Nature of the Carmel Coast: Past, Present, and Future – 5/27

Event Details:

Date: May 27, 2024

Time: 7:30 – 17:00 IST

Address: Bus will leave Jerusalem at 6:00. Pick up and drop off available in Tel Aviv. Bus returns to Jerusalem by 18:00.

See the future of conservation coming to life at the rewilded wetlands of the Carmel coast.From teeming bird sanctuaries on the seashore to verdant gardens at the top of the mountains, we’ll explore how human ingenuity has worked in harmony with nature throughout history.


Our Tour Includes:


Nahal Taninim
Our adventure begins at Nahal Taninim, the meandering stream at the bottom of the watershed. Here, archeological sites will let us explore the historical use of the water. We’ll learn who used to be here (hint: taninim = crocodiles) and who still calls this area home.

Maagan Michael Fishponds
Kibbutz Maagan Michael is a fascinating showcase of SPNI’s Start-Up Nature rewilding project. The restored wetlands are the natural rest stop for millions of birds migrating every year from Europe to Africa and back. From dainty sandpipers to commanding ospreys, we’ll get a peek at some of the world's most dazzlingly diverse birdlife.

Falafel Lunch
Next, we’ll break for an authentically Israeli lunch at one of the best falafel and hummus spots in the area. This mouthwatering local cuisine is the perfect way to recharge before our final stop at the very top of the Carmel watershed.

Ramat HaNadiv
Our last visit for the day is Ramat HaNadiv, the famous gardens opened more than half a century ago in memory of Baron Edmond de Rothschild. This site offers visitors from around the world both elegant formal gardens and majestic untamed wilderness. We’ll tie up the loose ends by enjoying the breathtaking views at the escarpment that is the source of the watershed we’ve traced throughout our journey.


More Details:


Where: Bus departs from multiple pickup points in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Pickup details will be sent after registration.


When: May 27th, 2024

  • Tel Aviv – Pickup between 7 and 7:30 and drop off by 17:00
  • Jerusalem – Pickup between 6 and 6:30 and drop off by 18:30


Cost: Includes all entrance fees. A 10% discount is available for SPNI members.

  • From Tel Aviv: NIS 445 per person
  • From Jerusalem: NIS 483 per person


Price includes:

  • Bus transportation to and from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem and between tour sites
  • Professional guides, experts on local wildlife and conservation
  • Entrance fees at all sites 
  • A light vegetarian lunch


Difficulty level: We will be walking approximately 2 km each at Nahal Taninim and Ma’agan Michael and 2-4 km at Ramat HaNadiv. Easy walking at all sites. Please contact us if you have accessibility needs.


For more information: call 0523-869488 or email

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