Deep in the South of Jordan lays a vast expanse of desert which exudes an indescribable beauty and a sense of peace and serenity like no other place in the country. This lunar landscape is the UNESCO world heritage site of Wadi Rum and a visit to this spectacular wonder of nature is well worth the extra drive.
Home to the Wadi Rum Bedouin, the area has been immortalised through the infamous stories of T.E Lawrence during the Arab Revolt and also boasts the second highest peak in Jordan – Um Dami.
Visitors can spend a day exploring the unique landscape, the remnants of Nabatean graffiti and the ancient temples either on foot, by camel or in a 4×4, however the best way to experience the true majesty of Wadi Rum is by staying the night at a Bedouin camp.
These camps are very comfortable and show the visitor how the tribes have lived for so many centuries. The friendly Bedouin who run these camps are also invaluable fonts of knowledge about life in the desert and the flora and fauna that is found in the area.
During the day the Bedouin will take you on various excursions to the most stunning parts of the desert. For the adventurous traveller there is the opportunity to rock climb, parachute and hot air balloon over the desert. Sleep under a blanket of stars listening to the hypnotic sound of the Rebab – the traditional Bedouin instrument played as an accompaniment to their lyrical poetry.