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“peaceful place worth visiting”

Azraq Wetland Reserve
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Azraq Wetland Private Half Day Tour from Amman
Ranked #121 of 192 things to do in Jordan
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Getting there includes comfortable highways as well as rather rough overland streets. Unless they stop the illegal wells that drain the water absolutely necessary for the place to survive, it will dry out and leave nothing but dusty areas, where 20 years ago there was still quite an ample marshland area.
There are still fish and birds to be observed, and the area still harbors migrating birds, but will - sadly enough - most probably die.
As long as it is still alive, go and visit the place, and enjoy the quietness and calm.

1  Thank 989alexf
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We got a guided tour of the reserve late afternoon in last few hours before sunset. We headed out in a safari viewing truck over the edge of the old wetlands, into an area of dry desert. There were lovely areas of black desert with wind polished ventifacts over the surface, giving a sort of shimmer in the low angled sun. There was plenty of bird life around, including different birds of prey, doves as well as possible sightings of sand grouse.

There were small pools allowing various small finches to drink, we saw Ortolans in a small flock. Faraway in the distance we saw the wild donkeys, small groups moving around the dry vegetated habitats. But the highlight of the trip for several of us, were good views of a wolf, hunting over the edge of the range. It was not captive bred, so has got into the reserve area when the fence was down during the replacement of the fence last year.

There were various other antelope species which are captive bred, and these were easily seen around the compound were the conservation breeding programme was running.

There are other pools over by the nature reserve buildings, but obviously a lot of biodiversity losses were incurred in the drying out in 1990's.

There are small pools and walkways by the nature centre, which tells the story of the drying of the wetland area and allows a glimpse of the fish species that's extinct in the wild.

This is one of the lesser known reserve sites and there is a small hotel run by rsnc close by with craft workshops producing soaps, ostrich egg shell ornaments and lampshades.

3  Thank Mary S
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

Unfortunately this place is slowly dying year by year due to the water pumping. Just twenty years ago it was a big beautiful oasis in the surrounding desert. Now it looks like dried earth and a few ponds about few acres each only. There are some fishes and birds to watch however. We saw few egrets and some turtledoves. There is birdwatching hut on site so don't forget your telescope or binocular.

RSCN is trying to keep this place by providing some water flow in. I hope that our admission fee will help this place to survive.

Those who want to visit will face the absence of the road signs so I would suggest to find this place using GPS coordinates N31.834620° E36.819886°

4  Thank Tabaki2010
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Reviewed November 1, 2007

Technically, the wetland does not exsist any more. It used to be fed by springs, but they dried up about 15 years ago because of over pumping to suply Amman, Irbid and farm land of fresh water. The great mud flats used to be flooded every year, but that did not happen for many years now. Because the RSCN floods some pools with drinking water there are still some nice spots and some birds can be spotted. Worth a visit when you are in the area.

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