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in its natural beauty, Wadi Rum
epitomizes the romance of the
desert. With its "moonscape" of
ancient valleys and towering
sandstone mountains rising out of
the sand, Wadi Rum is also home to
several Bedouin tribes who live in
scattered camps throughout the area.
Climbers are especially attracted to
Wadi Rum because of its sheer
granite and sandstone cliffs, while
hikers enjoy its vast empty spaces.
Wadi Rum is probably best known
because of its connection with the
enigmatic British officer T.E.
Lawrence, who was based here during
the Great Arab Revolt of 1917-18.
Much of David Lean's Lawrence of
Arabia was filmed in Wadi Rum.
main route to Wadi Rum, and the
small village of Rum, branches east
off the Desert Highway about five
kilometers south of Quweira and 25
kilometers north of Aqaba. From
there the road extends about 35
kilometers through the desert to end
at Rum. It is best to take your own
vehicle to Rum, as public
transportation to the village is
very difficult. The village consists
mainly of several hundred Bedouin
inhabitants with their goat-hair
tents and concrete houses, a school,
a few shops and the headquarters of
the famous Desert Patrol.
are several options available for
exploring Wadi Rum. At the
Government Rest House, located just
inside the village, you can rent out
a four-wheel-drive jeep with a
Bedouin driver for short or longer
day tours of the area. Also
available are camels, which you can
hire for short excursions or for the
desert trip to Aqaba. The only
accommodations in Rum are in the
Government Rest House, where tents
those with a bit more time and/or
sense of adventure, the best way to
see Wadi Rum is by hiking and
camping in it. Indeed, the vast
silence and grandeur of the
landscape is best experienced on
foot. All you need for hiking in
Wadi Rum is plenty of water (at
least 2-3 liters per day), some
food, good shoes and a sleeping bag.
Those with a four-wheel drive, a map
and plenty of fuel can see more of
the landscape, while saving their
energy for spectacular hikes such as
the Rock Bridge of Burdah, one of
Wadi Rumís most popular attractions.
adventurers can test their skills
and endurance by climbing Jordan's
highest mountain, Jabal Rum. The
climb is a grueling and treacherous
challenge which should only be
attempted by those of stout heart
and indomitable will. A guide is
recommended for the ten-hour round
trip to the summit, and arrangements
should be made the previous day at
the Government Rest House.
Off roaders should exercise care in
staying on the tracks to avoid
plowing over desert vegetation.
Donít venture too far away from Rum,
and remember to bring plenty of
water. Highly recommended for
adventure-seekers are Tony Howard's
detailed Treks and Climbs in the
Mountains of Wadi Rum & Petra or the
less extensive Walks & Scrambles in
Organized by: Walid Hikmat
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