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Reviewed 5 November 2017

I'm going to start by saying perhaps we didn't make the most of this experience or perhaps it just wasn't for us. We were travelling up from the South of the country so we didn't get there until almost 7pm when it was already dark. We parked the car and were shown where to go to camp as that is what we'd picked. We were actually given one of the bedouin tents to camp in which was a touch. The camp sold alcohol which was a surprise (especially given the signs saying no alcohol) and we met a really interesting chap from Australia and shared a bottle of wine and an hour of conversation with him. There was hookah pipes there but we don't smoke (as I have severe asthma). We had brought food with us and it was nice to sit under the stars and eat that.

The night was quite noisy as the dogs that are security had plenty to bark at and the donkeys joined in which we actually enjoyed but if you struggle with sleep bring ear plugs. The chap at the reception desk kindly lent me a phone charger and the tent had plugs so that was another touch. We got up early and went into the desert to watch the sunrise which was great. We had a look around but then made the decision to move on.

In hindsight I think that the way to make the most of this experience is either to get there earlier and pay to be part of the meal etc (we enquired about this before going and declined as we thought it was expensive but it is actually on par with the cost in Israel which is more than we'd expected). This would've given us a chance to enjoy the bedouin experience more and to be able to meet more people.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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KfarHanokdim, Guest Relations Manager at Kfar Hanokdim, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Dear Madam,
We appreciate the feedback that you posted on this website. Indeed, feedback is always welcome and taken seriously, but it would seem that you were not aware of the entire range of possibilities that Kfar Hanokdim offers.
If I may agree with you – I think that you really did not make the most of this experience. Kfar Hanokdim is not a hotel, but rather a desert experience, and our goal is to provide a full experience to our guests, so we offer a package that includes a camel ride, a Bedouin Hospitality, a Hafla meal - the Bedouin authentic meal and in the evening, there is a bonfire to sit around and mingle with desert people as well as with other guests from all over the world.
It would appear you stayed in a camping tent, but Kfar Hanokdim has a wide range of accommodation types on offer: cabins, lodges, and more.
Regarding the alcohol you mentioned, the prohibition on alcohol drinking is related only to younger guests from 'Taglit' organization.
I am at your service for any additional questions you may have.

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Reviewed 17 September 2017

We had a couple of American friends visiting us,and decided to take them to Kfar HaNokdim to experience the Israeli desert. After we were shown to the lovely SUKKAH we booked for the night, we walked around the serene complex. There's quite an attention to details, even the water fountains turned out to be not only refreshing and functional, but beautifully decorated. We then continued to a short camel ride, and snapped some fun photos, followed by an introduction to the Bedouin culture and hospitality. At sunset we sipped some beers on the deck on top of our Sukkah, and enjoyed the desert view, it was a great way to end the day.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Our family (kids 13, 11 and 8) loved this experience. We were greated by a guide who was a point person for the whole stay, which was great.

A Bedouin women spoke to our group about her life, and her challenges. It was very compelling. We watched a funny video and then we rode camels, which was awesome. Then we enjoyed a delicious feast, presented in a unique way. We slept in a clean, unique room. In the morning we had an (unexpected) amazing breakfast.

Danny, the owner, came over and introduced himself to us and told us all about the locals and Masada visit options. He was so sweet and wonderful. The place is enormous, has a staff of over 150, and is a well oiled machine. Even with hundreds of guests, he still made himself available.

There are lots of teenagers and young people milling about but they actually enhance the atmosphere, making it more festive. There was a concert the night we were there, and the vibe was very fun.

Highly recommend Kfar Haokdim to all!

(I Do not recommend for people who have trouble getting around)

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Kfar Hanokdim is a unique hotel offering Bedouin experiences.

Location: It is the middle of nowhere and getting there can be challenging as all surroundings seem to look the same in the Israeli Negev (desert).

Rooms: There are open tents with mattresses that serve as rooms. Keep in mind this is supposed to be a Bedouin experience. Thus, there is no wifi or electrical outlets.

Bathrooms: There are two locations with bathrooms for men and women. The showers are gross and the bathrooms are not very clean.

Camel Riding: It was enjoyable riding camels but I wish it was longer as it only lasted 15min.

Dining:

Dinner was not very good because of the Bedouin experience. If you enjoy weird food, sitting on low benches and eating on low tables then it would be great for you.

Breakfast was surprisingly fantastic with western and eastern delicacies that were delicious. In addition, the regular seating was an added benefit.

Bottom Line: When staying here, it is important to keep in mind that this is aimed to be an experience and not a hotel.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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KfarHanokdim, Guest Relations Manager at Kfar Hanokdim, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Dear Madam, Sir,
We appreciate the feedback that you posted on this website. Indeed, feedback is always welcome and taken seriously, but it would seem that you were not aware of the entire range of accommodations that Kfar Hanokdim offers.
As you stated, Kfar Hanokdim is not a hotel, but rather a desert experience, and our goal is to make the desert accessible to everyone, including tourists who look for comfortable hospitality.
It would appear you stayed in one of our tents, but Kfar Hanokdim has a wide range of accommodation types on offer: cabins, lodges, tents and more. As you most likely visited us as part of a group, you were probably not aware of the additional accommodation options.
For guests who choose to stay in the cabins there are ensuite bathrooms, while for the other types of accommodation there are communal facilities. We do our best to keep everything as clean as possible, and will try to do even better in the future.
Regarding the seating at dinner, regular chairs and tables are available in the dining room, and guests may choose their preferred option. As for the dinner itself, most of our guests are very enthusiastic in their enjoyment of the food, but this is of course a matter of personal taste. We were pleased to see that you enjoyed our breakfast.
Indeed, there is no WIFI at Kfar Hanokdim (in order not to ruin the unique atmosphere), but electrical outlets are available in all of the accommodation units as well as in the public areas.
I am at your service for any additional questions you may have.

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Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Camel rides, a quick overview of the bedouin culture and an unbelievably BEAUTIFUL and DELICIOUS spread of food! What more could a first-time tourist want? We came as a couple and they set us up facing the desert on a white table clothed table for two - Like something out of "The Bachelor!"

Truly a fun and memorable Desert experience and we will definitely return with the rest of our family one day.

Also very good communication for reservation process and very professional staff.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank EG1970
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