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 meters below sea level. The Reserve extends to the Kerak and
Madaba mountains to the north and south, reaching 900 meters above sea
level in some places. This 1,300 meter variation in elevation, combined
with the valley's year round water flow from seven tributaries, means that
Wadi Mujib enjoys a magnificent biodiversity that is still being explored
and documented today. Over 300 species of plants, 10 species of carnivores
and numerous species of permanent and migratory birds have been recorded
until this date. Some of the remote mountain and valley areas are
difficult to reach, and thus offer safe havens for rare species of cats,
goats and other mountain animals.
Wondrous Wild Life
Mujib's sandstone cliffs are an ideal habitat for one of the most beautiful mountain goats in the world, the horned Ibex. The natural Ibex herds had declined due to over-hunting in easily accessible areas, causing the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) to establish a captive-breeding program for Ibex in the Mujib Reserve.
Mujib is also the home of carnivorous species such as the Caracal; a medium-sized cat distinguished by its black and white ear tufts. An agile and powerful hunter, the Caracal can be spotted in action in the rocky valley of Mujib, using its amazing jumping power to catch airborne prey.
The reserve has two main hiking trails:
1) The circular trail allowing 4 groups a week with maximum 25 persons per group, starts three kilometers from the Mujib bridge along the Dead Sea and offers 5 to 6 hours of hiking and swimming through the Wadi Mujib system.
2) The lower trail also starts from the same bridge and offers a 1 to 2 hour hike within the water system, including a swim at the big waterfall. Life jackets are provided by the Reserve's office.
For those who appreciate nature and adventure, a hike through the Wadi system may prove to be a challenging exercise rejuvenating the body and the mind.
Site for Campers
A designated campsite is available with a hosting capacity of 25 persons per day. It contains five large tents, barbecue grills and toilets for visitors and campers. A Reserve vehicle is provided to drop off luggage while campers walk to the camping area.
The trip to Mujib Nature Reserve from Jordan's capital city Amman is approximately an hour and a half drive. The route takes visitors along the scenic Dead Sea-Aqaba highway all the way to the Mujib Bridge, where the Reserve's office is located.
(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)
EGYPT - LEBANON - SYRIA
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