Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve
Meet Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve
The Reserve encompasses an extensive natural woodland area and the largest and most beautiful stalactites-stalagmites cave in Israel
Major Centers of Interest
- Outside Observation Area – east/west view, to the city of Bet Shemesh and the active quarries. The cave was discovered thanks to the work of these quarries.
- Inside Observation Area – view of the vast cavern, the shapes of stalactites and stalagmites and the special artificial lighting.
- Spectacular Stalactite and Stalagmite Shapes, among them the “grandfather” of the cave, the “elephant ears” column, the sculptures garden and the “macaroni field”.
Particulars of the major centers of interest:
- Outside Observation Area – the outside observation area is close to and outside the opening of the cave. It provides a view of the extent of the Nature Reserve, towards extensive parts of the Judea plain, among them the city of Bet Shemesh. In good visibility conditions it is even possible to see as far as the city of Ashdod. At the foot of the observation area is the quarry whose work exposed the cave some decades ago.
- Observation Area Inside the Cave – at the front of the cave there is an observation area providing an overall view of the vast cavern. The raised platform gives a panoramic view of the variety of shapes of the stalagmites and stalactites and the special artificial lighting illuminating parts of the cave in lively colors.
- Spectacular Stalactite and Stalagmite Shapes – the cave is full of stalactites and stalagmites, which accompany the visitors all along the route. Among others, there are the “pillar”, the “elephant’s ears”, the “sculptures garden”, the “macaroni field”, “Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs”, “Romeo and Juliette” – a stalactite and stalagmite that are almost, but not quite, kissing each other, and many others.
Stalactite Cave Nature ReserveUseful Information
Reserve entrance closes one hour before cited closing time
On the eves of the holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Passover, last entry is at noon and the reserve closes at 1 P.M.
Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: Entry from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. Reserve closes at 5 P.M.
Friday and holiday eves: Entry from 8 A.M. to 3 P.M. Reserve closes at 4 P.M.
Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: Entry from 8 A.M. to 3 P.M. Reserve closes at 4 P.M.
Friday and holiday eves: Entry from 8 A.M. to 2 P.M. Reserve closes at 3 P.M.
- Entry to the cave is only with a tour; entry without a tour is not possible.
- Tours in Hebrew leave after a wait of about half an hour. Individual visitors will join groups reserved ahead of time.
Vehicle and Foot Access – Steep stairs lead from the upper parking lot and ticket office to the cave level. Accessible to people with mobility impairments by private vehicle only. Call ahead of your arrival (020-991-1117) to make prior arrangements to avoid a long wait. Visits from organized groups of people with mobility impairments must be prearranged with the reservation center, by fax – 02-999-0215.
Visiting the Cave – Headphones for the hearing impaired with increased volume, an introductory film with subtitles, the first observation platform is accessible with a wheelchair lift.
- For safety reasons, the circular route cannot be done in reverse.
- The walk through the cave includes stairs and slippery sections.
- No dogs are allowed, including service dogs.
- There is an accessible restroom.
Dogs are forbidden to enter the cave
- Entry with baby stroller is forbidden.
- Group price is for groups of more then 30 people. One person will pay for the entire group.
- Eating and drinking is not allowed in the cave.
- There is no luggage storage at the site.
Tours in English for individual visitors:
There are no tours in English on Saturday or Jewish holidays.
Please arrive about 25 minutes before the tour.
summer hours – Sunday–Thursday 11 A.M., 4 P.M.; Friday: 11 A.M. 3 P.M.
winter hours – Sunday–Thursday 11 A.M., 3 P.M.; Friday: 11 A.M. 2 P.M.
Groups of 20 people or more – please send a fax 02-999-0215 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
At Sha’ar HaGai junction turn south to Road 38. At the second traffic light, turn left to Road 3855. At the second roundabout turn left to Road 3866 and go up the hill about 5 kms until the left turn to the Stalactite cave.
Turn right at Ha’Ela junction onto Road 375, then turn left again after Etzyona junction onto Road 3855. At the fourth roundabout turn right onto Road 3866 and go up the hill about 5 kms until the left turn to the cave.
Drive southwards on Road 386. At Bar Giyora junction turn right onto Road 3866, and drive west about 5 kms until the right turn to the cave.
From Tsur Hadassa and Mevo Betar: Turn right from Road 375 onto Road 386. Drive to Bar Giyora junction, turn left and drive about 5 kms to the right turn to the cave.
A prominent reference point for the turn in the direction of the Cave is the Challenger monument in the form of a hand holding a satellite dish.
Reserving a visit to Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve
|Adult in group||₪ 24.00|
|Child in group||₪ 12.00|
|Israeli senior citizen||₪ 14.00|