Drive up the Arava Valley to the Hai Bar Reserve, where biblical animals are being fostered and take a safari-like drive through the reserve and see its reptile enclosure, nocturnal animals and other four-footed and winged surprises. Then, head up to the central Negev and Mitspe Ramon, located on the edge of a unique geological wonder. It is a phenomenon known as a Makhtesh: a huge crater developed by water erosion on top of a mountain ridge. There are three Makhteshim in Israel, which are the only formations of their kind in the world.
As you continue north, pay your respects at the tomb of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion and his wife Paula, overlooking magnificent Nahal Tsin near Kibbutz Sde Boker before driving north via Be’er sheba.