Wet ‘n’ Wild Jordan

Mujib Ajloun & Biosphere Reserves

This package was coordinated by MEET project parnter RSCN and created by the managers and the people of the protected areas of Ajloun and Mujib Biosphere Reserves.

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: Open minded active travelers with a sense of adventure and interest in nature, culture and history. Participants must know how to swim – be prepared to get wet on the gorge trail!

Welcome to Mujib Ajloun & Biosphere Reserves

Ajloun Nature Reserve (forest Reserve and it’s the country highlands) Ajlun‘s woodlands and trees have been important to local people for their wood, scenic beauty and, quite often, for Mujib (Adventure Biosphere Reserve) it has a spectacular array of scenery near the east coast of the Dead Sea. The Reserve is located within the deep Wadi Mujib gorge, which enters the Dead Sea at 410m below sea level.

 

LOCATION


Biodiversity in Ajloun & Mujib Biosphere Reserves

Ajloun woodland reserve was first proposed as a protected area in the 1978 survey. Its ecological importance is represented by the Evergreen Oak vegetation type, which is typical of the northern highlands of Jordan. As part of the Mediterranean bio-geographical region of the country, it is dominated by open woodlands that account for a significant part of Jordan’s forested area, which does not exceed 1% of the country’s entire land area.

Mujib has recorded 40-50 types of water invertebrates in the reserve, belonging to 27 species of this family and 5 different kinds, 20-30 types of terrestrial vertebrates, 21 types of Reptiles, 3 types of fish, 150 species of birds in or near the protected area

 The MEET Project in Mujib & Ajloun Biosphere Reserve

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

Click here to see the Wet n Wild Jordan Itinerary

Maps of the route:

Ajloun Reserve Village Trail

Mujib reserve Wet 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 Amman will be in a boutique Hotel in Single/Double /Twin with private bathrooms

Accommodation at Ajloun Cabins – will be Single/Double/Twin and will have a private bathrooms

Accommodation in Mujib Chalets will be in Single /Double with a 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..