At a vast 320 square kilometres, Dana is Jordan’s largest nature reserve. Biologically, Dana is fascinating, home to a diverse range of animals and plants from Asia, Africa and Europe including some endangered species such as the Syrian wolf and sand cat. It is also one of the best places to learn about the Bedouin, as well as enjoy some excellent trekking, mountain biking and stargazing.
Due to archaeological excavations in the area, it is believed that this region has been inhabited since 4,000 BC. Excursions in the reserve can encompass ancient ruins, traditional Bedouin communities and visits to some of the world’s oldest copper mines. This was the first district in Jordan to embrace sustainable travel, and there is a fantastic ethos of local communities and travellers coming together to appreciate and protect the natural environment, including simple but charming eco-friendly accommodation.
Whilst 449 animal species have so far been recorded in the reserve, many are nocturnal or very timid, making it an even more special and exciting experience to catch site of the wildlife. One of the more commonly spotted species is the vibrantly-coloured Sinai lizard. The contrast of the lizard’s electric-blue skin again the red rock of the valley is absolutely striking.