A visit to Wadi Rum

Things have been a bit quiet on the blogging front for the past week as I had the pleasure of hosting my Dad’s cousin and his wife – really more like my Aunt and Uncle! They were with us for 6 days and we all had a fantastic time. In the next few blogs I will write about some of the sights and experiences that we had during their travels in Jordan.

We did a day trip out to Wadi Rum. This is quite achievable from Wadi Musa/Petra for those who are not wanting to camp overnight in the desert, leaving in the early afternoon, doing a 2-3 hours jeep tour in Wadi Rum, and then either staying for sunset or heading back to Wadi Musa. From Wadi Musa to Wadi Rum is about 1 hr and 15 minutes drive.

As we were driving on the road from the highway to Wadi Rum we came across an unexpected sight much to the delight of my Uncle. There at the Wadi Rum Station was a steam locomotive. Of course we had to pull over as my Uncle is a train enthusiast and I must confess that I don’t mind checking out the odd old train having been carted around as a kid to see some classic trains by my Dad who is also a train enthusiast.

The old steamer turned out to be locomotive 85, which has had a paint job in recent years, and occasionally chugs up and down the Hijaz railway line. It was built in 1953 in Japan and delivered to Jordan in 1959 which is the date on the engine plate. It was the first time that I had seen a steamer at the station and I’m not sure what the purpose of it being at Wadi Rum was this time.

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At the station we meet up with a Bedouin driver who took us on a jeep tour of Wadi Rum. The spectacular landscape of Wadi Rum never fails to impress with it’s rocky outcrops jutting imposingly out of vast stretches of sand that ranges in colour from yellow, to white, to oranges and even red.

The day that we were there the winds were whipping up quite a bit of sand, but thanks to our Bedouin drivers local knowledge we managed to visit areas were the conditions were relatively clear.

Our driver having a quiet moment in the desert. You can see the sand being whipped up in the background.

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Daddy and his little girl.


Alia enjoying playing in the biggest sandpit a girl could ever have.

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16 responses to “A visit to Wadi Rum

  1. Naw! Alia is so gorgeous! Love that picture of your husband and his little princess… so cute (also love the end picture… of you and Alia? Beautiful!). Can’t believe that you got to see a 60 year old train! Thanks for sharing these moments with us šŸ™‚ xx

    • Thanks Laura. Yes that is me and Alia in the last picture. Seeing the train was definitely a surprise highlight! The digging tools that Alia was playing with were sent over with my Aunt and Uncle from Alia’s Grandma – perfect place to try them out! šŸ™‚

      • Haha, so strange as I’m automatically comparing it to ‘the beach’!!! She’s beautiful and so are you. You definitely look at home in the landscape too šŸ™‚

  2. Definitely the biggest sandbox a girl could ever imagine. Thanks for the pictures. It brings back fond memories of my recent visit there.

  3. What a gorgeous set of photos both to show us the vastness and nature of the desert, but also Alia enjoying herself in ‘the sandpit’: surely the biggest and cleanest in the world! She’ll enjoy seeing these pictures when she grows up šŸ™‚ !

    • I hope that Alia loves the photos when she grows up and I also hope that she doesn’t get sick of Mummy taking photos of her! šŸ™‚ She had a great day digging in the sand and crawling up and down sand dunes.

      • I did send the whole of this on to some of my mailing lists: thought it so delightful! Did not have your email – if you want to see what I wrote, you have mine:) ! Have a lovely weekend!!

  4. Wadi Rum was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Jordan and I would have liked to spend more time there. Thanks for the lovely pictures that brought back great memories. We also stopped at the old train station and it was quite fun. (Suzanne)

  5. I love this entry. We lived in Amman for two years, near fourth circle. When we visited Wadi Rum, things were very primitive. We spent two days on camels, exploring the beautiful wind-worn fissures. It was spectacular and unforgettable. I’m enjoying your blog and your little girl is adorable šŸ™‚

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