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Dana Nature Reserve covers a system of wadis running down to Wadi Araba just north of Petra, and is home to wildlife, jaw-dropping 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 Paleolithic, Egyptian, Nabataean and Roman civilizations have all settled in the area, utilizing 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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    • Dana to Feynan Lodge Hike
      Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan

      Dana to Feynan Lodge Hike

      Dana to Feynan Lodge Hike

      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.

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