Camping overnight in Wadi Rum

Travel blogger Adam Groffman travelled with us to Jordan late last year – here he looks back on an unforgettable night spent in the wide open spaces of Wadi Rum, Jordan. For more of Adam’s work, take a look at his blog Travels of Adam.

The absolute highlight of my Christmas in Petra trip (yes, I liked this even more than Petra), was camping overnight in Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum is a desert valley in southern Jordan. You’ve probably heard of it because of the classic film, Lawrence of Arabia, which was famously filmed here. The desert has also been used as a backdrop in several contemporary films, such as Transformers and Red Planet (both clearly not as good as Lawrence of Arabia).

The lunar landscape of Wadi Rum, Jordan
The lunar landscape of Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum, populated by hundreds of Bedouins, is a popular place to visit and there’s a surprising amount of things to see and do in the desert. From adventure activities like rock-climbing and horse-riding to more leisurely activities (my preference) such as star-gazing and watching the sunset. The colors of Wadi Rum are truly spectacular and catching the sunset on the rock formations in the desert was the most memorable part of my trip. In the nighttime, the sky is so dark, it’s almost easy to spot falling stars. Our tour guide took us for a nighttime hike through the desert from our campsite (with a GPS navigation which was absolutely necessary). At night, the serenity of the desert was almost palpable. Wadi Rum is without a doubt the most amazing scenery I’ve seen in a long time. I think the photos speak for themselves.

The changing colours of Wadi Rum at sunset
The changing colours of Wadi Rum at sunset

Take a look at Adam’s Flickr photostream here, featuring photos of Wadi Rum and beyond, and to learn more about Jordan here.

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