the Besor river on the hanging rope bridge installed between the two banks by the JNF (The Jewish National Fund), above the cliff that holds water all year round.

On the other side of the river there is an ancient agricultural farm, and under the bridge there is a natural water pool that is full all year round. Surrounding the water spring is an entanglement of reed, many turtles and little ponds.

We pass through cisterns established by the JNF and continue to the Revuva Well. This well was dug by the Turks and repaired by the British. From the panoramic trail we can discern the structure of the well, the adjacent pool and the watering trough for flocks and herds.

We continue through the scenic road to the foot of the Sherohan Mound, rising above the plane of loess soil.

We continue on foot from Sherohan Mound to the Besor springs along the banks of the stream ending at the springs, which are part of the Eshkol Park. Near the park we can see the cement remains of the British Train Bridge that went from Rafah to Be'er Sheva.

The bridge was built in 1917 for the British army that was fighting the Turks in this region during World War I, and was used during the 1920's as well. Around 2 kms west of Kibbutz Urim lies the Besor National Park, also known as the Eshkol Park (a national park).

This nurtured park is a veritable desert oasis and it is hard to believe it is part of the barren Negev region. In the Besor River region there are many agricultural settlements that deal in various branches of agriculture, such as crops growing and dairy farming, and there are also many tourist businesses such as accommodations, various attractions and galleries.


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