Famously described by T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) as "Vast, echoing and God-like", and acclaimed by many as one of the most stunning desert scapes in the world, Wadi Rum is a nature-lover's paradise.
Serious mountaineers relish its challenging climbs (some more than 900 meters up sheer granite and sandstone cliffs), while casual hikers enjoy the peace and tranquility of its sweeping vistas, towering rock faces and boundless empty spaces. Those of calm disposition will probably prefer a camel ride or a night under the stars in a Bedouin tent.
Nature lovers will be drawn to the desert in springtime, when rain brings
the greenery of the hills and hundreds of species of wild flowers. Options for exploring Wadi Rum include 4WD vehicles and camel rides. The best way, however, to experience Rum's grandeur is by hiking on foot and camping. Camel trips from the wadi to either Aqaba (several days) or Petra (about a week) may also be arranged.
Wadi Rum's beauty can only be described as breathtaking. One of Jordan's main tourist attractions, the area is spotted with fascinating sandstone mountains decorated with an array of colors. The magnificent colors of the mountains spill into the sand dunes scattered all over the reserve.
Wadi Rum holds plants both rare and endemic to its ecosystem. A greater emphasis has been put on the Wadi's fauna after a baseline survey detected the existence of the Gray Wolf, Blandford's Fox, the Sand Cat and the Ibex within the area. Additionally, the site is an ideal area for bird watching with its 120-recorded species.