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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