Talking about Jordan and everybody will consider Petra. Ask individuals to create a little help and they will think of sand and desert. This is reasonable, because Jordan comes with an 85% desert area in the whole territory.
In the center of grit do not expect to find an Amazon, obviously. But there are some green scenery, trees, animals etc.
Is the Dana Biosphere Reserve, no less than the biggest conservation programs with social development in the Middle East.
It all started during the early 90s, when a group came out for Jordan searching and cataloging hidden places that still retained ancestral cultures of the country. In the center of the expedition, they found a village practically abandoned and realized that there was something interesting inside it.
This village was at the center of a national park created shortly before, but hasn’t received much attention in the government. Both park and village, shared the name Dana, because of one of the valleys which exist around the block.
The group chose to alter the situation and began trying to revitalize the area and take their former residents back there.
In the middle of the work, caught the interest of the non-governmental organization and non profit but deeply supported by the Jordanian state: the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) founded in 1966 and official responsible for nature conservation in the country, who remarked that the park around the village was a fantastic position for biological and archaeological surveys.
Thus was designed to Dana Biosphere Reserve. The very first of its kind in the country and as example overall world.
Today, the Dana Biosphere Reserve is 320 km2, goes from an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level to 200 meters below it and provides it to state that it is a replica in miniature of biological Jordan because it is the only reserve that encompasses the 4 types of bio-geographical zones of the nation (the med, the Arab-Saharan Africa and two others with weird names I possibly could not translate).
Since the beginning of the research, to RSCN has found countless plant species within the reserve, three of these unknown to science so far and located only there. Additionally, recorded a lot of animals inside a list ranging from falcons to cobras, passing through the indication of RSCN itself, ibex, called by the perceived of Capra nubiana. Which means you get an idea, this means “only” one third from the plant species and 1 / 2 of the animals and birds of the nation.
All very cool, but can we spend some time within this protected reservation? Yes. And according to all of the guides I’ve read, you will want to stay way over you imagined.
When news of the existence of this little paradise of Jordan spread by travelers probably the most tuned, RSCN decided to encourage ecotourism, creating trails, forming guides from local communities and organizing everything to get the tourist an environmentally responsible manner. Within this package, it included the development of three kinds of accommodation in different places from the reservation.
One of the simplest is Rummana Campsite, which is inside a high area, with a wonderful panoramic view. It is the only way to camp inside the reserve and visitors do not need to bring their very own tents (incidentally, nor can they): the entire infrastructure has already been there, neat and beautiful, including sleeping tents, the area to eat and shared bathrooms.
Another option would be to remain in their very own Village of Dana, just like it was (and stays) recovered, where alternatives are a couple of independent hostels or even the guest house from the RSCN that appeared to be the best option.
The village is in an area even more beautiful than the camp Rummana, around the edge of a cliff, facing the valley. Their homes maintain the old architecture of Ottoman era. The weather is amazing and the silence is wonderful. Perfect.
And for the third option, from things I read and saw in photos, additionally, it seemed perfect. Otherwise, at least it is more cool, elegant, silent, peaceful and eco-friendly, that already won big awards there.
The Feynan Eco lodge is really a secluded hotel in the center of the reserve. The place is extremely isolated that you cannot reach it by car: it is need to make 8 km inside a 4X4 or walk between 5 and seven hours from the village of Dana.
The reward for that effort would be to remain in a location that stunning too, which only bathrooms, kitchen and office work are illuminated by electricity – but still, the energy generated by solar power panels. Everything else is lit by candles and “starlit sky” as advertising from the lodge says.
In most options, the daily routine is much exactly the same: sleep, eat and stroll with the booking treks and rides that may last from an hour or so to a full day, among rocks, rivers (some are crossed over chest with water), valleys, mountains, deserts and traces of civilizations which range from prehistory, pass by the Nabataeans (those of Petra) and arrive towards the Romans.