The Jordan River is mostly known as an historical sacred waterway, but it is also a stream that offers fun water sports. In the summer months one of the most popular activities on the river is rafting on inflatables, or kayaking. Several companies offer this experience, at different parts of the river or one of its streams. Joining the current by a slipway, navigating your way through the thick vegetation, occasionally sliding on small cascades, is a great and exhilarating experience! And where the pace is slower, the calming views are majestic. The river’s banks are lush green, coated with rich aquatic plants, bushes and trees. Occasionally turtles and frogs can also be traced.
The main operators are Kfar Blum and Kfar Hagoshrim, not far from Tel Dan. Both offer a 3 mile ‘Family Route’ that takes about 1.5 hours, or an extended ‘extreme route’ of about 4 miles, that can take about 2 hours. Both routes begin in the fast-flowing waters of the Snir stream, and end in the Jordan River. At the end point in Kfar Blum it is also possible to zip-line into the river or practice your skills in wall climbing.
At Park Hayarden, opposite et-Tell (the possible location of Bethsaida), Abu Kayak offers a more relaxed rafting experience along the Jordan River, before its estuary into the Sea of Galilee. The route is 3 miles long and takes about 1.5 hours. A similar experience is also provided at Jordan River Rafting, north of Chastellet. Here, the raft is along a channeled part of the Jordan River, ending just before the Jordan River Rapids.
South of the Sea of Galilee it is also possible to canoe along the Jordan River at ‘Rob Roy‘. Named after the canoe of John MacGregor, who explored the Jordan river in the 19th century, Rob Roy offers a relaxing ride in a quaint part of the river, not far from the Sea of Galilee.
This activity is great fun, suitable for anyone over the age of 5, and is a brilliant way to cool off in the hot summer months!
Rafting along the Jordan River can be combined with a day tour in the north.