Hiking to Waterfalls and Elephant DNA Hyraxes in Israel

Scenery of the valley as we started our hike in the Gholan Heights
Scenery of the valley as we started our hike in the Gholan Heights

Someone told me and my 2 new traveling partners about a lovely walk in the Gholan heights so we decided to do it. 

The little Hyraxes who  share 90% of their DNA with elephants
The little Hyraxes who share 90% of their DNA with elephants
The little Hyraxes live among the rocks of these valleys.
The little Hyraxes live among the rocks of these valleys.

One of the first things we saw on our walk were the little Hyraxes who live all over the place. They are little animals found around the Golan Heights that share 90% of their DNA with elephants. They are actually quite ugly if you ask me. 

Hiking between the mountains!!
Hiking between the mountains!!
At the start of our hike the clouds started to move in
At the start of our hike the clouds started to move in
Walking through mini forests to get to the waterfall
Walking through mini forests to get to the waterfall
I love the different plants that  grow here
I love the different plants that grow here

We walked through valleys and along the mountains to the White Waterfall which was not supposed to be very far away. It was a lovely walk to get there.

As we got close to the waterfall the sky started to turn darker
As we got close to the waterfall the sky started to turn darker
The White rocks of the White Waterfall
The White rocks of the White Waterfall
It was winter so the waterfall wasn't flowing very strong
It was winter so the waterfall wasn’t flowing very strong
Pink flowers covered the rocks around the waterfall
Pink flowers covered the rocks around the waterfall

The rock of the waterfall was white and we thought it would be a short walk to the Black Waterfall as well-they were close to each other on the map. Unfortunately it ended up being another 2 hour walk before we reached it, and another hour of walking before we reached the road. By that time we were all hungry and thirsty as we didn’t take a lot of water as we thought the whole hike would only take about 2 hours.

As we left in search of the Black waterfall it looked like it was going to rain soon
As we left in search of the Black waterfall it looked like it was going to rain soon
Walking across hills and through valleys
Walking across hills and through valleys
What, you are tired after hiking only 2 hours!?!?
What, you are tired after hiking only 2 hours!?!?
We must be close, we found a sign!!
We must be close, we found a sign!!
At long last the Black waterfall!!
At long last the Black waterfall!!

When we eventually reached the road we caught a ride back to the car and started heading back to Nazareth.We drove along the bottom of the Galilee, crossing the Jordan River on our way to Nazareth. The last hour back we drove through pouring rain. Rain was pouring down the street in rivers and made driving very difficult.

We made a lovely dinner and had some red wine when we finally got back to the hostel.

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