Going offbeat

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Tourists often miss out on amazing offbeat experiences as fatigue sets in once they have seen a country’s prime tourist attractions. To avoid that situation while you are in Jordan, don’t forget to include the Mujib Nature Reserve in your itinerary, along with visits to the more popular Dead Sea, Petra, Aqaba, Jerash and Wadi Rum, among others.

The picture-postcard Mujib Nature Reserve is a deep and majestic gorge that cuts through the rugged highlands and drains into the Dead Sea. The Mujib Reserve is the lowest nature reserve in the world, with its spectacular array of scenery near the East Coast of the Dead Sea. The reserve is located within the deep Wadi Mujib gorge, which enters the Dead Sea at 410 metres below sea level. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2011, it hosts more than 300 species of plants, 10 species of carnivores and numerous species of permanent and migratory birds.

Off a main highway, 90 km south of the capital Amman and 30 km south of the Dead Sea hotel resort area, is the Mujib Bridge, where a small reserve office welcomes the visitors – the place from where the adventure begins. The Mujib Reserve, managed by The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, has five major trails – three river trails and two dry land trails – all of which offer some of the most dramatic experiences in the kingdom. This 212-sq km giant riverine gash in the mountains, running in an east-west direction to the Dead Sea, offers adventure sports like abseiling, canyoning, trekking and swimming. The trek is difficult, yet fun. However, one has to have the ability to swim well and have no fear of water and heights.

The area’s relative remoteness has ensured that large biodiversity, including rare and endangered animals, thrive here. The reserve is a haven for birds as it is home to about 200 avian visitors, which include the Black stork, Honey buzzard, Levant sparrowhawk, Short-toed eagle and Barbary falcon. Watching small schools of fish wading through the shallow, crystal clear waters of its streams is a pure delight.

Abutting the northern boundary of the Wadi Zarqa Ma’in are a string of thermal springs, which emanate near the spa resort of Hammamat Ma’in. From here, a high, narrow gorge is passable on foot for an eight kilometre trek to the Dead Sea. Mujib Reserve will never fail to amaze you!  

Tourists often miss out on amazing offbeat experiences as fatigue sets in once they have seen a country’s prime tourist attractions. To avoid that situation while you are in Jordan, don’t forget to include the Mujib Nature Reserve in your itinerary, along with visits to the more popular Dead Sea, Petra, Aqaba, Jerash and Wadi Rum, among others.

The picture-postcard Mujib Nature Reserve is a deep and majestic gorge that cuts through the rugged highlands and drains into the Dead Sea. The Mujib Reserve is the lowest nature reserve in the world, with its spectacular array of scenery near the East Coast of the Dead Sea. The reserve is located within the deep Wadi Mujib gorge, which enters the Dead Sea at 410 metres below sea level. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2011, it hosts more than 300 species of plants, 10 species of carnivores and numerous species of permanent and migratory birds.

Off a main highway, 90 km south of the capital Amman and 30 km south of the Dead Sea hotel resort area, is the Mujib Bridge, where a small reserve office welcomes the visitors – the place from where the adventure begins. The Mujib Reserve, managed by The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, has five major trails – three river trails and two dry land trails – all of which offer some of the most dramatic experiences in the kingdom. This 212-sq km giant riverine gash in the mountains, running in an east-west direction to the Dead Sea, offers adventure sports like abseiling, canyoning, trekking and swimming. The trek is difficult, yet fun. However, one has to have the ability to swim well and have no fear of water and heights.

The area’s relative remoteness has ensured that large biodiversity, including rare and endangered animals, thrive here. The reserve is a haven for birds as it is home to about 200 avian visitors, which include the Black stork, Honey buzzard, Levant sparrowhawk, Short-toed eagle and Barbary falcon. Watching small schools of fish wading through the shallow, crystal clear waters of its streams is a pure delight.

Abutting the northern boundary of the Wadi Zarqa Ma’in are a string of thermal springs, which emanate near the spa resort of Hammamat Ma’in. From here, a high, narrow gorge is passable on foot for an eight kilometre trek to the Dead Sea. Mujib Reserve will never fail to amaze you!

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