The Cedars of Lebanon – Tannourine Cedars Reserve – Video

October 18, 2009 by  

If Lebanon is on your travel radar as a place to visit, you may not think of bringing your walking boots. Yet my video about the day I spent hiking in the Tannourine Cedar Forest Reserve will show you that this is one of the highlights of a visit to Lebanon, especially in the spring and early summer when the wild flowers are in full bloom.

Cedars in the Tannourine Cedars Reserve in Lebanon

Cedars in the Tannourine Cedars Reserve in Lebanon

In this video, you’ll see something of the famous Cedars of Lebanon and the wonderful countryside we walked through in the Tannourine Cedars Forest Reserve and I hope you will enjoy the walk as much as I did.

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With my friend, I joined a group trip organised by Cyclamen, a local tour company, and drove north out of Beirut into the beautiful mountainous region inland, stopping only for a Mankouche for breakfast. If I ever get back, it will be to walk for a few days along the Lebanon Mountain trail, which the Tannourine Reserve is part of, staying in local villages that now offer Bed and Breakfast.

The Cedars of Lebanon are such an important symbol that they appear on the Lebanese national flag, yet the impression I got from my visit to see them was that there were barely any left. The reason is that the cedar is a valuable wood, prized for it’s hardness, it’s fragrance and it’s properties as a natural insect repellant. Now the cedars that remain in Lebanon are protected in National Forest Reserves and a programme of replanting is underway, although as these trees take many decades to reach any size, it will be centuries before the famous forests that once covered the mountains of Lebanon recover.

Heather in the Tannourine Cedars Reserve in Lebanon

Heather in the Tannourine Cedars Reserve in Lebanon

It was interesting to speak to the tour organiser, Sabina, who was involved in the CIFA Programme to build up sustainable local tourism for the walking and hiking, by training local families to offer Bed and Breakfast along the Lebanon Mountain Trail, through the Dhiafee Program website. They work with Cyclamen who organise one day hiking and cultural trips – you can check out their Programme here and if you’re visiting Lebanon, I highly recommend that you try and build one into your itinnerary. Their parent travel company is TLB Destinations, which specialises in sustainable tourism programmes in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, investing in training and projects that support local communities and jobs. If you you prefer to have a local specialist company to organise things for you when travelling, then I’d certainly check out the TLB Destinations website to see what they have to offer.


Lebanon Mountain Trail – long distance hiking trail from North to South Lebanon
Dhiafee Program – offering Bed and Breakfast accommodation around Lebanon
Cyclamen Programme of 1 days treking and cultural trips
TLB Destinations – specialists in sustainable travel in Lebanon
CIFA – providing training to support sustainable tourism in rural areas.

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Mankoushe for breakfast in Lebanon
Meet the winemakers at Chateau Musar in Lebanon
Cake outside the mosque in Sidon, Lebanon

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10 Comments on "The Cedars of Lebanon – Tannourine Cedars Reserve – Video"

  1. Keith on Mon, 19th Oct 2009 10:57 am 

    This is a great video! Are/were you a professional in this field?

    I met a Lebanese family in Jordan about 5 years ago, and they said not to judge the place on what I’d seen on the news. And, I heard there’s some pretty good ski-ing there, too?

  2. Fly Girl on Mon, 19th Oct 2009 1:52 pm 

    I’m glad that programs and tourist initiatives are in place to replant the cedars. It’s sad to think that such an important cultural symbol has dwindled so much.

  3. Mark H on Mon, 19th Oct 2009 9:55 pm 

    We can only hope that the cedars get preserved. Lovely video of the area capturing the dry mountain condition and beauty of the area.

  4. Barbara @ Hole In The Donut Travels on Tue, 20th Oct 2009 4:47 pm 

    Lovely video. Totally changed my thinking about Lebanon. Glad they have put protections in place to preserve the remaining cedars.

  5. Heather Cowper on Tue, 20th Oct 2009 9:21 pm 

    @ Keith
    Yes, there is great ski-ing although we didn’t see the snow except when we drove over Mt Lebanon. One of the main resorts is called The Cedars and has some Cedar trees to prove it.

  6. Shannon on Wed, 21st Oct 2009 12:44 am 

    Such a lovely video Heather. The background music was relaxing and I felt as if I was on the tour with you.

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