“The Valley of the Moon”, depicted as Mars in several Hollywood feature films
Wadi Rum is an Arabian fairy-tale waiting to be discovered. Home to nomadic Bedouin tribes,
it’s a quiet getaway of stars, sand, and sun; a perfect complement from Amman’s epicenter.
Once inhabited by the Nabataeans of prehistoric times, Wadi Rum allows you to get lost in large landscapes and horizon lines.
The calmness of the desert is sure to calm your spirit and de-clutter your thoughts.
History of Wadi Rum
it has been inhabited by many human cultures since prehistoric times, with many
cultures–including the Nabataeans–leaving their mark in the form of rock paintings, graffiti, and temples.
In the West, Wadi Rum may be best known for its connection with British officer T. E. Lawrence,
who passed through several times during the Arab Revolt of 1917–18.
In the 1980s one of the rock formations in Wadi Rum, originally known as Jabal al-Mazmar (The Mountain of (the) Plague),
was named “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom,” after Lawrence’s book penned in the aftermath of the war,
though the ‘Seven Pillars’ referred to in the book have no connection with Rum.
Things To Do in Wadi Rum
1. Jeep Tour
One of the most popular things to do in Wadi Rum is a jeep tour to the highlights of the desert.
The jeep tours can last anything between a few hours or an entire day.
In the old days, Bedouins used to roam the desert with camels or on foot. Nowadays, almost every
camp has a few jeeps to pick up clients. Also, the Bedouins living only in the desert often have a jeep.
Thus, even if I prefer to travel sustainable, a jeep tour in Wadi Rum is like joining the Bedouins on their daily routes.
2. Camel Riding
The second unmissable thing to do in Wadi Rum is going for a camel ride.
the camels of Wadi Rum are living in the desert since many generations and are cherished by their owners.
During many years, they were the main mean of transport to roam the desert and particularly helpful in everyday life.
Also known as the “ships of the desert”, they can carry up to 270 kg and are often the main source of wool, milk, and meat
in the desert. On top, their entire body is made to resist the harshness of the desert:
they can close their nostrils against sandstorms and two rows of long lashes protect their eyes
. On top, they are some of the most resistant animals you can find out there:
they can survive up to 6 months without food or water!
3. Watch the Sunset
Our camel ride ended at a little hill from where we could watch the sunset.
I think after the sunset in the Dead Sea, the sunset in Wadi Rum was one of the most epic experiences of these Jordan holidays.
It was a very quiet moment (until the jeep tourists arrived) and it was awe-inspiring to see how the colors of
the desert changed slowly with the sun going down.
The colors turned from light pink to dark orange and brown in only a few minutes.
Watching the sunset in Wadi Rum is definitely a highlight of any trip to the Jordanian desert.
It is thus just one reason more to stay in a Wadi Rum Desert camp.
Because if you only go for a day trip from Aqaba or Petra, it will be almost impossible to enjoy this natural, colorful show.
Wadi Rum desert is one of the most extraordinary places to hike in the world.
Hiking in Wadi Rum means that you’ll be confronted with vast plains, desert landscapes,
dazzling heights, and challenging situations.
There are hiking trails for any level and you’ll find all the information you need at the Visitor’s Centre in Wadi Rum Village.
Please remember that Wadi Rum is a protected area and home to many species of flora and fauna.
Some of them are endangered and very rare. Thus be a responsible traveler!
in addition to