Wadi Mujib - Jordan's Most Famous River Canyon

Wadi Mujib is an amazing canyon in the mountainous landscape to the east of the Dead Sea in western Jordan. The canyon measures more than 500 meters deep and 4 kilometer wide at the top. It was created by the river which runs into the east side of the Dead Sea at 410 meters below sea level. Wadi Mujib is one of the undiscovered gems of Jordan. Wadi Mujib canyon is Jordan's most famous river canyon and is also known as ‘The Grand Canyon of Jordan’. The sheer scale of the place offers breathtaking view with vultures, eagles and kestrels wheeling silently on rising thermals all around, and the valley floor to the right losing itself in the mistiness of the Dead Sea.

The Mujib watershed is drained by several wadis that run gently along the Jordan Highland and Plateau at elevations of 700 to 900 meters above sea level before plunging down into gorges as they approach to the Dead Sea, at about 410 meters below sea level. There is water in the Wadi year round and there are some beautiful waterfalls in the canyon. However, in the winter and spring it is closed off as there is a big danger of flash floods. But in summer there is just enough to keep you cool.

The Mujib Reserve of Wadi Mujib, which extends to the Kerak Mountain to the north and Madaba Mountain to the south, is the lowest nature reserve in the world. The 220 square kilometers reserve is regionally and internationally important, particularly for the bird life that the reserve supports. The reserve reaches 900 meters above sea level in some places and gets water flow from seven tributaries.

Wadi Mujib enjoys a magnificent biodiversity that is still being explored and documented today. Over 300 species of plants, 10 species of carnivores and numerous species of permanent and migratory birds have been recorded until this date. Some of the remote mountain and valley areas are difficult to reach, and thus offer safe havens for rare species of cats, goats and other mountain animals.

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