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Travel – Shawmarin Reserve – Jordan – Part 1

Shawmarin Reserve (Shaumari) is a not so big nature reserve in Jordan’s east desert area.

Overview of Shawmarin Reserve – Jordan

• It is 22 km wide conservation.
• It is crucial for the Middle East fauna breeding area that could be home to endangered wildlife.
• Flora and Fauna like:
– Valkobeisoja
– Gazelles
– Ostriches
– Endangered aasianvilliaaseja
• One can also experience many desert plants.
• It is a sanctuary for several endangered species.
• The Shawmari Wildlife Reserve was created to be an appealing place for school trips and family outings.
• The 22 square kilometre Shawmari Reserve was developed in 1975 by the RSCN as a breeding centre for locally extinct or endangered varieties.
• It has grown to be a home to a few of the rarest species of wildlife in the Middle East.
• All these animals now are reasserting their presence, safeguarded from ecosystem destruction and hunting.
• The oryx and also onagers (Asian wild ass) travel freely in their huge desert grassland enclosures, and ostriches and gazelles can be noticed in their fenced-off regions.
• It is a property to a number of the rarest types of animals in the Middle East.
• The Reserve, which employs breeding programs with a variety of the world’s major wildlife zoos and parks.
• It provides visitors an opportunity to experience wildlife at close quarters and get involved in safeguarding and improving their well-being.
• This has turned out to be a well known and satisfying experience which makes children and adults alike, get back to the Reserve again and again.

Visitors Facilities

Visitor Information Centre
• This is a reception point for tourists wherein the information and catalogs regarding the reserve can be obtained.
• There is a Tourist Shop providing locally-made souvenirs like:
– Silverware
– Decorated ostrich eggs
– Reed products

Visitors’ Centre
• The centre has:
– a small museum with a number of interactive materials
– slide shows
– videos on the history and wildlife of the Reserve
• Outside the Centre is:
– A picnic spot
– Recreation space

Observation Tower
• Locating wild animals is a thrilling activity for nature enthusiasts.
• The Observation Tower is the best spot to watch diverse animals in the reserve like the Oryx which is best observed in the early hours of the morning.
• This really is an excellent place for bird-watching, especially throughout the migration seasons.

Oryx Safari Trip
• Tourists are provided the opportunity to go on a safari trip to observe the outcomes of the international rescue efforts carried out to conserve these endangered animals.
• Safari tours from the Oryx enclosure can be taken aboard RSCN vehicles.

Breeding Enclosures
Shawmari’s breeding enclosures also have a small zoo, making the Reserve a well known place for kids and school outings.

Shawmari Camp
• The camp is situated at the east end of the Nature Centre.
• There are actually at present ten tents.
• These tents accommodate forty individuals per night. Each one provides you with:
– mattresses
– pillows
– sheets
• One can find showers and toilets in close proximity.
• These facilities are generally simple but thoroughly clean.
• Food and beverage will be supplied, if required.
• The camp is accessible all through the year and its facilities are being extended.

Best time to visit / climate

• Jordan has a sunny, dry weather characterized by lengthy, hot, dry summers as well as brief, cool winters.
• The weather is based on Jordan’s placement between the subtropical aridity of the Arabian Desert locations along with the subtropical humidity of the eastern Mediterranean region.
• January is the coldest month, with temperature ranges from 5°C to 10°C, and August is the hottest time of the year at 20°C to 35°C.
• Regular temperatures can be quite hot, particularly in the summer; on certain days it could be 40°C or higher, particularly when the Shirocco , a hot , dry southerly wind flies .
• These kind of winds can often be quite strong that will result in Sandstorms.
• Around 70 % of the regular rainfall in the country falls between November and then March; June through August tend to rain less.
• Rainfall differs from season to season and also from year to year.
• Precipitation is usually targeted in aggressive storms, leading to erosion as well as local flooding, particularly in the winter season.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

• Shawmari is approximately 2 hours away from Amman by car or truck.
• Head to South Azraq (Azraq al-Janubi in Arabic) and turn right onto the motorway that leads to Saudi Arabia.
• Take another right turn after approximately 15 kilometres at the entry road to the Shawmari Reserve.
• Check with the section on Azraq Wetland Reserve for instructions on how to get to Azraq.

1. By flight
• Jordan’s nationwide airline is Royal Jordanian Airlines.
Additionally, Jordan is operated by several foreign carriers such as:
– British Airways
– Air Baltic
– Lufthansa
– Delta Airlines
– Emirates
– Turkish Airlines
– Egypt Air
– Alitalia
– Air France
• Low-priced airline Air Arabia flies between Jordan and locations throughout the Middle East.
• United Kingdom based airline easy Jet has introduced plans to fly 3 times per week from London Gatwick to Amman from March 2011, cutting the price of reaching the Middle East from the United Kingdom considerably.
• Queen Alia International Airport is the country’s primary airport terminal.
• It happens to be 35km southern of Amman (on the primary route to Aqaba).
• It takes around 45 minutes to reach the airport terminal from the down-town Amman, around thirty minutes from West Amman.
• Transportation into Amman is given by the Royal Jordanian bus services to the city terminal close to the 7th circle, or by taxi (around twenty JD, intended to be fixed).

Along with Queen Alia, Jordan has 2 other international airport terminals:
– Marka International Airport in East Amman assists routes to neighboring Middle Eastern countries, along with internal flights to Aqaba
– King Hussein International Airport terminal in Aqaba.

2. By train
• The last functioning section of the well-known Hejaz Railway, twice-weekly trains used to turn up from Damascus (Syria) at Amman’s Mahatta junction just north-east of the down-town region, in close proximity to Marka Airport.
• But, services have already been cancelled since mid-2006 because of damage to the tracks, and it’s uncertain as to when they would resume.
• Even though they were running, trains consumed an incredibly long nine hours (significantly slower as compared to driving), and offered an awfully low standard of comfort.
• There are no additional passenger trains in Jordan.

3. By bus
• Long-distance providers run from several Middle Eastern locations including Tel Aviv and Damascus.

4. By boat
• Jordan could be entered at the harbor of Aqaba via the Egyptian port of Nuweiba.
• There are 2 providers, ferry and speedboat.
• Be prepared to shell out around $30 for the ferry.
• It can even cost around $60 for the speedboat (each one way).
• Egyptians are not expected to shell out the prices increased by the authorities.
• The slow-moving ferry could take up to eight hours that can be a challenge in bad weather.
• The speedboat regularly makes the crossing in approximately one hour, although boarding as well as disembarking delays can also add several hours, particularly since there can be no set hours for departures.
• You cannot purchase the ticket beforehand and the ticket office would not be familiar with the time of departure.
• It is possible to lose a whole afternoon and even a day awaiting the boat to leave.
• UPDATE: selling prices have risen.
• The speedboat is currently $70 and the ferry is $60 (+$10 or 50 EGP departure tax from Egypt).

Some Travel Books about Jordan

Jordan (Insight Guide Jordan) Jordan Travel Pack, 3rd The Rough Guide to Jordan

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