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.

Where to Stay:

Mujib Chalets

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 and nearby showers and toilets. The chalets are only a short distance from the 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.

Food and Bevarage:

Mujib Restaurant

The Mujib Chalets have an on-site restaurant that serves home-made traditional local meals and lunch bags.

Hiking Trails:

Wet Trails:

Siq Trail

(April 1 – October 31), guided or self-guided

Grade: Easy to moderate, depending on the season. Please inquire at the Visitor Center before departing.

Time: 2 - 3 hours

Starting time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 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.

 Canyon Trail

(April 1 – October 31, except during Ramadan), guided only

Grade: Moderate to difficult

Time: 4 hours

Starting time: 8:00 a.m.

Group size: 5 - 25 people

Requirements: Visitors must be at least 18 years old, know how to swim, have a reasonable level of fitness, and no fear of heights.

Description: Passing through white rock hills, this trail leads from the Visitor Center to the Mujib River. The trail follows the river downstream from the head of the Mujib Gorge. Shortly after entering the gorge, you will reach the top of a spectacular waterfall 20m high, which will be negotiated under the watchful eye of trained guides. After descending the waterfall, the hike continues along the gorge (with views of spectacular rock formations) and returns you to the Visitor Center.

Malaqi Trail

(April 1 – October 31, except during Ramadan), guided only

Grade: Moderate to difficult

Time: 7 hours

Starting time: 8:00 a.m.

Group Size: 5 - 25 people

Requirements: Visitors must be at least 18 years old, know how to swim, have a reasonable level of fitness, and no fear of heights

Description: This water trail starts at the Adventures Center and leads quickly to white hills made of soft rock deposits. After passing through these hills, you descend to the Mujib River. The hike continues upstream to the confluence with the Hidan River. Here you eat a packed lunch and swim in the natural pools before moving on to a 20m high waterfall which will be negotiated under the watchful eye of trained guides. Continue along the river, arriving back at the Visitor Center.

Dry Trails:

Ibex Trail

(November 1 – March 31), guided only

Grade: Moderate

Time: 4 hours

Starting time: 8:30 a.m.

Group size: 5 - 25 people

Requirements: Visitors must be at least 18 years old.

Description:

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.