This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Wadi Rum. To help you make friends with Wadi Rum before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Wadi Rum, Jordan, is of the most spectacular, easy to visit, and safe pieces of nature in the Middle East. This desert valley is a not-to-be-missed destination on any trip to Jordan.
In the southern part of Jordan you will find this scenic desert valley, approximately four hours from the capital Amman. The attraction of Wadi Rum is the landscape itself -- the unique rock formations, red sand dunes, and petroglyphs will blow you away. The best way to explore Wadi Rum is by four-wheel-drive tour, camel rides, or trekking. It is also possible to go on a hot-air balloon ride.
The Wadi Rum is a protected area, and to enter you will have to pay the park fee or show them your Jordan Pass if you have one. The hostels in Wadi Rum, Jordan, are within the protected area. It is also possible to visit Wadi Rum on a day trip from Aqaba or other places in Jordan, but you won’t have the same experience as when staying overnight in Wadi Rum. Sleeping right beneath the stars in the desert will be a memory of a lifetime. Within the protected area there is hardly any infrastructure, meaning no paved road, almost no buildings. This also means that the hostels in Wadi Rum, Jordan, are unlike hostels elsewhere in Jordan or even the world. Wadi Rum, Jordan hostels are basically just Bedouin camps and the dorms are not real buildings, but tents. The tents offer either private or shared accommodation and despite being a tent, they are pretty comfortable. Wadi Rum, Jordan hostels have Western toilets, running water, and electricity to charge your devices, but not all offer Wi-Fi. Also take in account that they typically don’t have heating, so pack accordingly and include warm clothes for the nights.
You can find very nice Wadi Rum, Jordan hostels for a very affordable price. However, keep in mind that the accommodation may charge extra for additional services such as transportation from the park entrance, meals (remember you’re in dessert, so self catering options are extremely limited), and tours around Wadi Rum. The price of a tour is often per group, but it is fairly easy to team up with other solo travelers and split the costs.
Written by local enthusiast for Wadi Rum hostelsMartin Straatman