The Samar Dunes are a sandy terrain, one of the last remaining in the Arava,

which serves as a habitat for an immense variety of flora and fauna, with the top layer of the dunes being where they are most prosperous. The area was a battlefield between nature and environment conservationists and construction companies and government ministries who wished to mine sand from the area. The battle is not yet over, but part of its success occurred when parts of the Samar Dunes were declared a nature reserve. For photographers, this is an inexhaustible expanse in which animals and plants can be captured in their natural environment against the background of the Arava's magical vistas.