Given its exceptional geography, nature and climate, Lebanon gives the tourist the
opportunity to perform different activities in its fascinating nature, including
different kinds of outdoor sports through different regions and seasons.
Among the main Lebanese features, there are mountains, evergreen woods, beaches,
seasonal and permanent rivers, caves, valleys and mountainous trails, not to mention
the diverse species in the wild, particularly birds. Lebanon has always been a destination
for the nature lovers who like to explore, to go on camping trips, to watch birds
and do others forms of ecotourism. Our company work on making the ecotourism a success
by providing all the related requirements, mainly:
- A specialized team of guides and volunteers;
- Provision of places to sleep and where food is provided, whether in guest houses,
or camps, or places especially designed for this purpose with simple, unsophisticated
- Distribution of fliers, pamphlets and maps that help the tourists be more familiar
with the site they are visiting;
- Trails supplied with guiding signs and marks for the tourists;
- Equipment and supplies (for example binoculars to watch birds, bicycles, special
equipment for cave exploration, etc.)
The major eco-tourist activities that may be performed include: Hiking, camping,
star observation, mountain climbing, cave exploration, bird and animal watching,
paragliding, swimming, diving, river fishing, kayaking, canoeing, biking, plant
exploration and skiing, in addition to discovery of the social and cultural traditions
of the visited regions and of the local products such as handicrafts. We also work
on developing the constructive educative and environmental awareness activities
and games for school students and others. In addition to the importance of Lebanon’s
location, the ecotourism is directly connected with reserves. Below are the major
reserves which add more beauty to Lebanon and constitute a aesthetic, cultural and
Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve:
It is located in the northern western cliffs of the Lebanon mountains. It is characterized
by the presence of junipers, cedars and wild apple trees, several bird species like
eagles and hawks, animals like wolves and wild cats, and plants like wild orchids.
Palm Islands Nature Reserve:
It consists of three islands located around 5 km northwest of Tripoli/ Al Mina.
It is one of the few havens left for the endangered loggerhead turtles and green
turtles and a resting ground for the migratory birds. The reserve has a rich coastal
life where there are plenty of medicinal plants. It is also known for its fish,
sponge and sea creatures. Moreover, swimming is allowed in parts of the reserve
Tannourine Cedars Forest Nature Reserve:
It is one of the largest and densest cedar forests in Lebanon where cedars constitute
%90 of the forest. The cedars of the reserve impressively grow on vertical slopes.
The reserve also features rocky valleys, natural caves and rare flowers such as
Benatael Nature Reserve:
It is one of the first reserves built in Lebanon on the hill feet, northeast of
Jbeil, with pine trees extensively scattered. The reserve is a pathway for migratory
birds like eagles, hawks and others, and thus an attraction for bird lovers.
Yammouneh Nature Reserve:
It lies on the eastern slope where the mountains of Makmel and Mounaytra meet. Abundant
with waters, it includes 84 water springs, four perennial rivers and two seasonal
rivers. It is known for its Phoenician, Roman and Arabic monuments (from the Byzantine
Roman temple to Aphrodite statue relocated to Baalbeck citadel). It also contains
the ruins of a big fortress which served as summer residence for emperor Adriano
who made Yammouneh a reserve. The region covers a wide stretch of plants and dense
Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve:
It is one of the largest nature reserves in Lebanon. It stretches form Dahr al Baydar
to the north to Niha Mountain to the south. It contains the famous three cedar forests
of Maaser el Shoud, Barouk and Ain Zhalta. Some of its trees date back to around
two thousand years and its visitors can enjoy from the top of the mountain a fantastic
view of the countryside and Lake Qaraoun up to Bekaa valley to the east and to the
Mediterranean sea to the west.
Tyre Coast Nature Reserve:
It is located in South Lebanon and its sandy beach is considered as one of the best.
It is an important nesting site for migratory birds some of which are endangered
and rare. Its artesian wells are an important source of fresh water. It is characterized
by a rich flora and by lake birds which are widespread in such environment. It is
also home to the endangered loggerhead turtles and green turtles. In addition to
this reserve, Tyre has a great archeological value, as it is one of the world’s
most culturally rich cities for it is the meeting place of many civilizations: Phoenician,
Roman, Greek, and Byzantine. From there, the alphabet and the paper money were introduced
to the whole world. The city also contains several archeological treasures such
as the Old City and the souks. The oldest ruins in Ras el Ain and the Old Tyre date
back to 5000 B.C.
Chnanir Nature Reserve (Kesrwan district) was built in 2010. It includes the public
domains of Chnanir village which is surrounded by the towns of Ghazir, Dlebta, Merab,
Ghosta and Jounieh and covered by oak and pine trees.
Wadi Hujair Nature Reserve (Nabatieh and Bint Jbeil districts) was built in 2010.
It extends from the Litani river in the village of Qaakayiat el Jisr at the lower
part of Nabatiyeh city, up to the town of Aytaroun in Bint Jbeil district and is
covered by oak and valonia trees.
Ramia, Kafra, Bayt Leef and Debel Nature Reserves (Bint Jbeil district): were built