The Gamla Nature Reserve, set high in the Golan Heights of Northern Israel is a magical place where eagles nest, archaeological ruins lie, and the quaint and stunning setting, including the breathtaking view down towards the Sea of Galilee are inspirational! Whether you have half an hour in a hectic itinerary or can spare an entire day, the Gamla Nature Reserve is somewhere for lovers of nature, history, and hiking.
Vultures at Gamla
The vultures of Galma are the main attraction of the nature reserve. Birders come from all over to observe and photograph these magnificent creatures. From the main entrance, a 600 yard Vulture Trail leads to a bird watching post which sits right on the cliff-face. Gamla Nature Reserve is home to about 80 vultures which are on average ten feet in length! Even far in the distance, the size of these birds makes them highly visible. Catch them soaring overhead, their shadows casting along the lush expanse below.
From the Vulture Trail you will also get a sight of the spectacular Mount Gamla. You can cross to it from the bird watching site – following signs to the “ancient path”, a hiking trail which takes about 90 minutes to cross. Though it is windy and steep at times, it serves as a site of historic importance with a similar tale to tell as Masada.
From the entrance of Gamla, a 90 minute trail (45 minutes each way) leads to the Gamla Waterfall, passing ancient dolmans – stone structures which are unusally table-shaped; archeologists are still unsure of why. Once you reach the waterfall, you’ll be struck with what is the tallest flowing waterfall in Israel – at 170 feet. Marvel at its powerful beauty, take memorable photos, and enjoy the glorious surrounding nature.
There are plenty of other waterfalls and great outdoor activities around the Golan Heights. Learn here how to visit the Golan and check out our guide on visiting the Golan Heights to start planning your incredible adventure.
Visiting Gamla Nature Reserve
The best way to see Gamla Nature Reserve is with our incredible tours. Join this once-in-a-lifetime day tour of Safed and Golan Heights to experience the lush northern beauty. To extend this tour for 3 days, consider our 3 Day Northern Israel Tour – Golan, Safed, Caesarea, Galilee & More.
With our exceptional and unique 7 Day Zimmer and Kibbutz Self-Guided Package, you’ll be provided with your own rented car and wander the entire Israel at your own pace, spending more time in the north if you’d like to enthrall in the Golan’s richness.
If you’re looking to take your time in the north, browse through our list of best hotels in Northern Israel for the most luxurious accommodations.