Kfar Blum Kayaking
This is not white-water rafting - just 1 to 2 hours of lazy floating with the current down the Hazbani, Banias and then Jordan River. Inflatable kayaks holding up to 2 or 6 people are rented from a facility adjacent to Kfar Blum. Children have to be 5 years or older. A longer 2½-hour ride is also available. This is faster at the beginning and has coves and beaches to stop at. There are no rapids on either trip, except for a very small one at the end (which was put there to provide the experience).
The water is clean and shallow. Lockers are available. For the longer ride you will take two buses. There is an activity park by the ticket office with a zip line into the water, ropes course, rock climbing wall and archery. You can also rent a bike, cycle along the river and then kayak back.
Other nearby kayaking facilities are HaGoshrim Kayaks from Kibbutz HaGoshrim. This offers a similar family route for 1-1½ hours and a challenging route without an instructor for 1¼ -2 hours. The phone number is 077 996 9248. This is the website.
There is also Jordan River Rafting Attractions adjacent to Kibbutz Gadot for a standard ¾ to 1½-hour family trip. They also offer accompanied, much longer, challenging white-water rafting for groups. Their phone number is 072 372 6527. This is their website.
DIRECTIONS AND ADMISSION:
Directions: Enter"Kfar Blum Kayaks" into Waze.
Admission: The site opens at 10.00 am and the last boat ride is at 4.00 pm. The activity park also closes at 4.00 pm, so do this first if you arrive late in the afternoon and are planning on doing both. The site is closed during the winter from 10th December to 1st April. The standard counter price is 97 NIS per person, but a reduced price may be obtained by emailing email@example.com. The activity park is an extra 35 NIS per person. Their telephone is: 04 690-2616. This is their website.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS IN THE AREA
Jordan River Promenade (Tayelet Ami)
This is an 800-meter paved path that starts adjacent to Kfar Blum and follows the Jordan River. It is suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. There are landscaped bushes and flowers along the side of the path and plaques with quotations about the Jordan River on the path. You turn back the way you came when you come to the main road. However, there is an easy footpath that continues further along the river, although this is not paved. Directions: Enter “טיילת עמי“ into Waze.