Wadi Rum

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The Spectacular Location and Sightings –

Wadi Rum – well-known as The Valley of the Moon is just a valley that is cut into the sandstone and granite rock in the southern region Jordan and around 60 km (37 mi) away from the east of Aqaba. Wadi Rum  is considered as the largest wadi in Jordan. The name Rum from Wadi Rum has most likely come from an Arabic root – which means 'high' or 'elevated'.

Located deep in the valleys, being far from any visible habitation of humans, it is even believed that the view of Wadi Rum has not changed much since the inception of human habitation. It’s the Valley of the Moon and approximately in 800 BC. T.E. Lawrence, the famous, legendary Lawrence of Arabia, came here many times, for his pursuit of success during the Great Arab Revolt during 1917-1918. No matter what, Wadi Rum still appeals visitors of every kind even today with its tranquility and unceasing natural beauty.

For the proper pronunciation in the Arabic language, the archaeologists transcribe Wadi Rum as “Wadi Ramm”. The Wadi comprises of a series of valleys, which are mainly covered in softly colored sand, being punctuated by immense, as well as fantastically shaped jebels. However, Wadi Rum is renowned as one of the most unforgettable destinations around Jordan, and has been considered so since the dawn of time. 

The Magnificent Geology –

The magnificence of Wadi Rum lies in its incredible geology. The exactly same techtonic forces which created the Great Rift Valley, runs from Turkey through the Jordan Valley and Wadi Arabah into the Red Sea, sculpted Wadi Rum, while tossing sandstone and granite layers into the giant, twisted formations. The fault lines in Wadi Rum generally  lie NNE-SSW, which remain parallel to those in Wadi Arabah, but they are cut by the counter faults which lie NE-SW, NW­SE, E-W and N-S.

 Jebel Umm, the second-highest point in Jordanis is a must-see on Wadi Rum tours – which is located around 1,754 meters above sea level. It looks beautiful at Jebel Umm Ishreen throughout the wadi, which stands only one meter less i.e. 1,753 meters above the sea level.

Besides underneath the floors of the wadi, which is between 900-1000 meters above sea level, you will see pre-Cambrian granite, which was created two billion years ago. In the sandstone strata of the jebels, you can read the geologic history of the area. Remember, red is Cambrian, pale grey is Ordovician, and white is Silurian. The layers of quartz, shale and conglomerates separate them from each other.

However, the weather of Wadi Rum has shaped them, creating beautiful yet exquisite formations like birthday cakes, mushrooms, melting wax, archways and the one – which looks like a giant face in profile. On your Wadi Rum Tour with Jordan Private Tours & Travel, you will see springs which appear throughout Wadi Rum were actually created during the time when ancient rainfall permeated the sandstone, was stopped by the granite, and found very small fissures to form pools.

The Incredible Wildlife in Wadi Rum –

When you are on fully guided Wadi Rum tours with Jordan Private Tours & Travel, you will observe that the wildlife populations have decreased over the years. If you are patient enough, you can still spot Jordanian animals and bird species. Many animal species are nocturnal, including the hyrax, fennec foxes, gerbils and the Arabian sand cat.

Currently the Ibex and gazelle herds still exist in Wadi Rum, and even oryx have been reintroduced into Wadi through the RSCN breeding program at Shaumari Reserve. During the evening time, you can hear the musical howls of wolves. Some of the animal species you will get to see on a Wadi Rum tour through Jordan Private Tours & Travel like vultures, eagles, the smaller Sinai rose finches, crested larks, the ubiquitous snakes, scorpions, and camel spiders.

Unveil Jordan History on Wadi Rum Tours

In fact, Paleolithic man once lived in Wadi Rum, by taking advantage of the abundant wildlife and the handful number of springs in Wadi Rum. Subsequently, their lifestyle gave a perfect way to lead the Neolithic lifestyle, which brought the agriculture and animal husbandry to life. Earlier, the Nabateans made Wadi Rum one of their key settlements aside from the lost city Petra in Jordan. The Nabateans built three dams in the area, and now the remains of their aqueducts are visible in specific locations.

On your Wadi Rum tours with Jordan Private Tours & Travel, you will see visitors came to this area left their marks in messages scrawled on the rocks, - which ranges from Nabatean script to Minaean commentary. It’s even believed that, the Thamuds, a tribe from the Saudi Arabia, had left the maximum number inscriptions, - in terms of signatures, religious exhortations, messages of love and in much more ways.

The name Wadi Rum was possibly first mentioned as "Aramaua" in Ptolemeus' Geography. Even, it is referred to as "Ad" in the Koran, as per the research and observations of some scholars. Wadi Rum was popular with travelers for its abundant amount of food and water, - which makes traveling and trading a lot easier. Due to its proximity to Petra, Wadi Rum is the largest urban center in the region. Even, T.E. Lawrence took advantage of these same characteristics during the Great Arab Revolt, guerilla attacks on the Hejaz Railway.

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