Wadi Al-Mujib, historically known as Arnon.
Its a gorge in Jordan which enters the Dead Sea at 410 meters below sea level.
The Mujib Reserve of Wadi Al-Mujib is the lowest nature reserve in the world.
located in the mountainous landscape to the east of the Dead Sea.
It was created in 1987 by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature
and is regionally and internationally important, particularly for the bird life that the reserve supports.
This river developed a deep canyon through the Moab plateau,
the eastern shoulder of Dead Sea Rift
The Mujib reserve in Wadi Al-Mujib consists of :
- Mountainous, rocky, and sparsely vegetated desert.
- cliffs, gorges and deep wadis cutting through plateaus.
Recently there is a large dam at the bottom of the wadi.
where the modern road crosses the river. As a result, a large lake has formed.
Today, Wadi Al Mujib is fed by seven tributaries.
As well as resident birds
the reserve is strategically important as a safe stop-over for the huge number of birds which fly annually along the rift valley between Africa & northeast Europe.
Things to Do in Wadi Mujib
1. Wadi Al-Mujib Gorge Trek.
Hike through the water of the Wadi Al-Mujib Gorge that flows into the Dead Sea.
The trek leads to beautiful waterfalls and is a perfect activity during the warm summer months.
Within the gorge, many tour companies also organize canyoning and abseiling adventures.
2. Mujib Reserve Biosphere.
The Mujib Biosphere Reserve the reserve spans between the King’s Highway and the shore of the Dead Sea and includes many notable sites such as:
- Ma’in Hot Springs Resort.
- The Mujib River.
The reserve also protects seven wadis and the wildlife that resides within them.
Visitors can look out for the Syrian Wolf and Caracal mountain cat.
The entrance into Mujib Biosphere Reserve is around one hour and 20 minutes from the capital city Amman.
With such a diverse landscape, there are plenty of things to do for those who like to explore the great outdoors.
The reserve boasts some fascinating hiking trails ranging in lengths and difficulty.
A popular hiking route is the Mujib Trail which is a highly challenging route covering 15 kilometers of flora and fauna.
The Siq Trail is an easy to moderate route which takes hikers over the dam and in between the sandstone cliffs to the base of an impressive waterfall.
Most of the trails within the reserve lead through water at varying levels so be prepared to get wet.
For adrenaline junkies, try the Canyon Trail which gives hikers the opportunity to descend a 20 meter high waterfall.
Birds in Wadi Al-Mujib:
Lammergeier Egyptian Vulture
Eurasian Griffon Levant Sparrowhawk
Lesser Kestrel Sooty Falcon
Sand Partridge Tristrams Starling
Hooded Wheatear Humes Owl
Black start Arabian Babbler
Striolated Bunting Trumpeter Finch