When the ship made a call to the port of Aqaba, I had to choose either to visit Petra or Wadi Rum. The ship stayed in port for only 9 hours, so I can’t visit both. Petra was too far from the port whereas Wadi Rum was only a short detour from the Desert Highway. So time-wise; I opted to visit Wadi Rum. As I am keener on getting a glimpse of that panoramic desert scenery, I had another good reason to choose Wadi Rum.
Wadi Rum has everything there is for an exciting and adventure–packed visit in Aqaba. On a 4 x 4, I had my first trekking adventure on a desert. The tour started at the Visitor Center, the main gateway to the protected Wadi Rum. From restaurant and souvenir shops to tourist information services, it has the basic facilities tourists needed.
From Wadi Rum Visitors Centre, the desert tour all began and into the wilderness. Trekking on 4 x 4 right in the middle of the desert took my travelling to a whole new level of experience. As the 4 x 4 drove further deep into the valley, I realized that I am not prepared to be greeted with the spectacular view of nature on its most unique and breathtaking state. Obviously, I was not in need of more inspiration to point my camera, the desert landscape was a booster in itself.
At the rear seat of the 4 x 4, I was speechless and dumbfounded with the overwhelming landscape of sand dunes, rock mountains and cliffs, sand hills and blue sky hovering above. What a landscape! With all these spectacular views unfolded right in front of my naked eyes and camera, trekking Wadi Rum is not only about adventure, but it’s also about timeless nature photography opportunities.
One of the interesting stops made during the tour was at the Nabatean Inscriptions. These inscriptions were ancient rock drawings by the Nabatean tribe who travels from Saudi Arabia all the way to Petra. The tribe used inscriptions to leave messages for each like a pregnant lady, hunting and animals they used to hunt at that time like camels, ostriches, birds, lions, tigers and other wildlife.
The last stop of the tour was a visit at the Captain’s Desert Camp. Captain’s Desert Camp is the closest you’ll ever come to experience a desert Bedouin life as it is in real life – sleeping in goat’s hair tents under the open sky, enjoying a Bedouin food, wooden fires…etc… Staying in the camp is about being with nature. And the best thing to make the most of your stay is to absorb everything around in this stunning desert landscape not with cameras or videos but by the naked eyes. The location is beautiful – it goes around a mountain – but you have to bear in mind that this is a camp so don’t expect to get all the comforts from a hotel.
Though it had been a long day out in the desert, the fun, the thrill and excitement were matchless and from that desert adventure, it took me days to sink in everything from the tour. Definitely, Wadi Rum is one of the best spots in Jordan worth seeing and exploring.