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.
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.
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!