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What is the best time to visit Wadi Rum?

sunset in Wadi Rum is one of the best times of the day

The best time to visit Wadi Rum

The best time to visit Wadi Rum is usually suggested to be in spring or autumn, as per most guidebooks and online sources. These seasons offer enjoyable weather conditions, so this advice is not incorrect. However, if you would like to avoid large crowds, prefer to sleep outdoors, or don’t mind the cold, other seasons may offer a more rewarding experience. We believe the ideal time to visit Wadi Rum depends on several factors, not just the weather. Therefore, in this blog post, we will discuss the weather and other important factors you should consider before planning your trip. We will also provide a helpful overview of every month to assist you in planning your visit.

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Seasons and weather

When planning a vacation, it is crucial to factor in the weather and seasons at your destination. In this regard, we would like to provide you with detailed descriptions of each season. If you want to learn more about the desert climate, you can check out our blog post titled ‘An interesting insight on Wadi Rum climate and seasons’. Additionally, for more information about the weather, head to our ‘Wadi Rum weather’ page. On this page, we have shared useful charts and links to the best weather forecast websites for Wadi Rum. And lastly, we have blog posts about all the seasons with more specific information about each season.

best time to visit wadi rum spring

Spring in Wadi Rum (March-May)

Spring arrives in Wadi Rum when the days are getting longer, and the sun rises higher in the sky, causing the temperature to rise. The weather is pleasant, with average daytime temperatures ranging from 20 during March to 31 degrees Celsius during May. And the nighttime temperatures average between 8 degrees Celsius during March and 16 degrees Celsius during May. Although we receive abundant sunshine, some days may be cloudy, and we might experience occasional rainfall, but typically not more than two days per month. During spring, the desert comes to life. The sandy flats transform into lush green pastures filled with wildflowers blooming abundantly during April.

desert scenery when visiting wadi rum during the summer

Summer in Wadi Rum (June-August)

During the long summer days in Wadi Rum, the weather is typically warm and dry, with bright sunshine throughout the day. The average daytime temperature is between 34 and 36 degrees Celsius, while at night, the temperature ranges from 21 to 23 degrees Celsius. However, during heatwaves, the temperature during the day can rise well above 40 degrees Celsius. And even at night, temperatures may not drop below 26 degrees Celsius. During early and late summer, we experience a natural phenomenon known as Khamsin. These are south-southeastern windstorms that cause sudden rises in temperatures, a drop in humidity, and huge amounts of dust in the sky.

Wadi Rum during autumn with blooming plants

Autumn in Wadi Rum (September-November)

When autumn finally arrives, the weather starts to become more pleasant, with average daytime temperatures ranging from 33 degrees Celsius in September to 21 degrees Celsius in November. At night, temperatures average between 19 degrees Celsius in September and 9 degrees Celsius in November. After the endless blue skies of summer, clouds begin to return, bringing occasional rain and thunderstorms with them. On average, there are 15 rainy days per year from September to May. With the return of rain, the desert will become greener again, and some plants, like Drimia, will grow and bloom abundantly. Another great thing about autumn is the clearer air.

winter landscape in Forah, Wadi Rum

Winter in Wadi Rum (December-February)

Winter in Wadi Rum may seem unusual, but it is a reality. During the short days of the year, when the sun is low in the sky, the temperature drops, and it can become quite chilly. The average daytime temperature ranges between 14 and 17 degrees Celsius, while at night, it can drop to an average of between 3 to 5 degrees Celsius. However, due to the wind, the perceived temperature can feel even colder. If the temperature drops below zero at ground level, the sand can become frosty. Cloudy conditions and occasional rainfall are more common during winter. Moreover, in January and February, snow might fall in the higher elevated areas near the Saudi border.

The tourism seasons of Wadi Rum

The breathtaking beauty of our desert has not gone unnoticed, and as a result, Wadi Rum has become a popular destination for travelers visiting Jordan. When deciding on the best time to visit Wadi Rum, it is important to consider the tourism season.

Fawaz on tour with our guests

Exploring the desert

All of our tour packages, except for our trekking programs, are designed to make the most of the day regardless of the season. During the warm and long summer days, we take extended lunch breaks in quiet and picturesque locations in the desert. This allows you to relax and enjoy the serene beauty of the desert surroundings while avoiding the harsh midday sun. During the short and cold winter days, we keep lunch breaks brief to maximize the available daytime for exploring the desert. And even on rainy days, we enjoy adventurous days exploring the desert. Therefore, if you are not interested in trekking, which is better done outside of the warm summer months, you can choose the timing of your visit based on the season you prefer.

To check out our tour packages, please visit our Wadi Rum tours page.

view on wadi rum base camp

Accommodation options

There are two options for spending a night in Wadi Rum; sleep indoors or outdoors. The first option, sleeping indoors, is possible all year round and comes in all comfort levels. We plan to cover this option in a future blog post. The second option, sleeping outdoors, is also known as wild or bivouac camping. It is an adventure and is most enjoyable when the nights are pleasant. Although some companies may offer this option all year round, we have made environmentally conscious choices. We offer sleeping at our ‘cave’ from June till September. And from mid-spring until late autumn, sleeping outdoors at one of the scenic locations near our campsite is possible. All in all, when deciding on the best time to visit Wadi Rum, your accommodation preference is crucial.

If you want to know more about our camp and the options for sleeping outdoors, please check our accommodations page.

the starry night sky near Wadi Rum Base Camp

Stargazing

Wadi Rum is remote with minimal light pollution and mostly clear skies. Therefore, it an ideal place for stargazing to enjoy a breathtaking view of the billions of stars in all their glory. However, it is important to note that the size of the moon impacts stargazing. During the nights around a full moon, you will see few stars, while the nights around a new moon provide the best stargazing experience possible. Therefore, checking the moon phases around your preferred time of visit is recommended. The Time and Date website is a great resource for finding moon phases. Also, it is worth noting that stargazing is more reliable during the summer months, as the sky is usually clear. However, you can still catch incredible views throughout the year.

full-moon eclipse and milky way near Wadi Rum Base Camp

Celestial events

If you want to see shooting stars, the best time to visit Wadi Rum is during the biggest meteor showers. The biggest meteor showers that you can see are the Quadrantids from December 28 to January 12, the Perseids from July 17 to August 24, and the Germinids from December 4 to 20. These meteor showers offer up to 110, 100, and 150 meteors per hour, respectively. In our blog post, 'Enjoy the Perseid meteor shower in Wadi Rum', you can find more information about meteor showers.
Lastly, if you want to witness an eclipse, you must be patient. Because the next total lunar eclipse will happen on September 7, 2025. Meanwhile, the next partial solar eclipse will take place in 2027.

a desert wheatear seen during a birdwatching tour in Wadi Rum

Birdwatching

Our desert is an important place for many birds. It provides a breeding or holding area for 34 different bird species. Additionally, around 90 species use Wadi Rum as a passage or wintering ground. So, bird watching is feasible all year round in Wadi Rum. However, the best season for observing a large variety of birds is spring, when many migrating birds are on their way to Europe and Asia. Autumn is also a great time for birding, although it may be slightly less remarkable than spring.
For further information about birdwatching, you can check out our blog post, 'Bird watching in Wadi Rum desert'.

Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is the holy month during which we fast, pray, and reflect. Travelers usually avoid visiting Jordan during Ramadan as they need to plan their food and drink consumption ahead of time. Eating, drinking, and smoking in public can be considered impolite during this time. However, if you are okay with planning ahead, you can enjoy fewer crowds and have a fantastic experience. We are open during Ramadan and will provide you with meals at the regular times and drinks throughout the day. Just keep in mind that we won’t join you before sunset. Ramadan 2024 will be from March 11 to April 7, from February 27 to March 29 in 2025, and from February 17 to March 18 in 2026.

Christmas & New Year’s Eve

If you are someone who loves to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve in a unique place, consider coming to Wadi Rum. Although it may not be one of the most popular holiday destinations, it is special. During the day, you can explore the desert, and at night, you can enjoy delicious Bedouin cuisine. When you decide to spend Christmas with us, we will have some decorations and music to make it festive. And when you decide to join us on New Year’s Eve, we will celebrate Bedouin style. Lastly, if you want to know more about celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Wadi Rum, you can check out our blog posts 'How to Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Wadi Rum Desert' and 'Get Enchanted by Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Wadi Rum Jordan'.

Price level

During the peak seasons (spring and autumn) and holidays, it is common for prices to increase significantly. However, we provide flat rates all year round, meaning our prices remain the same regardless of the season or any other factors. So, if you plan to join us, every month can be the best time to visit Wadi Rum.

Brief monthly overview to determine your best time to visit Wadi Rum

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December

Our conclusion about the best time to visit Wadi Rum

To sum it all up, Wadi Rum is a destination that can be visited all year round. When is the best time to visit Wadi Rum, depends on your personal preferences. There are multiple factors that can influence your experience, but two of the most significant ones are weather and the number of visitors. Therefore, it is essential to consider both of these factors and then take into account any other relevant information you came across in this blog to decide what the best time to visit our desert is for you.

Team Wadi Rum Nomads

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