A quick tour
We book in for a quick tour of the surrounding area, and try to squeeze in as much as possible before getting back to Amman. 2 hours in the 4X4 sets us back 35JD (£35) between the 4 of us and we get taken to some sand dunes, a viewpoint, to see some ancient rock inscriptions and a carving of Lawrence Of Arabia. It isn't the best tour we've ever been on, but it's pretty fun riding round the desert at high speeds.
What we say....
A trip to the Wadi Rum desert definitely isn't the cheapest thing to do in Jordan, but actually we think it's worth the splash out for spending at least a night there. The scenery is just unworldly, the camps are very relaxing, and it's one of those experiences that will stick in your mind for a long time afterwards. This is where they filmed the 60s classic blockbuster 'Lawrence Of Arabia' and the less classic 'The Martian'. We were half expecting Matt Damon to pop out from behind a rock and shout..... "Matt Damon".
costs involved and how to get there
If you are trying to visit on a budget then just bear in mind that there are a few hidden costs involved; dinner is around 10JD (£10) per person at the camp, but you can bring your own if you want to. A taxi back to Aqaba costs around 35JD (£35) where you can catch a local bus to Amman. There is no direct bus to Wadi Rum from either Amman or Aqaba, but you may be able to jump out on the main road if your bus is passing. On leaving Wadi Rum, you could potentially get to the Desert Highway and try to hitchhike to Aqaba or Amman from there. Tours cost around 35JD (£35) for a 2 hour ride in a 4X4 and that's to see 4 tourist sights. Breakfast is free at the camp.
We stayed at one called 'Wadi Rum Dream Camp' but there are many more around that you can find on booking.com. We had a free upgrade to stay in their luxury double room tent with a bathroom, and it cost us only 25JD (£26) for the night. We heard about a couple that booked somewhere to stay online and sadly the camp didn't exist, just make sure there are plenty of reviews and ratings before you book somewhere.
If money isn't an issue for you then we would recommend staying for a few nights unless you are one of those people that gets easily bored. There are plenty of walks to do around there for free, 4X4 tours, camel riding and just generally chilling out at the camp. We would love to go back and spend some more time in Wadi Rum. There is something very special about being in the desert and at the mercy of mother nature. All in all, it's a very invigorating experience.
If you have any questions then just hit us up in the comment box below!