Surfing the Internet we found out there is no proper quick guide to Wadi Rum desert. 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 Wadi Rum desert.
When to come 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 cooler 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.
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 temperatures are good. 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 important as there are days that all companies are fully booked.
How to get to Wadi Rum
Public transport to Wadi Rum is limited but there are daily busses from and to Aqaba and Petra. Chartered taxis are a good and easy but more expensive option. 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 this subject.
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 you are passionate about. Nature? Culture? Adventure? History? One thing we know for sure, Wadi Rum offers everyone a unique experience. You can go on a jeep tour to visit all mayor 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 sand dune and Um Sabatah. If you have time to spend a few days or more in Wadi Rum desert, we can go and visit less visited and more remote wadi’s and sites.
In our blog 5 things you must experience in Wadi Rum desert 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 mayor sites. Or read our blogs about Burdah rock bridge, Khazali canyon and Lawrence spring. If you want to know our favourite place to enjoy sunset, please read our blog Sunset in Wadi Rum: feast of endless changing colours.
What to eat and drink
Food and drinks are an essential part of experiencing a place. The right food and drinks will enrich your experience. To us it 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 tea. On special occasions we serve special food like our national dish, Mansaf and Bedouin barbecue, Zarb.
Where to sleep
When you want to stay overnight in Wadi Rum you have three options:
overnight in one of the big camp with facilities and entertainment at night
overnight in a small, exclusive Bedouin camp inside the protected area
stay overnight in a cave and sleep under the starry night sky
This is the most adventures one. And the ultimate experience in Wadi Rum desert. Do you want to know what this is like? Read our blogs 5 things you want to know about sleeping under the stars of Wadi Rum desert and 5 myths about sleeping under the stars revealed.