The Hula Valley
A Great Birdwatching Park

The Hula Valley, called in Hebrew Emek Hahula is located in the north of Israel close to the tributaries that form the Jordan River.

Until the 1950s it was a small lake that was drained and converted into a fertile agricultural area. Before its drainage done by visionary young people, it was a breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying malaria.

Later it was filled with water at certain sections in order to save the nearly extinct eco-system of the area.

The Valley of the Hula in its great splendor

Important location

It is located within the northern part of the Syrian-African Rift Valley that runs from Mount Hermon all the way to Africa passing over the Jordan Valley and the Red Sea. To the east you can see the Golan Heights and to the west the Naftali Mountains of the Upper Galilee forming a unique valley between the mountains with more than enough water for agriculture.

Its climate is Mediterranean with cool rainy winters and hot dry summers. The snow and rain falling over the Hermon create many underground streams including the mentioned sources of the Jordan River.

Millions of birds pass through the Hula Valley north to south and vv

Today’s Claim of Fame of the Hula Valley


It is in the path of more than 500 million birds making their way twice a year from Africa to Europe and back.

Thanks to the Keren Kayemet LeIsrael, the Jewish National Fund it has been developed as a state of the art Bird Watching Park which is internationally acclaimed.

About 390 species of birds make the Hula their passing station to the delight of Bird Watchers from all over the world.

We have been many times to the Hula, but last time when our granddaughters from Florida were here, we almost did not find any birds, because it was out of season.

During spring they fly north to enjoy the delicious climate of Europe and during autumns as soon as it start to get cold in Europe the fly south to the warm weather of Africa.


Mount Hermon as seen from the Hula Valley

In the middle of the trade routes

This valley was a crossroads during ancient times for the trade between Damascus and Egypt and the Mediterranean coast. Archaeologists have discovered remains dating many thousands of years as it was conquered many times by Assyrians, Israelite and Greek civilizations.

Through the periods of the Greek, the Roman and Byzantine periods covering from the 4th century BCE to the 8th century CE it was constantly inhabited.

Tel Dan very close to the Hula

Facilities

Facilities of the Agamon Hahula of Hula Lake in the same name valley include among others:

  • Facilities for disabled persons
  • Restrooms
  • Marked Paths,
  • Observation Points
  • Information Booth

Additional Sites in the Vicinity

  • Hula Nature Reserve
  • Dobrovin Estate
  • Nebi Yosha
  • Ussishkin House at Kibbutz Dan
  • Many streams like Ein Tina, Nahal Snir, Hermon and the Jordan.
  • Tel Dan
  • Banias
  • HaTanur

Hagoshrim is one of my favorite Kibbutz Hotels

Hours

  • Sundays – Thursday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Fridays Saturdays and Holidays 6:30 Am to 4:00 PM

How to get there

Proceed on Rout 90 going north of Tiberias or the Sea of Galilee and turn right on Kibbutz Yesod Hamaala

Many settlements in the area

There are many Kibbutzim and Moshavim in the area, as well as the northern cities of Kiryat Shmona and Rosh Pina.

The Pioneers

I want to pay tribute to those Halutzim (pioneers) that against all odds dried the Hula Valley from infested swamps to the beautiful green and fertile valley it is today.

images credits:
valley by matanya
birds by benjli
valley hermon by leifern
tel dan by yuval mendelson
hagoshrim by avishai teichler

all courtesy of wikimedia commons

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