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Ḑānā (Jordan)

Practical information on Ḑānā

  • Encounters with locals
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Desert
  • Mountain
  • Handicraft
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Sustainable Tourism
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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
By car on the King's Highway from Amman or Aqaba
When to go
From April to October
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Ḑānā

Camille Griffoulieres Seasoned Traveller
111 written opinions

Dana is the largest nature reserve in Jordan (300 square kilometres) next to the eponymous village, on the King's Highway. It starts from the top of the Qadisiya plateau at an altitude of 1500 metres and descends to Wadi Rum desert.

My suggestion:
Warning, in winter, there is snow on the tops of the plateaus! Plan to stay in the village hotels during mid-season and under the stars at the camp in the heart of the reserve as soon as the weather is better. Do not forget a jumper for the evening.
My review

I loved trekking in the Dana Reserve. Mainly because there are not many tourists, except at the ecolodge centre, which is a stop off for groups. The landscapes are beautiful, the scenery is very mineral with its peaks of rocky sandstone, limestone and granite. We're really on the edge of the desert but the greenery is ever present. 

Dana is an amazing biosphere reserve, I saw Nubian ibex while I was there (a species of local mountain goat) and some Syrian wolf tracks but sadly no wolves. 

I stayed over night at the Rummana Campsite, under the stars and by the camp fire, I will hold on to these special memories. I walked the 4 hour long Dana Village Trail, with a compulsory guide as the hike is quite difficult. 

Dana village itself is very picturesque , it dates from the 19th century, is built from stone and overlooks the reserve. There are some nice local craft items. Stay with a host family, it is fair tourism and ecological, strongly recommended!

Dana Village Overlooking the Eponymous Reserve
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