Hai Bar - Wildlife Reserve

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Hai Bar - Wildlife Reserve
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This nature reserve protects the wild animals mentioned in the Bible and other endangered desert species.
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juno_usa
Nashville, TN191 contributions
We visited this place with my boyfriend recently - Israel Pass for national parks is highly recommended as you could visit 3, 6 or unlimited (depending on the package you choose) national parks in Israel for a reasonable price and this park is also included in the list.
We have been to several animal reserves and also car safaris and I really love these kind of experiences, however, I must say that this one was boring unfortunately. The idea is great, the woman at the cashier was super nice, the place itself is nice with the picnic area and a large park in the desert for the animals with beautiful acacia trees...however, there were not really much animals in regards of the number and the species, too, additionally they were sometimes far away from the route to make at least great pictures. There was not much interaction either which I really missed, even the ostriches did not really care about us, only got close to our car once or two times and that is all. That was funny but not enough for the whole tour - possibly if visitors could feed the animals the experience would be much better (I did take such safari tour years before and really loved it), but feeding here was not allowed at all. Additionally, the route was really not nice (off-road) to spend there more than half an hour. I did not recommend this place unless you have nothing to do on a day or you have small children who really love animals.
Written January 24, 2020
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Karen S
New York City, NY5,213 contributions
Couples
We came to the entrance and received a disc that explained about the various animals in the reserve. All the animals appear in the Bible. They have Nubian Ibex, Ostrich, White Oryx, Dorcas Gazelle, Onger, Addax, Scimter Oryx and more. It was just a pleasure. We came just when they were being fed so we saw a lot of them
Written July 10, 2020
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jbwhitehouse
Dallas, TX1,712 contributions
Family
Hai Bar Yotvata Nature Reserve (08) 637-6018 Generally 8:30 - 5. Allow a couple of hours for drive thru (can buy a DVD for it) where the animals come up to or near your car. Even better is to drive through after the tractor that feeds the animals.
Also see the walk a round “zoo-like” displays. Don’t miss the bats.
Israel National Park pass gets you admission.
Written September 2, 2013
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heavenlyjane
Atlanta42 contributions
We spent 2 ½ weeks in Israel running from the top of the country to the bottom and the half day we spent at Yotvata Hai Bar Reserve was one of the highlights.

This is an amazing facility that has provided sanctuary and respite to animals on the brink of extinction. It seems like a low key place, where for a small admission fee, we were able to drive on the back roads of the reserve for a private safari tour. Our guide was a personal narrator on the CD given to us in a choice of languages. It felt like a rare privilege to be let free, seemingly unsupervised into this reserve teeming with life. The animals seem acclimated to car and went about their business without a second glance at us.

The ostriches won our hearts with their personality and antics. It was the height of the mating season and we became participants when a female came over and flirted with car. We had not realized the she was doing her undulating mating dance until a red-throated male ran over and stole her away. We whooped and cheered when their dance culminated with them mating right next to us in the brush.

We also loved seeing a large flock of Arabian Oryxes gallop across the savannah, reminding us of the freedom this place provides.

We heartily recommend this place to people who love seeing wildlife and who want to see an side of Israel not touted.
Written July 19, 2010
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Magdalena7301
Richmond, VA244 contributions
Family
Unfortunately (for visitors, not so for animals) the pradators enclosure is closed for visiting in order to provide animals with more chances of reintroduction to nature (the center takes care about ill or wounded animals trying to return them to wilderness). However you are still welcome to drive (you need a car for this place!) through a savannah. It takes approximately 45 minutes (of very slow driving), no need for 4x4, any car will manage. On your way you will see orix, donkeys, gazelle and ostriches. They come close, so with ostriches keep the windows closed as they may try to try you ;)
Written December 30, 2017
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Ann C
Nashville, TN2,737 contributions
Couples
Between 11-1 is when the animals are fed and it is easier to see them as they come closer to the road.

We saw a variety of animals to include the Somali wild donkey (they have another name for it that starts with the letter a however TA said it was a swear word and would not let me use it), Addax, Nubian ibex, ostriches, white oryx, onger, horned oryx etc.

Cost is 28NIS or free with your National Parks pass.
Written May 30, 2017
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evggal
Holon, Israel311 contributions
Couples
This place is one of the most beautiful reserves I have ever seen. The animals live in a natural habitat and you can drive closely and watch them without interrupting them.
They are fun to watch.
Two important notes: the ostriches are very curious, so be sure to keep your windows closed. The donkeys spook easily so they are a bit hard to photograph.
Written January 14, 2017
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warson1
Barcelona, Spain35 contributions
Couples
This was one of the highlights of our trip to Israel.
On the way back from Eilat we stopped in at this wildlife reserve. It was a weekday and there was only one or two other sets of people there.
There are two attractions to see. The first is a small zoo with hyena, leopard, wolves, Indian crested porcupines, snakes, foxes, owls and more. There is also a section with nocturnal animals.
The other attraction is the drive-your-own safari. There is a CD you can buy that explains how the reserve was established and the animals that you can see while driving around the park. We saw addax (there are less than 1000 of these animals left in or out of captivity anywhere in the world), oryx, onagers and ostriches (including baby ostriches). We had a lot of fun driving around trying to find and identify all these animals.
Written July 6, 2011
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totonTelAviv
tel aviv30 contributions
truely is an amazing place for those who can appriciate wildlife.
will give you a true filling of what wildlife in the desert looks like.
do not expect a modern zoo - it is not a zoo.
the team over there is very small and are allways happy to help and guide you even withour extra charge.
when you get to the Hai Bar just ask for Shay - the manager. if he is availble he will be more than happy to show you around.
this is a non profit organisation and every visit helps to preserve the wildlife in ur small country.
if you have the time and want to do something you have never done before they also accept vulonteers.
Written April 24, 2009
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Avi S
Canberra, Australia103 contributions
Family
Some interesting wildlife and good for its size. Is small compared to the average wildlife reserve but worth a visit.
Written June 30, 2019
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  • Fri - Fri 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Thu 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM