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Wadi Rum
Travel Guide

With its spectacular vistas of red sand and blue skies and incredible camping sites, this desert is an essential stop on any journey through Jordan. 

Wadi Rum is the best way for visitors to experience the Jordanian desert. The “wadi,” or dry valley, is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in Jordan. The area is populated by Bedouin people who historically lived in the valley. Today, many Bedouin groups offer excellent tours into the desert. Come for a day trip, or spend a night underneath the stars at a camp, such as the Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp, for a truly special experience.

The dramatic landscape was made famous by the 1963 Oscar-winning film Lawrence of Arabia. At only 275 square miles (720 square kilometers), the desert is relatively small, but it is home to a staggering array of beautiful landscapes. See how the red sand makes a striking counterpoint to the bright blue sky. The mountains here are among the highest in Jordan and jut out of the sand dramatically.

Hike to the top of Burdah Rock Bridge, a challenging trek that affords beautiful views of Wadi Rum. The Jebel Khazali hill is another scenic place to explore on foot. For an even more stunning view without the walking, take a hot air balloon into the sky above the desert. If you prefer to stay on land, take a camel ride or journey by four-wheel drive to the Al Hasany Dunes, some of the most picturesque sand dunes in Wadi Rum, especially at sunset. For a lesson in history, visit the Alameleh Inscriptions, rock drawings that depict camels, warriors and animals common to Wadi Rum.

Sleep in a camp to see the desert at both sunrise and sunset, the most magical times of day. See how the dunes seem to sparkle when the light hits them at the right hour. Desert camp operators are able to arrange sightseeing by camel or four-wheel drive and often include a trip to a Bedouin village.

The desert around Wadi Rum is harsh. It’s extremely hot in the summer sun and incredibly cold on winter nights, but despite these extremes, it’s a safe place to visit. Be sure to pack lots of layers.

Top hotels in Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel - Campsite
Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel - Campsite
2 out of 5
Wadi Rum Protected Area, Wadi Rum, Aqaba Governorate
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Situated in the mountains, this campsite is within 6 miles (10 km) of Wadi Rum Protected Area, Wadi Rum Visitor Center and Deeseh Knowledge Station. Lawrence's ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (46 reviews)
Night in the Desert

"We were very happy with our stay at this hotel (campsite?). The rooms were unique and very comfortable. The staff was welcoming and helpful, going beyond normal expectations."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel - Campsite
Wadi Rum UFO Luxotel - Campsite
Wadi Rum UFO Luxotel - Campsite
2 out of 5
Wadi Rum Protected area, Near the French Fortress, Wadi Rum, Aqaba Governorate
The price is £141 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Situated in a national park, this campsite is within 6 miles (10 km) of Wadi Rum Protected Area, Wadi Rum Visitor Center and Deeseh Knowledge Station. Lawrence's ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (67 reviews)
Great!

"Best campsite in Wadi Rum"…"

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2020

Wadi Rum UFO Luxotel - Campsite
Mazayen Rum Camp
Mazayen Rum Camp
2 out of 5
Desi Area Wadi Rum, Wadi Rum, Aqaba Governorate
The price is £152 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

This family-friendly Wadi Rum campsite is located in a national park, within 2 mi (3 km) of Wadi Rum Protected Area and Deeseh Knowledge Station. Wadi Rum Visitor ...

4.2/5Excellent! (17 reviews)

"Hi, We went to the property and were informed that the room that we had booked is no longer available and were given a very sub standard below the one that we had selected . We would like a refund"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2020

Mazayen Rum Camp
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel - Campsite
Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel - Campsite
2 out of 5
Wadi Rum Protected Area, Wadi Rum, Aqaba Governorate

Situated in the mountains, this campsite is within 6 miles (10 km) of Wadi Rum Protected Area, Wadi Rum Visitor Center and Deeseh Knowledge Station. Lawrence's ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (46 reviews)
Night in the Desert

"We were very happy with our stay at this hotel (campsite?). The rooms were unique and very comfortable. The staff was welcoming and helpful, going beyond normal expectations."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel - Campsite
Wadi Rum UFO Luxotel - Campsite
Wadi Rum UFO Luxotel - Campsite
2 out of 5
Wadi Rum Protected area, Near the French Fortress, Wadi Rum, Aqaba Governorate
The price is £141 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Situated in a national park, this campsite is within 6 miles (10 km) of Wadi Rum Protected Area, Wadi Rum Visitor Center and Deeseh Knowledge Station. Lawrence's ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (67 reviews)
Great!

"Best campsite in Wadi Rum"…"

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2020

Wadi Rum UFO Luxotel - Campsite
Mazayen Rum Camp
Mazayen Rum Camp
2 out of 5
Desi Area Wadi Rum, Wadi Rum, Aqaba Governorate
The price is £152 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

This family-friendly Wadi Rum campsite is located in a national park, within 2 mi (3 km) of Wadi Rum Protected Area and Deeseh Knowledge Station. Wadi Rum Visitor ...

4.2/5Excellent! (17 reviews)

"Hi, We went to the property and were informed that the room that we had booked is no longer available and were given a very sub standard below the one that we had selected . We would like a refund"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2020

Mazayen Rum Camp
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Wadi Rum

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31 Jan 2020

Wadi Rum is an incredible other worldly desert, that was a highly memorable experience

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9 Dec 2019

Perfect

4/5 - Good

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21 May 2019

Nice experience

5/5 - Excellent

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2 Apr 2019

Do an ATV dune buggy tour. So much fun cruising the dunes on an ATV.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Mar 2019

Dawn to well into the night there is plenty to see. 360 views continue to wow. I can recommend the Rahayeb camp but there are plenty. There are also camel and short walks. If you have never had a camel ride then it's something to tick a box, but we

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