WELCOME TO SUNCITY CAMP – WADI RUM
Wadi Rum, called Valley of the Moon by the Bedouins, is a place of legends. Inhabited for over 2,500 years, it lies on an ancient camel trading route to the Arabian Peninsula. This 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.
Spending your day surrounded by the marvelous well carved mountains, you will read through the lines and hear the wind whispering the old stories of the audacious T.E. Lawrence; the British army officer who united the rival Arab desert tribes in a revolt against the Ottoman Empire in World War (I).
A walk or a ride through these mountains will not only take you back in time but will also allow you to experience living in space as Wadi Rum has been selected to be the filming site for several Hollywood movies including “The Martian” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” as well as several film scenes. Wadi Rum’s experience is one that takes you to a different dimension and lets you relive the amazing Mark Watney’s adventure where you can claim the title Martian!
A maze of monolithic rocks capes 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 spectacular treasures this vast wilderness holds in store.
Wadi Rum is home to about 5,000 Bedouins who live in traditional goats’ hair tents. The Bedouin people that inhabit the area still maintain their semi-nomadic lifestyle. They are hospitable and offer a friendly welcome to visitors, often inviting them to sit and enjoy a coffee or even a meal.
Ways to Explore Wadi Rum
There are several options for exploring Wadi Rum. One of which is hiring a 4×4 vehicle, together with a driver/guide, and then driving for two or three hours deep in the desert to explore some of the best-known sites. Alternatively, a camel and a guide can be hired as another option. Once transport has been arranged, there are various excursions available – for example, a trip to Burdah Rock Bridge, the highest point in Wadi Rum, or via the Seven Pillars of Wisdom and many other interesting sites.