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Dana nature Reserve, just north of Petra,  covers 308 square killometres and is a world of natural treasures. Managed by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), 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 be awed by the beauty of the Rummana Mountain, the mystery of the ancient archaeological ruins of Feynan, the timeless serenity of Dana Village and the grandeur of the red and white sandstone cliffs of Wadi Dana.
The Reserve contains a remarkable diversity of landscapes, which range from wooded highlands to rocky slopes and from gravel plains to sand dunes. 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.


Take the kings' Highway south from Amman and pass by Karak and Tafila. Over 20km from Tafila, between the villages of Rashadiyya and Qadisiyya, there are two sign posted roads, one to Rummana Campsite and one to Dana village. You can reach Feynan Campsite either by foot from Dana, or take the Dead Sea Highway from Amman, and then a side road to the village of Greigra. From there you can hire a 4x4 vehicle with a driver guide to Feynan.


Azraq is a unique wetland oasis located in the heart of the semi-arid Jordanian eastern desert. It is one of several beautiful nature reserves managed by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN). Its attractions include several natural and ancient pools, a seasonal marshland, and a large mudflat know as Qa'a Al-Azraq. A wide variety of birds stop at the reserve each year for a rest on their arduous migration routes between Asia and Africa. Some stay for the winter and breed within the protected areas of the wetland.


Azraq is a one and a half hour drive east from Amman. There are two major routes leading there:
·         The Desert Highway:
From the Desert Highway, take the Madaba turn and head east. Follow the road signs to Azraq.
·         Zarqa Highway:
In Amman, go east on king Abdullah Street, to join the Amman-Zarqa Highway. The road to Azraq branches off from the highway before you reach Zarqa.


The Shawmari Reserve was created in 1975 by the RSCN as a breeding centre for endangered or locally extinct wildlife. Today, following breeding programmes from some of the world's leading wildlife parks and zoos, this small, 22-square-kilometre reserve is a thriving protected environment for some of the rarest species in the Middle East. Oryx, ostriches, gazelles and onagers are rebuilding their populations and reasserting their presence in this safe haven.


Shawmari lies about 125 Kilometres east of Amman, near Azraq Village, and can be reached by following the directions given for the Azraq Oasis.


The Mujib Reserve is the lowest nature reserve in the world, with a 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 41 metres below sea level. The Reserve extends to the Karak and Madaba mountains to the north and south, reaching 900 metres above sea level in some places. This 1,300 metres variation in elevation, combined with the valley's year-round water, means that Wadi Mujib enjoys a magnificent bio-diversity that is still being explored and documented today.


Drive about 30km south of the Dead Sea hotel resort area, until you reach the Mujib Bridge, where a small reserve office is located. 


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