anastasia ivanovskaya
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Hello, my name is Anastasia, I'm a marketing specialist living in Amman, Jordan. Trying to study Italian and Arabic. Interested in local restaurants and events.

Ajloun Forest Reserve in Jordan

It’s a wonderful feeling: to drive where the road takes you. Last weekend we have decided to go to Ajloun Forest Reserve and it was a great trip. First of all, the weather was perfect: it was August’s regular +32C but with an enjoyable wind. I prefer stay in Amman during summer months, and now I know there are still enjoyable options without sweating much.


I’ve tried to visit Ajloun multiple times, and each time there was a change of plans (last time it was a lockdown in Jordan, so I even didn’t tell anyone that I’m going there, in order not to jinx it!)

From Amman to Ajloun Forest Reserve is around 1 hour 30 min, you will pass by Balqa, Zarqa and Jerash areas. I always admire looking how Jerash is similar to Italian Tuscany, just gets a bit less greener in summer. And I liked the smell of processed olives on the way, they said it was from the olive farm in Jerash. For most people it smells unpleasant but for me it’s something medicinal and not disgusting at all. I wonder if it means I can go to the olive farm and finally see how the olive oil is made, that’s one of my bucket list wishes in Jordan!

From Amman to Ajloun Forest Reserve is around 1 hour 30 min, you will pass by Balqa, Zarqa and Jerash areas.

Daily visitor entrance fees per person in Ajloun Forest Reserve is 2,5JD for Jordanians and 8JD for non-Jordanians. You can get all the information about accommodation, trail options, food and other details here.

There’s a self-guided short trail (Roe Deer) that has 30min and 1 hour options. It’s an incredibly easy trail, if you have small children or elderly people willing to walk in the green area, this is what you need. We have enjoyed the watching point and the quietness of it, as most of the people arrived at the Reserve, have chosen guided tours and different trails.

Daily visitor entrance fees per person in Ajloun Forest Reserve is 2,5JD for Jordanians and 8JD for non-Jordanians.

Unfortunately it was very busy at the restaurant, they said we can’t eat there, as they need to feed all the tourist groups, so I can’t even tell anything neither about the quality of food nor about the view.

There’s a zipline is there, the view is spectacular, I’m not a fan of heights so I’ve only watched, you can see each “flight” from the Admission center.

I would definitely like to come there again, as despite the amount of people you can stay away completely alone, be with nature and have your special moment away from the city.

Has someone been at Ajloun Forest Reserve in winter? How’s the food in there? Let's discuss it in Instagram mylifeinamman.

Anastasia Ivanovskaya

anastasia ivanovskaya

Living in Amman for 6 years, working as a marketing consultant for various companies. Besides marketing, I like languages, cooking and reading.