MUJIB BIOSPHERE RESERVE
At 410 meters below sea level, the Mujib Biosphere Reserve is the lowest nature reserve on Earth. Its rugged and spectacular mountains border the Dead Sea coast and are dissected by several river-filled canyons that offer the best river and adventure hikes in Jordan. The breathtaking scenery and the challenge of negotiating Mujib’s fast-flowing rivers make the Reserve one of Jordan’s most popular natural attractions.
Mujib’s complex river system and all-year water flow enable it to support a rich biodiversity. To date, over 300 species of plants, 10 species of carnivores and numerous species of resident and migratory birds have been recorded. Some of the mountain and valley areas are difficult to reach and offer safe havens for rare species of cats, mountain goats (Ibex) and other mountain animals.
Mujib Adventure Center
Is the starting point of all the adventures and activities (except Al Hidan trail) to explore Wadi Al Mujib, and it is a special spot for the adventure lovers in Jordan and the world. The center also has a cafeteria and a waiting area.
Opened in April 2008, Mujib now has a ‘Chalet Village’ on the shores of the Madash peninsula, providing 15 double rooms with some of the best Dead Sea views along the coast. Each chalet has an uninterrupted sea view, shaded sun terrace, air conditioning, private shower, and toilet. The chalets are only a short distance from Mujib Adventures Center and the entrance to the stunning Mujib canyon and river hike. They are therefore an ideal place from which to explore the unique landscape of the Reserve or enjoy the medicinal properties of the Dead Sea.
The chalets open all year round.
(April 1 – October 31), guided or self-guided
Grade: Moderate, depending on the season. Please inquire at the Visitor Center before departing.
Time: 2 – 3 hours
Starting time: 08:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m.
Group size: 1 – 80 people
Requirements: Must be at least 18 years old; know how to swim; have a reasonable level of fitness.
Description: The trail starts at the Adventures Center near the Mujib Bridge, where you will take the cantilevered walkway over the dam and follow the course of the river between towering sandstone cliffs to the base of a large waterfall. Depending on seasonal rainfall levels, the gorge may contain pools deep enough for swimming. This is an ideal walk to take slowly and enjoy the cool water and shade, especially in the heat of the summer.
(November 1 – March 31), guided only
Time: 3-4 hours
Starting time: 08:30 a.m.
Group size: 6 – 25 people.
Requirements: Visitors must be at least 18 years old.
The trail begins at the Adventures Center and follows the Dead Sea Highway before ascending into the Reserve. Diverging to the south, the trail runs parallel to the Dead Sea, which provides a startlingly blue backdrop for the entire hike. The hike then continues along a number of dry Wadis to the Raddas Ranger Station, where you may see Nubian Ibex. It is also, where the famous rock “statue” of Lot’s wife can be seen. After resting at the Station, the trail continues along a road for about one hour until reaching the Reserve entrance near the Visitor Center.