Dana Reserve to Feynan Ecolodge: Unique hike and cultural Experience

Exploring the incredible Dana Biosphere Reserve allows you to discover stunning scenery as well as a sheer variety of new and exotic species of plant and animal life while connecting with the local Bedouin culture. Not only that, but travellers also get to go on a unique hike through four different bio-geographical zones within the Dana Reserve, this is the only place in Jordan where this can be done!

This three-day cultural immersion experience is like no other. You will spend time getting to know the magnificent Dana Reserve as well as its inhabitants.

It all begins with day one, where you will hike from the reserve all the way to Feynan on the Wadi Dana Trail. During this 14 km hike you will get to explore the spectacular geographical region as well as learn about its fascinating history. Keep an eye out along the way, Dana Reserve is known for its rare plant and animal life. Once you arrive at Feynan, you will get to witness the fantastic view from 325 metres above ground as well as enjoy some quality time with a local Bedouin while possibly sipping on a sweet tea.

Day two is slightly less active, more hands on, but just as special as the previous day. The second day is dedicated to Arabian culture, more specifically to Kohl and Arbood. You will spend the first half of the day learning how to make one of the most ancient cosmetic products known to man, Kohl. Then you will learn how to make traditional Arabic bread known as, Arbood. Learning now to make this earthy delight will grant you major bragging rights back home. The day will end with a sunset hike over a mountain overlooking the Bedouin camps.

The final day, day three, is as authentic as it gets. During this approximately eight-hour experience you will get to live, granted rather briefly, as if you were a Shepherd. This is the Mother of all cultural experiences. Spend time with a local Shepherd. Watch as he guides his family’s goats towards the Feynan wilderness. Share some Arbood bread and sweet Bedouin tea. Get to know Dana Reserve in all its natural splendour.

WOW Factor: Stop time for a few days and live as the ancient Arabs. This singular experience provides you with a unique hike through Jordan’s magnificent Dana Reserve. You will also enjoy some quality time to enjoy time amongst the local Bedouins. Embrace the time spent in this superb and remote area. Learn  millennia old crafts and live as the shepherds do. This is as authentic as it gets!

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DESCRIPTION Embrace Bedouin culture, hike Dana reserve, learn the local ways And stay in the spectacular Feynan Lodge
DEPARTURE POINT Three days. From 8:00 on Day 1 till late afternoon Day 3
DURATION Three days. From 8:00 on Day 1 till late afternoon Day 3
End at Feynan Ecolodge
SEASON From 1st March to 31st October


Day 1

  • 8:00 Pick up at Dana Guesthouse
  • Hiking from Dana to Feynan Lodge, from 1,200m to 325m above sea level. The hike is a 14km intermediate trail and takes 6 to 8 hours. Stops on the way for traditional sweet tea.
  • Dinner & overnight in Feynan Ecolodge

Day 2

  • Local experience making kohl, 2 hours
  • Lunch at the lodge
  • Afternoon local experiences of making Arabic coffee and Arbood Arabic bread.
  • Sunset scenic hike excursion, 2 hours including 40-45min walking.
  • Dinner & overnight in Feynan Ecolodge

Day 3

  • After breakfast, spend the day with a local shepherd (approx. 8 hours)
  • Traditional lunch shared with shepherd.
  • Back to Feynan Ecolodge where the experience ends.
  • You may decide to extend your stay here or move to another destination


  • Price per person based on 2 people sharing.
  • Group size: Min 1 – Max 15
  • Age restrictions: Minimum age: 18
  • Single Supplement option: USD140
  • Solo Traveller supplement: USD920
  • Difficulty: Average. Hike from Dana Biosphere reserve is going down but is a long 14km trail with various terrain. The day with the local shepherd you must keep up with their walking pace to follow the goats and may walk off trail but nothing strenuous.
  • Inclusions: Transportation from Dana Guesthouse & Feynan Lodge, all meals, hot drinks and snacks, parks fees, English-speaking guide, private transportation for 3 days, 2-night accommodation in Feynan Lodge, activities as per itinerary.
  • Exclusion: Transfer to Dana, alcoholic beverage, tips and personal expenses
  • Voucher info: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this experience.
  • Local operator information: Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
  • Cancelation policy: If you cancel at least 60 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a USD300 cancellation fee. If you cancel between 59 and 30 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 29 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Hiking thermal shirts
  • Hiking and waterproof trousers
  • Warm jacket
  • sun hat (can be bought locally)
  • head torch
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Comfortable shoes for around the lodge
  • Camera, spare batteries

Dana Biosphere Reserve

Dana Biosphere Reserve was founded in 1989 and is Jordan’s greatest nature reserve. Located in south-central Jordan, Dana Biosphere Reserve encompasses 308 square kilometres (119 sq mi) and is considered to be the area in and around the Dana village. The varied geology of Dana contains limestone, sandstone, and granite. The area of Wadi Dana also features magnificent wind-cut sandstone cliffs. The reserve is a location for Earth lovers and adventure seekers alike.

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