Wadi Rum Jordan

This package was coordinated by MEET project partner RSCN and created by the managers and the people of the protected areas of Wadi Rum Protected Area.

The tour is provided by the local tour operator  Discovery Circle Tours. 

This test tour is a result of the MEET project’s objective to develop an integrated strategy to settle an Eco-Tourism Development Model for the Mediterranean Protected Areas that boosts a better seasonal distribution of tourism flows. By participating in this tour you will be part of a small group contributing to the development of a new sustainable travel concept which aims to support conservation and benefit the local communities…

NOTE: This tour is for open minded, very active travelers with a sense of adventure and interest in nature, culture and history. They don’t mind camping and getting their hands dirty!

Welcome to Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is a stupendous, timeless place, virtually untouched by humanity and its destructive forces. Here, it is the weather and winds that have carved the imposing, towering skyscrapers, so elegantly described by T.E. Lawrence as “vast, echoing and God-like…”

A maze of monolithic rockscapes rises up from the desert floor to heights of 1,750m creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces and explore the canyons and water holes to discover 4000-year-old rock drawings and the many other spectacular treasures this vast wilderness holds in store.  The main goal of PA to encourage tourism development that maximizes economic returns to the national economy and local communities while protecting and conserving the natural and cultural resources of the area.

Click here to download the detailed itinerary of your MEET test in Wadi Rum.

Biodiversity in Wadi Rum

Much vegetation is present in Wadi Rum. Trees, especially the fig tree in the desert, but also shrubs and many varieties of flowers (one hundred species hatch in the spring) swarm Wadi Rum. Whilst wild animals are scarce, birds proliferate. About 120 species of birds have been recorded in the desert of Wadi Rum including the ammomane  isabellina, thecrested lark (lark), the Rock Sparrow and the magnificent pink finch Sinai, the national bird of Jordan. More common species such as the pigeon, short-tailed raven (Fan-Tailed Raven) and partridges are easily spotted. Above, mountains and gorges are home to vultures, buzzards and eagles, majestic carnivorous birds and there is ibex ,Oryx ,wolf , etc

Conservation, Ecotourism & MEET in Wadi Rum

Wadi rum protected area is poised and ready for restructuring and a key aim of the strategy is to bring the Society’s core conservation functions in line with the best international practices and to implement the innovations, which have already gained international recognition. We are happy to see that protected areas remain at the forefront of the strategy and that a great deal of attention is given to improving their management and their ability to sustain themselves and drive local economies. MEET project helps support biodiversity protection and the economy of locals.

Threats & Opportunities

Direct threats include human activities and processes that have impacted the natural areas, including population stress and nearby pressures from tourism. The MEET package aims to offer an alternative to the popular touristic routes, visiting Petra at alternative hours and changing the way tourists see Jordan.

 

LOCATION


Jordan is a land steeped in history. It has been home to some of mankind’s earliest settlements and villages, and relics of many of the world’s great civilizations can still be seen today.

As the crossroads of the Middle East, the lands of Jordan and Palestine have served as a strategic nexus connecting Asia, Africa and Europe. Thus, since the dawn of civilization, Jordan’s geography has given it an important role to play as a conduit for trade and communications, connecting east and west, north and south. Jordan continues to play this role today.

PRE DEPARTURE GUIDE

Before you depart, please, take the time to take these considerations into account:

We recommend you take the following with you:

  • Passport Should be Valid for at least 6 Months
  • Air/travel tickets
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Visa (if necessary)
  • Pre-departure information
  • Local Currency The Local Currency is the Jordanian Dinar – you can exchange the Money in all exchange offices or Banks – most of credit cards are accepted in Hotels-Restaurants-Shops

Visa requirements

For the majority of international passports the visa fees should be paid directly at the airport in Amman at cost of USD 58$ the equivalent to 40 JOD.

  • Individual Visa ( for most of European Nationalities can be obtained upon arrival to the Airport
  • Note : Free Visa can be obtained in case you send us your passport details 3 Weeks before arrival

Currency

The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar, or “JD”, which is divided into 1000 fils. All major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and in the larger shops. Google Currency Converter

Weather Conditions

Jordan boasts almost year-round sunshine with temperate, comfortable weather. Expected weather in October will be mostly Sunny and Expected Temperature will be as follows : High 28 Degree Celsius/Low 15 Degree Celsius.

Clothing tips

  • Hiking shoes and walking socks
  • Hat or Head Dress
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm Clothes for Night time

Electricity & adaptors
220 AC volts, 50 cycles, requiring rounded two-prong wall plugs. Visitors from the US will need an a adaptor , which most hotels can provide.

Health & safety considerations

Medical services are excellent in the larger cities and towns and most doctors are bilingual in Arabic and English. Larger hotels have a doctor on call.

It is advised that all guests take out personal travel insurance to cover any unforeseen expenses (especially medical) that may occur.

Jordan remains one of the safest places in the world to visit.

Tap Water is not drinkable, however guests can drink mineral water in a refillable bottle.

Important cultural & religious knowledge/awareness

Jordan Values its ethnically and religiously diverse population, consequently providing for the cultural rights of all its citizens.

This Spirit of tolerance and appreciation is one of the central elements contributing to the stable and peaceful cultural climate flourishing within Jordan. More than 92% are Sunni Muslims and approximately 6% are Christians.

ON ARRIVAL

Transportation
We will meet and assist the guests upon their arrival at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman according to their flight details. Transport will be via minibus.

Accommodation

Desert bivouac ( Canadian tents ). Bedouin tents single and shared as the visitor prefer, shared bathrooms all tents single or shared are available.

Food & Shopping

This tour allows you to try traditional Beduin food  such as zarb Meat and vegetables cooked under the ground. Lunch and breakfast are an assortment of bread,  yoghurt ,cheese, jam, olive oil and thyme-seasoned meat.

Many of the ancient inscriptions carved on the rocks of Wadi Rum have been reproduced as locally produced crafts decorations. They are being applied as artwork on a variety of natural and waste materials, including recycled drink cans. Bedouin women create the artwork using modern techniques of sandblasting and burnishing. These unique items make highly original and attractive gifts and help to provide jobs and extra income for underprivileged families.

USEFUL PHRASES IN ARABIC

Basic greetings:

English Local Language (spoken arabic)
Hello Marhaba
Good evening Massa el Kheir
Goodbye Maa al Salameh
See you tomorrow Arak Ghadan
Please Lao samaht
Excuse me / sorry Afwan
Thank you Shukran
You’re welcome Ahlan Wa Sahlan
Have a good day Yowman SAIEDAN
Enjoy your meal Sahtain
Cheers Sahtain

Introducing yourself:

English Local Language (spoken arabic)
Hello, my name is… Marhaba ,Ana Issmi…
What is your name? Ma Issmak?
How are you? Kayfa halak ?
Nice to meet you Mabsout bi Mareftak
I come from Italy, Spain, Germany.. Ana mn Italia,Isbania,Almania..