40,000 visit country’s parks after stormy weather

January 13, 2013 01:15

About 40,000 people visited Israel's nature reserves and parks on Shabbat; Golan slopes deluged with first visitors of year.

Tapline reservoir at Snir Nature Park

Tapline reservoir at Snir Nature Park 390. (photo credit: Doron Nissim/INPA)

After a week of stormy weather hammered Israel’s homes, roads and recreation sites, about 40,000 people visited the country’s nature reserves and national parks on Shabbat, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority said.

About half of these travelers frequented national parks requiring payment, and about half arrived at open nature reserves.

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Most popular were the rivers of the Golan Heights and other northern areas, with about 3,000 people at the Banias, about 1,000 visiting Gamla Nature Reserve, and hundreds going to the Nahal Snir and Nahal Amud.

In the South, some favorites included Masada, Beit Guvrin and Ashkelon national parks. Park rangers assisted the tourists throughout their visits and made sure they made their way through the parks safely following the week’s storm, the INPA added.

The Hermon ski site opened up on Saturday and the Golan was deluged with visitors heading to the ski slopes for the first time this year.

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