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Hula Valley Park

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Hula Valley Park

Are there two "Hula Valley" national parks? Or is it just two entrances to the same place? If there are two, which do you recommend we see -- assuming we only had time for one? Or, put another way, what is the difference between the two? Thanks.

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1. Re: Hula Valley Park

There is the Hula Nature Reserve and Agamon Hula, 2 different sites.

In the nature reserve you have a walking trail and a very good audio visual show. The Agamon is bigger and the way to travel within the park is by renting bicycle or joining one of the local tours. I would go on the Agamon.

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2. Re: Hula Valley Park

I agree with MOti. If you only have time for one go to the Agamon Ha'Hula. in addition to bike rentals you can also rent a sort of golf cart and move around. The place is too big for walking.

When do you plan to be in Israel? from end of October to February the Agamon hosts tens of thousands of cranes and pelican that are on the way from Europe to Africa. An amazing sight!

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If you want to have some 'fun' and see birds I'd visit the Agamon which is the start of reclamation of the marshlands that once prevailed in the Hula Valley (until the 1950's). Here you can either walk the 10km of paths or rent a wheeled vehicle (fun part) and stop at the various bird observation points. Although the cranes come in April and November, there are always birds here, some migratory and some that are here year round. You can observe them with binoculars available at the park. Entrance is free, renting a vehicle is for a fee. There is also a bus that drives around the park. The Hula National park has a 'museum' where you can see stuffed animals that live(d) in the area from close up. There is also a board walk over the water where you can observe the animals below (and there are animals as well as fish) as well as the birds.

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4. Re: Hula Valley Park

The Hula Nature Reserve has an excellent audio-visual show, complete with special effects. You have to call ahead to check when it is in English (look at their page on www.parks.org.il ).

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we will be in the galilee at the end of december. are there still bird migrations at that time. also we are multi generational---are there family bikes there.

thanks, babo

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6. Re: Hula Valley Park

Here are the links to the web sites :

1. Agamon HaHula:

http://www.agamon-hula.co.il/?lang=en_US

2. Hula Nature Reserve:

http://www.parks.org.il/BuildaGate5/general2/company_search_tree.php?mc=387~Card12

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7. Re: Hula Valley Park

The Agmon Ha-Hula has a concession for renting bikes. They offer a variety of different bikes - perfect for a multi-generational group. They have multi rider bikes and pedal cars and even have a round "bike" for 7! In addition to the birds and the nature and the fresh air - the bikes make it loads of fun.

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8. Re: Hula Valley Park

The migration of 40 million birds over Israel takes place twice a year, in April and in November. However, due to the change in climate this year it could feasible be a bit earlier or later. The migration lasts about 3-4 weeks each time. Note that the best time to visit is early in the morning or about 4 p.m. when the cranes comes to feed. There are always birds to see, as some of the migratory birds like the Hula Valley and just stay all year round (but not in high numbers).

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9. Re: Hula Valley Park

My understanding is that many cranes winter at Agamon HaHula. I was there in February and saw thousands.

…google.com/pitzikat/GalilGolanFeb2009#

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10. Re: Hula Valley Park

Each year more and more cranes fly over the country. Many of them have found that our garbanzo beans (hummus) are very tasty and prefer to stay here for an extended time. The farmers do their best to keep them moving but some just won't budge. What can we do, Israel is a beautiful country full of bounty, even the birds know this.

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