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“Wadi Rum - Wadirumtours.com - great day and night - exactly what we wanted”

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Full-Day Wadi Rum from Aqaba
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Reviewed 17 January 2010

We would like to recommend Wadirumtours.com run by Saleh Musa and his brother Attiyak. We spent quite a bit of time trying to decide which guide/company to use. What we liked about Saleh was that his website was set up by a British Journalist who has known Saleh for a number of years. We had asked for 2 specific activities during our day - climb up to Burdah Rock Bridge and a walk through Burragh Canyon. Other companies told us we couldn't do them both in one day (I suppose in the hope that we booked two days) but it just meant we had an early start.

Saleh himself was quite ill with a really bad cough but he met us at the Visitors Centre as agreed - we were a bit late. He explained that due to his illness his brother would be taking us out for the the whole day not just the climb to the rock bridge. Fine by us. The family stay in Rum Village where we met his mother and Attiyak for tea first thing. Saleh previously worked for another company but decided he didn't like the large groups that he was being asked to guide for and prefers to show smaller groups around Wadi Rum - we were thier only clients. Can't get more presonal service.

The day was fantastic. Climbing up to the rock bridge is not for everyone. There are some tricky little bits and if you are not happy with heights then it might be best to skip it but it was great. Attiyak did most of it in his bare feet! He was very funny, really nice guy to be around. Patient with us as we scrambled our way to the top. Views are stunning. Once we were back down he drove us on to Burragh Canyon and made a great lunch for us. We had tea, tuna, flat bread, tomatoes, cucumber, juice, water, bananas, and chocy biccie!! After pointing out some climbers high up on the canyon wall we were then sent off on our walk through the canyon and Attiyak would meet us at the other end. This was maybe our only disappointment - there were other people walking in the canyon and they were being extremely noisey which meant we missed out experiencing the silence of the place and the walk wasn't as long as we'd expected.

Clouds began to close in and as we headed to Saleh and Attiyak's camp at the foot of Jebel Khazali. It ended up raining overnight!! We spent the night alone in the family tent. The facilities were good - not exactly 5 star - but what do you expect in the desert. The whole idea is to experience the peace and quiet. Saleh has built a small kitchen building and separate toilet block with drop toilet sink and cold water shower only (all very clean) but during the heat of the summer I'm sure this would be fine. Saleh came back out from the village with our dinner (made by his wife) which was great - lots of it - rice and chicken, flat bread, water, hummus , tea, tomatoes and cucumber. Sleeping mattress blankets and duvets are all provided but as it was to be cold and wet overnight we slept in our clothes - ended up quite toasty. In the morning Attiyak came out from Rum Vilage with our breakfast. Hot boiled eggs, flat bread, tea - just what we needed. We asked Attiyak to pass on our thanks to the whole family.

We would thoroughly recommend a visit to Wadi Rum but make sure you choose your guide carefully nefore you arrive. Don't expect to get the best experience by taking a tour guide from the Visitor Centre as part of their first come forst serve system - you have no control over what quality of guide, vehicle, tour you will get. Get the trip you want. Saleh and his brother Attiyak are very welcoming and very sincere. Our trip cost a total of 175JD which included the extra 50JD for Attiyak to take us up to the rock bridge, lunch, water, dinner and our overnight stay. We thought this was excellent value for a fantastic, individually tailored tour. Saleh also runs 8 separate set tours.

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Reviewed 3 January 2010

My husband and I spent two days and two nights in the desert. We hiked, scrambled, jeep toured and rode camels by day. By night, we camped in the desert with our guides and other travelers. We booked all of these events through rum guides (google them) and thought they were great.

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Reviewed 3 December 2009

We booked last minute with Mohammed who is a Bedouin Guide highly recommended in our Lonely Planet I believe? His english was very good and he was very accomodating last minute. My friend and I stayed overnight in a tradtional Bedouin Tent under the incredible dessert sky. Lots of stars over the dunes. Food was great, slept like a baby and spent the next day exploring the dessert with our guide. I highly recommend this!

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Reviewed 29 November 2009

My husband and I booked a day and overnight with Bedouin Roads based on recommendations on the jordan jubilee website. All the communications prior to our arrival were great and we were very much looking forward to the adventure. However, several of the things promised on the website are not true. First, we included a 2 hour camel ride at the beginning of our Wadi Rum adventure. The Bedouin Roads website says that the camel ride is a mounted ride (i.e., your guide is on his own camel vs. walking/leading your camel). We also confirmed via email before we came that the camel ride was with a mounted guide and we were assured it was. Upon arrival, we were taken to a restaurant in the village and then connected with our camel guide. He was a nice fellow who spoke very little english. We tried numerous times to ask about the mounted ride when he started to lead the camel my husband was on, with my camel's reins attached to the front camel. After asking and asking, I think he finally understood we wanted to guide our own camels. However, he did not have a camel so walked alongside or behind us, and took back the reins off and on for whatever reason. So it was definitely not a mounted camel ride (for which we paid) but one with a walking guide. After 2 hours, we stopped at the sand dunes and met our jeep guide, Abdullah (a nephew of the owner of Bedouin Roads). We rode in the back of the open jeep, which was a bit crazy at times as Abdullah liked to drive fast, but all in all, good fun for the most part. Lunch was a sack with a tomato, can of tuna, cucumber, pita bread, banana and a few other items. Not what we anticipated from the website description of lunch. After lunch, Abdullah told us we could go for a short one hour hike around the corner into the canyon area, and to return the same way to the same spot. Well, we did just that, but when we came back, Abdullah was gone and so was the jeep. Humm...left in the desert without our guide. We sat for awhile thinking perhaps some emergency had come up, but when he didn't show after about 10 minutes, we starting walking as we could hear music from somewhere close by. After going around the corner and over a sand dune, we found Abdullah and the jeep. Apparently he decided to join a friend of his for tea and smoking. Sure would have been nice if he told us that, rather than just leaving us. The overnight stay was just fine and we slept well on futon type mattresses with lots of blankets (we did bring our own pillow cases to use). There was a large group of french in the camp that night but Abdullah and one of the other guides at the camp did try to entertain us and we enjoyed some good music and fun with them. All in all, it was an ok experience and we enjoyed the beauty, the quiet and the amazing night sky. However, we were disappointed that our camel ride was not mounted as promised (and paid for) and that we were left to find our guide. We recommend visiting Wadi Rum and staying overnight, but perhaps another company may be better on doing what is promised on their website. We are certainly glad we visited Wadi Rum and I did love my white camel.

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Reviewed 29 November 2009

We decided to book with Jordantracks (jordantracks.com) for our wadi rum experience. We did both a jeep ride and a hike. We hiked up Jebel Burda which was hard but fun. Evening was at a bedouin camp that had a flush toilet!
Wadi Rum is a special place. No matter how long you are there you will enjoy the tremendous scenery.

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