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Spirit of the Jordanian Desert

Dana Biosphere Reserve

This package was coordinated by MEET project parnter RSCN and created by the managers and the people of the protected areas of Dana Biosphere Reserve.

The tour is provided by the local tour operator Discovery Circle Tours. 

This test tour is a result of the MEET project’s objective to develop an integrated strategy to settle an Eco-Tourism Development Model for the Mediterranean Protected Areas that boosts a better seasonal distribution of tourism flows. By participating in this tour you will be part of a small group contributing to the development of a new sustainable travel concept which aims to support conservation and benefit the local communities…

Detailed Pre-Tour Information will be available shortly – Visit again soon!

NOTE: Active Mid to high-end nature-oriented travelers prepared for long hikes (3-5+ hour hikes)

Welcome to Dana Biosphere Reserve

Dana Nature Reserve is an area of staggering beauty, history, and biodiversity. The only reserve in Jordan that encompasses the four different bio-geographical zones of the country (Mediterranean, Irano-Turanian, Saharo-Arabian and Sudanian), it is a melting pot of species from Europe, Africa and Asia.

 

LOCATION


Biodiversity in Dana Biosphere Reserve

Dana boasts an enormous diversity of faunal and floral species with at least 38 mammalian species, 43 reptilian species, three amphibian species, and 217 bird species (of which 80 species breed in the site), and 833 plants representing three different bio-geographical origins.

 The MEET Project in Dana

This tour upholds the MEET Brand Values:

Connection: with the culture, people, landscape

Compassion: with genuine local experiences

Conservation: using ecotourism as a tool for conservation

Community: engages and benefits the locals through tourism

Conservation Challenges & Opportunities

Common challenges include hunting, overgrazing, and littering in the reserve surroundings. A biodiversity conservation program has been established many years ago for each reserve where nature, landscapes and living species are protected by a patrol program implemented by nature rangers.

PRE DEPARTURE GUIDE

Before you depart, please, take the time to take these considerations into account:

We recommend you take the following with you:

  • Passport Should be Valid for at least 6 Months
  • Air/travel tickets
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Visa (if necessary)
  • Pre-departure information
  • Local Currency The Local Currency is the Jordanian Dinar – you can exchange the Money in all exchange offices or Banks – most of credit cards are accepted in Hotels-Restaurants-Shops

Visa requirements

For the majority of international passports the visa fees should be paid directly at the airport in Amman at cost of USD 58$ the equivalent to 40 JOD.

  • Individual Visa ( for most of European Nationalities can be obtained upon arrival to the Airport
  • Note : Free Visa can be obtained in case you send us your passport details 3 Weeks before arrival

Currency

The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar, or “JD”, which is divided into 1000 fils. All major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and in the larger shops. Google Currency Converter

Weather Conditions

Jordan boasts almost year-round sunshine with temperate, comfortable weather. Expected weather in October will be mostly Sunny and Expected Temperature will be as follows : High 28 Degree Celsius/Low 15 Degree Celsius.

Clothing tips

  • Hiking or running shoes( Comfortable )
  • Dry Clothes
  • Swim suit
  • Hat or Head Dress
  • Sun glasses
  • Light clothes and fast-drying Clothes
  • Walk sticks – water proof bag for hiking in Mujib ( wet Trail ) in case

Electricity & adaptors
220 AC volts, 50 cycles, requiring rounded two-prong wall plugs. Visitors from the US will need an a adaptor , which most hotels can provide.

Health & safety considerations

Medical services are excellent in the larger cities and towns and most doctors are bilingual in Arabic and English. Larger hotels have a doctor on call.

It is advised that all guests take out personal travel insurance to cover any unforeseen expenses (especially medical) that may occur.

Jordan remains one of the safest places in the world to visit.

Tap Water is not drinkable, however guests can drink mineral water in a refillable bottle.

Important cultural & religious knowledge/awareness

Jordan Values its ethnically and religiously diverse population, consequently providing for the cultural rights of all its citizens.

This Spirit of tolerance and appreciation is one of the central elements contributing to the stable and peaceful cultural climate flourishing within Jordan. More than 92% are Sunni Muslims and approximately 6% are Christians.

ON ARRIVAL

Final Tour Itinerary

Provisional Tour Itinerary: Spirit of the Jordanian Desert.

Map of the route.Dana reserve map (white dome + wadi Dana trail)

Transportation
We will meet and assist the guests upon their arrival at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman according to their flight details. Transport will be via minibus.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Dana Guest House will be in a Single /Double/Twin with shared bathrooms and Towels provided.

Accommodation in Feynan Ecolodge will be in a Single/Double/Twin with private bathrooms.

Food & Shopping

Jordan shares culinary cultures with other Arabic and Mediterranean countries – hummus, baba ghanoush, tabouleh, falafel and kebabs all feature strongly-however ,our premier national dish is mansaf.

Wherever you go in Jordan you will find plenty of opportunities to shop. For visitors there is a wide range of locally made handicrafts and other goods available at all the popular sites, as well as within the boutiques of the leading hotels and at the various visitors’ centres. There you will find hand-woven rugs and cushions, beautifully embroidered items and clothing, traditional pottery, glassware, silver jewellery embedded with semi-precious stones, Bedouin knives, coffee pots, narghiles (hubble bubble)…

USEFUL PHRASES IN ARABIC

Basic greetings:

English Local Language (spoken arabic)
Hello Marhaba
Good evening Massa el Kheir
Goodbye Maa al Salameh
See you tomorrow Arak Ghadan
Please Lao samaht
Excuse me / sorry Afwan
Thank you Shukran
You’re welcome Ahlan Wa Sahlan
Have a good day Yowman SAIEDAN
Enjoy your meal Sahtain
Cheers Sahtain

 

Introducing yourself:

English Local Language (spoken arabic)
Hello, my name is… Marhaba ,Ana Issmi…
What is your name? Ma Issmak?
How are you? Kayfa halak ?
Nice to meet you Mabsout bi Mareftak
I come from Italy, Spain, Germany.. Ana mn Italia,Isbania,Almania..