Aqaba Bird Observatory


Run by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, this bird sanctuary is an artificially created wetland that's become host to a variety of species that use the area as a stopping-off point on the great bird migrations between Africa, Europe and Asia. There's a 1.5km walking trail around the cluster of lakes, and in winter especially the place is thick with ducks and waders.

Birders will get particular pleasure from the concentration of white-eyed gulls – the Gulf of Aqaba has the largest population in the world.

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