Attraction Category: Nature Reserve
The En Afeq Nature Reserve is located in the Acre valley. At 66 hectares, it is the largest wetland nature reserve in Israel´s western drainage basin. The reserve, officially declared in 1979, encompasses the upper part of the Na’aman Stream and its sources.
The reserve is unique in that it protects the swamp’s scenery and the sources of the stream, which are a remnant of the swamps that once extended on both sides of the Na´aman, covering about 2,000 hectares of land south of Acre.
The rich waterscapes in the nature reserve include springs, tributaries, perennial pools and seasonal pools (those that dry up in the summer), groundwater pools, a meadow and a swamp, a section of a stream, and even a rain pools (vernal pools).
The reserve is home to a variety of plants and animals characteristic of a wetland. Aquatic species include adrue (Cyperus articulatus), blue water lily (Nymphaea nauchali), and brookweed (Samolus valerandi). Among the animals are water buffalo and a number of
invertebrates including snails and insects.
The locals call this nature reserve island of green, surrounded by urban development, the “green lung of the valley.” In addition to its many natural treasures, the reserve also encompasses significant elements of heritage including Tel Afeq, which attests to human settlement in the fertile Acre Valley dating back to the Middle Bronze Age.
The hill is believed to be biblical Afeq, a Canaanite city in the area of the tribe of Asher
In 1996, the unique natural and heritage aspects of the nature reserve were recognized and it has been inscribed on the “List of Wetlands of International Importance” of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
April-September 8 A.M.-5 P.M.
October-March 8 A.M.-4 P.M.
Fridays and holiday eves: 8 A.M.-3 P.M.
Last entry one hour before above closing hour
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