Wadi Rum, called the Valley of the Moon by the Bedouins, is a place of legends. Inhabited for over 2,500 years, it lies on an ancient camel trading route to the Arabian Peninsula.
Rock inscriptions mark the site of one of the caravans stations. The desert stretches out before you in a series of wide sandy valleys north to south for round 81 miles.
At almost 6,000 feet high, Jabal Rum is the highest of the huge sandstone outcrops that rise from the sands in this wildlife reserve, covering an area of nearly 200 square miles.
The RSCN established the Wadi Rum protected Area in 1998. Wadi Rum is home to about 5,000 Bedouins, mostly of the Huweitat and Mzanah tribes. Many live in traditional goats’ hair tents called beitash-sha’ar – literally “house of hair”.
Depending on the amount of time you have, desert tours can be taken using 4-wheel drive jeeps or camels.