When I think about a fun place to go I remember our trip to Ein Mabua or Nachal Prat.
Ein Mabua is a beautiful place in the Judean desert. On this trip I took my mom who was visiting from the States and we had a great time.
We drove out to the area which is in Sameria and after driving through some of the windiest roads in the country we arrived. Parking was limited and we had to do something I hate, parking at the side of the road. But, once I got everyone out of the car, we began the long trek down to the actual spring.
Once we got down to the bottom we were greeted by the information stand. Instead of going straight to the pool I opted to walk down the river with the kids. Hiking the river was easier since all the kids could enjoy it, plus it was beautiful.
The kids had a great time splashing in the water, looking at the little fish in the water, and generally having a fun time. In the middle of our hike we came across a tunnel that we had to go through in order to continue.
While my two middle children had no problem going through the tunnel my eldest was a little scared. So, leaving my baby with my mother, I had my eldest climb on my back and I crawled through the 100 foot tunnel to the other side. I do not suggest this! Ein Mabua is a beautiful place, but the rocks on the river bed are not easy on the knees. Once on the other side I climbed around to get back to pick up my baby.
At the end of the hike we came to a large pool like area. The area was relatively empty so everyone enjoyed the waters. It was also a great place for a break and we had some sandwiches that I had packed.
We found an easy hike back, not through the water, but around it, and quickly found ourselves back at the entrance. There, we got into the pool which was once a British pumping station.
The name Ein Mabua hints to the fun of the main pool, which water levels rise and fall. In the middle is a round cistern which can be climbed into. the pool itself was deep enough to need the use of floaties for the kids. In August we found the water still a little cold but everyone enjoyed.
When everyone had had enough, we climbed back up the car and dried off completely on the walk back up.
In closing, Ein Mabua is a fun hike for the while family, but make sure to bring sunscreen, water, and food.
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“The tunnel was really scary, but the pool was so much fun!”
“I loved walking through the water!”
“The tunnel was my favorite part!”
“I loved riding on daddy’s back!”