Nahal Me’arot Nature Reserve – Prehistoric Humans Site
Me’arot Ha Adam Ha Kadmon: This lovely national park is on the southern bank of Me‘arot Stream, on the western slopes of Mount Carmel – home of Cavemen. It has four caves such as Me’arat HaTanur (the Oven Cave; also known as Tabun Cave), Me’arat HaGamal (the Camel Cave), Me’arat HaNahal (the Stream Cave) and Me’arat HaGedi (the Young Goat Cave). The site was proclaimed as universal value by UNESCO in 2012. The caves contain evidence of over one million years of human activity–a rare phenomenon anywhere in the world.
Israelandyou highly recommends this site. The explanations are very helpful and the audio-visual exhibit and film help you understand how life was in a cave 10-12 thousand years ago in Israel. Break up your long drive from the north to the south of the country. It has clean toilets and a fine store, too. Children love it.
Marked trails beginning at the parking lot lead to beautiful corners of Mount Carmel, where colorful wildflowers bloom in spring.
At the souvenir shop, visitors can purchase materials about the Carmel and other places in the country. The reserve staff will gladly provide information about recreational opportunities and visits to sites on Mount Carmel and the Carmel coast.
Tours of the site are offered on Saturdays (in Hebrew) at no extra charge at 10 A.M., 12 noon and 2 P.M.
How to get there:
On the old Tel Aviv-Haifa road (no. 4), 8 kilometers north of Furedis junction. Egged bus 921 (Tel Aviv-Haifa)
Length of tour:About one hour
Best season: year-round
Don’t miss:Audiovisual presentation in the cave
Other facilities and attractions: Regional information station; regional tour-education center; marked trails for geology and botany buffs, including information sheets; souvenir shop; snack-bar; partial wheelchair access.
Hours:April-September 8 A.M.-5 P.M.
October-March: 8 A.M.-4 P.M.
Fax / Email:04-984-3144
Entrance fee: Adult: NIS 22; child: HIS 10
Israeli senior citizen: NIS 11
Group (over 30 people): Adult: NIS 19; child: NIS 8.
Entrance to dogs:No
Accessibility:Most of the site is wheelchair-accessible; convenient wheelchair-access to the film in the cave