Wadi Mujib is a spellbinding canyon that towers above the Mujib River and stretches along 70 kilometers. The Mujib River in Jordan flows into the Dead Sea which is the lowest place on earth. There are many excursions that allow visitors the chance to trek through the water, beneath the towering canyons, and into the Dead Sea itself. Sections of Wadi Mujib also cover the Mujib Biosphere Reserve which is home to a number of rare wildlife species.
A trip to Wadi Mujib is a canyoning adventure like no other and it is arguably one of the best ways to enjoy Jordan’s Dead Sea. Those looking for a unique pit stop along The King’s Highway can take a break at the gorge to admire the stunning vistas below.
Wadi Mujib spans across 70 kilometers of valleys, towns, and mountains. It begins at the Desert Highway and ends at the opening of the iconic Dead Sea. The canyon itself is an impressive 4 kilometers wide and one kilometer tall. The entrance into the Mujib Biosphere Reserve is around one hour and 20 minutes from the capital city of Amman.
Wadi Mujib was once known as the Arnon Valley which is believed to be the destination where Moses led the Israelites across.
Things to Do at Wadi Mujib
Wadi Mujib Gorge Trek
Hike through the water of the Wadi Mujib Gorge that flows into the Dead Sea. The trek leads to beautiful waterfalls and is a perfect activity during the warm summer months. Within the gorge, many tour companies also organize canyoning and abseiling adventures.
Mujib Reserve Biosphere
The Mujib Biosphere Reserve covers an impressive 212 square kilometers. The reserve spans between the King’s Highway and the shore of the Dead Sea and includes many notable sites such as Ma’in Hot Springs Resort and the Mujib River. The reserve also protects seven wadis and the wildlife that resides within them. Visitors can look out for the Syrian Wolf and Caracal mountain cat. The entrance into Mujib Biosphere Reserve is around one hour and 20 minutes from the capital city Amman.
Ma’in Hot Springs Resort
Ma’in is a glorious hot spring waterfall resort situated right beside the Dead Sea. Nestled just 30 kilometers from the city of Madaba, visitors can find themselves relaxing beside the Ma’in waterfalls beneath a stunning mountainous backdrop is only 15 minutes. At an impressive 264 meters below sea level, this resort is set within a tranquil landscape and visitors can choose to stay here for a few hours or even a few days. The resort also has excellent dining facilities along with an array of rejuvenating spa treatments.
With such a diverse landscape, there are plenty of things to do for those who like to explore the great outdoors. The reserve boasts some fascinating hiking trails ranging in lengths and difficulty. A popular hiking route is the Mujib Trail which is a highly challenging route covering 15 kilometers of flora and fauna. The Siq Trail is an easy to moderate route which takes hikers over the dam and in between the sandstone cliffs to the base of an impressive waterfall. Most of the trails within the reserve lead through water at varying levels so be prepared to get wet. For adrenaline junkies, try the Canyon Trail which gives hikers the opportunity to descend a 20 meter high waterfall.
How to Visit Wadi Mujib
All trails within the Mujib Biosphere Reserve must be booked in advance. All trails include an experienced guide and require a minimum of five people. There is only one trail which is open during winter and if you wish to get into the water you will need to visit between April and October. As a price guide, the Mujib Trail costs 45JD (64 USD) per person for a seven-hour hike. Visitors to the reserve will need to book at the RSCN’s Wild Jordan office in Amman. Those seeking to take part in a canyoning adventure in the gorge can book a trek in the cities of Amman and Madaba.
From relaxing beneath a majestic waterfall at the Ma’in Hot Springs Resort to a white-knuckle water adventure, there is plenty to do in Wadi Mujib. Wadi Mujib is ideal for families who are looking for something to keep the children entertained. It is a great way to experience the Dead Sea and is something that shouldn’t be missed.