Located in the southern Arava Valley north of Eilat was established to foster the breeding of animals mentioned in the Bible and other endangered desert animals. The reserve encompasses a variety of arid land habitats including acacia groves, salt flats and sand.
Hai Bar Yotvata is divided into three main sections: a 12 square kilometer open area where herds of desert herbivores live in conditions similar to the wild, a predator center with enclosures containing large predators, reptiles and small desert animals, and a dark room to view nocturnal animals when they are active.
An informative CD that guides visitors through the reserve in their car is for sale for NIS 5 at the reserve shop. Groups of visitors can reserve a tour with a reserve guide in their own cars at a cost of NIS 200. Visitors tour the predators center and the dark room on their own
Directions to the site:
On the Dead Sea Eilat (no. 90) road, between kibbutzim Yotvata and Samar, 35 km north of Eilat, Egged bus 390 from Tel Aviv, 397 from Beer Sheva , 444 from Jerusalem and 991 from Haifa to Samar
Sunday thru Thursday 8:30 A.M. till 5 P.M.
Friday thru Saturday 8:30 A.M. till 4 P.M.