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Canyoning in Jordan 2024

Gracious nature does not leave desert land without an oasis; in Jordan, this is the Wadi Mujib canyon

Best time: May–June | September–November


The 500 m deep Wadi Mujib canyon stretches over 4 km and is a kind of oasis in Jordan which is known as a country that suffers from water scarcity. Canyoning along the turbulent river teeming with wildlife, among pink tinted sandstones, rocks, gorges, and waterfalls is really a treasured experience available only in May and June and September through November. Currently there are two trails to choose from, however the longer one may soon simply disappear due to decreasing water levels. So no time to waste! Get to it while it's still available.

Practical info

When is the optimal time to participate in canyoning at Wadi Mujib in Jordan?

Canyoning at Wadi Mujib in Jordan is best experienced between May to June, and September to November. These months offer the best water levels for the activity. During summer, the low water levels pose more danger and difficulty. It is necessary to check the weather forecast before canyoning to ensure that water levels are favorable and safe. Show more

What is the location of Wadi Mujib in Jordan?

Wadi Mujib, covering an area of 212 square kilometers, is situated on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea, the Earth’s lowest point. Approximately 90 km southwest of Amman, the capital city of Jordan, this protected area is part of the Mujib Biosphere Reserve and is recognized for its wildlife and stunning views. Show more

What wildlife can be found while canyoning at Wadi Mujib?

While canyoning in Wadi Mujib, a range of rare and endangered plant and animal species can be spotted. The bird family features vultures, eagles, and hawks while mammals like hyenas, wild cats, and foxes are also present. Water activity lovers could also chance upon diverse aquatic creatures like fish, frogs, crabs, and other amphibians during the canyoning trail. Show more

How many options of canyoning trails are in Wadi Mujib?

There are two canyoning trails available in Wadi Mujib presently. The first trail is known as Siq, a 2.5 km trail and takes two to three hours to complete. The trail involves walking along the riverbed with occasional rappelling, which makes it a great option for beginners. The second one is Ibex, which is more challenging, with a length of 4.5 km, takes approximately five to seven hours. The trail invites experienced canyoning enthusiasts, features activities like swimming, climbing, and jumping. Sadly, the decreasing water levels may bring Ibex towards extinction. Show more

What risks extinction of the longer canyoning trail in the future?

Ibex, the longer canyoning trail at Wadi Mujib, may face extinction in the future due to various reasons. The reducing water levels from climate change, irrigation, and damming are some major reasons that cause more challenges and risks to canyoning. Ibex is already a difficult trail to follow with high water levels, and the downstream placement increases the issues. The fundamental loss of the Ibex trail stresses the significance of preserving water resources and natural habitats. Show more

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