Wadi Rum Travel Guide

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    TheWanderingCamel says…

     It's beautiful! If you take the trouble to talk to the Bedouin they will quickly become very friendly. This makes all the difference. 

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    morgr says…

     Tourism has seriously jaded the people here. 

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    morgr says…

     A little pricey, but well worth it. 

Wadi Rum Things to Do

  • Taste of the scenery on the way to Wadi...

    This is some of the scenery that gets you salivating in the lead up to arriving at Wadi Rum - beautiful rocks along the way from the road up from Aqaba....similar rocks to Lawrence of Arabia 7 pillars...anyway its all a very beautiful, impressive area.

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  • Desert trip

    Our desert trip was 2 hours and half long and we paid 45 JD for the 4*4 car.The car was driven by bedouin and infact the Wadi Rum desert is also the home of some bedouin tribes, so expect them to ask you to visit their tent, drink a tea and leave some money. We preferred to stay out and take pictures, our driver probably did not appreciate, but...

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  • “Amazing experience, incredibly...

    My wife and I visited Wadi Rum last week and choose Bedouin Advisor as our guide for the trip.We did the 1 Day / 1 Night trip option. We had a Jeep tour with numerous stops to do some light hiking. The camp that night was very nice and more luxurious than I would have imagined for desert camping. That is coming from my wife who is not a fan of...

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Wadi Rum Restaurants

  • Simple but tasty

    With only a handful dining options at Wadi Rum, we selected Wadi al-Qamar restaurant quite randomly. It is set in a small walled villa in Rum Village, with outdoor seating and nothing luxurious. Two friendly Egyptian expatriates run the place, one cooks and the other serves. The dishes are simple and tasty, and include salads, grills and rice...

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  • Coffee & tea, Bedouin style

    Located within the protected area of Wadi Rum, this bedouin tent serves tea and Arabic coffee with dates. It is a perfect stop while trekking the desert landscape and is frequented by the many tourists along with local bedouins. When I visited on the 1st January 2011, the tent was located by the Khazali Siq (narrow passage) which leads to some...

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  • Its Not like there are any Restaurants...

    The Bedouin Tales guy cooked up a storm on a little fire in the desert! We ate like kings! Seriously, they obviously dont take fresh things as its too hot so everything came out of a tin but it was just delicious!We ate a tomato based dish with garlic it was so good! Where else can you sit on the sand and eat at your own pace?! Where else can you...

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Wadi Rum Nightlife

  • Silence is Golden

    Go there alone or with your boy/girl friend for romantic days and [esp.] nights! We went out of the tent in a moon-night and experienced THE NOISIEST total s-i-l-e-n-c-e. Naked/ half naked/ Toksido LOL

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  • Dinner time

    Nothing is more enjoyable than having dinner with your travelling buddies and fellow travellers in a concer of the desert, after a long day wandering around under the sun.

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  • Bedouin music

    One of the highlights of the evening in the Wadi Rum is to enjoy the live Bedouin music. It is part of the arrangement in the "package" tour. What an experience in Jordan!

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Wadi Rum Transportation

  • Minibus from Wadi Musa

    There is a daily minibus at 06:30 from Wadi Musa. Hotel can make booking in advance. You better book as soon as you make a plan as this is not a large bus but a minibus. Seats are limited.You will be picked up from the hotel you are staying. The fare is 5JD. Payment direct to the driver.

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  • very special tours in wadi rum

    There is a great tourguide in Wadi RUm, called Saleh Musa Sweilheen.He organises great tours, very different then any other tour guide in Wadi Rum. He has a website too: www.wadirumtours.com. You can find al the info here for having a great time. On the about us you'll find Saleh mobile number as you need to prebook him.....

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  • Big 4X4 ready for adventure

    To see the sheer wastness of Wadi Rum you will need 4X4 to take you around. And good pair of hiking boots!!Bottle of water and good camera, with atleast spare bateries.

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Wadi Rum Shopping

  • Wedouine tent at Wadi Rum

    Wedouine tents in the middle of the desert are usually situated near the places where the 4x4 cars stop. Visitors will be offered a glass of tea (really nice and tasty), without the need to buy anything. You might find some interesting handicraft, maybe some local clothing, desert stones, tea, cardamom .... but the price is not specially cheap....

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  • Plan Ahead...................

    In the village of Rum, which you pass on your left as you enter Wadi Rum is a small general stores. I would recommend you stocked up on any goods you want before you arrive, Its no problem buying water & basic goods from the village shop there though.

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Wadi Rum Local Customs

  • Winter camp for Beduin families

    Here is an littel vilage with school & Mosque ,where the Local Beduin tribes spend the Winter months

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  • Camel racing

    This is a very popular sport among the Bedouin in the winter. In south Jordan the main racing centre is at Humeima, some thirty miles to the north of Wadi Rum, but at least one Friday morning a month there are likely to be races in Wadi Rum. Ask your guide about them if you are interested.The riders are usually young boys, since they are much...

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  • Desert chess!

    There's a wicked game that the Bedouin play in the desert not just in Wadi Rum, but all over. It is just as absorbing as chess although the games don't go on for as long.Called "sieja" it is played with what is handy; small stones, twigs, olive pits and even camel droppings! The "board" is laid out in the sand, and the game is to surround and...

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Wadi Rum Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't challenge the desert alone

    To travel in Wadi Rum a four-wheel drive car is compulsory. Do not challenge the desert alone, as getting lost there could become dramatically fatal.

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  • How to survive in Wadi Rum

    1) Have your head, legs (no shorts), and arms (wear a long-sleeved shirt) covered.2) Bring the solar protection cream (coefficient at least 30) and apply it at the beginning to all exposed parts. If you feel you skin is dry, apply again. 3) Bring more water than you think you can dring and do not be shy. I needed 2 liters, but it was April and not...

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Wadi Rum Tourist Traps

  • Rescue

    At Wadi Rum visitor center where many old cars are ready to take you on your tour , I picked one to Burdah Rockbridge ( natural rock formation ) , our guide speak a strange english , we pass at the sites schedualed in the tour plan , I used my guide book many times to find articles related to what my guide show me ( just show without explaining any...

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  • seeing wadi rum through wadi rum...

    Having just returned from a 10 day independent tour of Jordan with its wonderful history and charming people - a night spent in the desert at Wadi Rum was the highlight.We booked via www.wadirumdiscovery.com - Ayesh is a Bedouin who's family have lived in the area for many years. Infect we met many of his brothers, cousins and family whilst there -...

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  • a great tour with wadi rum discovery

    Hello We have been in wadi rum last week with Ayesh (www.wadirumdiscovery.com) and we spend a great tour and camping. His camp fantastic and he speak English very well.E-mail- info@wadirumdiscovery.com Ayesh have been a desert guide for many years already. he know where to find the most beautiful and impressive places of Wadi Rum and also its...

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Wadi Rum What to Pack

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    by Vabate Updated Jul 1, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Leave your luggage behind at a hotel if you can. I landed in Amman, then left my luggage there, travelling to Petra and Wadi Rum with a small shoulder bag and knapsack. At the end of my trip, I checked in again to the same hotel before my flight home. Very convenient, no charges, and I loved that I had clean clothes and a pair of shoes with no sand in them ready for me.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good climbing / scrambling / hiking sandals or boots. Runners or hiking sandals are probably ok for everything unless you're doing serious climbing. The sand gets everywhere - even in your socks. The combination of rock and sand are hard on your clothes - bring durable wear. Whites will discolor from the red sand. The desert can get cold at night - a pair of sweats and a fleece warm up are a good idea, and comfortable to sleep in.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen is a must. Seriously consider CHAPSTICK for the desert.
    Personnal travel first aid kit is a good idea.
    Wet ones / baby wipes or pre-soaked facial cloths are excellent for cleaning up in the desert. Carry a few kleenex with you - in your pockets - they'll come in handy because there are no bathrooms in the desert and frequently no toilet paper anywhere in Jordan.

    Photo Equipment: Spare card for digital cameras, cable to connect your camera to a computer to transfer photos, blank CD's, spare batteries, a case to carry it all when hiking. Many tourists winding up taking hundreds of photos in Wadi Rum. A battery recharger is a very good idea.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Headlight is great for nightime use. A Flashlight will work too.
    Knapsack for day hiking.
    Cap or something to cover your head.

    Miscellaneous: 1.5L bottle of water - anything that will keep the water cool, it warms up within a few hours.
    I carry a small emergency kit in a zip lock bag - 2 tea candles, matches, lighter and foil sheet - no larger than a wallet.

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Wadi Rum Off The Beaten Path

  • Climb the arch of Buradah

    Climbing Jabal Burdah, or Al Khaza'li .... Jabal means mountain, during the climb you get to see the desert from different altitudes ...You may be lucky and see certain desert animals, snakes or insects ...If you are with a Bedouin he can point the traces of animals, and tell you a bit about how they do that.I recommend doing that with a local...

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  • sleep under more stars than you can...

    If you're planning to go to Jordan you have to spend at least one night in the Wadi Rum desert. We stayed with the guide Mzied (www.mzied.com) and he will give you everything you need. He has a small camp so there will not be a crowd of 30 people (we spend two nights in april and the second night we were the only guests!!). The day we spend hiking,...

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  • Camel Trekking around Wadi Rum

    I always look for a trip "off the beaten path", for myself it's the best way to travel. But don't hesitate to do it. No hotel, no accomodations, no comfort try to live like people in this area have to live some times open the eyes (I hope my eyes havent been totaly colesd during my travels, but i have so much to learn). I coulnd't describe my...

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Wadi Rum Sports & Outdoors

  • Hot Air Ballooning

    Hot Air Ballooning has resumed in the Wadi Rum area. It was declared dangerous and prohibited because of the air currents on the massifs, but the village of Shakriya, about 5 miles from Rum Village is more open. You still get the magnificent views of the mountains.The ballooning is organised by the Royal Aerosports Club of Jordan in Aqaba, phone...

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  • Scrambling up to the Arch in the sky

    A number of jeep tours in Wadi Rum go past Jebel Burdah and show you the "bridge" high up on the mountain.Why don't you take a guide and climb up to it? You really need the guide : the "right" path is easy, but any other can be dangerous - expert climbers have had problems on them. A good guide will have a rope with him to help anybody nervous.The...

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  • Scrambling in heaven and in Wadi Rum

    Instead of driving around in the sand in a jeep, why not get up into the mountains in Wadi Rum?Many of the "Bedouin Roads" need no equipment and are easily climbed by people who are reasonably fit and have a good head for heights.You would need a guide to take you on these routes, many of which have been used by the bedouin for centuries.You make...

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Wadi Rum Favorites

  • Wadi Rum

    Hello, you can find good advice for trip in jordan sites, especially for trekking, Desert touring, eco..and so go on , contacting petragiordania@yahoo.comit is an expertise. Wadi rum is a incredible experience. Never realized how the moon was so illuminating...What I missing at most? Well ...the silence, the vastness, the rising & setting sun..,...

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  • Wildlife in the Desert!

    I thought that this was so cool when I saw them! Wild Camels, just roaming the desert! Imagine....I never actually thought that I would see something like this in my life.....This only lasted a few minuted before we rode on on our camels....but I thought that this was amazing!

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  • On your feet!

    Unless you are planning on doing some scrambling or serious hiking, sandals are plenty good enough. They are fine when riding a camel or riding a jeep, and you will get sand in your shoes anyway, you might as well have an easy way of getting them out again.If you are hiking then good trekking sandals are ideal. See note above about getting sand out...

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