When British officer T.E. Lawrence used Wadi Rum as a base for his operation against the Ottoman Empire during World War I, he had no idea that half a century later this vast, silent desertscape will serve as a setting for the movie ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ – based on his life.
His romance with the desert can be best summoned in the quote:
“No man can live this life and emerge unchanged. He will carry, however faint, the imprint of the desert, the brand which marks the nomad; and he will have within him the yearning to return, weak or insistent according to his nature. For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match.’
Thomas Edward Lawrence, ‘The Seven Pillars of Wisdom’
With its 720 square kilometers of bare moonlike scenery of sandstone and granite rocks, The Valley of the Moon, situated 68 kilometers north of Aqaba in southern Jordan is nowadays home to Bedouin tribes that live in goat hair tents.
If off road jeep driving, sleeping on a proper bed in a tent and cooking under the open sky is an adventure your soul yearns for – visit our Jordan page for more info.