When i was in Dafna as a volunteer 15 years ago one of the things i remember most is when we volunteers , (there werent so many because it was right after the Gulf war)- went on a little trip to the tel Dan Nature reserve. We went on a path of our own following a south afrikan who led us on a "secret path" across the fields he new to take us there but i recomend the normal way of enter. Anyway it was an adventure and i ll remember it as one of the many happy memories from Israel. Tel Dan is an adventure of itself 2-3 killometers from Dafna and pleace dont try some hidden way in there like we did because i think it might be dangerous but we didnt understand it so much then. The entrence fee is well worce it.
In nearby Kibutz dan there is a Museum of nature with different speecies from the area etc. Another thing i recomend is to go down to the shelter amid the voluunteers "cabins" were they hade there own bar and have a beer or two with them in the evening. I liked that but i guess the atmothsfere might have changed. In the roof there was a parashoute from a flare used to light up the sky in some incident earlyer. It contributed to the slightly mysterious atmosfeere at the place. In the stairs leeding up someone had scrabled *** the past this is now ! and that is how Dafna felt fore me, alive and with life pulsating all around. But i guess you have to have an open mind to see all there is to see.
Just the birds singing in the morning does a good thing to you if you have time to here them. Of cource skiing at Mouny hermon is also within reach if you rent a car and Banyas is within walking distance if you have a decire for exercise.
Down the river from Banyas there is a Syrian tank lying upside down in the river. It ended up there in a battle with the lokal s during the 6 day war i think. Nimrod castle can bee reached by foot or car. Ther are also buses going from kiryat Shmona going past dafna and up to banyas from were you can also walk to Nimrod castle.
Favorite thing: You can enjoy taking your shoes off and walking the paths of Nahal Snir as did Zohara, Nathalie and Rob as you can see in the photo...but be careful you might not see that bent branch or the tangle of roots under your feet. What you will find is a wonderful place to enjoy the play of light and dark as the sun makes it way through the overlapping layers of tree canopy. Or you might even find a Hatzav, the flower shown in the last photo, whose long bloom begins at the bottom and progresses up the flower as the season continues.
We traveled to the far north of Israel with Rob and Nathalie, you can see Zohara and Rob "testing" the waters here at the pond.
The paths take you first of all from the parking area into the pond and boardwalk area where you can rest and enjoy a picnic. From there you enter the stream area where you will find numerous small waterfalls where water from another stream enters the main channel.
The nature preserve has a path you can walk along the pond and river that will take you through some beautiful tree covered ways. If it is summer you may enjoy taking a dip in the cool river that combines flows from several smaller rivers that arrive in Israel from Lebanon and Syria.
Fondest memory: The Nahal Snir Nature Preserve is located just off highway 99 out of Kiryat Shemona on your way to the Golan Heights.