Everything you need to know before visiting Wadi Rum 



Is there an ATM in Wadi Rum?

In Wadi Rum Village there are no banks or ATMs so we advise you to bring cash with you. The Jordan currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD). We accept cash payments only, no credit cards. If you prefer to pay us upfront, you can book your overnight stay on Airbnb and your tour on Tripadvisor. Keep in mind that if you don’t have a Jordan Pass, you need to pay 5 JOD cash at the Wadi Rum visitor center to enter the Wadi Rum area. Other locals businesses and shops in Wadi Rum also accept cash payments only. You can find ATMs in the bigger cities like Aqaba, Petra, Madaba or Amman. If you arrive by taxi, just ask your taxi driver to make a stop at an ATM before you arrive.

Can I enter Wadi Rum with the Jordan Pass?

Wadi Rum with Jordan pass will give you free entrance. Your first stop before entering the Wadi Rum area will be the visitors center. Here you can show you Jordan Pass and enter. If you don’t have a Jordan Pass you can buy an entrée ticket for 5 JOD. In the visitors center you can only pay cash, there is not ATM in the Wadi Rum Village.

What does it cost to enter Wadi Rum?

The Jordan Pass will give you free entrance. If you don’t have a Jordan Pass you can buy an entrance ticket for 5 JOD. In the visitors center you can only pay cash, there is not ATM in the Wadi Rum Village.

What are the facilities in the Wadi Rum camp?

The Wadi Rum camp has modern shower facilities with hot water and a restroom. There is also a charging station for your electronics and free Wi-Fi. Your tent is equipped with blankets and pillows. In the main tent at the camp we provide unlimited tea and water. Remember to bring your own towels!

Does Wadi Rum has a doctor?

In the Wadi Rum Village there is a qualified doctor available 24/7 to help you with common problems, accidents or first aid. In case of a bigger emergency or an urgent case, the doctor will send you to the nearest hospital in Aqaba. If needed a taxi or even a helicopter will be arranged, depending on the seriousness of the problem.

How many days do I need in Wadi Rum?

Most tourists visit Wadi Rum as part of their Jordan trip. We advise you to stay at least one full day and one night to get a good desert experience. During the day you could do a jeep tour to see the highlights of Wadi Rum. Depending on your wishes and the time you have, you can do a jeep tour for 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours or a full day jeep tour. In het evening you can watch the beautiful sunset and enjoy Zarb, a traditional dinner that is slow-cooked in an underground pit. To live the ultimate desert experience, spend a night in the desert sleeping in a tent in the camp or by sleeping under the stars. If you have more time you can stay longer and enjoy the peace and relax at the campsite or go for a walk or hike. Every day in the desert is an adventure where will discover something new.

What to bring to Wadi Rum?

Our Wadi Rum camp has modern facilities to give you a comfortable stay. We provide free water, so bring a bottle that you can fill and take with you when you go into the desert. We provide sleeping gear but make sure to bring your own towels. When spending the night outside in the cave, you can consider bringing toilet paper and wet wipes.

The jeep tour can be a bumpy ride, so make sure you have a waist bag, backpack or shoulder bag for your belongings. When it’s windy you can wear a scarf to protect you from the dust. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat or a cap to protect you from the sun.

Traditional breakfast is free and traditional lunch and dinner can be purchased. Feel free to bring your own food and snacks or buy them in the supermarket when you arrive at the Wadi Rum Village.

What to wear in Wadi Rum?

Jordan is a predominantly Islamic country. The inhabitants cover themselves up but don’t expect the tourists to do the same. It is not mandatory to wear a headscarf or to cover yourself, just be considerate and respectful in your clothing choices. Female travelers with tight fitted clothes, short skirts, shorts and revealing shirts can be considered provocative and attract unwanted attention.

When visiting the Wadi Rum desert you need to consider all of the activities you will be doing like hiking, a jeep tour or a camel ride. Make sure to wear appropriate clothes that are comfortable and can stand the sand and climbing.

We advise you to see what the weather will be like when you visit Wadi Rum. The desert is mostly hot and sunny, but the winters and nights can get pretty cold. If it is cold, bring thermic clothes to keep you warm at night, because the tents don’t have heating. Even on sunny days wearing long sleeves can be advised to protect you from the sun.

Can I visit Wadi Rum with children?

Wadi Rum with a baby, toddler or kid can seem challenging, but the desert is not that different from any other new environment. Kids love to explore and will be amazed by the desert, something they’ve probably never seen before (just as their parents). Jordanians love children, so travelling with your family will definitely result in spontaneous interactions with locals. Most hotels and restaurants will positively welcome children. Some even offer specials deals or discounts.

Children will love riding camels in Wadi Rum. The jeep tour can be a pretty bumpy ride, so keep your children close to you to keep them safe. Some sites may include climbing, it is up to you if you take part or just wait at the bottom. Most sites have a tent (with shop) next to it where you can relax, drink some free tea and talk to locals Bedouins or tourists.

The desert can be hot and heatstroke and dehydration can work fast on children. Protect your children with the rights clothes, sunglasses and sunscreen. The traffic can be crazy and camels roam free, so always pay close attention to your child.

Can I visit Wadi Rum without guide?

To drive into the Wadi Rum desert you’ll need a 4x4 jeep. You camp host or tour guide will pick you up and drop you off again at the Wadi Rum Village with his jeep. Driving in de Wadi Rum desert by yourself is strongly discouraged because it’s easy to get lost and get stuck in the soft sand. Most camps are close to the tourist routes, but there are no proper maps or roads that navigate you through the desert, you will need an experienced local for that. So if you don’t want to miss out on the popular highlights, we advise you to do a jeep tour. If you are an experienced hiker and not interested in the tourist routes, you could hike around by yourself during the day, with offline apps or maps to help you find your way back to the camp.

Can I eat vegetarian in Wadi Rum?

Our camp in Wadi Rum is suitable for vegetarians. We serve breakfast as a buffet, so you can choose what you want to eat. We usually serve pita bread, hummus, yoghurt, olives, vegetables, eggs and cheese. For dinner we offer a variety of local dishes like Zarb, a traditional dish that is slow-cooked in an underground pit. The dish mostly consists of chicken, potatoes, onions, tomatoes and lots of other vegetables chopped and cooked together. We serve the Zarb as part of a dinner buffet along with salads, rice and sauces. The Wadi Rum Village has a falafel shop and a small supermarket where you can buy food and drinks. It is also allowed to bring and eat your own food at the camp.

What are Bedouins?

Bedouin or in Arab “Bedu” means “desert dwellers”. The ancestors of these nomads in the desert are the original population of Jordan. The Bedouins traditionally lived a nomad lifestyle and travelled from place to place with their herds of goats, camels or sheep. Nowadays most Bedouins tend to stay in one place and live in tents made of goat hair or sheep hair. Bedouins are famous for their hospitality, and believe no traveler should be turned away. In Wadi Rum some Bedouins open their tents to host travelers and share their culture and lifestyle. The Bedouins find it important to retain their traditional Bedouin culture such as the traditional poetry, music, daces, stories and clothing. In Jordan the Bedouins are considered the backbone of the Kingdom.

Is Jordan safe to visit?

Jordan is a safe country to visit and there is no warning against travel in Jordan. Within the Arab culture, honor and hospitality is very important. Jordanians will do everything in their power to make guests feel welcome and at home. Therefor it is very unlikely to become a victim of crime while in Jordan.

The Jordanian government puts a lot of effort in making tourists feel safe. Armed police patrol all major tourist sites. Along with the ordinary police, there are English-speaking tourist police that help tourists deal with problems, complaints or requests.

Is Jordan safe for female travelers?

Jordan is one of the safest places for women to travel around in the Middle East. Jordanians are often curious about other cultures and lifestyles and are happy to talk to female travelers. However, Jordan is a majority-Muslim, conservative country and maintains some cultural and religious traditions that female travelers should be aware of.

  • When traveling as a female in public transportation, try to sit by yourself or next to another woman.
  • If traveling by car or taxi, it is respectful to sit in the back, rather than next to a male driver.
  • Locals who don’t receive many tourists may be uncomfortable shaking a woman’s hand, so take a wait and see approach here.
  • Be aware of (young) men that are after woman for their money. these guys usually come from another country to earn their money in Jordan and pretend to be local Bedouins.
    It doesn’t happen often, but when you feel unsafe or harassed, report immediately to the (tourist) police. This is not taken lightly by the police.

Overall, the Jordanians are very well accustomed to the western tourists and will always lend a helping hand to female travelers and treat them with respect.

Is driving in Jordan easy?

Jordan is a hard road to travel, but if you like a challenge, it is definitely worth it. You will be amazed by the beautiful mountain views and nice people you’ll meet along the way, offering you free tea. The highways and main roads are in good condition. You can follow the road signs in English and Arabic. Mountain roads have steep hills and blind curves, which can be challenging. Amman’s city center also has a lot of small steep roads, and the traffic is really busy and chaotic. Try to drive during the day because most roads are unlit at night. Always be aware of objects on the road and pedestrians and animals crossing or walking along the road. In the rainy season from December to March, the roads can become very slippery due to rainfall and flooding can occur. In the winter months, the Petra area and various mountain areas may be inaccessible due to heavy snowfall.