Shai Dayan Scenic Lookout

Hebrew name: Mitzpor Shai Dayan
Location: Nahal HaBesor (HaBesor Stream), near Kibbutz Magen
DescriptionThe Shai Scenic Lookout, a new observatory commemorating Shai Dayan (1977-2005) of blessed memory, of Moshav Dekel. A bench under a tamarisk tree and an explanatory sign welcome the visitors to the Shay Lookout. The observatory is placed at a height of only 90 meters above sea level, and only few meters above the west bank of HaBesor Stream. Despite this seemingly unpromising start, the modest vantage point affords a view towards the landscape between Gaza and Beer Sheva, and towards the Shfela lowlands and Mount Hebron. This is a great place to spend the last moments of the day. The road to the lookout passes near the Yaakov Harari recreation area, turns to the left, crosses a shallow channel, and then winds to the right after about 800m. To the left you will find two barrels, standing one on top of the other and painted black and white with the legend “M4”. This is the fourth “Trig point” in the history of Israel (trig points used to serve as vertices of triangles in measurements taken to map the country).
It is worth visiting the site in the afternoon hours, where the rays of the sun shine upon the west.

Directions:  From Maon Junction (road 232) you turn eastwards on road 241, drive for about 900m and turn northwards (to the left) on a dirt road marked in red. You drive for about 3.8 km and reach a crossroads: To the right –the Yaakov Harari recreation area (100m); to the left –the Shai Observatory (1.1 km). This section of the road may be difficult to travel with a private car.