Tel Dan National Park and “Oforia” in the Hula Reserve
Tel Dan National Park is a relatively small park compared with its
neighboring parks in northern Israel. It too is located near road 99,
which connects Kiryat Shmona with the Golan Heights.
site is located at the center of the park, where the remains of the
Biblical city of Laish. The Tribe of Dan, pushed by the Philistines from
their lands near the Mediterranean, conquered the city and renamed it
Dan. Near the mound, the Dan River flows, and is one of the sources of
the Jordan River. The water comes from melted snow on Mount Hermon.
After it flows deep under the ground, it erupts from the springs near
the mound. Visitors can choose one of 3 hiking routes, differing in
length and characteristics. The paths go through areas shaded by trees
with high canopies, next to which remains from different periods can be
seen, including the walls and the ancient city gate, mills. In some
places near the river there are small pools in which one can dip and
wade in the water.
“Oforia” in the Hula Reserve
spring and fall, the Hula Nature Reserve National Park teems with
flocks of migrating birds that pass over the valley on their way from
Europe to Africa and back. During these times of year, flocks of
thousands of cranes stop for a rest in the nearby fields. Some of them
stay and pass the winter months in the area.
The Hula reserve is part
of the Hula Lake that was intentionally dried up in the 1950’s. The
reserve was meant to preserve the plant and animal species of the area,
so that they will not become extinct due to the drying up of the lake.
place now has a visitors’ center which displays the process of drying
up the lake and the development of life on the reserve in the following
years. Lately, a highly advanced audio-visual display name “Oforia”.
Here, visitors may join the birds’ wonderful journey over the world
using a multi-sensory, six-dimensioned stereoscopic simulation program,
which combines display halls, guided tours and observations. During a
tour of the area, visitors pass through 4 display halls in which they
are exposed to the story of the Hula Nature Reserve and its life – plant
and animal life and the history of the place. The tour reaches its peak
in a unique screening hall that combines watching the screen using
stereoscopic glasses, light effects, sound, scent and movement of the
chairs. All these give the viewers the feeling that they are flying
among the flocks of migrating birds. Participants experience air
turbulences, winds, rain and storms, and for a short while, each one of
them becomes a migrating bird. The magnificent photography of the
display was done by the best nature photographers around the world.
The place can be reached through road 90 from Rosh Pina or Kiryat Shmona.