A cluster of lush green palms in a deep, sandy basin, Ein Hudera is a beautiful example of a classic desert oasis. The oasis was once a key watering place for caravans traveling between Jerusalem and Mt. Sinai, and it remains an important stopping point on trails through the region today.
Early explorers in the region suggested that this oasis may be the site of Hazeroth, where biblical accounts relate that Moses and the Israelites stopped for a time during their forty years of wandering in the Sinai. Old Bedouin legends also attach special significance to this site: according to local tales, a secret passage leads from Ein Hudera to a city at the center of the earth.
The oasis stands in the heart of the Muzeina tribe’s territory, and a number of families live there. Each of these families has a small plot of land within the oasis. They use their property in Ein Hudera much as their ancestors did for centuries before them: they cultivate dates, olives, and zizyphus fruit and offer simple accommodations to travelers passing through.
Ein Hudera is the perfect place to break for a day. Natural wonders like the Closed Canyon – a winding chasm between high sandstone walls – and the White Canyon – a deep crack with white, powdery sand – are only a short walk away. It’s also a launching point for adventures to little-climbed desert peaks like Mt. Rum and better-known ones like Mt. Berqa. Despite its remote, secluded feel, the oasis is only a 45-minute walk from the main road between St. Katherine, Nuweiba, and Dahab.