About Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum is a protected area covering 720 square kilometers of dramatic
desert wilderness in the south of Jordan. Huge mountains of sandstone
and granite emerge, sheer-sided, from wide sandy valleys to reach
heights of 1700 meters and more. Narrow canyons and fissures cut
deep into the mountains and many conceal ancient rock drawings etched
by the peoples of the desert over millennia. Bedouin tribes still
live among the mountains of Rum and their large goat-hair tents
are a special feature of the landscape.
There are many ways to enjoy
the attractions of Rum, including jeep,
camel and hiking tours and you can stay overnight in a Bedouin
tent and gaze at the amazing panoply of stars.
To safeguard its unique desert
landscape, Wadi Rum was declared a protected area in1998 and an
intensive conservation programme is