The Ammiq Wetland is the last significant freshwater wetland in Lebanon. It is living proof of the many marshes that once existed in the region. In 1999, it was declared Ramsar site number 978.
“Rain and snow falling on the high ridge of Jabal Barouk to the west provide water for the wetland,” states A Rocha Lebanon, an organization founded in 1996 dedicated to saving the Aammiq marshes from destruction.
According to A Rocha Lebanon, Aammiq lies on one of the most important bird migration routes in the world. There have been over 250 species of birds recorded in the area.
This includes “the globally vulnerable Great Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga, Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca, and Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni.”
#4 Animal sightings
In addition to the birds, you’ll be surprised to find water buffaloes grazing near the wetland and even diving in for a swim. Water buffaloes were introduced into the area to maintain the health of the swamp.
In fact, 23 species of mammals have been recorded living in and around the marsh. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a deer or two in near the village.
#5 Refreshing hiking trips
Due to Ammiq’s increasing popularity, many hiking trips are organized to explore the wetlands and visit the serene village.
#6 Peaceful bike rides
Bikes are available to rent at the entrance to the wetland. You can wader through the area and discover the natural beauty hidden in Ammiq.
#7 Picnic in the wetland
There are no restaurants in the wetland. It is advised to bring your own snack or lunch and enjoy a picnic out in the vibrant nature of the area.
If the picnic isn’t your style, Souk El Tayeb‘s eco-tourism project Tawlet Ammiq is the ideal balance between nature and humans. You can have a fantastic meal with gorgeous views, while also helping the local farmers and small business owners.