Exploring Wadi Rum

Would many people know about Wadi Rum if it wasn’t for Lawrence of Arabia…the man and the movie!
I’m sure we would…stunning landscapes do not stay hidden for long!

This amazing area of Jordan, about 3.5 hours from Amman looks like a moonscape. Sandstone walls and endless sand dunes create a magnificent picture. The further you go onto it, the more beautiful it becomes. Wadi Rum was declared a protected area in 1998. The bedouins who live here were, until recently, nomadic but today they have branched into eco tourism and offer tours to see the desert.


Wadi Rum, Jordan


There are many ways to see Wadi Rum….. by jeep, on the back of a camel, on horseback, hiking, rock climbing or by hot air balloon.


This is how we saw Wadi Rum.


By camel….

Slow and steady..these animals of the desert do not like to rush anything!


Camel riding in Wadi Rum, Jordan



Wadi Rum, Jordan



Wadi Rum, Jordan



Wadi Rum, Jordan


By hot air balloon….

This was my first balloon ride, so the excitement was palpable. Watching the sunrise as we drifted in silence over the amazing desert landscape…..it was all I hoped for and more. All I can say is… do it!!  


Wadi Rum, Jordan




Sun rising over Wadi Rum, Jordan


Wadi Rum, Jordan


Wadi Rum, Jordan


Wadi Rum, Jordan



Wadi Rum, Jordan


By jeep…..

Exciting, exhilarating, fun …flying over the dunes was a fabulous way to see Wadi Rum. The drive was longer so we were able to see a lot more of the area and had some fabulous experiences climbing rock formations, visiting a bedouin camp, running down sand hills and have tea in the desert as the sun set! 

Wadi Rum, Jordan


Wadi Rum, Jordan


Wadi Rum, Jordan


Wadi Rum, Jordan

Our guides in Wadi Rum

Our guides in Wadi Rum


Burdah Arch in Wadi Rum

One of the most spectacular sites in Wadi Rum….yes, you can climb to the top of this rock bridge!


A Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum

A Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum


Bedouin child with his father

Cutest little boy with his father!


Sunset….the best time of day in Wadi Rum….


Wadi Rum, Jordan


Wadi Rum, Jordan


Wadi Rum, Jordan

Tea break!


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Sunset in Wadi Rum, Jordan


Wadi Rum, Jordan


To experience the beauty of Wadi Rum, spend a night or two and see this stunning land by as many ways as you can!


We stayed at the Captains Desert Camp who can arranged these tours for you.


Other articles you may enjoy:
Where to go in Jordan
The Roman Ruins of Jerash
Feynan Eco Lodge: Staying on Jordan’s Largest Nature Reserve 
Jordan: The Ottoman town of Salt



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11 Responses to Exploring Wadi Rum

  1. Calli April 27, 2014 at 1:48 am #

    Great post! Your photos are beautiful and I love all the different methods you used to explore the region. I’ve wanted to visit Jordan for so long now this post was right up my alley 🙂

  2. Ann April 27, 2014 at 3:28 am #

    This looks Amazing. Yes, that’s a capital A. Yes, that’s corny of me.

    I don’t think I’d care much for the camel ride, but the rest of it seems like perfection.

  3. Anabel April 27, 2014 at 4:18 am #

    Stunning! And an impressively varied array of transport.

  4. Rhonda Albom April 27, 2014 at 5:38 am #

    Wow. Your photos are really amazing. Jordan remains the top of my bucket list. I know I will get to Petra and now I am adding a hot air balloon ride over Wadi Rum to my travel wish list. The balloon shadow and natural bridge were my favorite of these.

  5. Krista April 27, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    What a stunning and dramatic landscape, Jenny. I’d love to see this in person one day. 🙂

  6. Corinne April 27, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    Jenny! I loved Wadi Rum; it’s certainly my kind of place. I love it all: deserts, sunsets, camels, bedouins, just love it!

  7. jan April 28, 2014 at 7:10 am #

    These photographs are very good. You were very lucky to experience Wadi Rum in three ways – the best of all worlds.

  8. Contented Traveller April 28, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    Stunning photographs of a place that I knew nothing about

  9. Lila Asnani April 28, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    Lucky, lucky you! Wadi Rum looks so beautiful. I will definitely have to try to get there. Lawrence of Arabia is one of my all time favorite movies. Great post!

  10. Shing May 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    I love this place so much, and no matter how many photos I see of it, I never tire! Amazed you saw Wadi Rum by three methods, especially the hot air balloon – so lucky! Your photos of the sunset brings back memories of relaxing back on the rock formations, and watching the sun go down with my friends. We all felt incredibly happy.

    • Jenny Freedman May 4, 2014 at 11:44 pm #

      The balloon was fabulous Shing. If you go back you’ll definitely have to do it! The sunsets were stunning and once the sun had gone, the stars took over!

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