The Reserve contains a remarkable diversity of landscapes, that range from wooded highlands to rocky slopes, and from gravel plains to dunes of sand. Moreover, Dana supports diverse wildlife which includes a variety of rare species of plants and animals; Dana is home to about 600 species of plants, 37 species of mammals and 190 species of birds.
Dana Nature Reserve (308 square kms) is a world of natural treasures. It is composed of a chain of valleys and mountains which extend from the top of the Jordan Rift Valley down to the desert lowlands of Wadi Araba. The visitor to this area will awed by the beauty of the Rummana mountain, the mystery of the ancient archeological ruins of Feinan, the timeless serenity of Dana Village and the grandeur of the red and white sandstone cliffs of Wadi Dana.
People With Charm & History
The Dana Village area, which overlooks the scenic Wadi Dana, has witnessed human settlement since about 4000BC (6000 years abo!). evidence unveiled by archaeological exploration shows that Paleolithic, Egyptian, Nabatean and Roman civilizations were drawn to the area by the fertility of the soil, the water springs and the strategic location.
The people who inhabit Dana Village today are the "Al Ata'ata" tribe. They settled and built the village during Ottoman times about 400 years ago.
Services For Visitors
Visitors will find a range of services available at the reserve at the reserve, including a Guest House at the Dana Village, interpretation information at the Tower Entrance, a campsite at Rummana and Feinan areas, an assortment of hiking trails, a Nature Shop and a Visitor's Center at the Dana Village. Rangers offer a variety of guided hikes to key locations on the reserve.
The Dana Center is a complex of buildings located at the edge of the village. The center is made up of three parts: the Dana Guest House, the Dana Nature Shop and the Visitors' Center.
Dana Guest House
Perched on the edge of Wadi Dana, the Guest House offers a breathtaking view of the reserve. It contains nine comfortably furnished bedrooms with private terraces, and good facilities for meetings and conferences.
The Dana Nature Shop sells organically grown produce from the village terrace gardens, in addition to silver jewelry and pottery crafted by the women of Dana Village.
Dana Visitors' Center
The center provides information about Dana and the RSCN.
Facilities for Camping
The Rummana Campsite can accommodate 60 persons per day and 75 persons for a daily visit. It is open for overnight visitors from March 1st to October 31st.
The campsite contains 20 large tents, bathrooms and barbecue grills for visitor use. Each tent comes equipped with mattresses and pillows. Drinking water is available, gas cookers may be rented and catering services can be provided for groups of six or more.
Camping is not permitted outside the designated camping area.
This campsite is simpler by comparison to the Rummana camp. The capacity of this camp is 40 visitors per night. The campsite contains a kitchen, 10 tents, and bathrooms. Each tent is equipped with mattresses, blankets and pillows. Drinking water is also available.
Feinan Campsite is open year round.
Access to the Tower Entrance:
Take the Desert Highway. Near the village Husseiniya turn left following the signs of Dana Nature Reserve.
When you reach the cement Factory turn right and follow the signs to the campsite.
Access to the Dana Village:
Make a left turn after the cement factory and there a right turn after Qadissiya.
Access to Feinan:
Access to Feinan is possible from the village of Greigra via a four wheel drive vehicle. Greigra is connected to the Dead Sea-Aqaba highway by an asphalt road (3 hours from Amman, 2 hours from Aqaba).
Feinan can also be reached by a four to five hour hike from Dana Village.
(JERASH - DECAPOLIS ERA - JORDAN - PETRA - WADI RUM - AQABA - THE DEAD SEA - MUJIB WILDLIFE RESERVE - DANA NATURE RESERVE - SHAUMARI NATURE RESERVE - AJLOUN NATURE RESERVE - AZRAQ WETLAND RESERVE - BIRD WATCHING - THE GULF OF AQABA - BETHANY BEYOND JORDAN)
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