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Dana Biosphere Reserve covers a system of wadis running down to Wadi Araba just north of Petra, and is home to wildlife, jawdropping landscapes, and thousands of years of history.

Best explored on foot, there are a series of trails - some guided, some self-guided - which take in a variety of sights from canyon scenery to local villages and ancient copper mines.

Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature

The Reserve is managed by the excellent Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN).

They protect and manage the nature reserve to encourage the proliferation of bird and animal species and with the added aim of providing both ecologically and financially sustainable jobs for people in the local communities.

The nature reserve is a system of wadis and mountains which extends from the top of the rift valley down to the desert lowlands of Wadi Araba.

Dana village

Dana village, Dana Nature ReserveDana village has been inhabited since around 4000 BC; there is evidence to suggest that Palaeolithic, Egyptian, Nabatean and Roman civilisations have all settled in the area, utilising the fertile soil, water springs and strategic location.

Now a small agricultural community still lives here, concentrating on growing fruit and olives and on the small scale production of organic preserves.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Dana Biosphere Reserve

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Dana Biosphere Reserve, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Dana Biosphere Reserve

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Dana Biosphere Reserve. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Dana Guesthouse, Dana Nature Reserve

      Dana Guesthouse

      Simple

      Overlooking the Dana Nature Reserve, the Dana Guesthouse offers impressive views and simple but hearty and delicious food.

    • Lounge, Feynan Lodge, Dana Nature Reserve

      Feynan Ecolodge

      Basic

      Feynan Ecolodge is wonderfully remote, and set amidst stark rocky desert, so your sense of getting away from the world is remarkable. It has also been superbly designed - cool shady areas offer inviting spots to absorb the silence and solitude.

    Ideas for experiencing Dana Biosphere Reserve

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Dana Biosphere Reserve, and which use the best local guides.

    • Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan

      Dana to Feynan Lodge Hike

      Dana Biosphere Reserve

      En route there is a high chance of spotting many of the 200 different bird species of the area and depending on the season seeing many wild flowers as well.