Weekend trip to Wadi Mujib and Zikra Initiative: Meet and learn from locals, eat traditional food and discover some of Jordan’s hidden gems on foot! You will discover the Siq trail in Wadi Mujib and spend time with the local community at the Zirka Initiative and hike in the beautiful Ghor region. Jordan from a different perspective!

 

Guidance throughout this weekend trip

This short weekend trip offers to discover Wadi Mujib and Ghor al Mazraa in the Jordan Valley. You will stay at the RSCN Mujib Chalets, which offer stunning views over the Dead Sea. Each chalet also has a shaded terrace, air conditioning and a hammock. Showers and toilets are located nearby. A restaurant is also on site, which offers traditional Arabic cuisine.

On the first day, you will have the chance to take a dip into the salty waters of the Dead Sea and enjoy a full body mud treatment! After a relaxing few hours, you will go to Wadi Mujib to hike the Siq Trail! Here, you are expected to climb waterfalls, hike through canyons and swim through gorges. On the second day, you will spend most of the day at the Zirka Initiative, where you will do a hike to discover the region and afterwards learn how to cook traditional foods. You will eat lunch with the local community there. Later in the afternoon, your driver will take you to the Dead Sea Panoramic Complex.

On the third day, you will return to the Zikra Initiative to visit some local farms, meet the farmers and learn about the local agriculture. Next, you will meet local women, who will teach you about wool weaving or traditional makeup. You will also have lunch at the Initiative. Once you are finished, your driver will take you back to Amman or the airport.

What to expect during this weekend trip to Wadi Mujib & the Zikra Initiative

Price:

353 JOD / 499 USD per person based on two people travelling

283 JOD / 400 USD per person based on three people travelling

 

What’s included:
Private transfers in AC tourist car
Overnight accommodation for 2 nights at Mujib Chalets including breakfast
Zikra Initiative programme on day 2 and 3
Siq Trail Fee
Day pass for 4* Dead Sea Spa Hotel

What’s excluded:
Jordanian visa and entrance tickets (see www.jordanpass.jo)
Flights
Personal expenses and tipping

Availability:
This trip is available all year round, however, to get the most about it, we would recommend travelling between March – June or September – November.

Optional activities:

  • Hiking the Canyon Trail, Malaqi Trail or Ibex Trail instead of the Siq Trail in Wadi Mujib (for more information please visit: http://www.rscn.org.jo/sites/default/files/publication/Mujib-EN.pdf)
  • Visit Mukawer, which was the royal fortress of Jerod the Great and the site where John the Baptist was beheaded
  • Alternative Zikra Initiative programme (during Ramadan only): Learn how to make Arabian eyeliner, banana leaf baskets, some local dishes and much more. After sunset, you will break the fast together.

Day 1:
Depending on your arrival time, your driver will pick you up in Amman/ QAIA and take you to the Dead Sea. Here you can spend a couple of hours floating in the salty waters, going for a full body mud treatment and having lunch. Your driver will then take you to Wadi Mujib, to hike the infamous Siq Trail (self-guided). You will discover the Jordan’s ‘Grand Canyon’: Hike, swim through gorges and climb up waterfalls. Afterwards, your driver will take you to your hotel. Overnight stay at RSCN Mujib Chalets.

Day 2:
In the morning, your driver will pick you up and take you south to Zikra Initiative, where you will go on a hike in the Ghor region, guided by the local community. You will pass waterfalls, streams and palm trees on your way. Afterwards, you will participate in a workshop conducted by the local community, which will teach you local handicraft skills: Learn how to cook Galayat Bandora or make Sharaq bread. Enjoy a homemade lunch with the local community.

In the afternoon, you will be taken back to Wadi Mujib, where you will head to the Dead Sea Panoramic Complex. Enjoy spectacular views or learn more about the history and ecology of the Dead Sea. Your driver will then take you back to your hotel. Overnight stay at RSCN Mujib Chalets.

Day 3:
In the morning, your driver will pick you up and take you back to the Zirka Initiative. Today, you will visit a tomato farm, meet the farmers and learn about agriculture in the area. Subsequently, you will meet women from the local community who will share their experience in recycling, making crafts such as basket and wool weaving, making traditional eyeliner from olive oil and more with you. Once again, you will enjoy a home-cooked lunch. Your driver will then pick you up and take you back to Amman.

What is the Zikra Initiative?

The Zikra Initiative aims to promote local communities in the Ghor al Mazra’a region and what they can offer. It aims to aid the sustainable development of the community and promote relationships and a skills exchange between tourists and the local community.

Ghor al Mazra’a is a poverty pocket declared by the Jordanian government. In the past, the local community had to face struggles such as discrimination, lacking job opportunities, insufficient household incomes and have been associated with unfair stereotypes.

The philosophy of the Zikra Initiative is to provide an ‘exchange-experience’, whereby an equal and fair relationship is being developed. Both, giver and receiver can learn new skills. This so-called exchange model is self-funded through visitor fees, which are channelled back to the local community.

What is Exchange Tourism?

Zikra came up with the idea of exchange tourism and created trips which allow tourists to experience the Jordan heritage and roots by participating in workshops held by the local community. In exchange, visitors will pay a small entrance fee, which goes back to the local community. The money earned from the entrance fee is used to provide interest-free loans to the community, which they can use to open up their own business.

Until now, many had the opportunity to create a more sustainable income. Projects like poultry, beekeeping, a bakery or selling clothes have been implemented due to the exchange model.

What does Zirka offer?

For tourists, the Zikra Initiative offers different programmes. You can join workshops such as tomato picking, hiking or learning rural skills. Visitors can also learn how to cook the traditional Galayat Bandora (Tomato in a Pan), make eyeliner, sew a hatta tassel, creative decorates from recyclable materials, create rosaries out of olive seeds and much more.

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