Wadi Rum is a protected area covering 720 square kilometers of dramatic desert wilderness in the south of Jordan. Huge mountains of sandstone and granite emerge, sheer-sided, from wide sandy valleys to reach heights of 1700 meters and more. Narrow canyons and fissures cut deep into the mountains and many conceal ancient rock drawings etched by the peoples of the desert over millennia. Bedouin tribes still live among the mountains of Rum and their large goat-hair tents are a special feature of the landscape.
There are many ways to enjoy the attractions of Rum, including jeep, camel and hiking tours and you can stay overnight in a Bedouin tent and gaze at the amazing panoply of stars.
To safeguard its unique desert landscape, Wadi Rum was declared a protected area in1998 and an intensive conservation programme is now underway.
There are opportunities and challenges associated with Community-based tourism in Wadi Rum as elsewhere in the world. It is for certain that Bedouin people at Wadi Rum depend strongly on tourism and that we need your support!
The southern Jordanian desert has been frequented by nomads and migrating travelers for thousands of years. There is evidence that Nabatean people, who build Petra, and the ancient Thamud tribe, relatives to the Nabateans, passed through the area and numerous rock inscriptions document the human influence in this vast desert area. It is notable that Lawrence of Arabia had his base near Wadi Rum during his stay in the region.
Although most visitors to Wadi Rum are mainly in awe with its landscapes and the night sky, there is abundant desert life to be found. Tenebrionid beetles, reptiles, snakes and lizards, and other desert folks can be found and observed on desert excursions. Specially adapted plants survive the harsh climate and water stress. In 2002 a small herd of Arabian Oryx antelope were allocated for re-introduction in the Wadi Rum area. To date the animals have not yet been successfully released, however attempts for protection of the environment and improved conservation are being made.
Wadi Rum Full Moon Camp is located in the Wadi Rum protected area, 7 km from Rum village and 15 Km from the Wadi Rum Visitor's Center. The camp is close to the spectacular Small Rock Bridge and the famous Khazali canyon. It is a traditional Bedouin campsite which can accommodate up to 30 person.
Our campsite is at the very foot of the Umrashed mountain, which is perfect to climb and enjoy the sunset in the desert with the best panorama of Wadi Rum. It is a very peaceful and secluded place, allowing you to experience the silence and the magic of the desert. At night you won't be disturbed by any light other than that of the moon and stars.
Description of our camp:
There is a main tent with 2 large separate rooms, one for the fireplace and dinner and the other one for the special meetings, and smaller private rooms for sleeping. There are also few smaller separate tents, each of which for two people. Most people choose to sleep under the stars or within the large tents, but we offer these smaller tents if you wish to have more privacy. There are also tents for families, enough for up to 5 people.We have a nice outside sitting area with comfortable seats and fireplace in the middle for the warm nights when you can enjoy the stars and the moon.
In the camp we have showers & toilets. There is a kitchen to prepare our traditional Bedouin food (mansaf, zarb, kapsah, magloobah). All the tents are equipped with everything needed for a comfortable night in the desert: mattresses, blankets, pillows and candles, so that there's no need to have a sleeping bag.
We can also be flexible if you wish to put a private tent outside the campsite, for example on the mountain in front of the camp.
We can prepare a nice water pipe for a small extra charge.
*Please contact us directly if you are a big group or if you want to book the whole camp for the private functioning.
Wadi Rum Full Moon Camp&Tours operates a variety of different ways to see Wadi Rum, whether by jeep, camel or your own feet, we have the perfect option for you!
All overnight trips are in the Wadi Rum Full Moon camp and include breakfast and dinner of traditional, delicious bedouin food. We will have a campfire, bedouin music and storytelling.
Wadi Rum Full Moon Special
For this full day trip we will meet at the Visitor's Center and first go for tea and welcome at Tyseer's house in Rum Village. We start the tour with Shalala spring and the Nabatean temple which are about 40 minutes walking from the village and back. Then we start 1 hour camel ride through the protected area, to the Lawrence Spring. Then we continue by the jeep to Khazali Canyon with the 15 minutes break for the bedouin's souvenirs and traditional coffee with cardamon, then we move on to the Sand Dune for fun and sand-boarding, then to the Small Bridge, the Middle Bridge (Um Frouth) and the big rock bridge (Bourda), then we make a break for lunch and a little nap in the nice quiet shady place, then we continue to the Lost Mushroom Rock, the Lawrence's House, the Inscription and the Nabatean map of Wadi Rum. Then a short walk to see the sunset at the campground, followed by the traditional dinner at the Wadi Rum Full Moon camp and bedouin storytelling. We sleep in the tents, and in the morning we have breakfast and drive back to the village.
Cost - 65 JD per person for 2 pax, 60 JD per person for more than 3 pax
Overnight Bedouin Camp experience + 5 hour Jeep tour
We meet at the Visitor's Center and go for tea and welcome at Tyseer's house in Rum Village, then drive through the protected area, including the Lawrence Spring, Khazali Canyon, the Sand Dune and the Small Rock Bridge, the Midium Bridge (Um Frouth) and the Big Rock Bridge (Bourdah), Lawrence's House and the Inscription, followed by the sunset at the campground, then traditional dinner and bedouin storytelling. We sleep in the tents, in the morning after the breakfast we drive back to the village.
Cost - 40 JD per person for 2 pax, 35 JD per person for more then 3 pax
Overnight Bedouin Camp experience and full day jeep tour
We meet at the Visitor's Center and go for tea and welcome at Tyseer's house in Rum Village, then drive through the Protected area, including the Lawrence Spring, Khazali Canyon, the Sand Dune and the Small Rock Bridge, the Midium Bridge (Um Frouth) and the Big Rock Bridge (Bourdah), then we have a lunch and a short rest break and continue on to Lawrence's House, Barrah canyon and the Inscription.We will see the sunset at the campground, followed by the traditional dinner and bedouin storytelling. We sleep in the tents, in the morning we will have breakfast and drive back to the village.
Cost - 50 JD per person for 2 pax, 40 JD per person for more then 3 pax
4 hours by camel and overnight at Wadi Rum Full Moon Camp
We meet at the Visitor's Center, go for welcome tea at Tyseers house, and then start by camels from Rum Village, visiting Lawrence's House, Khazali canyon and the sand dune, and then continue to the camp to watch the sunset. Then we have dinner, sleep, and after the breakfast in the morning we return to the village by Jeep.
Cost - 50 JD per person
2 day/1 night jeep and camel trip, overnight in the camp & Bedouin Experience
We meet at the Visitor's Center, go for welcome tea at Tyseers house, and then start from the village by camel to Lawrence Spring and Khazali Canyon, the Small Rock Bridge and then continue to the camp to watch the sunset and for dinner and sleep. After breakfast in the morning we go by jeep to see the sand dune and the Inscription, then Lawrence's House, Burdah Rock Bridge, Um Frouth Rock Bridge, followed by the lunch break, then we drive back to the village.
Cost - 80 JD per person.
Hiking and Overnight Bedouin Experience
We meet and the Visitor's Center and go for welcome tea at Tyseer's house in Rum village. We will start hiking with a bedouin guide to visit Lawrence Spring, Khazali Canyon, the Small Rock Bridge, followed by the lunch break in the middle of the day, and then we continue to the sand dune, Lawrence's house, finish up by the sunset in the campground, dinner, overnight and breakfast. In the mornng we will hike back to the village.
Cost - 25 JD per person + 50 for the guide for the whole group
Climb the Burdah Arch
Burdah Arch is deservedly one of the best known and the most spectacular sites in Wadi Rum. It is situated about 300meters above the sand and the views from there are magnificent. This time we offer it as an addition to our normal jeep tour.
As usual we start in the village and drive first to Lawrence's Spring and then to the red sand dunes in Wadi Um Ishrin and to Jebel Anafishiya where you can also see some Nabatean inscriptions. We continue to the Barragh Canyon. Here we have lunch.
After lunch we proceed to Jebel Burdah and climb the Arch. We come down from the back, and cross a rocky plateau before reaching the Arch itself. The climb is not a hike - you will need to use your hands over the rocks and you will be happier if you have a fairly good head for heights, but it is straightforward with no real need for a rope. Any adult who is reasonably fit can do this climb, but it is not suitable for children under 16 years old. The climb and the descent normally take about 3 to 4 hours. The continuation to the summit of the mountain is much more difficult and is not included in this trip.
When we come down we shall usually return to the camp for dinner, since it will probably be close to sunset. In the summer, if we have time we can call quickly at the Um Fruth Bridge.
Footwear: Obviously boots are better here, but they are not essential. Good walking shoes with cotton socks will do quite well.
Other equipment: You will also need a rucksack or shoulder bag for water, and such oddments as your camera, sunscreen, a light sweater according to season and perhaps some biscuits for a snack.
Price : for 2-3 people 75JD per person, for 4 people or more 65JD/person. This includes all meals and sleeping equipment.
3 Days/3 nights Hiking&Scrambling tour
Day 1. We start hiking from the Wadi Rum Visitor's Center through the Makharras Canyon to Um Ishrin valley, there we'll have a lunch break, then continue through Um Ishrin canyon to the sand dune and then to the cave where we're going to stay for the night with dinner and breakfast.
Day 2. In the morning we'll start hiking through the sand dune to the Infishiya inscription, Lawrence's house, then the lunch break, then we continue to the Small Rock Bridge, then to Khazali canyon and by the sunset we come to the Wadi Rum Full Moon Camp for the overnight. We have dinner at the camp.
Day 3. We start from the camp to the Burdah Arch and climb up the rock bridge, then we have the lunch at the foot of the bridge. After we continue to the Umfrouth Rock Bridge and come back to the camp for the night.
Day 4. In the morning after the breakfast in the camp we'll drive you to the village.
Price : 165JD per person, including all meals, sleeping equipment and guidance
Climb the Um Addami - the highest mountain in Jordan 1835m from sea level.
The tour starts at 9 a.m. from Rum village. We will start driving through the White Desert towards the border with Saudi Arabia to reach the mountain. We start scrambling up the mountain which is about 1,5 hour. From the top of the mountain you can see the Northern part of Saudi Arabia, and even the Red sea in the clear weather. After we go down for lunch break and then continue driving to see the Um Frouth Rock Bridge and the sunset in the Red desert. We go to the camp for the night, including dinner and breakfast and sleeping in the tents. In the morning we'll drive back to the village.
Price : 75JD per person for 2 pax, 60 JD per person for more then 3 pax, including all meals, jeep and guidance
Tyseer & Yaser Mohammed Azalabieh
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