The heat may still be here, but with the haze gone and temperatures a bit more welcoming tens of thousands of Israelis took advantage of the holiday and visited Israel’s many nature reserves and parks, while 4,000 motorcyclists took part in the annual tradition of watching the first sunrise of the year in Masada.


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As the weather improved towards the start of the new year and the haze that hung over the country throughout the past week finally dispersed, tens of thousands of Israelis took advantage of the holiday this morning (Monday) and went out to travel across the country.

“We are at the Afek Park having fun, with a bit of nature and everything, right here next to Petah Tikva,” stated one of the travellers at the Tel Afek National Park. “The kids are enjoying themselves and it’s as fun as can be. Happy New Year to everyone.”

Most visited were the water sites in northern Israel, which include the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, the Banias Nature Reserve, the Nahal Snir Nature Reserve, the Hurshat Tal National Park and the Majrase Nature Reserve. “We expect greater activity tomorrow at our sites,” the Israel Nature and Parks Authority claimed. Special events to be held for the holiday include kite flying at the Beit Guvrin National Park and training sessions at the Beit She’arim National Park and the Einot Tzukim Nature Reserve.







The Tel Afek National Park

The Tel Afek National Park Photo Credit: Israel Nature and Parks Authority / Channel 2 News

“This is normal visitor traffic for the day after Rosh Hashanah Eve in comparison with last year,” claimed an official from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. “What surprised and delighted us though was 2,500 travellers who chose to celebrate Rosh Hashanah Eve with a special atmosphere in the nature in our network of campgrounds across the country.”

In addition to the many families that took to Israel’s nature parks and reserves, around 4,000 motorcyclists took part in the yearly tradition of rising early in the morning in order to watch the first sunrise of the year together at Masada.

A decrease in temperatures could be felt during the holiday, but the temperatures are still high for the season. Temperatures will continue to slowly decrease throughout the coming week, by the end of which the weather in Israel is expected to be pleasant.