The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) is an NGO that began under the late King Hussein in 1966. The RSCN strives to protect and conserve the rich and varied bio-diversity of Jordan. In addition to the environment, the RSCN works hard to include the human element, as well. There are many socio-economic programs that are integrated into the general mission of the RSCN, some of which are offered here by Backpacker Concierge.
Boasting spectacular desert and mountain landscapes, this nature reserve is Jordan’s largest in the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) family. Many enjoy bird watching, hiking or just sitting back and enjoying the pure tranquility of the area. It is the perfect getaway for those interested in trekking, photography or even a writer’s retreat! You may wish to simply stop at Dana and enjoy the warm local hospitality for lunch or stay and camp for days. Whatever your interest, Dana is sure to please.
Mujib is often a thrill-seekers destination. The reserve itself is home to both Dead Sea coastline and the amazing Mujib Canyon. Mujib’s river system encourages a flourishing and diverse ecosystem. Some visit Wadi Mujib to explore and discover its countless flora and fauna. Others come specifically for the physical challenges that lie in the canyon’s flowing waters. Whatever your motivation, Mujib is a spectacular destination in Jordan.
Ajloun is a very special reserve in northern Jordan. Its lush forests include Evergreen Oak, Pine, Carob, Wild Pistachio and Wild Strawberry trees. As locals will tell you, the spring season is a magical time of year to visit this part of Jordan. One finds the hills and forest floors blanketed with wild flowers!
Due to its mild climate and agricultural possibilities this area is one of the oldest, continuously inhabited enclaves in the region. Therefore, you will find a wealth of archeological ruins and treasures just minutes away. For those interested in visiting the Roman city of Jerash, but not keen on staying in the city of Amman, Ajloun is a perfect overnight!
A very remote, environmentally-friendly lodge set at the edge of the beautiful Feynan and Dana Reserves. The lodge is solar powered and candle lit adding to its eco-friendliness and overall atmosphere.
There are several trails for hiking that can be done with or without a guide and mountain bikes are available for hire from the lodge itself. It is also possible to hike from Dana Reserve to Feynan through the gorgeous Wadi Dana. This is an experience for those who are fit and truly enjoy the quiet solitude of nature!
Available from September to June
“Vast, echoing, and God-like” is how TE Lawrence once described this land. Wadi Rum is a fascinating desert landscape, favored mostly for its incredible rock formations that have developed over the years with the help of Mother Nature. They are best seen by way of a jeep safari, combined with an overnight in the desert allowing for both a sunset and sunrise experience. For those seeking adventure, there are some less traditional methods to visit this Nature Reserve which is considered to be the most beautiful desert in the region!
experience of taking in this amazing place. We suggest enjoying a typical Jordanian meal at the
Dana Guesthouse where the chefs utilize local ingredients to create a special culinary experience.
We can arrange for individuals or groups to include this as a stop in just about any itinerary!
tents here are equipped with mattresses, blankets and pillows for a good level of comfort.
This campsite overlooks the gorgeous Jordan Rift Valley and offers wonderful hiking in the
surrounding area as well as the opportunity for star gazing at night. The entire facility is run by
the people of Dana and you will immediately feel a welcome guest here!
Available mid-March to October
Our favorite is Ajloun’s Village Orchard trail, a forest trek that allows visitors to interact with and support the local community. Your trek will take place in the evergreen oak forests and lush orchards, which pass through Baoun, Rasoon, and Orjan villages. Upon arrival in Orjan, you will visit the soap-maker’s house where takes place a wonderful project supporting women from the local villages by way of natural olive oil soap production. After your visit, you will enjoy a traditional home-made brunch in the village!
All trails are available year round, but depend upon weather
The first is the Ajloun Cabins. These cabins are designed to accommodate your wild side and lend basic comfort. All cabins have their own facilities and a peaceful breezy terrace to enjoy day and night.
There are also tented Bungalows for more earnest campers. They include shared facilities and little luxury, but will give you the original Ajloun experience.
Cabins are available year round, Bungalows from April to October