A walk through Wadi Rum — a place where time stands still…
This is a stupendous, timeless place, virtually untouched by humanity and its destructive forces. Here, it is the weather and winds that have carved the imposing, towering skyscrapers, so elegantly described by T E Lawrence as “vast, echoing and God-like…”
Wadi Rum is a maze of monolithic rockscapes that rise up from the desert floor to heights of 1,750m creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces and explore the canyons and water holes to discover 4000-year-old rock drawings and the many other spectacular treasures this vast wilderness holds in store.
As with any expedition into a desert area, trekkers should always be well-equipped. It is easy to get lost in this maze of mountains and desert, so it’s best to take a Bedouin guide. Always carry a map of the area and a compass, as well as plenty of water, sunblock, and a hat.
Also known as ‘The Valley of the Moon’, Wadi Rum is the place where Prince Faisal Bin Hussein and T E Lawrence based their headquarters during the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans in World War I, their exploits intrinsically woven into the history of this amazing area.
There are several options for exploring Wadi Rum. Visitors should head for the Visitors’ Centre where, apart from visitors’ facilities, they can hire a 4×4 vehicle, together with driver/guide, and then drive for two or three hours into the Wadi system to explore some of the best-known sites. Alternatively, they can hire a camel and guide. The duration of the trip can be arranged beforehand through the Visitors’ Centre, as can a stay under the stars in a Bedouin tent, where they can enjoy a traditional campfire meal accompanied by Arabic music.
There are various excursions available – for example, a trip to Burdah Rock Bridge, the highest in Wadi Rum, via the Seven Pillars of Wisdom and many other interesting sights, is a full day by car or an overnight trip by camel.
The Bedouin people that inhabit the area still maintain their semi-nomadic lifestyle. They are hospitable and offer a friendly welcome to visitors, often inviting them to sit and enjoy a coffee or even a meal.
One of the must do activities in Wadi Rum is to take a Hot Air balloon ride as you float silently over Wadi Rum and enjoy the breathtaking natural rock formations. See the seven pillars of wisdom and the natural dunes of the desert from 6,000 feet. This unique experience is enhanced by an experienced pilot and dedicated staff who will make sure every part of your experience is safe and enjoyable.
Flights take place in the early morning for optimal flying conditions.
45 min – 1 hour ( Allow 2 hours for the whole experience).
Small: 3 person min, 5 person max.
Large: 6 persons min, 16 persons max.
Adults: Approximately 200 USD
Children : (6 years – 12 years): 92 USD
* If staying in Wadi Rum at a camp inside the reserve: Visitor’s Center.
* If staying in Wadi Rum at a camp outside the reserve: Driver will pick you up from your camp.
* If staying in Aqaba: Dissi Petrol Station in Wadi Rum. Transport from Aqaba can be arranged.