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What is springtime like in Wadi Rum desert?

springtime in wadi rum desert

Spring, the most beautiful season of all! It is the season of life, renewal, rebirth, rejuvenation, resurrection, and regrowth. It is the favorite season of many people all around the world. And here in Wadi Rum, it is no different. We also love the spring season. When spring starts depends on which method you use to calculate: meteorological, astronomical, solar, ecological, calendar-based, or natural events. We favor the last one to determine the start of the seasons. Today we share some information and pictures about spring in Wadi Rum desert.

More daylight and pleasant temperatures

The first thing we notice about spring arriving is that the short days start to lengthen again. We have more hours of light, and the sun begins to rise higher in the sky. Because of that, the sunlight quickly gets more intense. And that we notice by the temperatures going up. Then we know that we left the cold and dark winter behind us and enjoy the lighter and warmer spring.

Beautiful white flowers mark springtime in Wadi Rum

Lush green valleys filled, herbs and wildflower

This year, 2015/2016, we had quite a bit of rain during autumn and winter. Since a few weeks, the soil begins to warm due to the increasing and more substantial daylight. These are two of the main ingredients to start the process of growth of plants. And that is visible in our desert right now. The otherwise barren valleys and canyons turn green. All kinds of smaller annual plants pop up everywhere, creating a big green blanket on the valley floors. And many desert plants that seemed to be dead come alive again. They start to grow and turn green once again. Like many herbs and medicinal plants also do. Don’t forget to smell their lovely and intense aromas. And watch the beautiful and stunning small and big plants. They start to bloom in many different colors. Some of them will cover the valley floors with carpets of violet and yellow flowers.

Green valleys at springtime in Wadi Rum

New-born goat, sheep, and camels

Goat and sheep give birth only once a year. The gestation time for both sheep and goats is about five months. Traditionally many baby goat and sheep are born in spring. Most goats and sheep bring 1 or 2 young at a time. Some can bring up to 4 new-borns. Our camels mostly give birth once in 2 years. Their gestation time is between 12 and 14 months. Most of them are born in early spring as well. So as you will understand right now, you can see many new-borns in our desert. Many camels roam around the valleys closer to the village in spring. So do the herds of sheep and goat. Altogether you have a fair chance of seeing all these animals and their new-born during a desert tour in springtime as many herds are grazing in the valleys nearby Rum village.

New-born goats at springtime in Wadi Rum

Exploring Wadi Rum during springtime

In 2015 and 2016, we ran a special springtime tour. Nowadays, we don’t run that kind of trip anymore since we already pay attention to the seasons anyway. During springtime, we visit great spots to see the coloring of the valleys. When there are camels (hopefully, with youngsters) around, we go and see them. We chase waterfalls and rivers emerging in the valleys when it rains. And when snow is falling (yes, sometimes we even have snow!), for sure, we will take our guests there to play in the snow.

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