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Henrique
Madrid, Spain15 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
We had an amazing 3h jeep safari across the reserve. Our guide was so experienced and made all efforts so that we could see as many animals as possible. Beautiful reserve and an amazing conservation effort. We saw oryxes and sand gazelles. We visited the clinic and the breeding programme. Truly recommend it.
Written 7 June 2022
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Indi
8 contributions
Mar 2022
Nice place and although the jeep safari is expensive it is worth doing. It's annoying when getting here from Amman that you can't go back on the road you came out on through Azraq so it takes twice as long to get back to the city (basically what Google maps says but I didn't believe that could be right). With this in mind, if you're planning to do Azraq Wetlands or Castle on the same day as Shaumari definitely do Azraq first. Shaumari itself was quiet when we were there at 2pm which is the latest time for a jeep tour. Our tour took just over 2 hours including the stop for tea and then we took about half an hour to look around the visitor centre where you can see the captive bustards and ostriches. Our tour guide for the jeep tour was great and tailored the tour to stop to look at birds which were plentiful (this was spring migration) although we still saw plenty of interesting plants which he told us about and of course the oryx and onagers. In terms of birds we saw lots of Isabelline Wheatears, Woodchat Shrikes, Crested Larks and Stonechats. We also saw a Hoopoe, Marsh Harrier (brilliant views), Common Kestrel, Bluethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Black Redstart, Black-Eared Wheatear and Swifts (probably Common Swifts). Quite a few of those species were present or a lot more plentiful because of it being spring migration so I'm not sure how many birds you'd see the rest of the year.
Written 1 May 2022
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Elisavet17-84
Northampton, UK64 contributions
Nov 2019
We spend just an hour in the reserve and we managed to see the orix straight away! they are beautiful and peaceful animals that can not survive out of this place because hunting. I think orix represent Jordan as Petra and Jerash that's why should be a "must go" in this country!
Written 24 November 2019
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Francesca871
Novegro, Italy118 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
We had some difficulties to reserve a jeep tour in the reserve through Wild Jordan, they repeatedly told us there were no group tour available the day we chose and the only option we had was a private tour (i.e. 66JD rather than 44JD for the two of us). We decided to go there anyway and see if there were other options. 1st - when we arrived the contact for the reservation were the one I attach in the picture here, nothing to do with wild Jordan and 2nd - they had at least 2 groups we could join in the morning! At the end we did the 2 hours jeep tour (44JD for 2 people) and we saw the oryx and the wild ass. Very pleasant experience and super laudable initiative. We gave 3 points only because of the price, definitely too high for what they offer.
Written 28 August 2019
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bprior1989
Paris, France116 contributions
Aug 2019
My husband and I visited Shaumani Nature Reserve together and had a private jeep tour.

PROS
- Tour was a nice legth of time (roughly two hours)
- Tour guides were great (very friendly and informative)
- Jeeps were comfortable and in good condition
- Stopped for homemade herbal tea made on a fire
- Animals are in their natural habitat

CONS
- 66JOD is a bit expensive considering we only saw Orynx and Donkeys

Remember this nature reserve is helping to bring extinct animals back into the wild so it is a good cause. However, you don’t see many animals, what made it enjoyable was the friendliness of the guides.
Written 22 August 2019
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walfisch
European34 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
We spent a week in Jordan (except Amman & the north): everywhere friendly, helpful people.
I concur with the good reviews already posted. I would advise to bring warm wind proof clothing as it is an open vehicle (and it was end of January)! Our guide was one of the scientists and was very informative about all aspects of the reserve. They also had two birds of prey while we were there that had been taken in for care which we were allowed to see. A golden eagle and an egyptian vulture. They also have a breeding program for houbara bustards. We regrettably didn't see the sand gazelle, but did see the oryx and onega. As on any safari, it's the luck of the draw. We had elevenses out in the wild with tea from some local herbs (I forget the name) cooked over an open fire which really helped warm me up. Only thing missing were the rusks! All in all, very impressed by the knowledge and the work being done here.
Written 15 February 2019
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MaximeLecl
France62 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
My partner and I had a fantastic time at RSCN Shaumari Reserve, we visited on 31 December 2017. It was worth the drive until the reserve.
We did the safari with our young but knowledgeable guide, called Jaffar (hope the spelling is correct).
He explained us the scientific studies that were done for the location of the reserve, the monitoring of the species, the context, threats, breedings, etc.
We saw some oryx, sand gazelles, onagers, owls, and other birds, etc.
Totally recommend the safari and the small museum in the reserve.
Written 20 January 2018
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AnaGB78
Amman, Jordan139 contributions
Feb 2017 • Friends
We had a very nice journey : many explanations and tea break. It is a bit difficult to reach the place because the road directions are missing .
Written 16 November 2017
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huttta
Berlin, Germany27 contributions
Sept 2017 • Friends
Just re-opened this year the Royal Society for conservation of nature did a great job in maintaining this reserve as home for a few wild animals close to distinction as the oryx antelope, sand gazelles and onegars, Syrian wild donkeys. We did a pleasant safari trip with an open jeep equipped with water, binoculars and lots of great explanations by our guide and driver. The safari included a pleasant tea break showing us the use of local herbs. All in all a beautiful experience and nice adventure.
Written 26 September 2017
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Patrick B
17 contributions
Feb 2017 • Solo
Finding information about Shaumari Nature Reserve was extremely challenging online prior to my visit this past February with seemingly conflicting information about its long closure. Contacting Wild Jordan I was eventually able to book an Orxy Safari as one of my first attractions to visit in Jordan. Due to a delay in my travel from Paris, I had to postpone my safari by 24 hours - fortunately that turned out not to be a huge problem and I never encountered an issue with getting timely responses from the Shaumari booking office. That being said, while there are signs to Shaumari as you approach Azraq the way gets rather convoluted, my driver got lost, and eventually we had to ask for directions. More signage is obviously needed. At the entrance to Shaumari it took several minutes for me to convince the staff that I had in fact a reservation for an Orxy safari - whoever was working the front gate insisted there was no such booking. In any event, eventually my driver and myself were allowed to enter with about an hour to spare before the safari. One can tell the main visitor center was still under some construction (the observation tower was still closed), but otherwise the exhibits were well put together and there several easily accessible animal enclosures. While I waited I was offered Turkish coffee and found the staff knowledgeable and friendly and there were no significant language barriers. The actual safari got off to a bit of a late start and in the end it was myself and my driver from Amman who took the tour with two Shaumari staff members. We did pass Oryx and Sand Gazelles (the latter in their breeding enclosure), a Bustard, a Syrian wildcat, and while we found scat from the Onagers, frustratingly did not see any outside of two at the visitor center (as a US National Park Ranger and Nature Guide in the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa I know when it comes to wildlife, nothing is guaranteed, especially any time outside of early morning). The landscape is primarily scrub brush with shallow wadis and rocky volcanic soil - not spectacular but certainly different from the otherwise overgrazed landscape outside the park boundaries. There was some time spent for tea with local plants. The advertised "Falcon demonstration" was really just looking at a falcon in a cage and oddly enough I could never seem to get a clear answer as to what happened to the ostriches that used to live there. After the safari we searched for birds in the tree tops by the visitor center but since a playground was built underneath (there were a lot of families there using the space much like any public park) we saw not a feather. It was gratifying to see local people enjoying the part but it makes the chances of seeing bird life about nil. As far as term "safari" goes, Shaumari really cannot compare to what is offered in Africa or India, but for that part of the Middle East it seemed fairly unique. I was heartened by the knowledge of the staff and the effort into preserving and promoting some of Jordan's natural heritage, including the success of its Oryx breeding program. For that alone Shaumari and the RSCN in Jordan should be applauded. For the casual visitor, Shaumari may not to worth the effort or price to explore, but for the dedicated naturalist and for anyone interesting in wildlife tourism and the endangered species of the Middle East, Shaumari would be worth the visit, especially as it continues to re-develop itself.
Written 3 May 2017
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