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Reviewed 6 May 2018

Around 80 km north of Amman Located in Ajloun highlands visitors of Jordan will find a very nice place to spend the day.
Excellent location, friendly people, good service and tasty food. They use local ingredients and serve local food similar to Mediterranean food.
You can also experience sleeping in small cottages. Sadly there is no facilities for children, however management informed us that they are working on it. If you love nature you can enjoy a walk in the woods. The scene is fantastic, bring your camera or smart phone to take a lot of photos.
The only thing I did not like is the bumpy and narrow roads leading to this place.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank muneerq2017
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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

Good facilities for sleeping, meals, meetings and hiking.
Our group of 17 enjoyed our stay of 6 nights, beginning with a 2hr hike with a knowlegable guide. Meals (breakfast/dinner) were adequate.
We slept 3 to a cabin, with 2 people in the twin bedroom and third person in the living room on a cot.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Erarmn
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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

The Royal Society for Conservation of Nature here in Jordan oversees several protected areas and conservation zones. I give them an A for effort, but a C in execution.

This weekend we overnighted at the Ajloun Forest Reserve. The cabins are nice and rustic. The food was surprisingly good. Lot's of healthy options and an omelette bar at breakfast was a pleasant treat.

An area to protect one the the few Evergreen Oak forests remaining in Jordan. It has dozen of miles of hiking trails, most of which require a guide. We hired a guide to take us on the Rock Rose Trail, so named for the wild flowers that grows bountifully along the way. Unfortunately for us, they bloomed early this year and all we saw were their bushes.

There were plenty of Evergreen Oak, Strawberry Trees, and a dozen other varieties of wild flowers to make a beautiful spring day hike memorable.

I was skeptical about the need for a guide. However, the RSCN employs guides as a means to provide work for the local community. Plus, there were several places along the trail that weren't really trail at all, making it very easy to get turned around.

As is typical for hiking areas here, the beginning of the trail is a public picnic area. Jordanians don't have the same social standards for littering as we do in the US, thus trash and garbage is overwhelming. Why RSCN hasn't partnered with USAID for an agressive anti-litter campaign is beyond me. About a kilometer into the hike, things got a lot cleaner.

I was under the impression that when you hired a guide, that particular guide is solely for your group. However, that didn't seem to be the case. Another couple joined our group and was really rather annoying. They wanted to do the hike as quickly as possible, while we want to mosey along, enjoy the scenery, and take photos. Needless to say, we had words more than once.

The Rose Rock Trail hike was 8km overall and the first half or so was on fairly even ground or slightly downhill. The return to the trail head, however, turn out to be a brutal assault on our legs, lungs, and cardio. It was a moderately strenuous up hill battle through surprisingly thick undergrowth where no trail existed. At this point I was thankful for the guide as the trees and brush we very dense. Everyone ended with scratches.

Did i enjoy it? Yeah. For the most part. Could it have been better? Absolutely. Was it better than being in the office? You're doggone right!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Aaron L
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

For all the people who have no idea of the area:
There is a new big centre for visitors. Its shortly before the huts and the old visitorcentre, you can see it on maps, its a big thing. In this centre they situated "The house of caligraphy" where you can buy also the soap of "Orjan soap house", which lies next to the centre. The building is modern architecture and there is a very nice outside area for a coffee or tea.
The house of caligraphy:
In the end its just a classroom but a very intersting lesson and you learn to write in different arabic caligraphy styles. You just have to tell the teacher what you want to learn, else she is a bit lost and shy. You can buy for some bugs a frame and go home with a nice souvenir.
The soap house:
Highly recommended for people who like ecological soap and want to learn how to do it. The women speak not so much english. But they explain it to you by showing the process. The soap is really good and I saw it in Amman for high prices.
Go to this place if you like nature and local products or are interested in caligraphy. Definitive a highlight in the north, in my opinion.

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank JanSmithSchneider
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

highly highly recommend spending at least a day in Ajloun... absolutely beautiful nature, and view! If you enjoy nature, camping, experiencing the local ... this place is a must visit!

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Moka_travels
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