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Ajloun Forest Reserve

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Ajloun Forest Reserve

If you think that Jordan is a country somewhat lacking in the color green, get yourself to the gently wooded hills of the Ajloun Forest Reserve.

Ajloun is a relatively small reserve, but its slopes are studded with oak and pistachio trees and provide a vital green lung for the region, as well as home to roe deer, wild boar, jackals and even the occasional wolf, along with plenty of birdlife.

The reserve is operated by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, who maintain a series of hiking trails across the hills. The spring wildflower walks are particularly enchanting. Several of the trails take in the farms and olive groves of nearby villages, showing a side of Jordanian life not seen by many visitors. There are a series of delightful wooden chalets at the reserve entrance, as well as homestays run by local villagers.