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Dana Nature Reserve, Karack Castle and the Dead Sea
Today we did a lot! We started off with breakfast at the guesthouse, which again was nice but very similar to what we had for dinner the previous night (cheese, olives, bread...). We then drove for about five minutes further into the nature reserve where we transfered into a large jeep - which is the only vehicle allowed in the reserve from that point. After another quick ride we arrived at the start of the cave trail. We walked along narrow paths stopping when we got to each cave to look around it and our guide, Malik told us lots of infortmation. Malik also spoke the best English so far. After clambering over and round some other ledges and rocks we arrived at the final cave. It was massive! The cave consisted of about six rooms with little arches (carved by people). The walls and ceiling were black with soot because of fires. Everyone in the group then piled one stone on per person on top of one another - to signify that we had been to the cae. Malik told us that we could write our names using the rocks on the walls. By the time we reached the start of the trail again an 1 hour 1/2 had gone of our three hour tour. We walked down to the campsite where we were given some tea in the Bedouin Tents. The final thing we did at Dana Nature Reserve was to go into the bird huts and watch the birds come to the pond. Because there were only four places in the hide we took it in turns and whilst we were out of the hide we found a scorpion - it was the first time i had ever seen one. Our tour at the nature reserve ended after that and we climbed onto our tour bus to visit Karak Castle. Karak Castle was The ruins of a Crusader Castle from the 12th Century and stood on a hill top dominating the town. Unfortunately our visit to Karak Castle was rather rushed and so we did not have time to thoroughly explore.
Finally we drove to the dead sea. When we went below sea level everyone's ears started going all weire (as if we were on a plan). Shortly after we arrived at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel and we checked into our bungalows and explored the resort. It had five swimming pools. Including one with.... A MASSIVE WATER SLIDE!!!
Other blogs for this trip
- Pyramids, Sphinx, Papyrus Museum and Cairo Egypt
- Camel ride and snorkelling
- Ferry to Jordan and Bedouin Camp
- Mount Sinai & Monastery
- Drive to Dana, shops and Nature Reserve
- Free day at Dead Sea Spa Hotel
- 1 Day to go!
- Wadi Rum jeep drive and Exhibition
- Flight from Amman to Heathrow
- Flight to Egypt
- Travel to St Katherine
- Arabian Nights
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