Mujib Reserve offers four major trails to visitors, two river trails and two
dry land trail. They offer some of the most dramatic hiking in the Kingdom.
The river trails are for adventure seekers and you need to be fit and able
to swim. For safety and environmental reasons, you must be accompanied by
trained guides, whom you can pre-arrange their presence through Wild Jordan.
The number and frequency of the river hikes is also controlled, so please
check availability before your visit.
There are hiking trails that
The Ibex Trail : Hikers of this trail can enjoy the Ibex enclosures
at the Mujib gorgeous mountains. 2 km from the Mujib Bridge starts this
trail, then heading to the gorge. Visitors are guided to the Rayyashi Area
where one can view some historical monuments. This 2-3 hours hike is ended
at the Ibex enclosures where a full explanation about Ibex project is given.
Maximum 25 persons & minimum 5 persons can enjoy hiking at this trail. In
addition, only 6 groups are allowed to hike there a week. (This trail is
open for visitors al year through).
Siq Trail : easy trail of swimming in Mujib Reserve to a waterfall
and back to Mujib Bridge. Please note that the water level is relatively
high this year 2005 (not less than 2 m) and the swimming distance is
relatively long (15 m sometimes) but we are having ropes fastened to the
gorge wall for people to hold when they get tired. (Open from the 1st of
April until the 31st of October).
Makawer - Zara Trail : 6 Km (4 hours) tough descending hike starting
from 54 l m above sea level to - 261m below sea level. It begins at Makawer
Rest house, then the road leads to local's farms, the visitor continues the
path descending until reaching Zara's hot spring. (not available this year).
Mujib Trail : Mujib Trail (7-8 hours of dry trail): a tough, exciting
trail. The experience begins near the village of Fag'ua, on the eastern edge
of the nature reserve. Fag'ua is reached from the famous King's Highway that
leads out of Amman, through the town of Madaba (famous for its mosaics).
Your guide will meet you at RSCN office in Fagua, from where you will be led
to the ranger station to start the hike. The trail descends rapidly into the
Reserve following a precipitous Wadi with spectacular scenery. The hike
follows the Wadi to the Raddas Rangers Station at the Ibex enclosures taking
5-6 hours to complete (15 km). (Open all year through)
Mujib Canyon Trail (Water Fall) : this trail is like the Malaqi trail,
offering the same route which goes all the way to the Hidan river (please
see the description above), but as for this trail, it's only 4 hours. (The
beginning of the hike is under the sun (1 hour) but it becomes cool when you
reach the water). (Open from the 1st of April until the 31st of October)
Malaqi Trail (9 hours water trail) : This is an exciting trail,
offering a chance to swim in the cool, clear waters of the Mujib and Hidan
rivers. It starts at the reserve reception like the "Ibex Trail" and follows
the same route into the nature reserve (see description). This trail leads
quickly to a striking area of creamy-white hills made of soft lissan
deposits, reminiscent of the American Badlands. After passing through these
hills, you begin your descent to the river Mujib, crystal clear, fast
flowing and teeming with life. Small fish are plentiful, as well as frogs.
Bright kingfishers are often seen speeding along the river channel, as well
as circling birds of prey. Dense vegetation lines the rivers sides, making a
stark contrast to the arid, naked mountains that surround you. The hike
continues upstream along the river edge, to its confluence with the Hidan
River. There are deep pools here, ready made for swimming, where you can
linger, eat a picnic and just enjoy this wild paradise. Then you can either
go back the same way to the reserve's entrance or you can go through the
Mujib gorge to descend a waterfall (20 m) and finish the trail at the Mujib
Bridge. The hike takes 9 hours of hiking and swimming.
Please note that the water
level is relatively high this year 2005 (not less than 2 m) and the swimming
distance is relatively long (15 m sometimes) but we are having ropes
fastened to the gorge wall for people to hold when they get tired. (Open
from the 1st of April until the 31st of October)