Most classical tours to Jordan includes one or two nights in the Wadi Rum desert. It is often described as the highlight of the Jordanian experience. Other than the somewhat white deserts of the neighboring countries, the Wadi Rum desert offers a brown, nearly orange sand color.
As you enter the camp area, you don’t quite realize that you are surrounded by thousands of kilometers of desert. These campsites offer quite a lot of experience on their own. The Bedouins who run these tourist camps put in a lot of effort to create lasting memories for their visitors. Sleeping quarters are separate from the meal tents and toilet facilities are also available.
What would a desert visit be without a 4x4 trip up and down the sand dunes? Having a go at this is a definite must and it will create a new appreciation for the drivers as it seems nearly impossible to not get stuck in the soft sands.
The Wadi Rum desert has many magnificent dunes. They are so high that it could take up to thirty minutes to reach the top, only to run down within mere minutes. These dunes are often completely transformed in the night as the winds blow more sands on some whilst removing sands from others.
The Wadi Rum desert also houses jebels, which are mountains. These mountains create magnificent contrasts as they suddenly appear on top of the orange sands. Some of these have carvings dating back hundreds of years and a rock carving of Lawrence of Arabia is one of them.