Are you ready for a wild adventure in the desert? Wadi Rum is one of the highlights of Jordan that simply can’t be missed. Here is everything you need to know to make the most out of your stay in Wadi Rum.
I am sure you have done your research, and just like me before going to Jordan, I had so many questions… How to get to Wadi Rum? A 3 hour or 5 hour Jeep tour? Which camp to choose? Where to book? Let me explain the entire adventure in detail, so you can save time and hop on your jeep adventure in Wadi Rum, stress-free!
Also read my Wadi Rum Luxe Glamping Experience.
Me and my sister traveled from Petra to Wadi Rum by private transfer in the winter season in February. All taxis, buses etc will stop you at the visitor centre or Wadi Rum village. No worries all drivers know exactly where to go. I would strongly suggest to take a 5 hour Jeep tour if you have the time, because there is SO MUCH to see in Wadi Rum. You will stop at many rock formations, canyons, mountains and the place is rich with stories. Don’t think you will be relaxing in the Jee. Get ready for an active afternoon, full of stunning sights, amazing landscapes and almost feel like you are visiting another planet.
Tip: You can book your Jeep tour directly with the camp sites, but please be minded that you will be ripped off. The price for a 3 hour tour is around 75JOD and 5 hours 120JOD. However, if you book with Hisham, a local expert, you will have a 5h tour for around 60JOD, for 2 people 😉
Wild Wadi Rum Jeep Safari Adventure
During your Jeep Safari adventure, you will enjoy many stops with sights to see. Below an overview of the stops we experienced during a 5 hour Jeep Safari.
1) Lawrence Spring
The first stop is a natural spring nearby Wadi Rum village. According to the stories, Lawrence of Arabia, a British officer and author of the book “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” used the spring. Nowadays the spring is used by camel herders to water the animals. You can hike up the rock formation to get a stunning view of Wadi Rum.
2) Al Ramal Red Sand Dune
A beautiful wide ranging red sand dune giving you the opportunity to just hike up or even sun-board down, the choice is yours!
3) Khazili Canyon
Khazili Canyon is one of the most famous places in Wadi rum, a 100 meters long deep canyon with Nabatean Rock Drawings inscriptions and rock drawings. I just can’t believe to be walking in a canyon with rock drawings dating back thousands of years, incredible!
4) Little Rock Bridge
The Little Rock bridge is one of the rock bridges you will find in Wadi Rum. You will do a small stop and will be able to climb up and walk over it. However, I was very impatient to see the BIG Rock Bridge. Keep in mind that to view the big one you will need to book a 5 hour jeep tour as it is further away, or specifically ask your guide to visit it and leave some other sights behind.
5) Lawrence House
Lawrence house is a broken down house structure that according to the stories, Lawrence slept there during his time in the desert. However, the locals also believe it is much older than that dating back to over two thousand years.
6) Mushroom Rock
After visiting Lawrence House you will make your way to the Mushroom rock, a strange like rock formation looking like a Mushroom. You really start wondering how such a rock can end up in the desert? The Aliens my sister shouts! Our guide explained us that Wadi Rum was once an ocean and this incredible rock formation is basically the final masterpiece made from the power of wind and water.
At the Mushroom Rock we also took a nice tea break while chatting with the locals.
7) Abu Khashaba Canyon
For anyone that wants to take a short hike through the canyons, Abu Khashaba Canyon is the perfect place. I wasn’t too happy about it though since I already hiked six and a half hours in Petra the morning… My legs started to give up on me, but the views were very beautiful.
8) The BIG Rock Bridge Umm Fruth
The moment I was waiting for to climb up the big rock bridge. It was very crowded though so you will have to line up to take a good photo. However, it is definitely a highlight during your Jeep tour in Wadi Rum Desert.
After the Big Rock Bridge your Jeep Safari is unfortunately coming to an end. Our guide took another way back through the white desert (yes Wadi Rum has a red and white desert) continuing to our final stop to watch the sunset.
9) Sunset over Wadi Rum
Before being dropped off at your campsite, you will do one finals top with everyone on the longer tours, to watch the beautiful sun set over Wadi Rum. A definite must for all sunset chasers.
Tip: Put on your warm windproof clothes, as the Wadi Rum winds are quite cold in February. Even though in the sun it’s pleasant, when the Jeep drives, you will experience the cold winds. You can see my sister during sunset freezing her b*t off, but the view is worth it 😉
If you want to extend your trip after Wadi Rum, also read My Ultimate Jordan 5-Day Itinerary or Petra in 2 days: Top 8 sights that can’t be missed.
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