Twenty Years to Manara: You Must Be Here
Updated: May 6, 2020
Last Friday, the 20th anniversary of the Manara cliff was celebrated. Among the guests were the Mayor of Kiryat Shmona, Rabbi Nissim Malka, the heads of the councils Giora Zalz Upper Galilee, Ilan Or, founder of Hillel Charney, the first CEO of the cliff, media professionals, tourism agents and industry colleagues and of course the team of cliff workers who produced the event together. I joined with my friend our two happy kids.
Below is a photo of the ceremony:
I was happy that we managed to get a photo with the rock band ‘Yuval Malka and the Princes’!
About 500 guests took part in an event that reflects the cliff spirit of nature, challenge, experience and innovation. During the day, a new family navigation activity was launched – an experience full of interest for the whole family while covering the main landmarks along the cliff. In addition, the guests enjoyed the various facilities of the site, which I’ve presented as the trip agenda options.
Trip Agenda Options
Lower Tier – Trampolines and Mountain Slides
Middle Tier – The climbing wall, archery activity and rappelling
Highest Tier – The ceremony, the band, the banquet prepared by Chef Raef Daabus, the barefoot walk, the new navigation course and tractor tour.
Cable car throughout, the longest in the country (1940 m) running from Ramim Ridge in Kibbutz Manara to the lower station in Kiryat Shmona.
We let the kids choose from all the options so we started with the trampolines, took the cable car to the top tier for the ceremony and lunch. We then tried out the barefoot path while waiting for our tractor tour and ended with the mountain slides. I’m afraid we didn’t have time for the new navigation activity, but will be happy to try it out in the future.
The cable car is the result of the philanthropic gift of Mrs. Elzi Cherny Weinberg, who contributed to the construction of the cable car twenty years ago as a contribution to the residents of Kiryat Shmona after the First Lebanon War. Kibbutz Manara is a site that must be visited by any Israeli or tourist coming from abroad. The tourist complex combines the unique views of the Upper Galilee and Golan Heights, connecting people and crossing borders by employing workers of all faiths.
The guiding principle of the site management is constant innovation and maintaining an alignment with current trends in the world of extreme sports, while ensuring offerings for a wide range of ages. With this perspective in mind, the first vertical race site in Israel was conducted at Manara, Nordic walking trails were opened, and the cable car was opened for night activities (in the summer).
The cycling and Nordic walking paths were created together with KKL-JNF to provide an opportunity to experience the unique Israeli nature trails that are rare in that they combine nature with history, battle heritage with knowledge of the country, zoology, botany and ecology.
See my previous post to see what Chef Raef is capable of. I was too busy with the kids to take photos of the food.
The complex consists of 55 Lodge rooms spread over five buildings, a dining room, a lobby, a conference hall and a synagogue. Located at the top of the Manara cliff, part of the Ramim ridge, at a height of 900 meters, it provides a picturesque and rural view from all directions: the Golan Heights, the Hermon and the Hula Valley. During the transitional seasons you can expect the birds to fly at eye level. During the winter season the area is covered with snow and in the summer season the temperature is pleasant. The rooms are the basis for a warm home. The hospitality package includes accommodation, breakfast and a free pass entrance to the site allowing for use of all the facilities throughout the stay at no additional cost.
‘Manara Lodge’, the hospitality complex provides an experience of nature, extreme and culture with fascinating lantern tours at night and an early sunrise tour to enjoy the nature that comes to life.
The site is located on a main axis in the Galilee, on Route 90 south of Kiryat Shmona.
This trip filled up a day.
This is what it looks like on the map:
Our kids even enjoyed posing with the anniversary slogan:
We love Kibbutz Manara Lodge!
Happy Anniversary and Many More!
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