Taninim Stream Nature Reserve
Meet Taninim Stream Nature Reserve
Taninim Stream Nature Reserve, A wonderful coastal waterscape
Points of interest
The Taninim Stream Nature Reserve, on the northern coastal plain, contains two main focal points: a sparkling stream – the last remnant of the region’s coastal waterways – and a dam from the Late Roman-Byzantine period that created an approximately 6,000 dunam (1,500 acre) lake. The region’s ancient inhabitants built the dam to raise by 3 meters the level of the Taninim Stream, which flows at 3 meters above sea level, so it could be channeled to Caesarea. Another dam, about 2 kilometers north of the reserve, blocks off the valley from the north. A lake was formed in the Kebara Valley between the dams and Mount Carmel, which became the starting point for Caesarea’s Low Aqueduct. The abundance of water led to the construction of water-operated flour mills in the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. A Byzantine-era vertical paddlewheel was found there of a type otherwise known in this country only from the Crusader period.
The stream was named Taninim – Hebrew for crocodiles – because these reptiles inhabited the nearby Kebara swamps until the beginning of the 20th century.
Taninim Stream Nature ReserveUseful Information
Reserve entrance closes one hour before cited closing timeSummer hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 17:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 16:00 - 08:00 Winter hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 16:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 15:00 - 08:00 Holiday eves: 13:00 - 08:00 Yom Kippur eve: 13:00 - 08:00
The entrance to the reserve is from the old Haifa-Tel Aviv road (no. 4) crossing the bridge over the coastal highway westward toward Bet Hananya.
|Adult in group||₪ 19.00|
|Child in group||₪ 8.00|
|Israeli senior citizen||₪ 11.00|