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Purchasing camping equipment in Eilat

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Purchasing camping equipment in Eilat

Hi all

My boyfriend and I are backpacking Asia at the moment and are coming through Jordan into Israel on 28 August. We want to camp for one night at Masada and do the sunrise hike and thereafter camp in Northern Israel. Where can we find a tent/camping supplies store in Eilat and how much should we budget as hostels and B&B's are REALLY expensive!?

Many thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Purchasing camping equipment in Eilat

Hostels in Israel are "really expensive" because they are more like small hotels. The have private rooms, serve a huge breakfast and the one at Massada even has a swimming pool:

www.iyha.org.il/eng/Index.asp…

In any case, camping at Massada is only on the Arad (west) side and it is very difficult to get there without a car:

parks.org.il/parks/…default.aspx

You can find camping equipment at "Riccochet", located in the "Big" mall in Eilat (there are branches throughout Israel)>

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2. Re: Purchasing camping equipment in Eilat

Hostels: try to look also here: http://www.hostels-israel.com/

Eilat is a tourism / resort city, it would not be easy to find something non-expensive. But elsewhere it's doable, as long as you pre-book.

Camping equipment:

Rikushet: a camping-chain, the Eilat branch located at the BIG center. Here it is (green logo) http://goo.gl/maps/oWo9G

There should be also a store at a mall called "Hayam" (you should say "mall Hayam") located in front of the beach, near the main square of the city: http://goo.gl/maps/PxGFs

Camping in Israel: it is forbidden to camp in the nature outside of official camping place. There are LOTS of those, don't worry. Official camping place means that the location is considering the nature and wild-life around. The ground is tighten so you won't have many rocks underneath :)

Some camping location also offer access to running water, toilets and shower. Those may collect you a small fee.

Masada's has 2 camping locations: 1 west of Masada (where there are running water, toilet, shower etc.) and one east of Masada (as far as I know - only a flat plateau). If you use the bus, it is rather easy to get to the eastern side of Masada from Eilat. However, no bus serves the western approach of Masada, to get there you'll need to take a bus to Arad and from Arad take a taxi (about 15 minutes drive) to Masada's western approach.

The official website for camping places in Israel:

http://www.campingil.org.il/

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3. Re: Purchasing camping equipment in Eilat

A standard tent (silver-coloured dome tent) should cost between 100-200 shekels, depending on size. Sleeping mats will cost around 25 shekels. Camping ranges from free ("night parking" places with essentially no facilities) to, say, 65 shekels per person per night at Hurshat Tal in the north, which has excellent facilities and a large natural swimming pool with lifeguards.

NB check the weather before you set out to camp at Masada. It should have cooled down by then but right now it's 30 degrees at night (and 39 in the day), which is pretty hot for camping. The north will be better. But you will need to plan well, as, public transport in the North is patchy and you may find it difficult to travel to and from campsites by public transport.

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4. Re: Purchasing camping equipment in Eilat

Camping equipment:

either in one of the camping shops mentioned above or in DIY store like Homcenter.

Remember that it doesn't rain in Israel in summer so your tent is more for privacy and to keep out any scorpions and snakes during the night, so you can get the cheapest tent you find (~100-150 NIS).

www.rikushet.co.il/rikushet/227/3780/?s=321

If you want a light 3 season tent that you can also use in wet conditions, it'll cost around 700NIS

www.rikushet.co.il/rikushet/227/3847/?s=321

Camping in Masada:

Masada East Campground is what you need. This is the exact location, just north of the access road to Masada. It's just an empty patch of desert so bring anything you need with you, especially water! Just get off the bus going north on route #90 and walk west for 1 km.

http://goo.gl/maps/uNz1i

General Israeli camping:

In Israel, you're actually allowed to camp on any public land apart from nature reserves (in which you need to use the organised sites).

Places where you may want to camp: Ein Gedi Beach, one of many beaches along the Mediterranean away from the cities, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee (organized paid sites), on Mt. Carmel and in many places in the north.

It'll be easier to make specific site recommendations if we know your itinerary.

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