Imagine, it is a day in October. Today you start your Wadi Rum desert experience. You feel excited and ready—Ready for your adventure. In the next five days, you hike and trek through one of the most extraordinary places on earth. You walk through broad valleys and small canyons. And climb mountains to enjoy the fabulous views. Whether it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner time, you are in a great place to enjoy your Bedouin food with a view. At night you relax by the fire. You enjoy Bedouin music or watch our beautiful starry night sky. You marvel at the Milky Way or the fairy tale landscape illuminated by the moon before going to sleep.
Whether you visit Wadi Rum for a trekking tour or another type of trip, there are many reasons to choose autumn as your favorite time to visit the desert. Autumn is roughly from September to November. In this blog, we will give you five reasons.
#1 Nice and pleasant daytime temperatures
Just like spring, autumn is also a period of pleasant temperatures. The summer heat is gone, and the winter cold is months away. With temperatures between 20 and 32 degrees and 8-11 hours of sun, it is an excellent time of year to go on a tour in the desert. Do you want to learn more about our desert climate and seasons? Read our blog ‘An interesting insight into Wadi Rum climate and seasons‘.
#2 Clear skies: the dream of every photographer
In areas like Wadi Rum, a clear sky can make the difference between a view being beautiful and striking. By summer, the ‘khamsini’ (hot, dry, and dusty winds) is over. Therefore in autumn, the dust is limited. The skies are often bright and sometimes a few clouds. These weather conditions make this time of year the ideal time to visit for photographers.
#3 Easier to enjoy both sunrise and sunset
Enjoying both sunrise and sunset in Wadi Rum can be challenging. But during autumn you can enjoy both easily. You don’t have to get up ‘in the middle of the night’ to enjoy the sunrise. The sun rises between 6.15 and 6.30 AM and the sunsets between 4.30 and 7 PM in autumn. In our blog’ Sunset in Wadi Rum: the feast of endless changing colors‘, you can read more about sunset time.
#4 Migrating birds
In autumn, thousands of migrating birds pass by Wadi Rum desert. Among them are many birds of prey like Steppe Eagles, Steppe Buzzards, and Honey Buzzards. But also storks, pelicans and many others. They take refuge in the Wadi Rum desert for resting and feeding. If you are a birdwatcher, Wadi Rum desert is a great place to be in autumn. Read more on birds in our blog ‘bird watching in Wadi Rum desert‘.
#5 Start of the trekking season
From mid-October, conditions are excellent for trekking. The daytime temperatures are pleasant, the summer dust is gone, and the skies are clear. Although the days are shorter than in summer, we still have plenty of time each day to walk through canyons and valleys and scramble/hike up mountains. During our 5-day trekking, you will see all major sites in the protected area. Or you can join our shorter 3-day trekking.
We have listed five reasons why visiting Wadi Rum during autumn can be interesting. However, weather is not the only factor to consider when planning your holiday. To help you decide the best time to explore Wadi Rum, we have written a blog post titled ‘What is the best time to visit Wadi Rum?‘ Reading this blog post will provide you with more information and assist you in determining the perfect time for your visit.