06.04.05 Taninim (crocodile) River Dam Nature Reserve
Taninim River is the only coastal river in Israel that has not hitherto been polluted due to the fact that its waters where never suitable for drinking. Today, the pure waters of the river are home to a variety of animals, including waterfowls, fish and turtles. It?s a small nature reserve that combining nature and historic value. In spite of its name, you won't find any crocodiles here but once you enter the small Nature Reserve you are in a different world.
Beautiful Taninim River is named after the alligators ("taninim" in Hebrew) that used to live in the nearby area until the early 20th centaury. Walk along the paths and you will come across the remains of a Roman dam, which once created a large lake from which water was drawn to Caesarea via an aqueduct. The dam was discovered by accident during the harsh rainy winter of '91-'92 when the whole area was flooded and great damage was caused.
The small Nature Reserve attracts a variety of birdlife to the river, the fish ponds and wetland areas. It offers an interesting mix of habitats and water birds such as the beautiful white stork, white pelicans, cormorant, glossy ibis and others. The best time is to come early in the morning or late afternoon to see the place in the quiet tranquility and soft colored evening light.
April - September: 08:00-17:00
October - March: 08:00-16:00