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Tannourine Cedars Forest Nature Reserve

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What is there to see?
The Tannourine Cedars Forest Nature Reserve protects one of the largest and densest cedar forests in Lebanon. The unique geography and topography of the forest has sheltered the area from excessive tourist activity. The hiking trails, here, in the rocky terrain of the mountains are not for the faint of heart. The stunning mountainous landscape, with cedars seemingly defying gravity and growing on extremely vertical slopes, is impressive.

Visitors will also enjoy the opportunity to discover rock-cut or naturally occurring grottos on their hike, as well as rare flowers. The reserve was declared an Important Bird Area in 2006.

How do I get there, and practical arrangements?
From Beirut, take the coastal highway north to Byblos (Jbeil). At Byblos, head east towards Aannaya (follow the sign to Tannourine), past Ehmej, and Laqlouq. At the main road in Laqlouq turn left (follow the sign to Tannourine). The journey should take less than 45 minutes from Byblos (Jbeil).

From Tripoli, take the coastal highway south to Chekka and then proceed past Amioun, Kousba, Qnat, and Hadath Al Jebba to Tannourine Al Fawqa. The journey should take less than 45 minutes.

From Batroun, go east towards Aabrine, Sourat, Daael. Just before you reach Deir Billa, turn right and continue towards Kfarhelda and then to Tannourine Al Fawqa. The drive from Batroun to Tannourine should take you less then one hour. The journey is very picturesque with stunning natural scenery. The main entrance to the reserve is located in the village of Tannourine Al Fawqa.

When is the reserve open?
The Tannourine Cedars Forest Nature Reserve is open to visitors during the spring, summer and fall (April through November) of each year. The reserve is open daily from 08:00 to 18:00.

In winter times, please contact the reserve team for arrangements (snowshoeing etc...)

What is there to do?
Hiking, snowshoeing, bird watching (2 bird hides) insect displays, documentary, herbarium and others are available at the reserve house in Tannourine.

What is the Cost?

3,000 L.L. per person in groups
5,000 L.L for individuals
Guide: 10,000 L.L.

*discount for school students

Are there special activities for educational visits?
There is no special education program but presentations on specific topics (reserve, insects, flora, birds, mammals and others) are available for schools.

Who do I contact for more information or bookings?

For hiking, snowshoeing and regular visits:

Mr. Georges Sarkis:
tel: 03 670 055 / 06 500 007 / 06 600550

Mr. Malek Habib:
tel : 06 500 024 / 06 500 550

For presentation and other programmes:

Mr. Nehmeh Harb:
tel 03: 277 618

Dr. Nabil Nemer:
tel : 03 815 029 / 06 500 550

Or send an email to:

info@arztannourine.org or nabilnemer@arztannourine.org

How can I find out more?

www.arztannourine.org

http://www.moe.gov.lb/ProtectedAreas/tannourine.htm (including a brochure of the reserve)

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