About Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum is known for its towering sandstone cliffs, red sand dunes, wide valleys and these are result of millions of years of weathering from water and wind. Wadi Rum has always been a natural source of water, food, shade and spiritualism. The oldest physical evidence we have are ritual sites that prove the existence of settlements dating as far back as 4000BC. Wadi Rum served as the gathering place for the tribes of Ad, Thamud, Lihyan and Main. The Nabataeans are better remembered as they surpassed these tribes in trade activities and monumental achievements (such as Petra!).
WILDLIFE The best way to describe the animals that lurk in Wadi Rum is ‘Nocturnal’. So you must be on your toes to spy Foxes, Desert Mouse, Camel Spiders, Desert Lark, Ibex, Arabian Oryx, Grey Wolf, snakes or 8 species of scorpion that live here.
When to Visit Wadi Rum
The best time of the year to visit Wadi Rum is in Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November). Travelling in winter, whilst between June and August, daytime temperatures are excessive. When packing, please remember that anything less than knee-length shorts and t-shirt is considered disrespectful in our culture/village and may cause offence/unwanted attention or comments from some locals.
AUTUMN (Sept-Nov) Warm to mild days – bring jacket for evenings and sleeping bag if you intend to sleep under the stars, otherwise not necessary.
SPRING (Mar-May) Warm to hot days, and mild at night – blankets are still necessary
SUMMER (Jun-Aug) Hot in the day but shade is plentiful, and mild at night – perfect for sleeping outdoors
WINTER (Dec-Feb) Mild to cold days – bring thermals and warm coat for early mornings and evenings. Still possible to sleep under stars but good sleeping bag recommended (we provide blankets also)