What to expect when going on a Safari trip

We planned to try all the camping options during out trip. We booked a night in a Semi-Luxury camp, a night in a regular camp and a night in a luxury camp. The semi-luxury camp was great, we had our private bathroom inside the tent, and we had a separate beautiful tent for breakfast and dinner. We hear the roar of lions at night and the sound of other wild animals. The regular camp was the most adventurous, as we literally have seen a hyena before going to bed, they offered a shared bathroom hall that were located a minute walking distance but was still unfavored and not recommended to be used during the night time, and a cafeteria serving both breakfast and dinner, the food was poorly done, but the experience was incredible. Our luxury camp which I was truly looking forward to was a total rip off. It was located outside of Serengeti, yet outside the wild, it was just like any hotel. It was a beautiful hotel, but luxury camps inside Serengeti offer an unforgettable experience which i totally recommend, even if you have to put a few hundred bucks on top of your budget, do it, you will never regret it, just make sure you see photos of what it will look like and compare it with other luxury camps available.

Creative Writing on my Safari Experience:

When love is nature,

And nature is love,

When looking at earth as a one big piece of art,

When nothing makes sense because everything makes pure sense,

When life taps you on the shoulder to tell you one word, Love.

Because without love, nothing is nourished,

Because without love, everything is dead.

Because to love we belong,

And without love we can never belong.

Because seeing this world can change like every climate,

We choose to see things the way we wish to see them,

We can always look on the other side, but there is always someone looking into our side,

Because no one knows how long we will stay where we are,

And how far we can go to where we want to go,

Life can be a puzzle or a simple passage,

A passage that we can curate or walk through accepting all possible changes,

Life is nothing but a piece of big art,

Big huge painting that can never be framed because it is always changing,

Free of one criteria and free of one identity,

It is open, and spacious, it is multinational and diverse,

It is made for everyone and yet made to no one,

It is so random, yet it so miraculous,

It is always a reflection of what we seek to see,

So seek for good, seek for love, and be that love you wish to see.

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A valley worth knowing about; this is Wadi Yabis and to some of you Wadi Rayan… Nature is Magical…

Wadi Rayan, Wadi Yabis.

وادي الريان – وادي يابس

Green, Olive Trees, Roman, Ancient, Flowers, Plants, Nature, Fresh Air, Trekking, Hike, Meditate, Oxygen, Farmers, Castles, River, Jordan Valley

Wadi stands for Valley, and Jordan is very famous for its beautiful valleys.

Wadi Yabis used to be known as Wadi Rayan for it used to be rich in water until the river got divided between farms and different areas and so Wadi Rayan became Wadi Yabis which stands for Rough surface valley.

Wadi Rayan or Wadi Yabis is between Ajloun and Jordan Valley. It over looks beautiful scenes and its nature is breath-taking.

I joined a high-spirited group of people organized by Treks who were phenomenal at being guides and creating a fun safe atmosphere.

We started our walk down Yabis starting from Oudeh watermill in Al Ayoun and following the wadi down past orchards and stunning ancient Roman olive trees that are around 1500 to 2000 years old.….Read More

 

 

Did you know that John the Baptist “Prophet Yahya bin Zakaria” was beheaded in Jordan? Learn more about Mukawir and the hilltop of Machaerus قلعة المشناقى

Mukawir, also known as the hilltop of Machaerus or in Arabic قلعة المشناقى

Sand, Neutral, Fresh Air, Nature, Desert, John the Baptist, Biblical, History, Ancient, Salome, Roman, Palace, Hadrian, Dead Sea

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Mukawir is a historic attraction in Jordan that is about one hour and a half drive from Amman, around 30 to 40 minutes from Madaba.

On the way to Machaerus Mukawir Jordan قلعة المشناقى الاردن

On the way to Machaerus Mukawir Jordan قلعة المشناقى الاردنI advice you wear something comfortable and somewhat conservative, comfortable sports shoes, and go by car or taxi. It is around 20 minutes walk up the hill or around 35 minutes if you are taking photographs on the way.

The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress

The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir FortressMukawir Fortress was built by Alexander Jannaeus in the first century BC and is a religion biblical story of Salome the dancer who danced to Hadrian to get John the Baptist “Prophet Yahya bin Zakaria” beheaded. It was said the John the Baptist was imprisoned for 2 years and then beheaded. In 70 AD, the fortress was destroyed by the Romans while under the emperor of Titus.

The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress

The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress

There is not much to see, but it sure is worth the visit, the colors of nature, and the fresh air is just sensational, the walk up is very easy and takes very little time, it is not so busy and not visited much so usually serene and calm.

The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress

The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir FortressThe historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir FortressThe historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress

My favorite part of Mukawir is the view that over looks the Dead Sea and Palestine, it is breathtaking when the sky is clear, and I would defiantly advice you go right before sunset because the view is just magical and worth staying for.

The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress Sunset

Sheep PortraitThe historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir FortressThe historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress Sunset

I spent around 5 hours total including transportation and had a wonderful time taking photograph and meditating on the hilltop overlooking the sunset.

All photographs are unedited and taken with a Canon 70D

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Photograph idea by my friend Mohammad AbdelLatif – Canon Timer

Why WadiRum is one of the most magical places on earth. Click here to learn more.

Why WadiRum is one of the most magical places on earth. Click here to learn more.

Morning Diary 14 – Camping, hiking and exploring at the Jura Mountains Oberbalmberg, Switzerland

Tuesday, November 4th 2014

Jura Mountains Oberbalmberg, Solothurn, Switzerland

A week was spent in this beautiful side of Switzerland, where nature is your source of everything. You wake up and sleep breathing the freshest breeze, looking at the most incredible colors of nature and dreaming of the magic that surrounds it. A great space, a great place, and fantastic group of people….

Morning Diary Day 5 – The suburbs of Jordan

Part 1

September 14 2014

In the suburbs of Jordan between Dabouq Amman and Salt

If you ever visit Jordan, you will love the people. Meet the locals and Spend a day in the suburbs of Jordan. This here is the residence of Sukhtian Family, beautiful souls and a beautiful house. My friend Anoud planned a cooking competition that ended up with great chefs making yummy dishes. Walnut salad, pasta with tomato sauce, grilled chicken “BBQ Mashawi style”, Cannelloni, dark chocolate cake pudding and the best of all homemade Nabulsi Knafeh that is to die for. Make sure you ask for the Knafeh if you visit Jordan, Palestine or Lebanon… Just Yummieee… All pictures are taken with my favorite Canon 7D… Oh and my very favorite song of the day Andrew Belle – In my veins.

Morning Diary Day 3

Tuesday, September 9th 2014

Amman – Dabouq

This time it is the modern side of Amman, the Dabouq area where all the richness is in the beautiful modern architecture and layout. Fresh air, wide streets, beautiful houses, and peaceful time. Here is another song from a local Jordanian punk rock band “Akher Zapheer”