Bedouin Family Home Stay
- Family/child friendly
|Address||Negev Desert, Negev Desert - near Be'er Sheva, Israel|
|Property type||Private room|
The fee includes full board; dinner, breakfast, and lunch.
Due to work commitments by your host, overnight stays are restricted to the weekends.
Earliest Arrival: 15.00 (3pm) on Thursday
Latest Departure: after breakfast on Sunday
To be invited into the home of Khalil Alamour and his family is a privilege. Khalil is a warm and modest man, a high school teacher, and a member of the village council.
This experience is not like the 'Bedouin Camps' that are advertised elsewhere. There are no tourist facilities; no shops, no cafes, no restaurants, just ordinary families going about their daily business in a very challenging enviroment. No-one speaks English except your host.
Two rooms are available for up to four people per night. This is a traditional community so unmarried men and women must sleep in separate rooms. The family has a modern bathroom and serves traditional home cooked meals using their own olives, oil, and home made pitta bread.
The village is typical of the 45 'unrecognized' Bedouin villages in the Negev. Over 65,000 people live in these villages without basic services such as electricity, water, schools or health clinics. The Israeli government continues to 'encourage' them to leave their traditional lands through demolishing their homes, sometimes entire villages, poisoning their crops, and expropriating their land for new Jewish farms or communities.
The village is 'off the grid'. There is no mains electricity. Some of the villagers share generators and a few homes, like your hosts, have solar panels. Since the Israeli government refuses to 'recognize' the village, the electric company is forbidden from supplying electricity. Similarly there is no school, clinic, paved roads, or any public services. Although Khalil's home is basic but comfortable, be prepared for a very basic environment
The Bedouin are citizens of the state of Israel.
After you make a reservation, you will receive full instructions how to arrive at the village, by car, taxi, or public transportation.
House rulesGuests should understand that they will be entering a very traditional society and should dress modestly. Both men and women need to be covered up. Shirts and dresses should be close to the neck, shoulders and arms covered, and long skirts or trousers (pants) for both men and women. It helps if the women have a light scarf to throw over their heads when walking around the village.
|Price for > 1 guests||$ 100 AU per guest/night extra|
|Check-in before||On arrangement|
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