Wadi Rum to Mudawarra

We took six days to say goodbye to Wadi Rum, but given that it is August and we were there during a heatwave, we spent quite a lot of time lolling about in the shade

Rum Mdawwara

Into Khaz Ali to shelter from the of the day
Into Khaz Ali to shelter from the heat of the day
A lone cloud and lone tree as we approach Khaz Ali
A lone cloud and lone tree as we approach Khaz Ali
Rock art in Khaz Ali
Rock art in Khaz Ali
This is how you should stand if you're very very hot and there is no wind
This is how you should stand if you’re very very hot and there is no wind
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Around the corner from Khaz Ali is more rock art
Mzelga
View from the campsite at Mzelga
A visitor
A visitor

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view from Mzelga
view from Mzelga

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Climbing Jebal Um Addami

Jebal Um Addami is the highest peak in Jordan, which makes it sound like a very hard climb but in fact the campsite is only a few hundred meters lower than the peak, so the climb takes about 1.5 hours.

The tricky part for us was finding the approach to Um Addami – the GPS point, now that we’ve discovered it, is here.

Given the heat, we started the climb just before dawn and watched the sunrise on the way up.

The drive through a long and very sandy canyon to reach Wadi Sabet where Jebal Um Addami is located
The drive through a long and very sandy canyon to reach Wadi Sabet where Jebal Um Addami is located
Searching for the approach with Wadi Sabet in the background
Searching for the approach with Wadi Sabet in the background
We found a shepherd on the way, who was from Sudan and had only been in Rum for 3 months, so didn't know where Um Addami was
We found a shepherd on the way, who was from Sudan and had only been in Rum for 3 months, so didn’t know where Um Addami was
We discovered nice parts of the desert in looking for the approach
We discovered nice parts of the desert in looking for the approach
Having found the approach, we could sit, relax and watch the sunset
Sunrise as we climb
Sunrise as we climb
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Going up
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The route up is marked by stone cairns which are not always very obvious
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The top!

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Um Addami to Mudawarra

The route from Um Addami to Mudawarra
The route from Um Addami to Mudawarra was completely unknown territory for us
We found rock art on the way
We found rock art on the way
And we found a mosque
And we found a mosque
The route to Mudawarra
The route to Mudawarra
A welcome sign of life on the way
A welcome sign of life on the way
The petrol station in Mudwarra
The petrol station in Mudwarra
We drove east into the desert beyond Mudawarra for lunch
We drove east into the desert beyond Mudawarra for lunch
Fossilized sea bed at our lunch spot
Fossilized sea bed at our lunch spot
More fossilized ripples
More fossilized ripples
We drove north (ish) with the intention of reaching Jafr through the desert. We camped here that night
We drove north (ish) with the intention of reaching Jafr through the desert. We camped here that night
Fox tracks near our camp
Fox tracks near our camp
Water on the route towards Jafr
Water on the route towards Jafr
The huge mudflats outside Jafr
The huge mudflats outside Jafr
Flowers in the desert
Flowers in the desert
And old mudbrick building at Jafr
And old mudbrick building at Jafr

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We drove back to Amman after Jafr, but not before stopping beside the Desert Highway to hunt for more fossils:

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