Photo: Jeep Tour, taken by a photographer.
Wadi Rum also known as the “Valley of the Moon”, it was here that Prince Fayçal Bin Hussein and T. E. Lawrence set up their headquarters during the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans during the First World War. Their exploits are intimately linked to history. Many activities are possible in this exceptional desert and you will meet first of all the Bedouins of the desert who have preserved their traditional way of life with 4×4’s.
Burdah Rock Bridge
The largest of Rum’s three arches is the Burdah Rock Bridge, precariously perched about 80m above surrounding rock. There’s a precipitous hike to the summit.
Khazali Siq: An easy Siq to explore is the narrow fissure that cuts into Jebel Khazali. You can explore on foot for about 150m, far enough GH to appreciate the cool shade and to see inscriptions made by the ancients who used the Siq for the same purpose. Look out for drawings of ostriches, pairs of feet and a woman giving birth.
Lawrence’s House: There is little left of this building, erected on the Nabataean ruins of a water cistern. Nonetheless, legend has it that Lawrence stayed here during the Arab Revolt and that makes it a must on the regular 4WD circuits of the area. Near the building is a Nabataean inscription that mentions the area’s ancient name of Iram. The remote location and uninterrupted view of the red sand dunes are the main attractions.
Visitor Centre Museum: While you are buying your ticket to enter Wadi Rum, spare half an hour to visit the informative museum (next to the restaurant), which helps to give a human context to the desert. The displays also explain environmental issues through information panels in English and natural history exhibits. Ask to see the 10-minute film on some of the highlights of Wadi Rum, shown in the purpose-built cinema.
Lawrence’s spring: This spring, on the edge of the open sands, is a regular stop on the 4WD circuit. Alternatively, it can be reached on a soft sand hike from the Rest House; the walk takes about 1½ hours return. Look for a white water tank at the opening of Wadi Shallalah. After the tank, a path climbs the hill to the spring.
Nabataean Temple: On a small hill in Rum village, about 400m behind the Rest House(follow the telephone poles), are the limited ruins of a 2000-year-old temple, dedicated to the deity Lat. Inside the Rest House, an information board describes the temple and its excavation. The ruins are important because they are evidence of a permanent Nabataean settlement, built on the earlier foundations of a temple built by the Arab tribe of Ad.