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Wadi Rum desert – an unforgettable adventure

Here you are. As I promised! The new post about Wadi Rum desert in Jordan. It was an unforgettable adventure. The great time spent with amazing and outgoing Bedouins. Hope, I will come back there soon.

I remind you, that in Jordan we were at the beginning of January. Due to cold nights, we decided to spend there only one night (1,5 of a day). Sorry, no heating on desert. But I think, that we took advantage of this time well and enjoyed it.

In my opinion, Wadi Rum is the best place in Jordan. A lot of tourists being in Isreal, came to Jordan only for discovering Petra, which is considered its pearl. Petra is amazing indeed. But don’t forget visiting Wadi Rum desert, which is on the way to Petra.

Why is it so unique? Firstly, because of its red sands stretching to the horizon, impressive massive rock formations, canyons, hidden springs, dune, and caves. Secondly, because of its citizens. The desert is inhabited by groups of Bedouins. Thirdly, because of its history. Wadi Rum was home to many human cultures since prehistoric times. You can look for their presence in rock paintings and graffiti.

Rock paintings and graffiti of human cultures from prehistoric times
Rock paintings and graffiti of human cultures from prehistoric times

I think, 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. One of the rock formations in the desert is named “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom,” after Lawrence’s book penned in the aftermath of the war.

Additionally, Wadi Rum is not only a desert. It is also the largest valley in Jordan. You can find there the tallest mountain peak in Jordan too – Jabal Umm ad Dami. On a clear day, it is possible to see the Red Sea and the Saudi border from the top.

How to get to Wadi Rum desert

Wadi Rum lies in the far south of Jordan, about 320 kilometers from Amman, 112 kilometers from Petra, and 70 kilometers from Aqaba.

From Amman, you can get there by bus going to Aqaba and Petra or you can take a taxi. Unfortunately, there is no direct bus to Wadi Rum.

If you are going to take a taxi, the approximate cost will be 100 JOD and the journey will take about 4 hours.

From Amman to Aqaba and Petra run Jett buses. The one-way ticket costs 11 JOD to Petra and about 9 JOD to Aqaba.

From Aqaba, you can take the bus to Wadi Rum Village or you can get there by taxi. The bus leaves the local bus station between 1 PM to 3 PM. Remember to be there earlier to book a seat, because the bus is usually full upon departure. The one-way ticket costs around 3 JOD. From Aqaba city to Wadi Rum the taxi costs 25 JOD. If you want to return to Aqaba you should take a bus to Petra (between 9 am. and 9.30 am.) and get out on the highway junction and then take another bus to Aqaba. The total cost will be about 5 JOD.

The bus from Petra to Wadi Rum departs between 6 am. to 6.30 am and the ticket’s price is about 7-10 JOD. From Wadi Rum to Petra you can get at between 9 and 9.30 in the morning. An additional option is taking a taxi. The cost is about 40 JOD.

Price list

The entrance to Wadi Rum desert costs 5 JOD. If you possess Jordan Pass, it’s free. You should pay it in a Visitor Center.

Bedouins offer many different tours around desert and its attractions. They all depend on the time you have, budget and what exactly you want to see/experience. We bought full day jeep tour with the night in the Bedouin’s camp. The tour included the visit the Grand and Little Bridge, the Lawrance’s House, Red Dunes, Mount Khazal, and Lawrence’s Spring. At the end of the tour we admired the sunset over the desert. A lunch  was included in the price. We paid 50 JOD for each person.

If you don’t have enough time for the full day tour, you can buy 3-4 hour tour without overnight. The price depends on how many participants take part in the tour. It starts from 30 JOD.

Magic Bedouin Star

There are a lot of places to stay. You can either sleep in the Wadi Rum village, a Bedouin camp in the desert or a Wadi Rum Luxury Camp.

We’ve chosen Magic Bedouin Star camp  which is located in the desert. For a tent for 2 persons for a night we paid 14 JOD. You can easily book your accommodation via Booking.com.

Tents for guests in Wadi Rum desert
Tents for guests in Wadi Rum desert
Morning views from our tent
Morning views from our tent

Before getting to Wadi Rum Village, on your left side there will be a Visitor Center. In many cases, the entrance to Wadi Rum desert is included in a tour or accommodation price, so you can go ahead. Our meeting point was a parking lot in a village. Someone from the camp was waiting there for us. We reloaded our staff to the jeep and we were drawing towards the camp.

In my opinion, the time spent in Wadi Rum desert was magical. Especially, thanks to its hosts. The camp consists of one big tent with a fireplace. It serves as a meeting place with hosts and other guests. The day before our tour, we spent there great time, dancing, singing, and talking with each other, and drinking delicious Bedouins’ tea. Next to it, there are little tents, which serve as a sleeping room for camp’s guests. In a tent there is only a light bulb and a bed. No Internet, no power. Believe me, you won’t be at loose end. There is also a building with showers and toilets. But during our stay, when it was cold outside, nobody was thinking about cold shower.

I wholeheartedly recommend this place. Firstly, because of its climate. Secondly, because of its amazing, kind, and with great sense of humor Bedouins.

Would you like to find out more about tour around Wadi Rum desert? Contact me 🙂

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