Our Petra birding and historical extension includes a full day’s exploration of this almost unbelievable primordial city, as well as visits to some of Jordan’s top birdwatching sites.
Petra is certainly one of the world’s most remarkable antiquities and is regarded as the most astounding ancient city left to the modern world. This capital of the Nabataeans housed an estimated 30,000 people in its prime and was manually hewn from the blood-red cliffs of the Sharrah Mountains. Several earthquakes and the rerouting of existent trade routes sidelined Petra until it was finally abandoned and remained forgotten for centuries, until its dramatic rediscovery in the early 19th century.
Petra is set within a 20,000ha National Park, and some special birds may also be seen during our short extension here. These include Sooty Falcon, Sand Partridge, Mourning Wheatear, Scrub Warbler, Palestine Sunbird, Rock Sparrow, Sinai Rosefinch, Syrian Serin and House Bunting. In addition, this region is situated within a strong raptor migration route, so we can expect to see good numbers of these passage migrants as they soar overhead.
All in all, this is without doubt the most “must-see” site in the entire Middle East!
Palestine Sunbird, Sinai Rosefinch, Syrian Woodpecker, Fan-tailed Raven, Sooty Falcon, Sand Partridge, Mourning Wheatear, Scrub Warbler, Rock Sparrow, Syrian Serin and House Bunting Habitats Covered
gardens and fields in Amman and various dry habitats further south Expected Climate
warm and dry conditions with cooler evenings Max Group Size
1 - 8 with 1 Rockjumper leaders / 9 - 12 with 2 Rockjumper leaders Tour Pace & Walking
leisurely paced birding, undemanding but long walk in Petra Accommodation
comfortable Ease of Birding
relaxed and easy Number of Species Expected
60 Other Attractions
Rose City of Petra, shopping Photographic Opportunities
I was really pleasantly surprised about every aspect of the Oman & UAE tour. Forrest Rowland did an outstanding job in every way and he has a great sense of humour. This tour exceeded my expectations. The pace was just right, accommodations and meals were of high quality, and Forrest did a great job of organizing details and making sure everything ran smoothly. He found the species that were sought and had expert knowledge of where the birds were likely to be found and when was the best time to try for them.