Samar is a kibbutz in the Arava Valley in the South of Israel.
Samar is a small kibbutz founded in 1976. Unlike many other kibbutzim that have increasingly become "capitalist", in Samar the original socialist ideals are still practiced, such as communal ownership of goods, grassroots democracy and an egalitarian approach. The main economic activity is the production of dates.
Eilat is the closest bigger city and as such Ramon airport (ETM IATA) is the most convenient port of entry. From Ben Gurion Airport first head to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem and then follow the directions below.
Samar lies off a branch of national road 90, called "Samar Junction".
- 1 Sands of Samar. Sand dunes just a bit out of the main kibbutz area; parts of the dunes now sit in Jordan. They were mined in the past but are now protected due to their unique ecological value.
- 2 Hay Bar Yotvata, near Road 90, Arava, ☏ , fax: , ✉ Haybarfirstname.lastname@example.org. Summer 8:30AM-5PM (F and before holidays until 4PM), winter 8:30AM-4PM (F and before holidays until 3PM). Nature park and zoo. ₪28/14.
- 3 Samar Desert Kite. West of Samar there are two Desert Kites stone walls of some hundred meter length that end in a triungular shape inside a valley. Those stone age edifices most likely were used to hunt gazelles; catching them in the tip of the triangle. They were already described by T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia) and military pilots during the Mandatory period, but their purpose remained a mystery for years.
- 4 Petroglyphs (Wadi Odem west of the kibbutz). Petroglyphs in the nearby sandstone with local fauna, hunting scenes and symbols of as of yet unknown purpose and meaning
- 1 Samar Bike Hotel, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Led by three enthusiast cyclists, they offer rental bikes and mountain bikes tours through the desert.