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Sde Boker

Sde Boker (Israel)

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  • Encounters with locals
  • Viewpoint
  • Desert
  • Handicraft
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
About 2 hours by road from Tel Aviv
When to go
All year round even though the summer can be hot
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Sde Boker

Seasoned Traveller
59 written opinions

Sde Boker is the kibbutz where David Ben Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, is buried.

My suggestion:
The kibbutz has two parts, which are several kilometres apart. One has Ben Gurion's house, the other his tomb. The latter is also home to part of Beer Sheva University. So it's more lively. 
My review

I've been to Sde Boker twice. The first time was to go and see the famous tomb of Ben Gurion. The tomb may not be important to or have a particular significance for all travellers, but even if it's not important to you, the site is worth a visit because of the magnificent view which you get from the memorial. In fact, the tomb faces the desert which the country's founder loved so much.

The second time I went to Sde Boker it was completely by chance. Night was falling and I was looking for somewhere to sleep and I went there because it was the only place for miles around that had rooms free. Once I got there I realised that Sde Boker was quite a dynamic little kibbutz: there is a Bedouin market where everybody goes shopping, a little bar with a terrace where all the young people meet up, one or two craftsmen, etc. In brief, the unexpected visit to Sde Boker was definitely the best. If you get the chance, I recommend you spend a night there during your trip to Israel.

View of the Negev from Ben Gurion's memorial in Sde Boker