An area of breathtaking beauty, history and biodiversity; Dana is Jordan’s largest nature reserve and is a great mix of environments – arid desert sand dunes, cool rocky mountains and shaded forest valleys. Many of the species recorded in the reserve are endangered including the Sand Cat, Syrian Wolf, the lesser kestrel and the spiny tailed lizard.
Hiking through Dana reserve is the most popular activity, with local Bedouin guides leading you through the trails. Hikes range in difficulty and can be as short as 2 hours or last a full day! Some of the camp sites also organise cycling trails, cooking classes, star gazing and bird watching – check with the camp on arrival to see what is available in the season and for schedules.
While in Dana, make sure you visit the Dana Village, an area which has been occupied since 4000 BC. In the village there are local handicraft shops selling items such as dried fruit and herbs, jams, goat leather products and beautiful hand crafted silver jewellery. Most of the workshops here are a part of local projects aimed at training local women in new skills and giving them chances of employment to help alleviate poverty in the area.
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Where to Stay?
There are several camps and lodges within the reserve. These are the best option if taking part in the full day hikes and trails.
Or you can just visit for a day and stay nearby in Petra