Wadi Rum is known as Jordan’s ‘Desert of the Moon’. I have been. It is truly magical!

Dramatic Beauty

Few places have the rugged and dramatic beauty of Wadi Rum. Situated 30 miles east of Aqaba. Similar terrain to Mars. This desert area is almost the size of New York City. Still, it has been inhabited since at least the early Stone Age.

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum Landscape

Lawrence of Arabia

In spite of its extensive history, the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia  made Wadi Rum famous. Peter O’Toole played the role of British liaison officer T.E. Lawrence. Lawrence worked with the Hashemite Army during the 1916-18 Arab Revolt. They were fighting against the Ottoman Empire. Who were, at that time, controlling much of the Middle East.

Wadi Rum

Sandstone Cliffs

Geographic Eye-Opener

In fact, the film was historically inaccurate. However, it was a geographic eye-opener. Indeed, viewers across the world were inspired by Wadi Rum’s reddish-gold sands, ancient ravines and towering sandstone cliffs. Nonetheless, relatively few people have visited here in person.

Exhilarating

The exhilaration of a Bedouin guide zipping you across the area in a 4×4. One of the unforgettable moments of Wadi Rum. Firstly, you will see a vast sea of rose-gold dunes. Secondly, the sands give way to rocky bluffs and spiny foliage. Finally, lofty rock formations tower against the horizon.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom

The most iconic among them are the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Originally they were called Jabal Al-Mazmar. Thus renamed after Lawrence’s autobiography of the same name. These columns of sandstone and granite erupt dramatically from the sand. In the same way fingers grasp at the sky.

 

Siqs and Canyons

The Wadi’s siqs or canyons are fascinating for many travellers. One of the most famous, for example,  is Khazali Siq.  A tapered, hundred-metre gorge running dramatically through rocky cliffs. Its inner walls are emblazoned with ancient petroglyphs. Illustrating people, camels, horses and footprints. Furthermore, protected from the sand and wind for some two thousand years. Above all, these cryptic messages were left like signposts by the Thamūd, Nabateans and other nomads. People who travelled through the Arabian desert in bygone millennia.

Khazali Siq

Diyafa

Modern Bedouins are less nomadic. Indeed, the desert is not simply a trade route, but a home. Most tourists visit the Wadi on the way to Petra. However, Wendy Wu recommends an overnight stay. Then you can sample diyafa – Bedouin hospitality!

Local Transport

Wadi Rum with Wendy Wu

Take an 8-day Journey through Jordan with Wendy Wu. A night at Memories Aicha Luxury Camp is included. Also as stay in a traditional Bedouin tent. The high walls of a rocky canyon shelter them. Plus thick fabrics and embroidered cushions adorn them. Additionally,  the camp has modern bathrooms. As well as an impressive dining room.

Feel Connected

As the sun dips below the red horizon. Countless stars fill the sky. It is hard not to feel connected to the nomads of two thousand years ago.

Wendy Wu Jordan Tour Includes Petra

Best Time to Travel

The best times of year to visit Jordan are during Spring and Autumn. Temperatures are better. I went in September. It was perfect.

Autumn and Spring – The Best Time to Travel

For More Information

Discover more in  Wendy Wu’s  Europe & Middle East 2022-2023 brochure.

Also, contact the team at Eton Travel for further details

Adapted from Wendy Wu Blog Spotlight on Wadi Rum, Jordan. Thank you to Joe Lavers for allowing us to use.