Hiking Jordan’s Nature Reserves: A 10-day itinerary which takes you through the Nature Reserves of Jordan. Visit the forests of Ajloun, the wetlands of Azraq and the desert of Wadi Rum. Hike though the largest Nature Reserve of Dana and of course visit the UNESCO site of Petra along the way. See Jordan from a different perspective!

Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ajloun Forest Reserve
  • Wadi Mujib
  • Dana Biosphere Reserve
  • Abraham’s Path
  • Azraq Wetlands Reserve
  • Wadi Rum
  • Petra
  • Madaba
  • Dead Sea

PRICE 

 

Price per person based on 2 people traveling
1141 JOD / 1612 USD per person

Price per person based on 4 people traveling
1122 JOD / 1581 USD per person

Price per person based on 6 people traveling
918 JOD / 1294 USD per person

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Private transfers in AC tourism car with English speaking driver
  • Overnight accommodation for 9 nights
  • Guide for day 2, 6, 8
  • Lunch with local family on day 2
  • Entrance and guide for Siq trail on day 5
  • Luggage transfer on day 6
  • Packed lunch on day 6
  • Conservation fee on day 6
  • 4×4 jeep tour in Wadi Rum

EXCLUSIONS

  • Flights
  • Entrance tickets (see www.jordanpass.jo)
  • Not mentioned meals and beverages
  • Cancellation and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses during trip

Hiking Jordan’s Nature Reserves

Day 1 (D): Airport – RSCN Ajloun
You will arrive at airport and be met by your driver who will take you north to Ajloun Nature Reserve. Established in 1987, Ajloun Forest Reserve covers an area of 13 km2 located in the Ajloun highlands north of Amman. It consists of Mediterranean-like hill country, ranging from 600 – 1100 m above sea level, with a series of small and medium winding valleys. Your overnight stay is in cabin inside the reserve run by the RSCN. Dinner is included.

Day 2, (B, L, D): Ajloun – Orjan – RSCN Azraq
After breakfast, your driver will collect you and take you first to Ajloun Castle to explore the impressive Muslim fortress. Then to the start of the Abraham’s Path (a long-distance walking trail that passes through the middle east), where your guide will meet you to hike with you along one of the stages to the small village of Orjan. You will stop for lunch with a local family, before visiting some of the local initiatives in the area. In the late afternoon, your driver will meet you and take you east to Azraq. Your overnight stay is at Azraq Lodge run by RSCN, dinner is included.

Day 3 (B): Azraq – Desert Castles – Madaba
After breakfast, your first visit is to the wetlands. The Azraq Wetland Reserve is a nature reserve located near the town of Azraq in the eastern desert of Jordan. An oasis for migratory birds, Azraq was established in 1978 and covers 12 square kilometers. Then onto Azraq Castle, a 13th century castle built of local black basalt. On your drive towards Madaba, you’ll also stop at two other desert castles before arriving in the late afternoon in the small town of Madaba for your overnight stay.

Day 4 (B, D): Madaba- Mt Nebo- Dead Sea, RSCN Wadi Mujib
This morning you can explore the beautiful mosaics and churches of Madaba. After lunch, your driver will meet you and take you down to the Dead Sea, stopping along the way at Mt. Nebo – the final resting place of Moses with fantastic views over 4 countries. You can spend the afternoon relaxing at the saltiest lake in the world. Your overnight stay is at RSCN Mujib Chalets, dinner is included.

Day 5 (B, D): Mujib Trail – Karak – RSCN Dana
This morning, you will cross the road to the Mujib Biosphere Reserve. This wonderful reserve, which ranges from an altitude of 900m above sea level to 400m below, was originally established by the RSCN for the captive breeding of the Nubian ibex, but now supports a wide variety of species. Today you’ll follow the Siq Trail (approx 3 hours). The trail follows the river upstream to the head of the Mujib Gorge. You’ll wade upstream, climb up small waterfalls and swim through small pools to reach a 20m high waterfall. You’ll have time for a swim and relax, before returning to the Visitor Centre. You’ll then drive to Karak and have time for lunch and visit to the castle before travelling further down the King’s Highway to Dana Nature Reserve. Overnight at RSCN Rumana Campsite (summer) or RSCN Guesthouse.

Day 6 (B, L, D): Dana – Feynan Ecolodge
Dana Nature Reserve is Jordan’s largest Nature Reserve and after breakfast you’ll have the chance to explore some of it by hiking down the Dana Valley to Wadi Araba with a local guide. The start is at a height of 1200 meters and throughout the walk you’ll notice the surprisingly diverse ecosystem which thrives about 600 species of plants, 45 species of mammals like ibex, mountain gazelle and red fox, and 180 species of birds. A packed lunch will be provided along the way, and at the end of the trail, more than 1000m lower in altitude, you’ll be welcomed at the Feynan Ecolodge. Your overnight stay is at one of the 25 best ecolodges in the world, dinner is included.

Day 7 (B, L, D): Feynan – Little Petra
In the morning, you have chance to join in some of the activities arranged by the Ecolodge – learn how to bake Bedouin bread or make Arabic coffee; take part in a cooking demonstration or a join a morning hike. After lunch, you will be driven up through the mountains to Little Petra and have time to explore this suburb of Petra, before arriving at your overnight stay, 7 Wonders Bedouin Camp. Dinner is included.

Day 8 (B, L, D): Little Petra – Petra  
After breakfast, your 4×4 jeep will arrive to take you to the start of the ‘Backdoor hike’. With beautiful views over Wadi Araba, this fantastic hike takes you the backway into Petra, avoiding the 800 steps of the usual route. The guide will show you the way and at the end of the trail you’ll find The Monastery, Petra’s largest monument. You have the rest of the afternoon to explore Petra -the Roman Colonnaded Way, Royal Tombs and of course the impressive Treasury. A walk through the Siq takes you to the entrance, where a car will meet you to return you to camp.

Day 9 (B, D): Petra – Wadi Rum
Today you have the morning to explore some more of Petra – you could   make the climb to the viewpoint to look down onto the Treasury as the morning sun hits it. Or perhaps climb up the mountain opposite to the High Place of Sacrifice and take the trail down to the Garden Temple Complex. After lunch, you will be transferred south to The Wadi Rum Protected Area –  a beautiful desert of dunes and towering sandstone mountains. A jeep safari will take you to see some of the sights – visit the Nabatean inscriptions, canyons, sand-dunes and Lawrence of Arabia’s House. Dinner will be served in the evening, before spending the night under the stars at Khaled’s Camp.

Day 10 (B): Wadi Rum – Airport
Time to say goodbye to Jordan. Your driver will collect you and take you to the airport to catch your flight.

Hiking Jordan's Nature Reserves

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