Wadi Rum Desert Jordan Sunset on the sand dunes

Are you ready for a bucket list adventure that will take your breath away? Then a visit to the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan is just what you need! Located in the south of Jordan, this desert is known for its stunning natural beauty and unique landscapes. From sand dunes to rock formations, there’s something here for everyone.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a family holiday adventure or simply want to explore one of the world’s most beautiful places, Wadi Rum has it all. In this travel guide, you’ll find the 32 things to know before visiting Wadi Rum!

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Wadi Rum Jordan
Wadi Rum Jordan
Wadi Rum Jordan
Wadi Rum Jordan

What Is Wadi Rum

Picture this: vast stretches of rusty red sand, towering rock formations that seem to defy gravity, and a surreal silence that makes you feel like you’ve entered a whole new dimension.

This is Wadi Rum Desert!

Welcome to this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the south of Jordan. Wadi Rum is a vast protected desert area that stretches over 720 square kilometres and features an unrivalled landscape in both beauty and mystery.

And a visit here is an absolute must for every seasoned traveller.

Do I Need To Visit Wadi Rum If I’ve Been To Dubai Or Abu Dhabi?

This was a question that I had actually asked myself before visiting Jordan earlier this year. And let me tell you, I’m so glad I trusted the tried and tested itineraries out there.

If you think you can skip the Wadi Rum desert just because you’ve been to other Middle Eastern deserts, you’re wrong!

Whilst other popular desert tours like this one in Dubai encompasses thrilling desert activities, Wadi Rum offers a more sophisticated experience. In Wadi Rum, it’s the landscape and rock formations (as well as the popular filming sites) that are the main attraction here.

Mars On Earth

Wadi Rum Desert Jordan From Hot Air Balloon
Wadi Rum Desert Jordan From Hot Air Balloon – © Noor | The Veiled Explorer

Let’s address the Alien in the room.

You’ve probably heard Wadi Rum being described as “Mars on Earth” a dozen times, and let me tell you, it’s not just some catchy marketing gimmick – Wadi Rum truly lives up to the hype!

The rusty-red hues of the desert, sculpted by millions of years of geological magic, mirror the Martian terrain so closely that it’s easy to get lost in a spacey daydream. I mean, I wouldn’t be surprised if Matt Damon popped out of a cave with a “I’m growing potatoes in Martian soil” story – it’s that surreal!

But it’s not just about looks; Wadi Rum shares an ethereal aura with Mars too. The vastness of the desert makes you feel like a tiny speck in the cosmos, and the silence – oh, the silence – it’s like the universe decided to mute all the noise just for you.

When the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky in hues of orange and purple, and the stars come out to play in their full cosmic glory, you’ll swear you’re floating in space. It’s moments like these when you truly appreciate why they call it “Mars on Earth.”

Or, as the native Bedouins call it, “Valley of the moon”.

Honestly, if it wasn’t for the occasional caravan of camels or seeing other vehicles at the various points of interests on the jeep tour, I would forget that I was even on Earth.

Wadi Rum, The Home Of The Bedouins

Wadi Rum Bedouin & Camels
Wadi Rum Bedouin & Camels – © Noor | The Veiled Explorer

We cannot talk about Wadi Rum without talking about the Bedouins. They are the OG desert dwelling nomads that have roamed these dunes for centuries. And trust me, they’re the secret sauce that adds a whole lot of flavour to your Wadi Rum adventure.

When you venture into this desert wonderland, you’re stepping into a living, breathing tapestry of Bedouin culture. Their home.

Whilst they are more than happy to share it with you, don’t forget that they are the true custodians of Wadi Rum.

The Bedouins have this uncanny connection with the land, almost like they have sand in their veins! They know the desert like the back of their hand – the secret watering holes, the hidden oasis, and the best spots to catch those mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets.

TIP: They’ll take you off the beaten path, showing you the hidden gems that you’d never find on Google Maps. Just make sure you ask!

Now, one thing you’ll quickly learn is that the Bedouins have this superpower of making everything look so effortless. Whether they’re whipping up a traditional Bedouin feast, navigating the desert with ease, or playing soul-stirring tunes on their instruments. You’ll be in awe of their natural grace.

TIP: Know your limit and don’t try to imitate them.

If there’s one thing that I recommend doing, is sharing tea with a Bedouin. This gives you the perfect chance to hear their stories and gain an insight into their culture. We did this at the end of our Jeep tour in Wadi Rum whilst watching the sunset, but more on that later.

Before Visiting Wadi Rum Village

Before you can even think about visiting Wadi Rum, the first thing you need to know is under what conditions you can enter the protected area of Wadi Rum. As, you can’t just hire a car or ask your driver to drive into the Wadi Rum village without prior authorization.

Wadi Rum Entrance Fees, Tickets & Jordan Pass

Wadi Rum Entrance Fees

To enter Wadi Rum, you’ll need to pay an entrance fee. The fee may vary depending on the type of visit and the duration of your stay. At the point of writing, the entrance fee for a day visit to Wadi Rum is around 5 Jordanian Dinars (JD) per person.

If you plan to spend more than one day in the desert, there might be additional fees. You can find the latest fees and charges to enter Wadi Rum here.

Tickets and Guided Tours

Once you arrive at the Wadi Rum Visitor Center, you’ll need to purchase a ticket to access the protected area. The ticket can be obtained at the Visitor Center, and it includes the cost of entry, as well as the fee for the guided tours if you decide to take one.

Wadi Rum Desert Tour Rest Stop
Wadi Rum Desert Tour Rest Stop – – © Noor | The Veiled Explorer

Jordan Pass

The Jordan Pass is a popular option for tourists visiting Jordan, and the one that we went with. It includes the entrance fee to many tourist attractions in Jordan, including Wadi Rum. It also covers the visa fee for visitors who stay a minimum of three nights in the country.

The Jordan Pass can be purchased online before your trip, making it convenient and cost-effective if you plan to visit multiple sites, such as Petra and Jerash, in addition to Wadi Rum.

Wadi Rum Visitor Centre

Before entering Wadi Rum Village, all visitors must stop at the Wadi Rum Visitor Centre. At the visitor centre, you will:

  • Register your visit
  • Pay your entrance fees
  • Obtain information about the protected area
  • Get guidance on exploring the desert responsibly

TIP: If you plan on driving your own private or hired 4×4 vehicle, this is where you will register and obtain your permit.

TIP: Also, if you’ve booked a guided tour, it will start from here.

Wadi Rum Village

As the name suggests, Wadi Rum village is small, with a handful of traditional Bedouin homes, modest accommodations, and cosy guest houses. The narrow streets wind their way through the village, inviting you to stroll around and soak in the relaxed atmosphere.

Now personally I didn’t visit here, but if you arrive into the Wadi Rum area by bus, this may be where you end up.

Wadi Rum Car Transfer

Wadi Rum Car Transfer
Wadi Rum Car Transfer – © Noor | The Veiled Explorer

As we had a private driver (and his vehicle didn’t have a permit to enter Wadi Rum), after registering at the visitor centre we had to transfer vehicles at the petrol station just after the centre.

From here, our accommodation came to pick us up.

TIP: If you find yourself in the same situation, be sure to prearrange a pickup with your host before arriving. I recommend this eSIM Mobile Data Roaming Plan to stay connected in Jordan.

Best Time Of Day To Arrive In Wadi Rum

To make the most of your time, I highly recommend arriving here in the morning. This will give you plenty of time to register, check into your accommodation and go on your 4×4 jeep tour around Wadi Rum Desert.

Luggage Storage Or Drop Off

Wadi Rum Luggage
Wadi Rum Luggage – © Noor | The Veiled Explorer

Where you store your luggage whilst exploring the desert depends entirely on your plan.

If you are staying overnight in Wadi Rum, you’ll be able to store your luggage at your accommodation. Some hosts may even allow you to store your big luggage at their main office in the Wadi Rum village so that you can take a smaller bag to your Bedouin tent.

If you’re on a day tour, your tour operator should also be able to store your luggage at their main office in Wadi Rum village. Be sure to check when booking your tour.

TIP: If you’re on a day tour, be sure to pack a day bag with all of your essentials for your desert adventure.

How To Get To Wadi Rum

Where Is The Wadi Rum Desert Located In Jordan

Wadi Rum is nestled like a hidden treasure in the southern part of Jordan. Right in the heart of the Middle East. This magical expanse of sand and rock lies about 60 kilometres (37 miles) east of Jordan’s historic port city, Aqaba, and roughly 300 kilometres (186 miles) south of the capital, Amman.

It’s easy to get to Wadi Rum from either city, and the most popular way is by bus, as it’s relatively inexpensive and comfortable.

There are also taxi services available, although these can be quite pricey, especially if you’re travelling in a group.

For the utmost comfort and convenience, though, I would recommend hiring a private driver or joining a multi-day tour of Jordan.

How To Get To Wadi Rum From Amman

  1. Bus Route:
    • First, head to the South Bus Station (also known as the Wadi Rum Bus Station) in Amman. You can easily reach this station by taxi or public transportation.
    • Look for buses heading to Aqaba, as Wadi Rum is located on the way to Aqaba from Amman.
    • Inform the bus driver or conductor that you want to get off at the Wadi Rum intersection.
    • From the intersection, you’ll find taxis or shuttle services that can take you directly to Wadi Rum village, which serves as the gateway to the desert.
    • If you’re staying overnight in Wadi Rum, remember to prearrange for your accommodation to pick you up from the village.
  2. Car Route:
    • Start your journey from Amman and head south on the Desert Highway (Highway 15) towards Aqaba. This well-maintained highway makes for a smooth drive.
    • After approximately 280 kilometres (174 miles) on the Desert Highway, you’ll reach the Wadi Rum intersection.
    • Turn right onto Highway 5 towards Wadi Rum.
    • Follow the signs to the Wadi Rum Visitor Center, where you’ll need to check in before entering the protected area. Remember, your car will need to have a permit to enter the Wadi Rum village.
    • From the Visitor Center, it’s a short drive to the Wadi Rum village, where you can arrange guided tours or accommodations for your desert adventure.

How To Get To Wadi Rum From The Dead Sea

  1. Bus Route:
  • Head to the nearest bus station in the Dead Sea region and catch a bus bound for Aqaba, as Wadi Rum is located on the way to Aqaba from Amman.
  • Inform the bus driver or conductor that you want to get off at the Wadi Rum intersection.
  • From the intersection, you’ll find taxis or shuttle services that can take you to Wadi Rum village.
  1. Car Route:
  • Head south from the Dead Sea area towards the Desert Highway (Highway 65) and follow the signs to Amman, the capital of Jordan.
  • From Amman, continue your journey southward on the Desert Highway (Highway 15) towards Aqaba.
  • After approximately 330 kilometres (205 miles) on the Desert Highway, you’ll reach the Wadi Rum intersection.
  • Turn right onto Highway 5, and this will lead you to the Wadi Rum Visitor Center and eventually to Wadi Rum village.
Wadi Rum Jordan Tour
Wadi Rum Jordan Tour – – © Noor | The Veiled Explorer

How To Get To Wadi Rum From Petra

  1. Bus Route:
  • From Petra, you’ll need to get to the nearby town of Wadi Musa. Many hotels in Petra can arrange a taxi to take you to the Wadi Musa bus station.
  • At the Wadi Musa bus station, look for buses heading to Aqaba, as Wadi Rum is located on the way to Aqaba from Petra.
  • Inform the bus driver or conductor that you want to get off at the Wadi Rum intersection.
  • From the intersection, you’ll find taxis or shuttle services that can take you to Wadi Rum village.
  1. Car Route:
  • From Petra, head south on the Desert Highway (Highway 15) towards Aqaba. The drive will take you through some picturesque desert scenery and mountainous terrain.
  • After approximately 70 kilometres (43 miles) on the Desert Highway, you’ll reach the Wadi Rum intersection.
  • Turn left onto Highway 5, and this will lead you to the Wadi Rum Visitor Center and eventually to Wadi Rum village.

How To Get To Wadi Rum From Aqaba

  1. Bus Route:
  • Head to the Aqaba bus station, where you can find buses heading to Petra or Ma’an.
  • Inform the bus driver or conductor that you want to get off at the Wadi Rum intersection.
  • From the intersection, you’ll find taxis or shuttle services that can take you to Wadi Rum village.
  1. Car Route:
  • Head north from Aqaba on the Desert Highway (Highway 15) towards Amman.
  • After approximately 40 kilometres (25 miles), you’ll reach the Wadi Rum intersection.
  • Turn left onto Highway 5, and this will lead you to the Wadi Rum Visitor Center and eventually to Wadi Rum village.

Where To Stay In Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum Jordan Camp Bedouin Bubble Glamping Tent
Wadi Rum Jordan Camp – © Noor | The Veiled Explorer

Spending a night in Wadi Rum should be at the top of your Jordan bucket list. Trust me, there really is nothing like it. And with the increase of tourists visiting the Wadi Rum desert, there are now plenty of accommodations to choose from.

How To Choose The Right Wadi Rum Camp For You

Here are my top tips to help you choose the right accommodation for you in Wadi Rum:

  1. Accommodation Type: Wadi Rum offers various camps, ranging from traditional Bedouin-style tents to more luxurious glamping options. Including the Instagram-famous bubble tents. Decide whether you want an authentic Bedouin experience or prefer a more comfortable and upscale stay.
  2. Location: Consider the camp’s location within Wadi Rum. Some camps might be closer to major attractions, while others offer a more secluded and tranquil setting. Choose based on your preference for accessibility and solitude.
  3. Activities and Tours: Look for camps that offer guided tours and activities that interest you. Whether it’s camel trekking, rock climbing, stargazing, jeep tour, or simply enjoying the desert landscapes, ensure the camp can cater to your desired experiences.
  4. Inclusions: Check what is included in the camp package. Some camps offer meals, guided tours, and other activities as part of the package, while others might have them as optional add-ons.
  5. Facilities and Amenities: Consider the facilities available at the camp, such as bathroom facilities, showers, and dining areas. If you have specific needs, ensure the camp can accommodate them.
  6. Group Size: If you prefer a more intimate and personalized experience, opt for smaller camps that cater to fewer guests. If you enjoy socializing and meeting new people, larger camps might be a better fit.

Instagram Famous Wadi Rum Camp

Memories Aicha Luxury Camp Wadi Rum Desert Jordan
Memories Aicha Luxury Camp Wadi Rum Desert Jordan

Memories Aicha Luxury Camp is the camp that you’ve seen all over Instagram. When staying at this luxurious camp, you’ll have two options, the traditional Bedouin tent or the panoramic bubble tent. Either one will make you feel like royalty in the middle of the Jordanian desert.

Memories Aicha Luxury Camp Wadi Rum Desert Jordan
Memories Aicha Luxury Camp Wadi Rum Desert Jordan

The camp is run by a local Bedouin family, and they take pride in making every guest feel like a part of their tribe. Aside from the tents themselves, there’s a large communal dining area where you can mingle and laugh with other travellers.

Where I Stayed

Inside Wadi Rum Jordan Camp Bedouin Bubble Glamping Tent
Inside Wadi Rum Jordan Camp – © Noor | The Veiled Explorer

We chose a more budget-friendly option and stayed at Wadi Rum Jordan Camp. But don’t let ‘budget’ put you off, as comfort and quality service were not compromised on, here. It was very much a homely experience.

Wadi Rum Desert Jordan Camp At Night
Zarb Bedouin BBQ Dinner Jordan Wadi Rum Camp

When staying at Wadi Rum Jordan Camp, you can expect:

  • Wadi Rum desert jeep tour – additional cost
  • Hot air balloon ride – additional cost
  • Traditional Bedouin BBQ dinner in the evenings
  • Breakfast spread
  • Comfortable bubble tents with a private ensuite bathroom
  • Great views of the desert
  • Dark skies for stargazing

TIP: Bring cash, prepay or ensure that you can make international payment transfers with your credit card to cover your additional activities, as a payment terminal wasn’t available during our visit.

Prebook Your Wadi Rum Camp Here


Best Time Of Year To Visit Wadi Rum Desert

Although Wadi Rum is a year-round destination, much like the rest of Jordan, the best time of year to visit the Wadi Rum Desert are spring and autumn. During both of these seasons, you can expect warm sunny days with chilly mornings and evenings.

Spring in Jordan is from March – May and Autumn is from September – November. Whilst summer may be the obvious season for a middle eastern holiday, it can be too hot for comfort in Jordan. On the other hand, winter will also be too cold for most.

Wadi Rum Desert Jordan
Wadi Rum Desert – © Noor | The Veiled Explorer

But bear in mind that March, April, September and October are the most popular months to visit the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan. That means that accommodations will get booked up quickly and prices may be more expensive during the peak seasons in Jordan.

Personally, I visited at the start of March. The days were perfectly warm, though in the afternoon it got very windy in the shaded areas during the desert tour. The night was chilly, but the bubble tent was heated and had panoramic views so I was able to stargaze from inside.

How Many Days Do You Need In Wadi Rum

Whilst some people only spend one day in Wadi Rum, I highly recommend spending 2–3 days to fully experience all that the desert has to offer. This allows you to experience your camp, traditional Bedouin BBQ dinner and go on a desert tour in Wadi Rum without rushing.

Personally, I had stayed only one night in Wadi Rum, but I wish I had stayed for two nights. This would have allowed me to truly enjoy the landscape from camp and take my time stargazing without having to rush for anything the next morning.

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What To Pack For Wadi Rum

To make sure you have a fun, safe and comfortable visit to the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan, I highly suggest packing the 8 things below.

1. A Hat With Chin Straps

If you’re not used to this style of headwear, you’re probably thinking WTH!? But trust me, not only does it offer you shade from the harsh sun rays in the desert, but the straps will ensure it doesn’t go flying off never to be seen again.

For a chic look, I recommend this straw hat with straps for women and this straw fedora with straps for men. Looking for something more casual? Then consider this bestselling hat.

If I can’t convince you at all, at least bring a good beanie hat.

2. Clothing That Can Be Layered

Desert Fire Wadi Rum Jordan Camp
Desert Fire Wadi Rum Jordan Camp – © Noor | The Veiled Explorer

Unless freezing in the shade and roasting in the sunlight is what you’re after, then consider dressing in layers that will allow you to move freely.

To protect your skin from the sand, wind and rays, I recommend wearing long sleeves & trousers. This will also ensure you’re respecting the local culture.

If you’re planning on going for a pre-dawn hot air balloon ride or stargazing outside late into the night, then consider packing a pair of thermal base layers.

For the late afternoons, evenings and your Jeep desert tour in Wadi Rum, I recommend a well insulated coat and hoodie or jumper. I recommend this coat for men and this one for women.

For my long dress and abaya girlies, you may struggle to walk in the sand and climb around if you’re not used to it. Personally, I opted for an open abaya with loose wide-legged trousers and had no issues.

3. Closed Footwear

By now you should be sensing a theme, the right clothing is the most important thing when visiting Wadi Rum. In fact, it’s the most essential thing when travelling anywhere. As, the wrong outfit has the potential to ruin a bucket list adventure.

And yes, the right footwear is just as important. For those who are into walking sandals, I recommend skipping it in Wadi Rum and opting for a good pair of walking shoes or trainers.

If you absolutely can’t bear to be apart from your sandals and flip-flops, then I suggest using them as your indoor shoes when you’re inside your tent. In fact, I strongly recommend bringing a pair of clean flip-flops to wear inside.

4. Sunglasses

Something so basic that can be easily forgotten, so, I have to mention it here. Not only will it obviously protect your eyes from the sun, but it will also protect them from a sudden gust of sandy wind.

Trust me, you’ll thank me later!

My favourite will always be this trusty pair of sunglasses that I take with me on every trip.

5. Sunscreen & Lip Balm

Yes, I’m putting these two together, as so often I find people protecting their faces whilst completely ignoring their lips!

No questions asked, you need both. The sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun and lip balm to protect your lips from the wind.

I highly recommend this sunscreen for your face, that I’ve been using the last few years. Not only does it not irritate my hyper-sensitive skin, but it’s lightweight, immediately blends into my skin and most crucially, it successfully saves me from burns!

For your lips, I recommend going with your usual. If you’re new to the lip game, firstly welcome, and secondly I recommend staying basic with the original Vaseline for lips. Want to go a bit bouji-er? Then consider a hydrating lipstick.

6. Camera Essentials

Wadi Rum Desert Jordan
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If you’re a content creator, photographer or just a photography enthusiast then you’ll very likely be lugging your camera along.

So here are a few things to note:

  • If you’re worried about sand damage to your camera, consider bringing a rain protector. I recommend this protector that should fit most models.
  • The Wi-Fi is spotty at best at camp. If part of your process is backing up your photos to the cloud each night, you may struggle to do that while in the desert. Make sure you have a large enough memory card and spares should you need it. Personally, I use this memory card.

If you’re considering getting into the photography game, I highly recommend my personal favourite mirrorless camera.

7. Reusable Water Bottle

If you’re planning to go on a desert tour, I highly recommend taking a water bottle with you. If you want something compact, I recommend this collapsible water bottle, otherwise stick with my family’s favourite.

I also recommend taking a thermos of hot water, tea or coffee with you.

8. Daypack

Lastly, you’ll need something to put everything in. I have been using (and absolutely loving!) this daypack for the last two years, and I highly recommend it. For the guys, I recommend this backpack.

How To Survive Wadi Rum

Expect The Unexpected

Wadi Rum Canyon Jordan
Wadi Rum Canyon – © Noor | The Veiled Explorer

My top tip for visiting Wadi Rum is to expect the unexpected! The desert is a natural landscape, and expect Mother Nature to do its thing. But if you follow the tips in this Wadi Rum travel guide, you should be more than prepared.

Bring Snacks

Talking of Mother Nature, as we sat down for our very humble lunch, a gust of sandy wind came our way and rendered our food inedible. As we didn’t have any more snacks on us, we ended up spending the rest of the desert tour starving.

There are some rest stops within the protected area by the tourist sites, but none of them sold any food. Trust me, I checked all the ones we stopped at!

So I highly recommend purchasing your snacks before arriving in Wadi Rum.

Sun & Wind Protection

Yes, I’m repeating this to hammer it in! But sun and wind protection is no joke when visiting this Jordanian desert. Be sure to follow the tips above and ensure you have both sun and wind protection with you during your visit to Wadi Rum.

Know Your Limits

Rock Bridge Wadi Rum Jordan
Rock Bridge Wadi Rum Jordan – © Noor | The Veiled Explorer

The middle of the desert is not the place to push your limits. If an activity looks a little too risky, respectfully say no. For us in particular, it was the famous Wadi Rum photo spot that you would have seen all over Instagram.

The one with the bridge-like structure over the desert.

This didn’t feel safe at all, as it was a literal crawl up and back down with no real grip. So instead I opted to find a safer photo spot just below the bridge and lo and behold a queue formed behind me.

The moral of the story is, do not feel pressured to do something just because everyone else is! I promise you, a fall here would have been a nasty one.

Listen To Your Guide

Much like listening to your gut, make sure you listen to your guide. After all, Wadi Rum is their land and no one knows it better than them. If they ask you to not do something out of respect for their local culture or your safety, be sure to respect their advice.

Cash In Wadi Rum

Lastly, there are no ATM cash machines within the protected area of Wadi Rum. If you plan on paying for your activities during your stay then make sure that you withdraw your money before you arrive to Wadi Rum.

TIP: I would recommend withdrawing your cash in Amman or Aqaba, as the cash machine closest to the protected area has a pretty hefty fee. If multiple people have to withdraw cash, it can quickly add up.

Wadi Rum As A Solo Female Traveller

Full disclosure, I did this trip with my family, so of course I felt perfectly safe.

Would I visit Wadi Rum alone as a solo female traveller? Yes, but I would opt to change a few things to not feel so vulnerable.

Firstly, I would make sure that I’m staying at a bigger camp so that I don’t feel like it’s just me and the staff plus one or two other guests. I would also join a group tour instead of having a private one so that I wouldn’t feel so vulnerable being out in the middle of the desert alone with just my driver.

Things To Do In Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum Desert Jeep Tours

Wadi Rum Desert Jeep Tour
Wadi Rum Desert Jeep Tour – © Noor | The Veiled Explorer

The most popular activity in the Jordanian desert of Wadi Rum has to be the jeep tour. When you go on the tour, you can expect to:

  • See ancient Nabatean scriptures
  • Hike beside Lawrence of Arabia’s house
  • Climb sand dunes
  • Marvel at canyons
  • Pose above rock bridges
  • Enjoy a desert sunset around a small fire whilst sipping on freshly brewed hot tea

How To Book A Jeep Tour Of The Wadi Rum Desert

When it comes to booking your tour, you have two options.

  1. You can book your tour directly with your desert camp
  2. You can pre-book your tour online

If you’re staying at a smaller camp, solo travelling or don’t plan on staying in the desert at all, then prebooking your tour online may be the better option.

I recommend the following well rated jeep tours that you can book directly online:

Wadi Rum Desert Camps

Wadi Rum Desert Camp Jordan At Night
Wadi Rum Desert Camp Jordan At Night – © Noor | The Veiled Explorer

If the jeep tour of the desert is the main activity, then staying overnight in a desert camp is the highlight of visiting Wadi Rum.

As mentioned above, there’s a wide range of camps to choose from based on your preferences. But regardless of which camp you choose to stay at, it’s very likely you’ll be able to enjoy:

  • A comfortable stay in a tent or bubble glamping pod with panoramic views of Wadi Rum
  • A traditional Halal Zarb dinner (Bedouin BBQ) cooked underground
  • Stargazing in the desert

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Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride Over The Wadi Rum Desert

Wadi Rum Desert Jordan hot air balloon ride
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Wadi Rum Desert Jordan hot air balloon ride
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Honestly, if you get the chance to go for a hot air balloon ride over the Wadi Rum desert, do it! Whilst I loved seeing the desert during the jeep tour, it doesn’t compare to the view you’ll get from above. The colours, landscape and vast emptiness, really makes it feel like you’re flying over Mars.

Day Trips From Wadi Rum

If you’ve had enough of the desert and wondering what else you can do nearby, then be sure to head to the coastal city of Aqaba. It’s the perfect place to shop, go for a swim or have a spa day.


And there we have it, the 37 things to know before visiting the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan. From what to do, where to stay and everything in between, this Wadi Rum travel guide covers it all.

Leave me a comment down below to let me know which of these tips you found the most useful, or which activity you’re looking forward to most.

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Wadi Rum Desert Jordan - 32 Things To Know Before Visiting
Wadi Rum Desert Jordan - 32 Things To Know Before Visiting

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