On a hot Saturday morning in August we went to The Majrase – Betiha Nature Reserve (official site). This is a short and very nice trail next to the Sea of Galilee that suits perfectly for the hot days.

Map of the area:

At Betiha Nature Reserve – The Majrase

Basic Info

Majrase – the Daliyot stream flows down from the Golan into the Sea of Galilee from the north-east. At the estuary of the stream is the “wet route” (marked as a blue trail) – a section of about 800 m of walking through the stream, suitable for a spring, summer or fall visit, at the end of which it is possible to return to the starting point by the “dry route” and enjoy the nature reserve and its views without walking through water. The “dry route” is also suitable for winter hikes. At the start of the Majrase route there are washrooms and changing rooms for visitors, drinking water, and a shaded area for picnics. Lighting fires is prohibited. There is an entrance fee for the nature reserve.

Source: Official Site

At the entrance to the routes.At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

This round route of about 800 meters in each direction. The route is divided into two parts: the wet trail and the dry trail. We used the wet trail, basically walking in water and partly swimming, in one direction. And returned back using the dry trail (walking on land).

Also, keep in mind that the amount of water in the river delta changes according to the season. Thus, the wet trail might be closed during the winter. But, since the water is cold, the Majrase is suitable for hotter days. 

At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

The split to the dry and the wet trails.At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

The Wet Route

The beginning of the Wet Route.At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

As you start walking the water is freezing and it takes time to get used to.At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

I haven’t mentioned before, but Betiha Nature Reserve is beloved by families with children. I guess, there are three main reasons. The first one is the length. It is a short trail and thus children can actually walk it without getting tired. At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

The second reason is the water. It makes the walking fun and not hot. Moreover, children don’t need deep waters to swim.At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

And the third reason is the big picnic area. After completing the route you can have a picnic in this nature reserve.At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

Hopping over trees on the Wet Route.At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

As you can see in the first part of the Wet Route the water is quite shallow. It is about 20-40 cm deep.At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

Tree roots:At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

Greenery on the sides of the trail:At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

Though the Wet Route is mostly shaded, i.e. it is not hot while walking in the shade and cold water, it is still better to come early. The later you come the more people there will be.

We arrived at Betiha Nature Reserve at around 10 am and this is how it looked at the more dense points. At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

As we continued the water became deeper and deeper. At some point, we saw this sign notifying about deep water.At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

At this point, children could easily swim and the water level was about 1 meter.

There is quite a big pool at this area and many decide to stop for a swim. And then they take the exit to the left to return to the entrance/picnic area. But, we continued along the Water Trail.At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

Red dragonfly:At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

This is what growing on the sides of the river:At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel
At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

At the end of the Wet Trail, there is another big pool. We swam there for a while and exited the water.

Turtles: At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

The Dry Trail

We were in the water probably around one and a half hours, but the way back, using the dry trail took us approximately 10 minutes.

On our way back:At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

Here you can see the paved routes. They lead to the water, both big pools. And the entrance to the water is wheelchair accessible.At Betiha Nature Reserve - The Majrasa, Israel

There are no showers on site, but there cranes for feet washing and toilets. Also, there is also a small shop with some snacks (mostly drinks and ice creams), water sandals, flipflops and hats. The kiosk is located next to the picnic area.

Our whole visit to Betiha Nature Reserve took us about two hours. We swam for some time and ate ice creams at the kiosk (did not have a picnic).

Summary

This is a short water trail next to the Sea of Galilee. The water and the shade make it suitable for hot days. It is also a nice spot for a picnic. For those reasons, it is perfect for a family visit during summer (school) vacation.

 

That’s all for today and I’ll see you in future travels!

Stay Tuned!

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