Taninim River Nature Reserve - General information

What is Taninim River Nature Reserve?

Taninim River Nature Reserve, which recently opened to the public, combines nature and history. Taninim River, which flows in the park, is named after the aligators ("taninim" in Hebrew) who used to live in the waters of the nearby Cabra swamp until the beginning of the 20th centaury. Do not worry - today none of them are left.

Taninim River Nature Reserve
Taninim River

Taninim River is the only one in the Coastal Plain, which was never polluted until today. The waters of Ein Timsach springs, which is the source for the River's waters, are not suitable for drinking, so they were never used as drinking waters, a fact that saved the river from drying. The pure waters of the river are home to a variety of animals, including waterfowls, fish and turtles.

On Saturdays you may join tours of the park at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 (included in the entry fee).

Taninim River Nature Reserve
Taninim River Nature Reserve
Taninim River Nature Reserve
Taninim River Nature Reserve
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Taninim River Dam

The remains of a dam, which was built at the end of the Roman period or the beginning of the Byzantine period, was discovered in the Taninim River Nature Reserve. The dam created a large lake (the Cabara Swamp), from which water was drawn to Caesarea using an aqueduct. The lake enabled a number of mills to operate, and their remains may be seen today.

The large waterworks in the park were discovered by accident, due to flooding that occurred during the winter of '91-'92, in which the whole area was flooded after hard rains. This flooding caused damages to the agriculture of the area, so works to prevent further flooding were initiated. During these works, a huge dam, which was totally covered in dirt until then, was discovered. Additional diggings revealed the size of this huge waterworks.

Taninim River Nature Reserve
Taninim River Nature Reserve
Taninim River Nature Reserve
Taninim River Nature Reserve
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What can we see in the park?

It's possible to visit the dam area, and see the waterworks, a tour that takes about one to two hours. It is also possible to continue to walk about 3km along the riverbanks, all the way to the where the river empties into the Mediterranean Sea, close to the village of Jiser a-Zarka.

How to get there?

Take Route 4 (the old Haifa - Tel-aviv road), Turn west towards Beit-Hanania, and continue with the signs.

Phone: 04-6265151

Taninim River Nature Reserve
Taninim River Nature Reserve
Taninim River Nature Reserve
Taninim River Nature Reserve
Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Jiser a-Zarka
Dragonfly


Openning hours?

April - September: 08:00-17:00
October - March: 08:00-16:00

Entry fees:

Single: Adult: - 18 NIS, child - 8 NIS
Group (above 30 people): Adult: - 15 NIS, child - 7 NIS



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