Wadi Rum

A maze of monolithic rockscapes rise from the desert floor up to 1,750m, creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can also enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces.

There are several options for exploring Wadi Rum. Visitors should head to the Visitors' Center where, apart from visitors’ facilities, they can hire a 4x4 vehicle, together with driver/guide, and then drive for two or three hours into the Wadi. There, they can explore the canyons and water holes and discover 4000-year-old rock drawings and the many other spectacular treasures this vast wilderness holds in store. Alternatively they can hire a camel and guide. The duration of the trip can be arranged beforehand through the Visitors' Center, as can a stay under the stars in a Bedouin tent, where they can enjoy a traditional campfire meal accompanied by Arabic music.

Once transport has been arranged, 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. There are many alternative routes and information on these is available from your tour operator or from the Visitors' Center on-site.

Also known as ‘The Valley of the Moon’, this 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.

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.