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This is a nature-lover's paradise; a unique ecosystem where rare plants and herbs, long known by the Bedouin for their curative powers, can be discovered.

At first glance there does not appear to be a great deal of wildlife but more observant visitors will soon discover there is more to Wadi Rum than sand and rocks. Hyrax, hares, jerboas and gerbils appear, as if from nowhere, as the sun goes down. This is also the time for the desert hunters, the foxes and Arabian sand cats, to make their appearance. Their footprints can often be seen in the sand in the early morning around the Bedouin campsites – evidence, no doubt, of their nighttime scavenging.


Don't pick the wild flowers & plants. A much better way to record your find is to take a photograph of it, this way it will keep forever, both for you & for Wadi Rum. It's very important that you follow the rules & regulations of the protected area.


Though not as many as in the past, there are still Nubian Ibex and gazelle to be seen. These are highly protected by the Jordanian Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), as are the Arabian Oryx recently reintroduced to the area from the Shawmari Reserve.

Birdlife includes Desert Larks and Crested Larks, Wheatears Rock Sparrows, bright pink Sinai Rosefinches (Jordan’s National Bird) and Chukar Partridges. Overhead, Vultures, Buzzards and Eagles soar over the towering cliffs.

There are two ways to stay overnight in Wadi Rum: Camping and bed and breakfast. Camping in this mountainous desert is an unforgettable experience. You can choose from "wild campsites," with minimum facilities, where you can take your own tent, to luxury Bedouin style campsites with all facilities and entertainment. Most of these deluxe sites are outside the protected area near the village of Disi.

There is also a permanent campsite in Rum Village with showers, toilets and restaurants nearby and it is possible to stay in a genuine Bedouin tent in the desert. There are no hotels in the immediate vicinity of Wadi Rum. The nearest places with a wide selection of hotels are Aqaba and Petra, which take between one and one-and-half hours to reach by car or bus.


If you want a souvenir of your trip to Wadi Rum, check out the Nature Shop at the Visitors' Centre.


Wadi Rum Protected Area

The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) represented by the management of Wadi Rum Protected Area is determined to protect this precious area with its unique flora and fauna and is making great efforts to minimize the environmental impact of modern-day tourism on the site. They have enlisted the help of the local Bedouin tribes by giving them new opportunities to benefit from its protection by sharing entrance fees, supporting and encouraging local tourism and by creating alternative sources of income through Bedouin crafts and souvenirs.

For more information on the Wadi Rum Protected Area, contact the Wadi Rum Protected Area Management:
Tel: (03)2090600, Fax: (03)2032586 or visit their website : www.wadirum.jo

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