Visit Wadi Rum, Jordan
In recent times the vast desert expanse of Wadi Rum has become famed as the location for many of Lawrence of Arabia’s exploits, but traders have passed across the landscape for thousands of years.
Canyons, offering respite from the powerful midday sun, bear Thamudic inscriptions dating back two millennia.
Rum is a place of towering sandstone outcrops, with sheer red sides and rounded summits. Unusual geological formations such as rock bridges are easy to find, the local fauna less so though ibex, hyrax and Arabian desert cats are all resident.
Visiting Wadi Rum
A visit to Wadi Rum can be an excursion in a 4WD driven by a local Bedouin, an overnight stay in a basic, fixed camp, or a mobile camping trip on camelback lasting several nights.
Suggested itineraries featuring Wadi Rum
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Wadi Rum, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Wadi Rum
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Places near Wadi Rum
- Aqaba 42 kilometers away
- Petra 89 kilometers away
- Little Petra & Aaron's Tomb 94 kilometers away
- Dana Biosphere Reserve 128 kilometers away
- Kerak 185 kilometers away
- The Dead Sea 237 kilometers away
- Madaba 246 kilometers away
- Mount Nebo 250 kilometers away
- Amman 273 kilometers away
- Jerash & The Decapolis 309 kilometers away
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Accommodation choices for Wadi Rum
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Wadi Rum. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Located just within the boundary of Wadi Rum is the Sun City Camp. The raised wooden en suite chalets are covered with Bedouin tents, giving an authentic appearance. A traditional Bedouin meal is served here after sunset, following which you are free to enjoy the starry desert skies.
Ideas for experiencing Wadi Rum
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Wadi Rum, and which use the best local guides.
One of the best ways to experience Wadi Rum is to take a camel ride in the area. Lasting around an hour, the ride will give you a real insight into traditional Bedouin life in the deserts of Arabia.
This tour takes in seven of the sights of Wadi Rum, and is a detailed exploration of the deeper recesses of the wadi.