Wadi Rum & the Dead Sea
Who wants to explore Wadi Rum & the Dead Sea and find out what Lawrence of Arabia was so captivated by?
Heading to the southern most part of Jordan we grabbed our gear and split into groups and jumped into our next mode of transport, 4X4s for Wadi Rum.
Heading off the highway through a small town on the edge of the rocky landscape in the old Nissan Patrols we left civilisation behind, ready for a night camping in the desert. Along the way we stopped at some places Lawrence of Arabia had used including and army outpost and a spring. We found carvings of ‘caravans’ (camels carrying goods) hundreds of years old, a natural rock arch and a beautiful red sand dune. It is easy to see what captivated Lawrence to stay here and although there are few trees, this raw landscape is truly awe inspiring.
When we reached the camp we were greeted by the local Bedouin and shown to our cabins and rested on rugs and and cushions in a kind of outdoor lounge room. As the sun began to set we climbed the large rocky outcrop which protected our camp and looked out across the valley to the rest of Wadi Rum’s incredible formations.
Then it was time for dinner, a feast of chicken and vegetables which had been cooked underground in what is called a ‘zarb’, alongside our usual favourites of humus, tabbouleh and pita bread. The bedouin then played some music and sang as we relaxed around the campfire.
Next morning we headed out of the camp, this time in open top four-wheel drives and returned to the bus headed for Madaba and a stop along the way at the Dead Sea. With a quick lunch in a resort, we headed down to the private beach and covered ourselves in mineral rich mud before jumping into the Dead Sea. It is an incredible feeling being able to float effortlessly in the Dead Sea, which is about 35% salt making this possible. I’m not sure whether the mud actually works or is just something the locals made up so they can laugh at tourists rubbing it all over each other but it was fun in any case.
Afterward we felt very slimy and headed for the showers before hitting the road once more toward Madaba where we would spend our final night in Jordan.