Wadi Rum Things to Do

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    Visit a Bedouin Camp - 2.

    by K.Knight Written Nov 16, 2009
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    There was only one Bedouin gentleman that could speak English but it was fantastic to attempt to communicate with the locals, who would mostly just laugh, smile and nod before topping up our cups!

    By the end of our forty five minutes with these magnificent people I was offered 30 camels for my wife, Anne. We all laughed and joked and I advised him that when he could not take any more of my Anne he could give her back but I could keep the camels LOL:)

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    Visit a Bedouin Camp

    by K.Knight Written Nov 16, 2009
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    Our third and final stop was the Bedouin Camp where we met the locals and shared a pot of traditional desert tea.

    This was one of the best experiences of the entire day! To actually sit in an authentic Bedouin tent, with authentic Bedouin people and be invited to sit and share a cup of desert tea in the middle of Wadi Rum was amazing.

    The tea is made by the men of the camp and tastes very sweet. The men gather water from the wells and they pick leaves from the many green bushes that grow around the wells. I am not sure how much sugar or natural sweetener the men put in their tea, but it is very nice indeed. If you get the chance you must try it.

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    Visit Al Shallaleh - Lawrence Spring.

    by K.Knight Updated Nov 16, 2009
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    When you visit Wadi Rum I would suggest that you visit Al Shallaleh , better known as Lawrence Spring. This was our second stop on our jeep safari.

    There are thousands of springs all over Wadi Rum and they are easily detected by the green bushes that grow at the wells location. The roots of the bushes work their way through the sand and rock to the water source. It is therefore easy to keep your thirst at bay as there is always a water source at these bushes.

    It is said that Lawrence of Arabia used the well in this picture to washed during the Arab revolt. This site also features in the movie, Lawrence of Arabia.

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    Nabatean inscriptions at Jebal Khazali.

    by K.Knight Updated Nov 16, 2009
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    When you enter the Siq that was used to film Lawrence of Arabia, Jebal Khazali you will notice several Nabatean inscriptions and drawings on both sides of the narrow canyon.

    Our guide spoke for several minutes about this “ancient graffiti” and pointed out several icons of small and large feet, family gatherings, words written in long forgotten languages and strange looking animals.

    The Siq has the most impressive yellow, red and ochre colored rock that has weathered the sands of time.

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    Wadi Rum Jeep safari - 2.

    by K.Knight Written Nov 16, 2009
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    Our first stop was Jebel Khazali, the Siq that was used to film the Oscar winning epic, Lawrence of Arabia. As you enter this canyon the heat of the day seems to drop approx 12 degrees as you are now protected by the shade that these tall canyon walls provide.

    As soon as you enter you begin to notice the perfectly formed holes that are the exact same size as each other. These are the actual holes that the film crew drilled into the rock to place the tripod legs into to keep the camera steady during filming. (Modern day vandalism!)

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    Wadi Rum Jeep safari.

    by K.Knight Written Nov 16, 2009
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    When Anne and I visited Wadi Rum we decided that we had to venture further into the desert to truly appreciate this wonderful place.

    At a cost of US$23, the jeep safari took us to quite a few sites and lasted for approx 3.5 hours.

    We set off from the visitor centre in an old Land Cruiser that had two bench seats in the back with cushions to protect our “rear ends!” Two Land Cruisers left at the same time and there were 5 of use in one. The canopy above kept the sun off our brows as we powered our way over well worn sand tracks toward the spectacular hills and Siqs that make up the desert.

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    The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

    by K.Knight Written Nov 16, 2009
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    When you arrive at the visitor centre at Wadi Rum you are met with a spectacular view of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. For those Lawrence of Arabia fans you will recognize the Seven Pillars of Wisdom as the photo on the front cover of the book.

    There are steps leading to a viewing platform that will give you an excellent vantage point to see the striking colors of the rocks as well as a fantastic photo opportunity. There is also plenty of shade to keep the burning sun off you!

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    4WD fun

    by crazyman2 Written Oct 15, 2009
    I just had to ride a camel in Wadi Rum
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    We had a fantastic time at Wadi Rum.
    At the visitors centre, near the so-called Seven Pillars of wisdom rock formation, we had a brief lecture/history of the area we were taken, via expensive shops and clean toilets, to our 4WD chariots. DO CHOOSE ONE WITH A TOP ON SO THAT YOU HAVE SOME SHELTER FROM THE SUN!
    Our trip lasted some hours and on the way we looked at some ancient rock carvings and inscriptions, rode camels at a fraction of the cost if you were in Egypt, climbed up a sand drift, watched the sun go down and visited one of T E Lawrence's camps where we were served mint tea.
    Being driven around the sandstone outcrops was an amazing experience. I cannot explain it in words ---you need to go there yourself.
    Would I go again? Yes! However, as a change I would travel by camel for the day. The 4WD was fantastic fun ---so it really would only be for a change.

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    special sunset spots around Wadi Rum

    by angiebabe Updated Aug 12, 2009

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    We were told that our schedule included getting to a recommended special spot in time for sunset - we were behind in our schedule and none of us had had lunch either so most of the group opted for lunch and then see the sunset from the bus as we travelled along - rather than trying to get whereever this 'special spot' was.

    Thankfully I had a good window seat with a window that opened - and being seated on the left hand side of the bus headed for our night in Petra managed to get some nice views of the sunsetting over the numerous rocky land formations that we were passing.

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    Arriving at the Wadi Rum visitor centre

    by angiebabe Updated May 23, 2009

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    There was a large car parking area, as seen in the photos, just in front of the visitors centre.

    Inside the complex are all that you might need prior to heading off on a tour of Wadi Rum - souvenir shops, large toilet blocks, and in the tourist office brochures for the beautiful area of Wadi Rum. Along with a raised viewing platform for views to Lawrence of ARabia rock formation known as the 7 pillars of wisdom.

    It is here that tours can be arranged by 4x4 out into the beauty of the Wadi Rum area. for a few hours or for overnight stays.

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    Wadi Rum

    by chizz Written Apr 3, 2008
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    We chose to do a 4 hour jeep ride with guide at Wadi Rum which took in the canyon, remains of Lawrence of Arabia's house, rock bridges and sand dunes. The trip was arranged at the Visitors Centre where all tours are displayed on a board and have fixed prices. You can also choose to do a camel tour and stay overnight under the stars (which friends of ours did and said it was great). The site offers great views and is highly recommended, even if it's just for a short tour! Our tour was around 50 JD for up to 4 people in a jeep so you could share the cost with friends.

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    tours

    by renatob Written Aug 22, 2007

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    as soon as you will get to the entry of the park you will be approached in a nice way by somebody of the tourist office.there is a wide range of tour to choose from, i have chosen the 6hr tour with an overnight stay in a bedouin camp.I don t think the 8 hr is worth as it would involve a lot of driving, and it's not a comfortable drive, and less time for enjoying the scenery.Tour could start at any time we just needed to arrange the jeep and the food and then we left. If you are on your own it could be a bit expensive so you ll be better off arranging it with some other traveller.

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    Hiking Siq Burrah in Wadi Rum Reserve

    by Vabate Updated Mar 21, 2007
    The Route along Siq Burrah, Wadi Rum Reserve
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    We start out by jeep and drive to the entrance of Siq Burrah, our guide drops us off for the hike. He continues by jeep to the end of the Siq, and promises to have lunch waiting for us when we arrive.

    The canyon is wide and the rock formations along the way change as the color changes. It's an easy hike, all on level terrain the desert floor.

    When we reach the end, our guide is waiting as promised.

    This hike is a great option to combine with a jeep tour of Wadi Rum.

    Contacts:
    Attayak Aouda, Mobile: 0795 834 736 E-mail: attayak@rumguides.com
    Attayak is a rock climber.

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    Hiking Jebel Burdah in Wadi Rum Reserve

    by Vabate Updated Mar 21, 2007
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    Burdah Bridge

    In the afternoon we start from camp in the desert and drive by jeep to the foot of Jebel Burdah Bridge. We start with lunch on the desert floor followed by tea. At about 2:00pm we head up Burdah Bridge. The color of the rock changes on the way up and our guide points out desert plants used for medicinal purposes along the way. I've never seen the gold leaf flowering cactus spotted here, anywhere else in th world. At the top, we use a rope to climb the last stage to get atop the natural rock bridge formation. One tourist tries to back out at the last minute but two guides help him out - fear of heights, I think. The views of the desert floor and the Saudi Border beyond are spectacular and there are no jeeps or tourists in site. On our way back down we choose an alternate route, sliding down most of the way. A feel like a kid again and my pants look like it too. The route is fast, however some of the other tourists are a bit scared. After the hike back down, we return to camp, have tea and biscuits then search out the area to watch the sun setting in the desert.

    Price: 50JD per person includes overnight in camp and meals.

    Contacts:
    Attayak Aouda, Mobile: 0795 834 736 E-mail: attayak@rumguides.com
    Attayak is a rock climber.

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    Camel Trek in Wadi Rum Reserve

    by Vabate Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    Camels move slowly, so you cover a lot less ground than a jeep. You can travel from Wadi Rum Village to the rock inscriptions at Lawrence's spring or start out at a camp in the desert on the second day of your visit for a trek. To arrange camel treks that last a few days and sleeping out in the open desert, contact a guide inside Wadi Rum. There are no wild camels left in Jordan, if you see any they are branded or marked by their owners and are often left alone in the desert.

    Price: About 20JD /person for 2 hours, full days are neg.

    Contacts:
    Attayak Aouda, Mobile: 0795 834 736 E-mail: attayak@rumguides.com
    Attayak is a rock climber.

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