Things to do for families in Petra & Wadi Rum

Things to do for families in Petra


TRAVELLING IN PETRA WITH KIDS

Although Petra may appear the preserve of archaeologists itís an adventure playground for the imagination and kids will find plenty to keep themselves occupied as well as warning ropes if they get too 'hands on'. There is always a fair bit of walking involved but if you can break up your time with camel rides, hotel pools (seasonal) and 4WD desert safaris, there are plenty of things to do for families in Petra & Wadi Rum. The distance from Petra to Wadi Rum (about a 2 hour drive) is easily achieved in a day with Bedouin campsites offering untold opportunities to watch stars and fall asleep listening to tales of Arabian nights.

Family activities in Petra & Wadi Rum


What to do with little ones

Heading out into Wadi Rum on horseback is a great way to explore at a quicker pace; however, itís probably an activity best left to those who have ridden a fair few times before. Camels offer a much safer option and youíll find a good range of circular trails and longer distances that can be undertaken with a knowledgeable local guide.
Traveling as a family by 4x4 will take you further into the desert than you ever imagined but you know your kids and should certainly be aware that four hours in a vehicle wonít be appreciated by everyone. Private tours allow you to stop and walk for a bit to break up the journey but, as always, donít forget the hat, shades and sun block.
Camping in Wadi Rum will be one of those family activities youíll never forget and if youíre feeling brave, opt to sleep outside the tent to really maximise time spent under desert skies. Donít forget that it can get cold at night and even though warm bedding is provided bringing a sleeping bag liner or extra pillow case always adds an extra boost of comfortable familiarity.
Photo credits: [Top box: momo] [horseback: Abdellatif B] [4w4: neekoh.fl] [Camping wadi Rum: Guillaume Baviere]
Written by: Chris Owen
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