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Wadi Al Mujib

Practical information on Wadi Al Mujib

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Extreme Sports
  • River
4 / 5 - One review
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Wadi Al Mujib

Camille Griffoulieres Seasoned Traveller
111 written opinions

Wadi al-Mujib Valley, also given the dramatic name of 'The Grand Canyon of the Middle East' covers over 70 kilometres of the Wadi Rum desert by the Dead Sea. The nature reserve of the same name is a good place to do a trek between Madaba and Kerak.

My suggestion:
Plan to stop for a night in the surroundings because trekking in this gorge is exhausting so don't stay too far away. The reserve also has good quality accommodation in the beautiful setting of the Dead Sea.
My review

I loved trekking in the Wadi Al Mujib Nature Reserve, but plan ahead and take spare shoes, a swimming costume and sun cream because three of the four paths offered alternate between passages of walking and swimming in the little river at the bottom of the gorge: it's quite sporty! 

Only the Ibex Trail (which lasts 4 hours and stays up on the higher ground) can be done while staying completely dry. The departure time for this trail is in the morning, be prepared. As for me, I did the Siq Trail which was frankly quite hard but quite quick (a few hours).

A word of warning: it's closed from November to March as are the two other treks that have passages in the bottom of the gorge as the water is too cold. I was pleasantly surprised by this trek-canyoning experience: when alternating between passages of swimming and walking on the side of the cliff, the views are very impressive. A life jacket is provided.

My only regret is that you can't take a camera unless it's waterproof. 

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