On a hot Saturday morning in August we went to The Majrase – Betiha Nature Reserve (official site). It is a short and lovely trail next to the Sea of Galilee that suits perfectly for the hot days.
Map of the area:
At Betiha Nature Reserve – The Majrase
Majrase – the Daliyot stream flows down from the Golan into the Sea of Galilee from the north-east. At the inlet of the stream, is the “wet route.” It is 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 the route, 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 are prohibited. There is an entrance fee for the nature reserve.
Source: Official Site
This round route of about 800 meters in each direction. The trail is divided into two parts: the wet path and the dry trail. We used the wet trail, basically walking in water and partly swimming, in one direction. And returned to the beginning, via the dry one (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.
The Wet Route
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 walk it without getting tired.
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 arrive the more people there will be.
At this point, children could easily swim, and the water level was about 1 meter high.
At the end of the Wet Trail, there is another big pool. We swam there for a while and exited the water.
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.
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. It includes swimming and eating ice creams at the kiosk (we did not arrange a picnic).
That 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!
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