Walking in nature is such a pleasure in Jordan due to the many nature and eco reserves available from north to south but also because of the very special trails and initiatives which were set-up to support local communities on the way. Trails also vary from lush oak forests to semi-arid and desert that are all unique in their own way. Imagine a walk in nature stumbling on ancient archeology and being greeted along the way by the local communities inviting you in for tea or to even have lunch. While there are all types of walks in Jordan from mild to difficult, there are also options for serious hikes, and hiking trails are marvelous. Canyoning and climbing are also fun. Wadi Rum boasts some of the most exciting climbing in Jordan to include free climbing.
There are other activities in Jordan such as Bird watching and Scuba Diving. Let us know your interest by contacting us and we will do our best to accommodate your every need.
Bird-watchers from all over the world have started organising weeklong trips to Jordan to enjoy the sight of some rare species of indigenous birds and others that migrate annually between the northern and southern hemispheres. Jordan’s location at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa means that birds from these three continents can sometimes be spotted in the same general area in Jordan. Special bird watching sites in Jordan are mainly located at Al Azraq and Mujib Reserves.
Aqaba Scuba Diving:
There are special diving sites in Jordan on different depths and suitable for all levels where the coral is said to be next to none in the region. As you may know the Red Sea water temperature never drop below 19 degrees centigrade.
The Principal Reefs and Dive Sites of Aqaba:
POWER STATION – Located 5 Kms south of Aqaba town. Swim over fringing reef which drops down to 5m with sand and patch reef, from where reef slopes down to 20m and drops away to 200m. Swim down over the wall edge to depth of 30m and swim south.
FIRST BAY – From try dives to technical diving – this site provides for all – Diving south from the mooring you find a cabbage coral at 18m on the corner of the reef follow the wall back to the north and follow the contour of the reef. (For tec divers continue straight out to Death Valley starting at 50m and then south to Walter’s Wall and George’s Gulley which drops to 80m plus). The normal dive continues to the North where you will pass over a wide expanse of coral with black coral trees and come to a sandy gulley, follow this back up to 12m and work your way back across the reefs to the mooring.
CAZAR REEF– Next to the Marine Reserve and also the location of Club Murjan, the Alcazar’s beach club. Enter at south side of gully edging down to 18m, lots of Cornet fish and Fusiliers, a cabbage coral marks the corner of the reef. Swim northwards over some large black corals to a pinnacle at 17m covered in soft coral.
EEL GARDEN – Site of the famous ” pinnacle ” – Named after the myriads of garden eels resident in the sand and grass areas here. One of the largest populations in the Red Sea! This provides an excellent area for photography. There is a sandy slope down to 20m (covered in garden eels – you need to stay still for them to appear) where there is a fantastic display of black corals.
KING ABDULLAH REEF – Approx 5 mins drive from the Club in an area known as the Tourist Camp. Enter the site through a maze of fringing reef with fantastic displays of Fire coral. Drop down to 5m and follow slope down to 12m to a large pinnacle full of a variety of marine life. Head across the sand to a large circular reef with a Gorgonia Fan coral in centre. Continue down to 24m where shoaling Pennant Fish have a “permanent” home. Ascend slowly in a circle and watch territorial displays Parrot Fish till you reach 10m.
BLACK ROCK – The northern side of Wreck Bay, adjacent to the former Tourist Camp. Entry at a gravel and shingle point, swim out and pick up the reef on the right and swim down to the planned depth, usually around 25m. Heading north there are immense coral slopes and valleys with large black coral “bushes”. This is frequented by Hawksbill turtles.
THE WRECK OF THE CEDAR PRIDE – A Lebanese freighter scuttled in 1983 which now hosts a wide variety of hard and soft corals. She is intact and lies across two reefs on her port side. Divers can swim under her at 27m. She can take several dives to fully appreciate and is an excellent night dive. It is also the site for beautiful sea horses.
Upon arrival you will be met by our representative after passing through customs to then drive north for about 40 min. to the capital city of Amman. Check-in at your hotel and overnight.
Enjoy a city tour of Amman to include the Citadel and the archeological museum, then drive downtown to visit the Roman Amphitheater and the folklore museum before enjoying lunch at an authentic Arabic restaurant. Then drive east to Al Azraq Reserve, to visit Al Azraq & Shumari reserves, and watch a Rare Birds of Jordan Expedition: 4 hours, 2 km hiking. Binoculars would a plus. Continue to the Campsite in Shumari Reserve. Dinner & Overnight. Or overnight in Amman
Drive in the morning west for about 1 hour to visit the largest Roman Decapolis outside Italy. There you will feel that you are completely transported 2000 years back in time. Then drive for about 45 min. further north to visit the beautifully preserved Ajloun Crusader castle and enjoy the scenic view of the protected Oak nature reserve. Depending on the time of year, there is the option to spend the night in a nature friendly cabin at the reserve where you and your family can enjoy a guided hike explaining the habitat and fauna in the surrounding area.
Also optional: Enjoy an 8km trail, taking 4-5 hours, passing across heavily wooded valleys and ridges, inside and outside the nature reserve. This highly scenic trail passes through villages and olive orchards and offers beautiful panoramic views to the West Bank and Syria.
Another option on this day is a visit to the soap factory and if you spend the night at the reserve you may opt for a morning hike followed by breakfast with a local village family in their garden.
Travel south/west for about 45 min. to visit Mount Nebo, which is one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan and is also suspected the place where Moses was buried. Visit the church with its vast display of mosaic. Then drive south for about 200 min. to visit Madaba, the ‘City of Mosaics” and visit St. Joseph’s Church with the 6th century Byzantine map of Jerusalem. Then travel along the king’s highway to visit Kerak. Kerak is famous for its delicious traditional Arabic food, the mansaf and one of the three largest castles in the region, the crusader castle. If time permits and depending on the time of year, visit the nature reserve of Dana. The only reserve in the world that stretches down to -400 meters below sea level. Arrive in the evening to your hotel in Petra, and overnight.
Enjoy a full day visit of the ancient Nabatian city of Petra. We will guide you from the visitor’s center all the way through the Siq (a long narrow gorge) arriving first at the magnificent site of the Treasury then the Theatre, the Court house, and the Roman Columns in the basin. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch on site before walking up 800 steps to the Monastery. It might be a little bit tiring but you can hire a donkey if your and overnight. Optional tour of Petra by night operational only on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday.
Drive south for approx. 1 and half hours to Wadi Rum another UNESCO protected nature reserve. Get ready for an exciting desert adventure. We take you by Jeep through the best and most beautiful areas of Wadi Rum while we do not miss the core sites. We visit Lawrence Spring, Khazali canyon, Burdah Arch, Um Frouth Arch, etc. After the trip you can have a short camel ride just for fun. After enjoying the impeccable sunset overnight in Wadi Rum at a desert camp or continue to Aqaba and overnight. Optional activities in Wadi Rum include ATV’s, Hot Air Balloon ride (seasonal), para gliding, climbing, sand boarding, etc….)
Enjoy a short beach holiday by swimming, snorkeling, and many other water activities available in Aqaba. Departure home or extend your stay more.
You may extend your journey by as many days you want to enjoy time at leisure in Aqaba, which could include fishing, a short boat ride to Taba, etc…