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Mujib Nature Reserve

Vacation Travel Guide
Mujib Nature Reserve featuring a house, general coastal views and a sunset

Surrounding a canyon that leads to the Dead Sea, this beautifully located reserve is home to a stunning array of wildlife and many lovely places to swim. 

Located along the eastern side of the Dead Sea, the Mujib Nature Reserve is a beautiful space that makes for a great place to hike, swim and spot wildlife. Take the time to visit its highlight, the pretty canyon that winds through the red rocks. The canyon leads to the Dead Sea, but the rivers here are not salty and are perfect for swimming.

The reserve was founded in 1987 by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) as a breeding ground for the Nubian ibex, a desert goat best known for the dramatic curve of its horns. Look for goats as you explore, but note that due to illegal hunting, the numbers of this species are sadly dwindling.

Spot other evidence of the reserve’s rich biodiversity in addition to the goats. More than 400 plant species have made their home here. Animals that live in the park include the striking Syrian wolf, the caracal, a medium sized cat with tufted ears, and the striped hyena.

The park is also an important stopping point for birds migrating between Africa, Europe and Asia. More than 180 species of bird can be found here, and sometimes more depending on the migrations. Look for the birds that most commonly stop here, including white storks, honey buzzards and black storks. Bring along your binoculars so you can increase your chance of seeing them.

Hike along the trails to high summits, hidden watering holes and cascading waterfalls. Intrepid travelers can join challenging hikes that are only permitted with a guide. One such hike leads to the top of a waterfall with the help of a rope. At the end of your hike, jump into any of the refreshing pools or ravines. Lifeguards are stationed at the natural pools and visitors hiking to the waterfall will need to wear a life jacket. Be sure to bring a waterproof camera, as the views of the canyon are strikingly beautiful.

There is a fee to access Mujib Nature Reserve. Note that the park closes to tourists during the winter months due to rising waters.

Top Hotels Close to Mujib Nature Reserve

Ma'In Hot Springs
Ma'In Hot Springs
5 out of 5
Sowayma, 17173, Dead Sea North, Ma'In
The price is $161 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Situated in Ma'In, this luxury resort is 3.8 mi (6.1 km) from Mujib Nature Reserve and 4.4 mi (7 km) from Dead Sea Panoramic Complex. Amman Beach and Mount Nebo ...
4.2/5Excellent! (212 reviews)
"The staff were very helpful and friendly, and the food was really good. The location is amazing. The building is a bit old though and needs some maintenance."

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

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Mujib Chalets
Mujib Chalets
2.5 out of 5
Dead Sea Road, Mujib Nature Reserve, Ma'In, Madaba Governorate
Nestled on the beach, this Ma'In bed & breakfast is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Mujib Nature Reserve.
4.4/5Excellent! (11 reviews)
"Good location for the Dead Sea as have easy access to it, rooms are very basic and could use some amenities, food provided is basic and not many other options in the area, would advise eating out if possible when staying here"

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2019

Mujib Chalets
Dead Sea Hills
Dead Sea Hills
3.5 out of 5
16 ELYA ABU MADI, Ma'In
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Mujib Nature Reserve and within 12 mi (20 km) of Amman Beach and Dead Sea Panoramic Complex. Bethany ...
2.7/5 (19 reviews)
"the hotel is a little further away from the dead sea and the main road - but anyway, since there is no access to the sea water- it's not bad. the name matches reality because the hotel is on the hills. has its great hot water pools that offset the sea. you will need to drive 10-12 km on the main ..."

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Dead Sea Hills
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4.5 out of 5
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The price is $265 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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