Drive Northeast to Azraq and along the way visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Qusair Amra, one of Jordan’s many desert castles, with beautiful examples of both early Islamic art and architecture. If time allows, visit some of our other desert castles along the way. Then stop at the infamous black basalt fort at Azraq, the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab Revolt. Afterwards, take a tour of the Azraq Wetlands, a heaven for birdwatchers. While there, visit the museum and learn about the Azraq Killifish (Aphanius sirhani), the only true endemic vertebrate species indigenous to Jordan. Restoration work has been done on its habitat, in order to protect the species from extinction and has greatly increased the numbers of killifish in their natural habitat. Don’t forget your binoculars so that you can watch how the Azraq Water Buffalo interact and play in the water.
Shawmari Wildlife Reserve - Overnight in Azraq
After lunch take a safari vehicle and learn about the re-introduction of the Arabian Ibex and Oryx at the Shawmari Wildlife Reserve.
Check into the Azraq Eco-Lodge, an old military hospital that has been turned into a wonderful eco-friendly lodge and enjoy the local cuisine from the Northern parts of Jordan. Tour the local handicraft center where all products that are made are eco-friendly and are made to help sustain the lodge and the local people.