Shouf Biosphere Reserve

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Boasting the title of largest nature reserve in Lebanon, the Shouf Biosphere Reserve makes up 5% of the country’s territory and has been protected since 1996. The area is made up of three cedar forests, which in total make up a quarter of the remaining cedar forests in Lebanon. This is an important area for bird life, as well as mammals such as wolves and the Lebanese jungle cat.

The main activity in this beautiful area of nature is hiking, and your guide can accommodate for any level of fitness and ability. There are short strolls that you can do for just an hour or so, and longer full-day walks that link together the three sections of the forests. Some of the very best views down across the cedars and to undulating hills beyond, dotted with red-roofed villages, are easily accessible on foot. If you’re travelling as a family this is a great place to take the kids; there are lots of very short loops that will keep them entertained!

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