Ziad and Zada Suede entertain people in a tent in their home courtyard in the Bedouin settlement of Salame, providing a rare glimpse into the life of Bedouins in the North of Israel.
Ziad, formerly a military man, and his charming wife Zada, welcome their guests with light beverages in the shade of the beautiful mulberry tree standing in their yard. Ziad unfurls the doctrine of Bedouin heritage to visitors, talks about the Bedouin way of life, their affinity to nature and about the changes that occurred in recent years in the Bedouin society turning it more and more “Ashkenazi” (European Jews style) as he puts it; in other words more open and liberal. To demonstrate this, he tells guests, among other things that, contrary to the fairly recent past, nowadays, divorce is a more widespread phenomenon in the Bedouin Society; and that in the village of Salame alone there are currently 75 divorced women, a fact that leaves guests surprised.
After the fascinating lecture and after Ziad answers the many questions of guests whose curiosity had been aroused, they assemble for a traditional Bedouin meal, served under the vine pergola under the branches of the mulberry tree, or in the large and beautiful tent standing in the courtyard. The meal is served on low tables, guests are seated on mattresses.
The tent’s fabric walls are decorated with beautiful hand embroidered traditional Galabias, each indicating the status of the woman who wears it; married, widow or single.
While guests eat, Ziad demonstrates traditional coffee making and reveals that coffee grinding and the pounding beat enables the host to communicate from afar that there are guests in the encampment.
Meals served to guests are based on several menus: breakfast, vegetarian, grilled meat and more. Each menu is priced separately and constructed in advance to suite customers’ needs.
Guests may sleep in the encampment, but have to bring a sleeping bag or sheets, a blanket and towels with them.
Guests may cook their own meals if they do not wish to order local food; an outdoor grill as well as a Poyke facility are at their disposal.
Lodging fee: NIS40 per person a night, for guests ordering two meals.
NIS50 per person a night, for guests ordering one meal.
Spotless clean toilets and showers are available to guests.
The Bedouin experience constitutes a wonderful anchor point for embarking on local tours; it is very close to the Tzalmon River route, the squill hill in full bloom in the fall, and burial caves from the era of Josephus Flavius.
Ziad provides guests with tour routes as well as guidance when required.
The Bedouin experience also offers tours of: wild herb gathering, scouting and footprint tracking and more.