9 Days from$2285 p/p in USD
Jordan is one of the smallest Middle East countries with excellent birding. It is surprisingly underlooked compared with its neighbour Israel which is a very popular bird watching destination. Situated at the head of the Gulf of Aqaba, on a crossroad between three continents, Jordan is well worth a visit to see its wealth of birds and wildlife as well as its fascinating desert castles, Petra and the Dead Sea.
Safari types:Birding Safari, Guided Safari
Getting around:Transfer Vehicle
Start/end:Start in Amman, end in Amman
RATES – PER PERSON USD
From USD 2,285 per person, based on 2 pax
- 1 night in Amman Al Fanar Hotel or similar
- 1 night in Azraq Lodge
- 1 night in Dana Rommana Camp
- 1 night in Petra Edom or similar
- 1 night in Hasan Zawaidah Camp Wadi Rum or similar
- 2 nights in My Hotel Aqaba or similar
- 1 night in Ramada Dead Sea or similar
- Accommodation as below
- Meet and assist upon arrival & departure
- Private transfer with an English speaking driver
- Entrance fees to all mentioned sites in the program
- Full time English-speaking Guide (Bird Watching Specialist)
- Breakfast Daily
- 4×4 Jeep Safari in Wadi Rum – 4 hours with lunch
- Dinner in Wadi Rum
- Dinner in Dana
- Meals not mentioned in the includes
- Personal expenses
- Anything else not mentioned in the includes
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Hajjat Tours & Travel‘
- All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
- ‘Hajjat Tours & Travel‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
- All itineraries are subject to availability
Day by Day Overview
Upon arrival you will meet our representative who will take you to the transfer vehicle. Depart to the Old City in Amman to visit two of the most popular archaeological sites in the city; the Citadel and the Roman Theatre. Transfer to Amman hotel for overnight.
Ovenight: Amman hotel
After breakfast leave Amman and drive to Qasr Amra and Al Kharrana – the desert castles. If Shaumari Wildlife Reserve is open, you will visit this as well. Continue on to Azraq Wetland Reserve where a lot of migrating birds stop by. Take the afternoon for birding, spotting speciecs such as Great Crested, Grebe, Great White Pelican, Great Cormorant, Gray Heron, Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Shelduck, Malllard, Tufted Duck, Golden Eagle, Chukar, Sand Partridge, Common Crane, Spotted Crake, Moorhen, Black Winged Stilt, Pied Avocet, Stone Curlew, Northern Lapwing, Spur-inged Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Ruff, Pin-Tailed Sand Grouse, Spotted Sand Grouse and many more. Lunch boxes are included for today.
Overnight: Azraq Lodge
Today we will explore the unique Basalt desert (As Safawi), situated north of Azraq. Here is the home of the local morph of the Mourning Wheatear – the Basalt Wheatear. Other species we will look for are Bar-tailed Desert Lark, Temminck`s Horned Lark, Thick-billed Lark, Desert Wheatear and Trumpeter Finch. Then head south to the ancient Crusader castle of Kerak and explore the maze of stone vaulted halls and passages. Kerak was the capital of Moab, and its castle dominates the skyline. The Crusader’s castle provides an impressive insight into the architectural and military skills of the Crusaders. Proceed to Dana for overnight.
Overnight: Rommana Camp
In Dana we expect to see Tristrams Serin, Chuckar and raptors including Bonelli`s Eagle, Barbary, Sooty Falcon, Griffon Vulture and more. Head off to Shobak castle before continuing to Little Petra. Montréal is a Crusader castle on the eastern side of the Arabah, perched on the side of a rocky, conical mountain, looking out over fruit trees below. It’s a short drive to Petra – a unique monument of human civilization. Being an ancient trading capital of the Nabataean people, it was later abandoned and rediscovered again in 1812. It is also a wonderful site for birding and here we shall look for the Sinai Rosefinch, Fan-tailed Raven, Brown-necked Raven, Tristram`s Starling or Grackle and many raptors including the Steppe Eagle. In the evening we will also look for the elusive Humes Tawny Owl.
Enjoy a visit to Petra after breakfast. The ancient city of Petra is one of Jordan’s national treasures and by far its best known tourist attraction. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, Petra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of Petra’s appeal comes from its spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge.
The taditional way through the Siq (Canyon) is by guided tour through the Siq to the Treasury. We will visit the Treasury, city center, Royal Tomb, theater, Monastery, High Place of Sacrifice and the Roman soldier tombs, and many others. Transfer to Wadi Rum for dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Wadi Rum
Today we will drive to and explore Wadi Rum. Here we expect Verreaux`s Eagle, Sooty Falcon, Sinai Rosefinch, Tristrams Starling, White-crowned Weatear, Mourning Wheatear, Hooded Wheatear, possibly a House Bunting and many more.
Explore Aqaba town for warblers and passerines. We will also visit the sewage works as it is a huge attraction to various waders, gulls and waterfowl as well as the Red Sea coast for White-eyed Gull and possibly Brown Booby.
After breakfast we will depart Aqaba and transfer to Fifa Nature Reserve. Lying between the southern tips of the Dead Sea and Wadi Araba, the Fifa Nature Reserve is one of the few remaining natural breeding habitats of the Dead Sea Sparrow. The area contains fresh water streams and snippets of sub-tropical vegetation, making it a stop for migrating birds. In addition to the Dead Sea Sparrow and Sand Partridge, the Nubian Nightjar, Little Green Bee-eaters, shrikes, waders and ducks may be spotted. Continue to the lowest point on earth – the Dead Sea!
Overnight: Dead Sea
After breakfast have some free time before a transfer to Queen Alia International Airport for your departure flight.