I’m writing this on a Saturday afternoon, 12:45 pm. A storm has just passed a few days earlier and I haven’t being feeling too productive lately. Although, I have been doing a lot of Yoga which is I guess some what of an achievement. Anyway, I’m very slowly getting back to blogging because I realized it’s been almost a year since I’ve traveled to Jordan and I still haven’t posted/blogged about my travels yet. I feel like some of the details of the trip have already passed me by and although none of us can really travel at the moment, I hope that it will be useful to someone one day.
From Petra, our driver picked us up from our apartment and we were off to our next destination, Wadi Rum.
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- Where we stayed: Jamal Rum Camp
- Wadi Rum Desert Tour
- 1st Stop
- 2nd Stop: Mushroom Rock
- 3rd Stop: Um Frouth Rock Arch
- 4th Stop: Anfishiyyeh Inscriptions
- 5th Stop: Lawrence of Arabia
- 6th Stop: Face in the Stone
- 7th Stop: Sunset Watching
- Traditional Bedouin Dinner
- Camel Ride
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We drove for about two hours then we started to see a lot more desert/sand dunes. Our driver dropped us off at a gas station close to Wadi Rum. From there another driver from the place we were staying at, Jamal Rum Camp, came to get us in a pickup truck. We loaded all our things in the back seat of the car and hopped into the back. It was a bit chilly and the wind made it colder as we were driving to our camp but the sun gave us a little bit of warmth.
Where we stayed: Jamal Rum Camp
As we made our way to our camp, we were seeing less and less people and less and less buildings. After about 10 to 15 minutes it was nothing but our pickup truck and the beautiful Wadi Rum desert. It was a beautiful sight! Once we arrived at the camp, they unloaded our bags for us and we had a little snack and rested a bit in their common area while we waited for our room to be ready.
Jamal Rum Camp had a variety of rooms available including those beautiful igloo looking luxury tents; these however are much more expensive. We stayed in their standard family room for five people, very affordable rates and you can choose to include a traditional Bedouin dinner, breakfast, day tour and camel rides. We booked through booking.com, all the rates are there 🙂
It was a very simple room, nothing fancy but it was just what we needed. Here’s a few photos of our family room. The only downsides were 1) there was no heating, so it was very cold at night; I slept with a few layers that night we stayed; and 2) there wasn’t a separate room for the toilet/shower, it was basically just one room with just a divider. Overall, it was fine. We’re not to fussy hehehe, also the people/staff were really nice so that’s a big plus.
While we were waiting, my Dad organized our day tour for us. We got settled in to our room and rested until it was time for our tour. It was a half day tour ending up watching the beautiful sunset. Here’s a quick little run through of all the places we visited on our desert tour.
Wadi Rum Desert Tour
Ready for an adventure! Apologies in advance because I don’t know the names of all the stops, hehe. 🙂
2nd Stop: Mushroom Rock
3rd Stop: Um Frouth Rock Arch
As you can see from the photos below, this is probably one of the most visited place in Wadi Rum. The arch is about 15 meters above the ground. The climb to the top is quite easy, it’s just quite scary cause there are no hand rails and some areas on the way up are one way only.
Also, the fourth photo below is me sitting because I had just slipped a few minutes before and was too scared to stand on the rock anymore 😂 the rock bridge itself wasn’t slippery, it was just a bit windy that day and there was quite a lot of sand, making it slippery. I was so scared and I remember the moment so clearly, thankful that I wasn’t too close to anyone that I pushed them off the rock or something. Lesson, always be careful when climbing high rock bridges that have no hand rails or safety nets, hehe. 😉😅
4th Stop: Anfishiyyeh Inscriptions
It’s bit hard to see but there were so many inscriptions on these rocks. The ones behind me are of camels.
5th Stop: Lawrence of Arabia
I haven’t seen the movie, but this is Lawrence’s house from “Lawrence of Arabia”. It’s a film from 1962 but it has really high ratings online. 8.3/10 from IMDb and 98% from Rotten Tomatoes, so maybe it’s worth watching!
6th Stop: Face in the Stone
Second to last stop on our Wadi Rum tour! We only spent around 5 minutes here because we were rushing get to the viewpoint in time for the sunset.
7th Stop: Sunset Watching
Last stop. A perfect way to end the day. So beautiful!
Traditional Bedouin Dinner
This was our traditional Bedouin dinner that our camp prepared for us! They took us outside and we watched them dig up our dinner feast that was cooking underground. It was a mixture of chicken and vegies! They also served us some bread, rice, salads, sauces and of course – dessert! It was delicioussssss. Everyone eats in the common area and they also invited some of the men to do some dancing before we ate. Hehehe.
The next day, my brothers and I went to for a quick camel ride just outside our camp – they can arrange it for you as well.
Overall, I love love love Wadi Rum! The desert tour was amazing and staying in a camp in the middle of the desert was such an awesome experience. If you ever get the chance to visit Jordan, definitely spend at least one night here. You will not regret it!
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