We're staying in Taba but i'd like to take the kids to Petra
3 girls eldest 9 and twins at 5 - so yes they are very young for such a trek.
The trips that go from Taba all seem to be day trips, which I agree would be too long for the kids so ideally i'd like to travel there one day, stay over and then make our way early to Petra before the midday sun takes its toll.
I've just been reading about a tour that operates out of Eilat. You go over to Jordan, take 4 wheel drives to the Wadi, then camp out under the stars with the Bedioun. The following day you go to Petra, then back to Taba via Eilat.
So - couple of questions that I'm hoping some expert will help me with
1) Embarassingly enough I don't know what the Wadi is - it conjures up images of an oasis in the desert (but I think I've been watching too many Bob Hope films). I tried to look it up but some photos just show sand, others show lovely rivers with waterfalls, etc - Ideally, I'd like to stop near some water. can someone explain?
Are we better going to Petra by Ferry from Taba rather than Eilat?
I believe it's quite a walk up to Petra but there are donkey's, camels & horses available? I don't want to support animal cruelty so what's the honest opinion of the welfare of these? Not so much for mum or dad but would it be ok to put one child on a donkey each to save their legs? (also, I'll find it really upsetting if they're in really bad condition and it will put me off all day?)
The overnight Bedoiun camp sounds like a real adventure and the kids are always nagging to go camping, so thought this might be the perfect opportunity. Has anyone done this before? (sorry for stupid question but what about toilet facilities?)
I know it seems a lot for kids and people think we're mad, but they are used to travel (they've trekked through the rainforest in Borneo, gone to the Pyramids and Jerusalem)as long as we keep them well hydrated and interested - they love it.
Last question - promise, what's the security like? I've read several conflicting articles.
Phew - that's all folks unless you can recommend a tour operator from Taba...