a Short intro on Israel’s climate
Israel is one of the few countries where you can go from 4 climates in a matter of a couple of hours. In the winter there is snow in the Golan Heights and the Judean Desert outside of Jerusalem, to the Lowest Place on Earth called the Dead Sea to very rainy and humid in the Tel Aviv area. I will be writing about camping in Israel in the spring/summer so this will be focusing on the North of Israel also known as the Galill/Galilee.
Let’s start the camping plan!
It gets very very hot in the spring/summer in Israel so it is extremely important to bring at least 3 liters of water with you, a hat and sunscreen. Make sure you bring your cell phone with a spare battery in case of emergency. If you plan on doing any hiking I also suggest bringing a good topographical map of the area you will be hiking in along with a basic First Aid Kit. One of my favorite sayings is better to have it and not need it than the other way around. I think that is very good advice.
I have been camping all over the North of Israel and like other camping enthusiasts I have my favorite places. The Sea of Galilee/Kinneret is a great place to start off particularly the Dugit Beach/Chof Dugit on the east side of the Kinneret. There is water of course-the fresh water of the Sea of Galilee; it’s really a lake. This place is a bit noisy at night so it is geared towards a younger crowd and not for families. They have hot showers, the bathrooms are clean and there is a grocery store as well. If you walk in it is free and if you come in by car you are charged per car and does not matter how many people are in the car. You are able to have a camp fire to cook your food so bring a guitar to add to the atmosphere. It can become quite windy towards the late afternoon late evening so it is important to bring stakes to clamp down your tent and keep it from blowing away.
Another nice thing is that this campground is close to other attractions and hiking trails such as horseback riding in Ramot, Luna Gal Water Park, Banana and boat rides in the Kineret and the Zaki and Madjrasa water hikes. So bring a bathing suit and sturdy sandals or gym shoes.
Jordan Park Campground
Another of my favorites is the Jordan Park campground just North of the Kinneret and is run by the JNF and better known in Israel as the KKL-Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael. This park is huge with many great places to campout. You can sleep under the stars or in a tent. You can walk in for Free or are charged per car. There are creeks running thru the park and places deep enough in the Jordan River that runs through the park to actually swim. There are bathrooms with cold showers but you can also cleanse and refresh yourself by taking a dip in the Jordan River. In the past I have brought my fishing equipment and have caught Trout and Carp and enjoyed cooking them over an open fire. There is nothing like BBQ fresh fish. Yum! Abu Kayak is located in the park and has a very nice but calm water trail on the Jordan River for Kayaks and rafts. There is horseback riding in Nes Harim and plenty of water hikes such as Brechat Hameshushim, Yehudiya and the Zavitan.
The last place I suggest is located in the Upper Galilee in a place called Hurshat Tal. This place is fantastic based on its location, facilities and cool water even when it is extremely hot. The charge here is per person and not per car. It is a fairly large campground so you will always find a place to camp out either under the stars or in a tent. There is a water slide, natural pool of very cold water and little creeks running through the park. Little refrigerators are available as well as electricity so you may want to bring a long extension cord. A grocery store is located near by and there is a store where you can buy basics such as eggs, milk ice cream and popsicles. Bathrooms are clean, with hot showers and has a little kitchen with gas stove tops where you can cook. Camp fires are allowed as well. This is a great place to have your base of operation to get to many many hiking trails in water such as the Banias, Tel Dan Hetxbani and much much more.
This one of me favorite campgrounds and areas to hike in.