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Hima EbelEs-Saqi

The massive passage of migrating soaring birds over EbelEs- Saqi makes it an exclusive bottleneck area of national, regional, and international importance
The massive passage of migrating soaring birds over EbelEs- Saqi makes it an exclusive bottleneck area of national, regional, and international importance

Hima EbelEs-Saqi was announced in 4 September 2004. It is located in the province of South Lebanon, on top of a hill at an altitude of 760 meters above sea level, 106 kilometers away from the capital Beirut.

EE General locationThe massive passage of migrating soaring birds over EbelEs- Saqi makes it an exclusive bottleneck area of national, regional, and international importance. Furthermore, this area witnesses the passage of a billion birds twice a year over Lebanon while traveling between Europe and Africa.

Moreover, this area is rich in its fauna, flora, and ecotourism activities.

Activities to be done:

You can enjoy bird watching, walking in nature, visiting various paths, recreational area, visitor center, and Bed & Breakfast facilities.

–          Sheppard Path, a traditional path with rural landscape, having two pints of attraction:

  • Farmer’s house (Beit El Fellah): based on a vernacular architecture exactly as it was before its destruction during the war.
  • Goat barn: gives an opportunity to buy the Sheppard’s products as a compensation for limiting its grazing field.

–          Recreation area: it will have scale shacks for local natural products, food, and refreshments; a picnic area with water sources, toilets, and a children background.Hima Ebel es- Saqi

–          Visitor center: includes a welcoming information area which represents the departure point for all trails, souvenir kiosk, toilet facilities, and exhibition and projection hall.

–          Pinewood trail: is shady with a refreshing green landscape. It forms a loop around the pinewood.

–          Soaring birds trail: it passes through a rocky slope around the lake and into the pinewood; with a view of Mount Hermon, the Hasbani River, and Valley.

–          Scientific Observation area: holds bird hides and a research camping area.

–          Pond trail: is located between the above two trails, but follows an easier course which is handicapped friendly.