Soaring through the skies is always a special experience. But flying in a hot air balloon in Wadi Rum is even more so. And with Jordania Exclusiva, you can easily book this activity as we can add it to your travel package. In this post, we will tell you what it entails, where it takes place, and other interesting details.
Hot air balloon rides in Wadi Rum are one of the many activities that you can do in this natural reserve (such as camel rides or stargazing), and it provides a different and fascinating way to explore this protected area of 72,000 hectares: from the sky, you will truly appreciate the magnitude and magnetism of this space, even if the mountains that make up the landscape seem like a childish decoration. Only then can you admire all the chromatic nuances of the area and the whimsical natural accidents that characterize this place.
Usually, a hot air balloon ride in Wadi Rum lasts for approximately an hour, but you will actually spend several more hours on the activity: from the meeting point to the return to the same point. This is because the takeoff takes place in a specially flat and open location, “in the middle of nowhere,” and normally outside the protected area, where you can only reach by off-road vehicles.
A very important detail to note is that the activity is entirely dependent on weather conditions. In Wadi Rum, the weather is usually stable and clear, but on certain days of the year, sandstorms can form, or there may be too much wind that makes the hot air balloon flight impossible. Therefore, the activity can be booked in advance but will only be confirmed one or several days before takeoff.
Hot air balloon rides in Wadi Rum fly over this natural reserve, but the takeoff and landing point is usually not within its protected area. Depending on the selected provider, a comfortable meeting point for the participants will be fixed, which can be accessed by a normal vehicle, for example, in nearby towns such as Shakaria or the visitor reception center.
In any case, staying in the Bedouin camps in Wadi Rum is always a good option because it will be relatively close to the meeting point, from where transport services are often offered.
The prices for a hot air balloon ride over Wadi Rum are per person, which usually requires a minimum number of participants or for them to cover the full cost of the flight for a private experience. Participants must be over 16 years old.
To take flight, it is necessary to follow basic safety rules that are explained clearly before takeoff. It is advised to wear warm clothing, especially during non-summer months, since the activity is usually carried out very early in the morning when temperatures are lower, in addition to the cold and wind at high altitude.
Jordania Exclusiva can handle booking this activity and including it in a travel package, as they have reliable providers who organize hot air balloon rides in Wadi Rum. In addition, they can also plan related details such as accommodation in the natural reserve, private transportation to/from the meeting point, and hiring photography and video services to capture this unique moment, among other examples.