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The quick guide to Wadi Rum desert

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Surfing the Internet, we found out there is no proper quick guide to Wadi Rum. We think that Jordan’s biggest gem and the number one reason you should visit our beautiful country deserves to have one. So this week’s blog is the quick guide to the Wadi Rum desert.

When to visit to Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum desert is a year-round destination. Each season has specific reasons why to visit Wadi Rum desert. We already wrote a blog about the climate and seasons and one about spring. Blogs about summer, autumn, and winter will follow. Generally, we have hot summers with average temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius. Winters are much colder with an average temperature between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius. As our desert is one of the driest places on earth, you don’t have to worry about rain. And when we do have a rainy day, you can join us celebrating. Of course, we go out into the desert to find waterfalls and see rivers emerging in the valleys.

The most popular times of year to visit are mid-March till mid-May and mid-September till mid-November. The weather is pleasant, and the temperatures are moderate. It is always a good idea to pre-book your stay to make sure you can stay with the tour company you prefer. In the peak seasons, it is even more critical as there are days that all companies go fully booked.

How to get to Wadi Rum

Public transport to Wadi Rum is limited, but there a daily bus connecting Wadi Rum and Petra. Chartered taxis are an excellent and comfortable, but more expensive alternative. The third option is renting a car. The ‘Wadi Rum junction’ in Al-Rushdiyye on the desert highway is well marked. And from there it is easy to find your way to Rum village. In our blog, 3 ways to travel fast and cheap to Wadi Rum, and on our Getting there and away page, we share more information on about the available travel options.

What to see and do in Wadi Rum

It is hard to advise you on what to see and do as we don’t know what your passions are. Nature? Culture? Adventure? History? One thing we know for sure, Wadi Rum offers a unique experience for everybody. You can go on a jeep tour to visit all the major sites. You can go hiking and scrambling our beautiful mountains. Or experience the desert like a Bedouin while riding a camel. In our opinion, you should not leave Wadi Rum desert without at least visiting Lawrence spring, Khazali canyon, the rock bridges of Um Fruth and Burdah, Abu Khashaba canyon, a red dune and Um Sabatah. If you have time to spend a few days or more in the desert, we can go to the lesser-visited and more remote wadi’s and sites.

In our blog, 5 things you must experience in Wadi Rum, you can read more about these ways to experience Wadi Rum. On our page Wadi Rum desert sites, you can read more information about the major sites. Or read our blogs about Burdah rock bridge, Khazali canyon, and Lawrence spring. If you want to know our favorite place to enjoy the sunset, please read our blog Sunset in Wadi Rum: feast of endless changing colors.

What to eat and drink

Food and drinks are an essential part of experiencing a place. Eating the local food and drinking local favorites will enrich your experience. To us, the choice is easy; the only right food and drinks you can have in the desert are Bedouin. We have delicious dishes which are suitable for both meat-eaters and vegetarians. When you go on tour with Wadi Rum Nomads you will always enjoy freshly prepared Bedouin meals and drink our sweet Bedouin tea. On special occasions, we serve special food like our national dish, Mansaf, Magloubah or the Bedouin barbecue, Zarb.

Where to sleep

When you want to stay overnight in Wadi Rum, you have three options:

Do you want to come and experience the Wadi Rum desert? Read the details of our most booked tours to get even more inspired: 2-day Wadi Rum desert tour Jabal Al-Hash, 1-day Wadi Rum jeep tour, and 3-day Wadi Rum desert tour. Or email us with your preferences, and we provide you with a tailor-made tour itinerary.

One Response

  1. Hi, nice tips. Wadi Rum is a short detour from the Desert Highway between Amman and Aqaba. Wadi Rum is the largest and most famous wadi (valley) in all Jordan. Its scenery and rock formations are like nothing I had ever seen before. We have been to Petra through “Mantis Tourism & Attractions” a reputed travel company. After leaving Petra, I spent my first day in Wadi Rum riding a Bedouin 4×4. Bedouins who still live in the desert use their vehicles to give tourists a taste of the desert.

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