Wadi Rum Protected Area
Wadi Rum Protected Area
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • SweerSummer
    Birmingham, United Kingdom287 contributions
    Stunning. Pictures do not do Wadi Rum justice.
    The pictures just don’t give you the sense of scale of Wadi Rum. It is beautiful to look at, lots to explore. You might need to be reasonably fit to climb and even walking up the sand dunes is harder than it looks, but even if you’re not particularly fit, there is so much to see when you’re on a tour with one of the Bedouin who are permitted to drive in Wadi Rum that it’s worth a visit for everyone. We had a tour through our accommodation (Aicha Memories) and had the option of being in the back, or in the cab of the “jeep” (Toyota Hilux) which is more comfortable. Initially we booked a 3 hour tour because once you’ve seen sand & rocks, you’ve seen it? But actually - we were wrong and could have quite happily booked the longer 5 hour tour. It amazes me that even in this place of natural beauty, there is a small amount of rubbish / vandalism - I have no idea what goes through people’s entitled heads to think that this is acceptable? How disrespectful to the Bedouin tribes and to Jordan. This small issue notwithstanding, this is a truly amazing place to visit and can turn a nice trip into holiday of a lifetime.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written February 27, 2023
  • Travlintone
    Chippenham, United Kingdom824 contributions
    An absolute 'must Visit'
    The Wadi Rum Protected Area is what many countries call a National Park. It totally lives up to its reputation as an unworldly landscape and is a definitive 'Must See & Stay' . There are lots of camps scattered throughout the desert all in the style of Bedouin tents or, thanks to the Matt Damon film, 'The Martian', geodesic domes. Virtually all have en-suite shower/toilet facilities and a communal restaurant area. Dawn and Dusk views are particularly stunning.
    Visited December 2022
    Written March 10, 2023
  • hester2018
    Sloten, The Netherlands498 contributions
    Most beautiful place on earth!
    Most beautiful desert area I have ever been. If you are in to desert, you have to go. The scenery is mind blowing. The only thing I hope for Wadi Rum is that the people realize how unique it is and that they keep it clean. It’s so beautiful. We did a 2 hour drive and a 6 hour drive and I have not been bored one second. Prepare to be amazed!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written March 13, 2023
  • Durga M
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,095 contributions
    Out of the world
    One thing is for sure this is one of a lifetime experience. You cannot possibly imagine the vastness of the desert till you start exploring. The rock formations look out of the world and no photographs can do justice to the beauty we did a 3 hours trip and that was really worth it. A must visit
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 16, 2023
  • Meyung R
    Hua Hin, Thailand192 contributions
    Is this really on Planet Earth?
    And I thought the Khor al Udaid inland sea in Qatar was spectacular!!! Majestic, dauntingly beautiful, this Valley of the Moon at the edge of the Arabian Desert leaves some gargantuan sights that cannot be unseen once you have been there. No wonder the Wadi Rum is the location of choice of countless motion pictures, The Martian comes to mind. So glad to have been there!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 16, 2023
  • Eileen M
    London, United Kingdom5 contributions
    Do your homework before you go
    The desert was amazing but can be quite confusing when trying to price up different tours. The camps are either in the protected area or outside. If inside they can take you to all the attractions inside. If outside they are limited as to where you can go. At the visitors centre there is a list of all the prices that should be charged for the different tours both inside and outside the protected area. They are priced per jeep not per person. If you go to the visitors centre this is what you will be charged although sometimes in quieter periods you may get a discount. We found some camps tried to charge us per person so check the rates before you go.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 19, 2023
  • Miloš B
    Beroun, Czech Republic65 contributions
    Wadi Rum is another world
    Desert tour with Omar Ghazi . We were looking for a guide to Wadi Rum for a half day trip . There were many offers , but how to choose between them ? The price is almost the same , so the only difference is the guide , or where he takes you , how you chat with him , what he knows about the desert , how likeable he is . We were looking for clues - he has a camp, he has his own cars , he does other kinds of activities, he's not an overseller. And you could say we hit the jackpot. Directly to the owner of one of the small camps deeper in the desert , with classic Bedouin tents, the desert, a bevy of acquaintances after each stop and a very personal approach - look for Omar Ghazi. I understand it sounds like an advert but we were really impressed . Wadi Rum was like something from another planet , it was clear to us that half a day in the desert is actually not enough , but unfortunately the flight from Aqaba did not wait. It is hard to describe what we saw , the contrasts of shapes, colours, the influence of the water, the local culture, the excellent tea . Fak and his wife and I enjoyed the sunset -again I have to commend Omar , alone on a different piece of rock , the rest of the other agencies jeeps were piled on another bigger rock. Privacy , consideration when he parks the Hilux , so you don't have him in the shot.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 21, 2023
  • Penny Brown
    El Paso, Texas26 contributions
    Wadi Rum for the nature loving visitor to Jordan.
    Wadi Rum is a beautiful natural area with impressive geological characteristics. Home to Bedouin tribes,wild camel, and amazing night skies. We stayed in a Bedouin style tent campground with all the facilities including WiFi in an area called Moon Valley. Booked through Jordan private tours. Many tour operators offer Wadi Rum tours. There are small springs, areas with petroglyphs in Arabic as well as ancient petroglyphs pre dating Islam. Unfortunately not every night is great for star gazing. It was hazy the night we were there but we still able to see the sunset and beautiful crescent moon. If you’re planning a trip do some prior research into the areas you might be interested in. There is a Nabatean temple (Petra) which we didn’t know about until we left and some other impressive geological areas that we missed. There were small children where we stayed so I would say child friendly. Also dinners and breakfast are usually included with tours. There is guided hiking, camel riding, jeeping, and serious rock climbing with a permit and guide for the skilled.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 30, 2023
  • Brenda S
    Auckland Central, New Zealand42 contributions
    The terracotta and pink sands of the desert are full of surprises.
    We went into the Wadi Rum desert as part of a tour. It was good to see that this area is being managed and visitors need to register. As part of the tour we were taken for a four wheel drive: not an off roading adventure which we were expecting : you sat in padded seats on the tray of a Ute. A bit disappointing but honestly the scenery made up for it as it is truly stunning. It was awesome to be driving through the rich terracotta sands of Wadi Rum as a Bedouin riding a camel with a herd in tow Trott by before disappearing into the distance.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2023
  • rupin26
    Brisbane, Australia26 contributions
    Best Desert tour ever
    I stayed a night in a Bedoin camp and took a jeep tour with Hazim in the morning. I think it is so far the highlight of my Jordan trip not only because it is such an amazing company but because of the people who make it so special. If you want a desert tour, book with Hazim ( +962 7 9871 8163 )who was born in the desert and lives in the desert so knows it like the back of hand and trust me, he’s funny as anything
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written April 9, 2023
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Codiak!
Abbotsford, Canada10,878 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
If this area seems other worldly it may be because Matt Damon’s movie The Martian was filmed here to look like he was on Mars. It truly is spectacular looking and a unique place on the planet.
Written December 25, 2023
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Buggedeyed
British Columbia, Canada89 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Wow! I thought Petra was a definite must in Jordan but I have to add Wadi Rum to this list. It was amazing! We did a 6 hour jeep tour and then stayed within the protected area in a local Bedouin camp and it was so spectacular. A must see on your list if you are visiting Jordan, you won't be disappointed. However, I would encourage anyone going to book with a local Bedouin operator and support the locals. Sounds like a no brainer but there are foreign companies operating with in and outside of the protected area. Go with the Bedouin who know this land like no other.
Written December 4, 2023
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Teresa C
Metro Manila, Philippines1,541 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Had a jeep tour around the area. Looked at an arch, the non-stick sand on a particularly steep dune and the well hidden passage to water source in the hills.
Written November 20, 2023
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KMLondon22
London, UK198 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
The scenery here is absolutely incredible. Stayed 2 nights in one of the many camps Bedouins have built for tourists (not genuine Bedouin camps as such). Trekked up the highest mountain in Jordan, Jabal Umm ad Dami, with views to Saudi Arabia; star gazed at night in perfect conditions; took a jeep tour; & an early morning camel ride to see the sunrise (the ride was one of my highlights of visiting Jordan). Only downside was the flies on food, but it is the desert! Also would not want to visit in the heat of summer. Fully deserves being protected by UNESCO. Can't wait to watch the film Lawrence of Arabia again (Wadi Rum has also been used to represent other planets in Star Wars, the Martian, Dune, etc)!
Written November 20, 2023
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Francis C
Hawkhurst, UK551 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Amazing experience but a mini version of Petra. Glad to be able to get in a car as a bit of walking. Saw some petroglyphs but very interesting
Written November 16, 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,023 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
The vivid colors and weird shapes have resulted in Wadi Rum being called the Valley of the Moon. Wadi Rum has been Heritage Listed since 2011. A "wadi" is a dry watercourse; a "jebel"is a hill. You can hike, or climb , or take a guided tour. The Wadi Rum Protected Area is a great place for a walk in the Jordan's wild desert."
Written November 6, 2023
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Annie S
Portsmouth, UK224 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We did a 4x4 tour sand surfing. Camel trek to see the sunrise (the handler were really kind to the camels annd they looked well cared for unlike in some places) and star gazing saw 3 shooting stars😁was worth the overnight stay but is quite a trek from Petra. Wish we had organised the early am hot air balloon trip too
Written November 4, 2023
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Maria0Magdalena
London, UK468 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
To enter you first need to go to the visitors centre and buy a ticket or get your Jordan Pass stamped. Then you drive to the 'village' if you are staying overnight. Someone from your camp will pick you up there. There are lots of these camps strewn everywhere, be careful what you choose. It gets pretty hot and without air-conditioning, you might be cooking in your little tent. The star gazing is amazing (dondownload one of the apps that help identify constalatuons). Martian tents are overrated. Best way to observe stars is sitting outside. Even the Martian tents obscure visibility. It was interesting to do the jeep drive around, but, no surprise, hot, sandy, dusty. Not really my thing that much. But a good experience for the kids to understand how harsh a desert is. And a good opportunity to do a camel ride. I know that is so so touristy, but it is an experience to try once.
Written October 27, 2023
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Flyer
WashingtonDC1,491 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
My family and I did a full day tour of Wadi Rum and it is just an incredible place to visit.

We opted for the full day tour with a private guide through an online booking agency. There are just so many sites to see here in this gorgeous landscape!

While there are options to stay the night within Wadi Rum, when we passed the various camps, we were glad we stayed in Aqaba because the camps seemed quite bare-bones.

All the local guides are Bedouin, and know the area very well. It all depends on what kind of tour you book, but a half day tour would not give you the flexibility to go deeper into the landscape. Even after a day driving around, there are just different pockets of rock formations that look completely different than what was in the previous canyon. That was the surprising aspect to the tour here — the variation in topography. The closer you are to the visitor center, the more people on tours there are.

Overall, a magnificent place and well worth a visit.
Written October 23, 2023
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada2,145 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had a fantastic time seeing Wadi Rum and its spectacular landscape. We booked a 2 day tour that included Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea and this was easily one of our favourite parts of the trip! Our tour included a "jeep ride through the desert which stopped at a couple of springs and a few formations. We also stayed over night in a Bedouin Style camp and thought everything was worth it. My wife loved it so much that she would consider staying a second night just to enjoy the scenery more. The weather in October was perfect and absolutely worth a visit. We also had a fantastic view of the stars at night and enjoyed a great dinner and breakfast.

You can drive here pretty easily but we went with a tour to get in some naps while we drove between sites. The cost of entry is 35 JOD so you may as well get a Jordan Pass that waives visa fee and allows entrance to here and Petra.
Written October 22, 2023
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WADI RUM PROTECTED AREA - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)