Kibbutz Lotan lies amidst the beauty of the sun drenched Arava Valley in southern Israel and is home to stunning desert birds such as the Little Green Bee-Eater and the Hooded Wheatear. Here the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa converge, forming a natural land bridge that is traveled by hundreds of millions of migrating birds each year. In the heart of it all, Kibbutz Lotan has become recognized as an oasis in the dry desert and renowned for eco tourism services and sustainability.
Founded in 1983 by Reform youth movement graduates, Kibbutz Lotan is one of the youngest Kibbutzim in Israel. Its population is small, consisting of many families, members, volunteers, students and tourists. Almost all share an interest in nature and enjoy dwelling in the beauty of their desert home. At any given time, there are approximately 150 people that live at Kibbutz Lotan.
Lotan’s population is equally divided between native-born Israelis and immigrants from all over the world. Hebrew is the commonly used language but English is also spoken. Our economy is based on date plantations, dairy, tourism, holistic health center, mariculture and various professions held by members who work outside of the kibbutz. Presently we number 150 people at the Kibbutz daily.
Kibbutz Lotan is a member of the European branch of the Global EcoVillage Network and in 2006 was awarded for EcoVillage Excellence in recognition of its work in promoting natural building, waste management, and environmental education and also for promoting sustainability through the building of bridges between different ethnic groups throughout Israel.