Thanks so much for the remarkable experience yesterday. Phil and I are grateful to you for adding us to your schedule at the last minute and for helping us begin to understand the amazing Negev.
So many things were revelations. For me, the highlight was following your advice to stand and look out at the desert without words. But of course that advice has power only in the context of your many, many valuable words.
You brought your deep knowledge of geology, flora, fauna, science, history and more to the tour so deftly. We felt we were travelling with a dear old friend.
Thanks for your sense of humor, for your energy, for your expertise. After only a few hours at home, we are already thinking about a return to Israel and to a more extended trip with you.
Judy & Phil, New York
"While in Mitzpe, we went on an off-road jeep tour with Itai Harary and his tour company called Deep Desert Israel. Itai was unbelievable with explaining everything to my children so that they stayed interested. He also created interactive activities using only the nature around us. We made face paint with natural colored sand and rocks, produced soap from a desert plant, and licked a plant that tasted like sugar. We found all this and more in an enormous desolate hole in the earth.
Itai’s jeep guided us up mountains, through gullies, across cliffs, past sand-dunes, all the while bouncing up and down, side to side, while driving over the bumpy, dusty, rocky ground. Without the tour, the Makhtesh would have been a sight to see, but not an experience to be had."
Kellita Webber in her article in The Jewish Link
I highly recommend Itai of Deep Desert Israel. He did a 2.5 hour tour of the bottom of Makhtesh Ramon for me and two of my friends. It was great! He's charming, knowledgeable about flora, fauna, and geology, and is passionate about the desert. I felt his fee reasonable and his English is perfect.
"The highlight of our time in the Negev was a 4 hour Jeep tour in the Maktesh with Itai Harary of Deep Desert Israel. I looked up and corresponded with a few Maktesh tour companies before we left NJ, and somehow felt that Itai was the one for us. Boy, was I right! Itai was a terrific example of the idealistic, passionate young people who have flocked to the area. He was a great teacher, using sand and water to show how the Maktesh was formed millions of years ago and his windshield to draw maps with markers. On top of that, he was a great driver over cliffs and rocks where I sometimes had to close my eyes! I couldn’t stop saying Wow- it was so breathtaking, fascinating, and informative. Next time you visit the Negev, do contact Itai for a tour."
Dr. Ada Beth Cutler,
Montclair State University, in her Blog
How are you? We are looking at the wonderful pictures and talking about the fantastic, overwhelming experiences in the Negev desert. We are already looking forward to the next trekking, mountain "crawling" trip - with you and some more wild animals. Ahalan wasahlan! Hugs from Arja and Kristina. Arja & Kristina,
It has been a little over a month since my family and I returned from Israel. As we sit in snow up to our eyeballs, we can only dream of Israel! We had such a wonderful time touring the Makhtesh, and your tour was truly a highlight of our trip. We have been to Israel several times, and have seen many fabulous things throughout the country, so that is really saying something! The rappelling in the crater was so exciting, and my kids and I loved the thrill and the view. The jeeping was fantastic. Your explanations and easy, friendly manner were very educational, and your love for the desert came through in your teachings. We all learned a great deal, and have told all of our friends that the Negev is a must-see! We loved the hiking, and the meal at the conclusion of the tour was just the best! What an extraordinary setting to enjoy relaxing in the shelter of a cave, with gorgeous sights and plenty of rocks to climb on. Thanks again from all of us, for your hospitality and for showing us such a fabulous time!
With regards from your friend,
Thank you again for the tour of the Machtesh Ramon and the trip to the spring/swimming hole along the Zin. It was an amazing trip! Your knowledge of the area was outstanding and your touring style made us all feel welcome and comfortable. I hope to see you again sometime in the future, and I will highly recommend you to friends who may come this way.
David and the family,
We enjoyed our jeep ride in the desert immensely. Thank you so much for this great experience. We hope to do the spice route with you next time! Lehitraot!
Debbie & Chaim,
Just wanted to send you our contact details. All the kids had such a fantastic time the other week (as did we). We’ll be in contact in a few months to try and set up our trip for next year.
Kindest regards, Josh.
Josh & Alisa,
Itai and Tal,
Thank you so much for a wonderful experience. Your love for the desert combined with your knowledge in all the different fields made our day extra special. We had a wonderful time and can't wait to do this again with the whole family!
Dassi & Chuck,