What to do in “Sde Boker”, Israel
Sde Boker is a kibbutz in Har HaNegev, about 30 kilometers north of the Ramon Crater.
Kibbutz Sde Boker is the fulfillment of the vision of David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of the State of Israel, whose soul set out for the Negev and its expanses, and whose dream was to make the desert bloom and settle it.
The kibbutz, which is in the northern Har HaNegev, was established in 1952 by a group of veterans and was made famous in 1953 when Ben Gurion realized his dream and moved there to live with his wife, Paula.
Sde Boker is part of a small group of kibbutzim that still maintain a traditional kibbutz lifestyle.
Events & Attractions:
In Sde Boker is the home where Ben Gurion lived since his arrival in the kibbutz until his death, which was preserved exactly as it was during his lifetime. The surroundings of the home were developed and expanded for the benefit of the visitors and were incorporated into a larger attraction with pictures from the early days of the kibbutz. The site is managed by the Ben Gurion Heritage Institute.
One of the most interesting historical sites in Sde Boker is the burial place of David and Paula Ben Gurion, where you can visit for free during the day. It has a quiet and relaxed atmosphere, and the view from it is particularly impressive.
The kibbutz farm covers an area of approximately 325 acres and includes various branches of agriculture and industry including a factory for adhesive films, orchards, chicken coops, and more. The kibbutz also has a boarding house for dogs and cats and a winery that produces wine from grapes grown in the kibbutz vineyards.
At Sde Boker there are a variety of events and festivals that take place during the year, such as a magnificent Shavuot event and the “Sounds in the Desert” festival held every year on the kibbutz.
Transportation in the kibbutz is mainly based on private vehicles and buses.