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Dana Nature Reserve

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Dana Nature Reserve is in Jordan.

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Get in[edit]

A bus can be caught in Ma'an to Qadisiyyeh or Tafileh that can drop you at the junction in Qadisiyyeh that leads to Dana village (as of October 2013). It may also be possible to get a bus from Aqaba, but this is not confirmed. From the junction it is quite a walk downhill, but many locals will offer to drive you down for 1 or 2 jd.

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Most sights here relate to the RSCN and the Dana Biosphere Nature Reserve.

Entry to the reserve costs (as of October 2013) 8.20jd. There are several trails in the reserve that can be walked, all except one requiring a guide. The exception is a walk along the bottom of the valley, which can lead to Feynan Lodge in around 5 hours, but should one not wish to stay there, the trail can be walked as far as desired returning then to Dana village. Be aware that the journey back includes quite an increase in altitude, and consequently is much harder than the journey out. The guided tours bring with them the cost of the guide, and involve usually climbing of some sort. The RSCN lodge in Dana village can advise about these issues.

The workshops run by the RSCN can also be seen, but these are frankly uninteresting.

The village itself is a sight of sorts, being constructed mostly from traditional stone and mud houses. It is very small however.

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There is nothing in town that strictly qualifies as a restaurant. Both the Dana Hotel and the Dana Tower Hotel offer meals.

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The supply of tea is unlimited, and you do not need to go looking for it, as it will be offered frequently by anyone you're doing business with.

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Selection is limited

  • Dana Tower Hotel offers exceptional service, wonderful buffet meals, and can arrange discounted transportation from Wadi Musa (Petra). It's a comfortable atmosphere, with plenty of sitting space up on the roof, with meals served inside a bedouin-style tent. The hotel itself is a grouping of mud-built houses, typical of the town. 16JD doubles, 10 JD singles, both include half board. For those even more budget minded, a dorm bed is 2JD, mattress on the roof 1JD.
  • Dana Hotel. The most friendly and helpful staff for which one could hope, and basic but clean rooms in good condition. 10jd/night for 1 person in a double room including breakfast & dinner (October 2013), coffee and (delicious, local) tea is free. Breakfast & dinner both take the form of buffets. Hot water available for showers, wireless internet present. There is a constant stream of people passing through, spending one night here on the way to Petra, and a wonderful view over the valley, especially at sunset. This hotel is reported by multiple sources to be part of a cooperative which works to help the local people with the profits.  edit


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Get out[edit]

  • Wadi Rum Protected Area Camp, Wadi Rum Protected Area (11km past Rum Village), 00962776365182, [1]. checkin: 7:00am; checkout: 9:00am. Traditional Bedouin Camp, package includes dinner and breakfast. Optional tours available. Professional guides and service. 10-20JD. (29.48336,35.39370) edit
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