Encounters Travel is a small-group operator running fun, great value Jordan Tours: Jordan Encounters including the Red Sea, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, trekking the 'Rose Red' city of Petra; or there is Ancient Encounters which also includes Egypt's best attractions from the Pyramids to Luxor.
Wadi Rum is is home to one of the world's best desert landscapes, with soft yellow sand dominated by pinnacles of melting red rock and the place of inspiration for T.E. Lawrence's classic work 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom', a true account of his World War I experiences leading Arab and British forces in Jordan, military strategy, the geography of the middle east and Arab culture.
Tourists can travel on foot, horseback, camel or 4WD around the dunes and rocks. It's worth staying at least a couple of days locally, even if a 'proper' hotel in Aqaba is more comfortable, as Bedouin nights and moonlight forays into the dunes are a fun way to experience the desert.
One of the more primitive Wadi Rum camp sites.
Accommodation in Rum is still only tents but there is a variety of over 20 campsites and comfort levels available. The bugcrew are not natural born campers but loved the experience in the Rum.
WadiRum is an easy drive from Eilat, Aqaba or Petra - about 40km from each and there are plenty of hotels, hostels and guest houses there if camping doesn't suit.
At night the action continues with moonlight desert tours, mock Bedouin weddings, or Zarbeques - a traditional Bedouin method of cooking meat underground. Or just have a nice cup of tea?
Climbing pink dunes is one popular activity, day or night.
Some of the spectacularly eroded rum rocks.
On rocks of Anfashieh Mountain are Thamudic and Nabataen inscriptions, in addition to crude images of animals and humans. The gorge Siq Um Tawaqi is decorated with a carving of the head of T. E. Lawrence.
Uncovered operate a variety of small group Egypt and Jordan tours, including Jerash, Wadi Rum and Petra, Jordan. Desert, Tombs and Jordan; Egypt and Jordan Explorer; Egypt and Jordan Highlights; Jordan Uncovered
Sunset in Wadi Rum and it's Goat's Head soup for dinner. Next, Jerash, Dead Sea and Aqaba Pictures.