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Dana Biosphere Reserve

Dana village, Tafilah Governorate, Jordan
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Dana Biosphere Reserve

Dana Biosphere Reserve is the largest nature reserve in Jordan. For hikers and trekkers, this is one of Jordan's top places to get out into the wilderness, but even non-walkers will enjoy a stop here simply to enjoy the rustic and tranquil atmosphere of Dana village with its majestic views over the tumbling hills below.

Dana's landscape is dominated the enormous sandstone cliffs that guard the valley, creating a series of microclimates and ecosystems that give a home to nearly 200 species of bird and most of Jordan's mammal species. Sightings of ibex, gazelles and even wolves aren't unknown.

The entrance to the reserve at Dana village has an excellent reception center run by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, who can also recommend guides. The five day hike from Dana to Petra is deemed one of the greatest treks in the Middle East, and is particularly pretty early in the year when the route is laid with spring flowers.