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                               Welcome To Wadi Rum Jordan

Jordan's desert is, in a word, majestic. Its lunar-like landscape (Wadi Rum is also known as the Valley of the Moon), crevice-riddled cliffs and ever-evolving light inspire unbridled awe. The nights are filled with screeching desert foxes, sightings of the Milky Way and blazing shooting stars, while the days are as dramatic as they are dusty.

Visitors can use the small village of Rum, with its scattering of concrete houses, a shop and small guesthouse as a jumping off point into the desert - hop in the back of a Jeep and watch as Tarmac quickly gives way first to dust, then to thick, reddish sand. Wadi Rum, unmissable on any trip to Jordan, is made up of a series of valleys around 2km wide, stretching down to Saudi Arabia. Its mountainous terrain makes for an action- and history-packed few days.


This is the former stomping ground of ancient caravans and, though they are long gone, the marks they left on Wadi Rum's rocks remain - the squiggly characters of Aramaic, believed to be the language of Christ, and crude pictures of camels and the men who rode them. Finding these Nabataean etchings in such an expanse feels improbable and miraculous. Khazali ravine is one spot where you can see drawings. Here you will find sketches of horses, people and idiosyncratic feet.


Lose yourself in the desert

The desert can seem at first to be an empty expanse, but trudging camels punctuate the vastness, as do Bedouin camps: happy oases where tourists  - uninvited but not necessarily unwelcome - are dressed by local vendors as sheikhs and sheikhas, and where tooth-tinglingly sweet tea seems obligatory.

Visitors to the now all-but-dry Lawrence's spring (named after TE Lawrence, who cited it in 'The Seven Pillars of Wisdom', his autobiographical account of his time as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt) willl see drawings galore etched by caravaners in the breaks between days-long journeys through the desert on camel-back. Another visit-worthy spot, though not for its billed appeal, is the supposed site of Lawrence of Arabia's house. The more likely history of this rubble is in fact far more interesting - a tariff point and rest-stop for ancient travellers.


One hulking red sand dune is a particular attraction. Formed by millions of years of sandstone cliff erosion it provides a tempting slope to roll down, though perhaps not in summer when the sand underfoot is blisteringly hot. (In the afternoons the mercury easily reaches the 40 degrees mark, though nights are cooler.)

Another must-visit is one of the desert's rock bridges, such as Jabal Umm Fruth. Pretend you are a mountain ibex as you scamper up to pose for an obligatory photo on this precarious looking natural phenomenon.


Arabian nights

As night falls make your way up your nearest mountain - scurrying up steep inclines should be becoming second nature by now - to watch as the setting sun makes a painter's palette of the landscape. Mountains morph from pale peach to pink to terracotta to deep red. From up high the dust tracks of the occasional passing jeep look like cigarette smoke trails, and the desert craters like dimples in the sand's cheeks.

This is a stupendous, timeless place, virtually untouched by humanity and its destructive forces. Here, it is the weather and winds that have carved the imposing, towering skyscrapers, so elegantly described by T.E. Lawrence as “vast, echoing and God-like...

A maze of monolithic rockscapes rise up from the desert floor to heights of 1,750m creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces and explore the canyons and water holes to discover 4000-year-old rock drawings and the many other spectacular treasures this vast wilderness holds in store.

Also known as ‘The Valley of the Moon’, this is the place where Prince Faisal Bin Hussein and T.E. Lawrence based their headquarters during the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans in World War I, their exploits intrinsically woven into the history of this amazing area.

There are several options for exploring Wadi Rum. Visitors should head for the Visitors' Centre where, apart from visitors’ facilities, they can hire a 4x4 vehicle, together with driver/guide, and then drive for two or three hours into the Wadi system to explore some of the best known sites. Alternatively they can hire a camel and guide. The duration of the trip can be arranged beforehand through the Visitors' Centre, as can a stay under the stars in a Bedouin tent, where they can enjoy a traditional campfire meal accompanied by Arabic music. 

Once transport has been arranged, there are various excursions available - for example, a trip to Burdah Rock Bridge, the highest in Wadi Rum, via the Seven Pillars of Wisdom and many other interesting sights, is a full day by car or an overnight trip by camel. There are many alternative routes and information on these is available from your tour operator or from the Visitors' Centre on-site.

The Bedouin people that inhabit the area still maintain their semi-nomadic lifestyle. They are hospitable and offer a friendly welcome to visitors, often inviting them to sit and enjoy a coffee or even a meal. 

The Royal Aero Sports Club was founded by His Majesty King Abdullah II in 1997. His Royal Highness Prince Hamzah Bin Al Hussein, an avid pilot and skydiver, is the President of the Club.

The club’s goals are to promote aero sports in Jordan, and to enhance the experience of tourists visiting Aqaba and Wadi Rum.

RASCJ is a not-for-profit organization, registered with the HigherCouncil of Youth and Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority cultural and social sports club.

SAFETY

For your own safety, all flights are subject to weather conditions and can be cancelled any time at pilot’s discretion.

NOTES

  Dress casually (khakis, jeans or shorts)
  Bring a light jacket in the summer and a warm one in the winter as temperature drops dramatically as the balloon rises
  A sun hat or cap is advisable
  Flat shoes are recommended

Float silently over Wadi Rum and enjoy the breathtaking natural rock formations. See the seven pillars of wisdom and the natural dunes of the desert from 6,000 feet. This unique experience is enhanced by our experienced pilot and his dedicated staff who will make sure every part of your experience is safe and enjoyable.
Flights take place in the early morning for optimal flying conditions.

DURATION
45 min – 1 hour ( Allow 2 hours for the whole experience).

BASKET CAPACITY
Small: 3 persons min, 5 persons max. Large: 6 persons min, 16 persons max.

PRICES
Adults: 130 JD Children (6 years – 12 years): 65 JD

MEETING POINT

  If staying in Wadi Rum at a camp inside the reserve: Visitor’s Center.
  If staying in Wadi Rum at a camp outside the reserve: RASCJ driver will pick you up from your camp.
  If staying in Aqaba: Dissi Petrol Station in Wadi Rum. We can also arrange for transport from Aqaba for a fee.


ULTRALIGHT

Discover Aqaba or Wadi Rum, Lawrences’ springs, the 7 Pillarsof Wisdom, or follow the ancient incense route from the comfort of our two-seat aircraft.

AVAILABLE ROUTES
Aqaba & Aqaba South beach (Tala Bay): 30 minutes minimum.
Aqaba & Wadi Rum: 1 hour minimum.

CAPACITY
1 person + pilot.

DURATION & PRICES
20 min: 75 JD
30 min: 100 JD
60 min: 180 JD

MEETING POINT
King Hussein International Airport (Aqaba).

SAFTEY
For your safety, all flights are subject to weather and can be cancelled at any time at pilots’ discretion.


                                                                      Microlight

Return to the roots of aviation with this small and versatile aircraft. Fly above the beautiful rock formations of Wadi Rum in an open aircraft with our experienced pilot.
CAPACITY
1 person + pilot.

DURATION & PRICES
10 min: 30 JD
20 min: 55 JD
30 min: 80 JD
60 min: 150 JD

AVAILABILITY
The Microlight is available on weekends at Wadi Rum. Please book at least 3 days in advance.

MEETING POINT

  If staying in Wadi Rum at a camp inside the reserve: Visitor’s Center.
  If staying in Wadi Rum at a camp outside the reserve: RASCJ driver will pick you up from your camp.
  If staying in Aqaba: Dissi Petrol Station in Wadi Rum. We can also arrange for transport from Aqaba for a fee.

DA40 & DA42 (DIAMOND)
Whether you are a certified pilot, an amateur pilot or an enthusiast, you can enjoy the wonderful skies of Aqaba and Wadi Rum in our modern fleet of single or twin-engine Diamond Aircraft.

Fly with an experienced flight instructor who will introduce you to the world of aviation in our glass-cockpit aircraft.

CAPACITY
2 persons + pilot.

DURATION & PRICES
DA 40 (Single Engine) 30 min: 150 JD 60 min: 200 JD
DA 42 (Twin Engine)
30 min: 200 JD
60 min: 350 JD

MEETING POINT
King Hussein International Airport (Aqaba).

Petra
Take Tourism St to Kings Hwy./Route 35
6 min (2.3 km)
Follow Kings Hwy./Route 35 and Desert Hwy./Route 15/Route 47M to Wadi Rum Rd inAqaba Governorate
1 h 8 min (82.7 km)
Follow Wadi Rum Rd to your destination
24 min (28.5 km)
Wadi Rum Village

From Aqaba to Wadi Rum Public minibus

Public minibuses run daily between Aqaba and Wadi Rum but, since their main purpose is to shuttle teachers from Aqaba to the school in Rum village and to serve the locals, the schedule is accommodating them rather than the tourists.


So all the departure time here are approximate and to be confirmed. If you can, walk up to the bus station in Aqaba the day before you want to travel and ask the drivers. Especially if you plan to travel on a Friday.


The buses leave from near the Aqaba Police station at 6.30am, 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm- or when they are full - and return from Wadi Rum cca. one hour later.


Bus ticket costs JD 3 one way.


Taxi from Aqaba to Wadi Rum:

The usual price for a taxi ride between Aqaba and Wadi Rum Visitor Center is around JD 20-25 one way. 


From Petra to Wadi Rum Bus service between Petra and Wadi Rum.

The bus that takes tourists to Wadi Rum leaves from Wadi Musa bus station at 6.00am in the morning and picks up tourists from the hotels in Wadi Musa - but you have to ask your hotel to arrange it for you the day before or you can 

After arriving to the Wadi Rum Visitor Center it picks up new passengers here and also goes to the Rest House in Rum village and then departs for Petra at around 8.30am


The bus fare is JD 5 one way but you might be charged some extra if there are only a few passengers on the bus, otherwise the ride would not be economical for the driver.


Taxi from Petra to Wadi Rum

A taxi ride between Petra and Wadi Rum Visitor Center costs around JD 35 one way.

From Amman to Wadi Rum

The most convenient way to get to Wadi Rum from Amman is by a rented car or a tailor made tour offered by several tour companies.


Public transport is only available from Aqaba and Petra.

Sandy Dunes
Ancient Arabian Music
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