“Vast, echoing and God like…” T.E Lawrence, The 7 Pillars of Wisdom
Wadi Rum, also known as ‘The Valley of the Moon’, is the main place for fun and adventure in Jordan, the mountains rise up from the desert floor to heights of 1,750 m creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can enjoy the tranquillity of the boundless empty spaces and explore the canyons and water holes. Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia on horse, camel or 4×4 Jeep, or soar over the mountains in a hot air balloon. For more activities see Wadi Rum Day Tours
At the end of the day, enjoy the sunset over the red mountains and enjoy the hospitality of the Bedouin in one of the many camps in the reserve. Eat a traditional meal of Zarb – meat and vegetables cooked under the sand, then sleep under the magnificent starry night sky.
The RSCN are constantly working to protect this area, with Oryx and Ibex release programmes (in conjunction with the Shawarmi Reserve breeding centre), constantly encourage visitors to follow the rules and regulations of the reserve to minimise the impact of tourism on the site and enlisting the help of the local Bedouin by creating incomes from the benefits of sustainable tourism.
Above and Below Adventures are highly supportive of sustainable tourism – all of our Wadi Rum tours are run with the help of the local Bedouin. For more information about similar projects in Jordan visit our sustainable tourism page (coming soon)