While visiting Jordan, be sure to include a trip to Dana on your itinerary. Dana is one of the most historically significant sites in all of Jordan, and also the most biologically diverse area in the region.
Dana is the home of the Al Atata people, whose presence dates back nearly 400 years. Original settlement in the area dates back over 6000 years however, with archeological finds dating to the Paleolithic, Egyptian, Nabataean, and Roman eras. It truly is a historical wonderland!
The Dana Biosphere Reserve, near the city of Tafilah, is the largest nature reserve in Jordan. It comprises 308 kilometers, and was founded in 1989. The Dana Bisosphere Reserve crosses four bio-geographical zones: Mediterranean, Irano-Turanian, Saharo-Arabian, and Sudanian. There are over 700 plant species, over 200 species of birds, and nearly 40 species of mammals that call the Reserve home. The Dana Biosphere Reserve is also home to the most diverse plant life in the country, including three plants that can be found nowhere else in the world. There are several animals who reside in this reserve who are considered endangered according to the Global Environment Fund. The largest threat to these species remains hunting, and the Dana Biosphere Reserve works hard to aid in their long-term survival.
Dana is a fantastic place to visit, and is largely untouched by the throngs of tourists that flock to many of Jordan’s more popular cities. The climate is warm and pleasant, especially during the summer and fall, and the local people are very receptive of travelers, and are often excited to show you their home and teach you about their town’s culture and history.
Dana is a natural and historical treasure not to be missed when one travels in Jordan. It is an archaeologist’s treasure trove, a nature lover’s paradise, and a place of deep significance for anyone who has an appreciation for a sense of history.