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Even the slightest mention of Jordan conjures up images of the mighty Petra. While Petra is spectacular and definitely worthy of a visit, Jordan’s real beauty lies in the untamed outdoors.

 

Deserts seem to hold a special place in our hearts. Just last month we wrote about our epiphanic experience in an Egyptian desert. I don’t know if it is the glistening sands or the promise of an oasis, but there is something intriguing, even primordial, about the wilderness of a desert. This increases manifold when one is talking about an area frequently referred to as one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of desert.

 

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Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum
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Camel Safari in Wadi Rum – notice the size of the mountains

 

Welcome to Wadi Rum, The Valley of the Moon.

A desert safari to Wadi Rum is an unforgettable experience. The first feeling is that of deja vu – the surreal landscape has been featured in dozens of films including Lawrence of Arabia, Red Planet, and Prometheus.

The deja vu wears off as one goes deeper into the desert. All around endless sand-dunes, dramatic canyons, impressive mountains, inscriptions, and drawings of humans and animals jostle for attention. It is hard to pick a favourite.

 

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Our Jeep Safari in Wadi Rum
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Surreal Landscape
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Lone Bedouin

Fact File: Wadi Rum Safari

  • Wadi Rum is in Southern Jordan, close to the city of Aqaba.
  •  It is easy to book your safari in Aqaba. Make sure you bargain before settling on a reasonable price.
  •  A number of cruise ships dock at Aqaba, so it is possible to visit Wadi Rum on a Cruise Holiday
  •  There are a number of options available to tourists. Opt for camel, horse, or jeep safaris.
  •  It is possible to explore the area on foot if you enjoy hiking. Make sure you hire a Bedouin guide. The area is not signposted and it is very easy to get lost.
  • It is possible to stay overnight at one of the bedouin camps in the desert. We highly recommend this if you have 2-3 days to spare.

 

Stark, stunning and serene – that’s Wadi Rum. Put it on your bucket list NOW!

Click on the photos below to see what we’re talking about 🙂 And once you have absorbed the sheer magnificence of Wadi Rum, head over to our beautiful photo series on the lost city of Petra!

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28 thoughts on “An Adventure of a Lifetime: Wadi Rum Safari, Jordan

  1. So cool! I did a similar trek with Berber nomads in Morocco a couple years ago. Seeing the Sahara like this really is the adventure of a lifetime. Awesome post!

  2. Wow what harsh and yet stunning landscape and imagery, thanks for sharing the beauty of this place

    Savi I’m inviting you to join us for Travel Photo Mondays, the link runs all week so I hope you can join us for the next installment?

    1. Hey Noel- sorry for responding this late. We were on the road and had limited access to the internet. Let me know where I can send the photo 🙂

  3. Your photos look amazing, I’m planning a trip here in May, who did you book your tour with was it private? And roughly how much did it cost?

    1. Hi Alysha,

      We were on a cruise in the Red Sea and visited Wadi Rum as part of an excursion from one of the port stops (Aqaba).

    1. Hi Anisa,

      We visited Jordan as part of a Red Sea cruise with Thomson cruises. It started from Sharm-el-sheikh in Egypt and visited Aqaba in Jordan from where we did day tours to Wadi Rum and Petra. The cruise then took us to Hurghada, Cairo, and Luxor in Egypt 🙂

      Hope that helps!

  4. I have no words for your pretty pictures. Was working on a travel writing project on Wadi Rum and Petra and the firs reference I could think of was you guys.
    Keep up the amazing work!

  5. Hey guys Im planning a holiday confused between morocco or Jordon for a holiday ?
    Can you suggest which was your favourite out of the two.

    Regards
    Tahir

  6. The pics are FABULOUS. Can’t wait. I am off to Jordan in a month. Is there a place you can suggest for stay in Wadi Rum? I am on a shoestring budget, so nothing expensive, but someplace safe…

    1. Hey there – unfortunately not. Would suggest looking up a website such as hotelscombined.com or hostelworld.com 🙂

  7. Would you recommend Jordan as a honeymoon destination? I’m looking for a mix of adventure plus a relaxed holiday, something different from the usual beach honeymoon vacations!

    1. Hey personally we wouldn’t recommend Jordan as a honeymoon destination but if its sights and sounds appeal to you, why not 🙂

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