If picking fruits and other produce is your thing, you can enjoy picking various types of fruits in the fields of Shahal (or Sha’al), a village in the Golan Heights. The site is open from May until the end of October (closed on Saturday).
The area has a cool and pleasant climate due to its elevation, being situated 840 meters (2,755 feet) above sea level. The farms are one of Golan Heights’ unique attractions where visitors can pick a wide variety of fruits to their hearts’ content.
When entering the farm you get baskets in which you can collect the fruits. Strolling through the fields you will be able to pick, collect and eat different types of fruits including rich variety of strawberries, raspberries, figs, currants, blueberries, mulberries, cherries, grapefruits, Chinese dates (jujube), and the local fruit the sabra, or prickly pear. “Sabra” is also the nickname for native-born Israelis – prickly on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside just like the fruit! The availability of these fruits depends on the season.
Don’t you just love the sight of these vibrant and colorful fruits that fill your basket? You’ll love these fruits more the moment you taste them!
You can also bring home these fruits by paying by the kilo for the whatever fruits that you take with you.
Other attractions and amenities
There is also a small shop where you can purchase products made of the local produce.
There is a camping site where guests can stay in straw huts or tents. They offer basic amenities and a lot more: clean and well-kept restrooms, hot showers, refrigerators at the guests’ disposal, lounges and sitting areas, barbecue areas, well-maintained mini zoos that include a petting corner for the children, outdoor game facilities, as well Wi-Fi. There are also play areas for the kids.
It also offers Jeep trips which give guests a unique opportunity to further explore the wild. These Jeeps are driven by professional and seasoned drivers and guides.
It also offers interesting and exciting night safaris where visitors discover animals such as wolves, foxes, rabbits, deer, and night raptors come out alive under the darkness.
Entrance costs 80NIS (or about US$23) per head, but you also have to bring your own sleeping bag or sheets if you intend to have an overnight stay there.
This is a great way to take some time out when touring the northern part of the Golan Heights. It is open to all — friends, romantic couples, families and children. The hospitable staff will be glad to recommend tour routes and additional attractions to make anyone’s stay there utterly unforgettable.
Getting to Shahal
The grounds are on Route 978 between Odem and Wasset junctions.