Birds & Blossoming - Hula Valley
Hula Nature Reserve
Type: Nature Reserve.
Information: Open throughout the
year; accessible for physically challenged visitors; on-site WC; open during
daylight hours; entrance fee.
About the Route: A circular route,
about four km. Israel’s first nature reserve. The route includes original
swamps and the reconstructed lake. The area is signposted, features
explanations and includes attractions like a 600-meter floating bridge and
observation tower. Herds of fallow dear and buffalo roam there throughout the
year, and during winter the reserve turns into a paradise of birds of all sorts
How to get there (via Waze): Hula
Nature Reserve. About three km. north of Yesud
In addition: If you have a pair of
binoculars, don’t forget to take them with you (they can also be rented on
site) The visitors center features a beautiful, unique sound & light
presentation. During the autumn migration season (October-November) try to arrive
no later than 09:30, in order to see the migratory pelicans taking flight.
Type: Nature Reserve; Attraction
Information: Autumn and winter; accessible
for physically challenged visitors; on-site WC.
About the Route: About nine km. You
can reach the lake in a number of ways, all for a fee: electric golf cart;
bicycle, or by wagon hitched to a tractor. A new visitors center will be
inaugurated sometime this year.
Beginning every October and continuing throughout the winter, about
40,000 cranes remain at the lake, and observing them gives you the feeling of
being on safari. Of course, there are many other species too that can be seen,
and you might also notice a boar wandering about the area. How to get there
(via Waze): Agmon HaHula Israel.
In addition: During the winter season
it is advisable to book a sunset tour in tractor-drawn wagons in advance, to
see the thousands of cranes as they land (don’t forget to bring warm clothing).
Fascinating summer night tours are also available when booked in advance.
Hurshat Tal (Dew Grove)
Type: Water; Nature Reserve.
Information: Open winter, spring,
summer during the day; entrance fee; accessible for physically challenged
visitors; binoculars; on-site WC; birding field guide; picnic.
About the Route: Bathing during the
summer in the reserve’s pools. Very few people visit in February-March, when
the site is abloom with thousands of anemones that grow alongside oak trees
hundreds of years old.
How to get there (via Waze): Tal
In addition: Look for the fallow deer
with their enormous horns, on the other side of the southern fence. Lots of
tasty food for sale every Saturday at Hurshat Tal Junction: jakhnoon; freshly
squeezed juice, and soup in winter.
Food en route: Goma Junction - Arburger Restaurant
and Asian food. Koach Junction - Tanurin. Kireyat Shmona - Ashbash Restaurant
(closed on the Sabbath). Yesud Hama’ale - Hummus Osul.