Wadi Rum is a desert region in Jordan with absolutely one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Wadi Rum is also called the Moon Valley and is a desert with much sand and rocks, composed of very many colors. The region forms already for thousands of years a passageway for wandering Bedouins and trade caravans. Is Wadi Rum a must visit when you are in Jordan?
Wadi Rum, what an experience! Wadi Rum, a must visit for everyone that visits Jordan!
Wadi Rum is a protected desert region of 720 square kilometres of impressive wilderness. A visit to Wadi Rum always starts at the visitor center. Here, you will receive information about the area, there are some small shops, and you can arrange a guide. Wadi Rum is comprised of expansive plains of a very beautiful desert and the views will overwhelm you most of everything else. Countless rock walls and endless sand extend before you and the resplendent views are amazing. Wadi Rum is also famous for the rock art, left behind by the so called Nabataeans centuries ago.
How can you visit Wadi Rum?
Most visitors view Wadi Rum from an off-road vehicle. This is the way to quickly see a part of this wonderful landscape. Half a day is the minimum that you must earmark to see it, but one day is recommended, including spending the night in the desert. Spending the night in the desert is an experience that you will never forget. The gorgeous night sky will leave an impression you don’t want to miss, guaranteed.
The possibilities for discovering the desert are endless. You could choose to take an organized tour and you could explore this place in various ways:
• Rock climbing
• Excursion on horse or camel (from half an hour to multiple days)
• Excursion with off-road vehicles (from half an hour to multiple days)
• Hot air balloon tours
• Trekking tours (for all levels and durations)
About 6500 Bedouins live in the area. Fewer Bedouins now live in the traditional way. These people have partly given up their nomadic way of life and live in villages close to Wadi Rum. But the culture, the traditions, and the mentality are still alive and well. Bedouins earn their living as guides, drivers, managers of tent camps, cooks, etc. You will get in touch with the Bedouins during a visit to Wadi Rum. They cook, for example, chicken in the ground as lunch for you. They are extremely hospitable and friendly. It is the perfect place to experience the Bedouin way of life up close.
When to visit?
The best time for a visit is in spring (March and April) or fall (October and November). In the winter, the desert is really cold during the night and summers can be really hot.
- Pay attention to your clothes. Make sure that your head and body are well covered and that you drink enough liquids.
- Take warm clothes with you if you spend the night in the desert, given that it gets much cooler after sundown.
- Visit the Distant Heat Festival in Wadi Rum. The valley gets transformed into a dance scene with DJs from all over the world.
- You absolutely should not miss sundown in the desert; it paints the rocks red, yellow and everything in
- From Aqaba you can easily arrange a trip to the Wadi Rum desert.
This is why I think Wadi Rum is a must visit! Do you think Wadi Rum is a must visit in Jordan?