Two male friends and I did a two day/two night tour of Wadi Rum with Rumstars. We had been discouraged by tales of overcrowding, tourists getting drunk, lack of an authentic experience etc by Bedouin people we had met in Petra, but our experience was very tasteful and exceeded expectations. I had expected a cursory 'camel tour' of a couple of hours but we spent the whole of the first day riding our camels between different sites. I had also expected the campsite to be more basic than it turned out to be - there were shower and loo blocks and numerous small private tents for the guests, with beds! I suppose this disappointed me a little, as I had thought that everyone would bed down together in the main tent. But we were encouraged to take our mattresses and bedding out onto the sand and sleep under the stars. It was perfectly quiet and the air really fresh, the blankets warm (though mine smelt of camel). We woke up early from the light and the flies buzzing around our heads, but breakfast was at 7am anyway. Apparently they bring water from the village for showers, so it's appreciated if you check that it's ok to shower and do so using as little water as possible! The meals were all excellent - there was a huge amount of food and it was delicious. Our guide on the first day was 14 year old Yusef, who was incredibly skilled with the camels but seemed very bored with his job (poor thing). He enjoyed throwing stones off cliffs during our lunchtime rest and it was good to see him smiling! I had expected there to be more people in the desert but we were alone at the camp on the first night. Even being in the 4WD was a quiet experience - our guide drove slowly and sensibly (for the most part!). I felt like we saw all the main sites in the desert and loads of beautiful scenery. We rested in the shade for a couple of hours at midday, so the sun wasn't unbearable. We also had the chance to walk through some gorges, in the morning before it got too hot. The staff were good-looking, respectful, courteous and helpful and I'd highly recommend it!
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- About our Guides: We assure you our guides are the best available in Wadi Rum. They are all English-speaking, very professional, and have a lifetime of experience in and around Wadi Rum, as they have been living here their entire lives. They are fun, friendly, very knowledgeable about the history and factual information about the desert, and excellent entertainers! About our Campsite: Our camp is located 10km from Rum Village, INSIDE THE WADI RUM PROTECTED AREA. Many larger or commercial camps in Wadi Rum are located OUTSIDE the protected area, however we are fortunate to have the advantage of being inside. We are fully licensed, fully accredited, and fully LOVE our desert and love sharing it with visitors. The camp can easily accommodate your guests with comfort-- we have modern kitchen and bathroom facilities, sit-down toilets, running water and electricity for lights. Our tents are furnished with rugs and beds and plush desert bedding. We have made sure that the camp is as comfortable, welcoming, convenient, and most of all ENJOYABLE as possible. The camp itself is beautiful: we have a large outdoor stone seating area complete with tables decorated with mosaics of desert rock, as well as a main "living room" style tent at the center of our camp where everyone gathers on cushions and carpets and padded seating to eat, drink tea, enjoy the campfire, listen to Bedouin music, and engage in lively discussion. Many guests during the warm spring and summer months opt to sleep outside of the tents under the stars, and we have a large area for this purpose as well. About the Food / Dinner: we will prepare Bedouin food for the main dish, where we will cook Zarb, a dish cooked in the earth, with some vegetables, rice, and various salads, all served in a buffet style. Lunch: we offer our guests a picnic lunchbox during the tour. Breakfast: will be an open buffet of different breakfast foods with coffee & tea. Drinks: drinking water and soft drinks will be always available in the camp and during the trip and is include the price. We will provide private tents for your group at our campsite which are prepared with beds and all sleeping equipment (pillows, blankets, bedding). All meals (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner) + Drinking Water + Tea + Coffee are included in your tour. We will take care of everything that may you need in the desert, but suggest our visitors bring the following personal items which may make their experience here in Wadi Rum more comfortable: * Good shoes for walking, hiking, and scrambling (boots are preferable) and if possible, sandals, which are more comfortable for walking in the sand. * Headlamp/Flashlight/Torch: you will need it for the night time. * Sun cream: to protect yourself from the sun.. * Small Bag: to carry your camera and water. We don't ask for deposits (too complicated!) and are not set up to take credit cards, but would ask for payment in Jordanian Dinars when you are here. The price does not include the entrance fee to the Wadi Rum Protected Area which is 5JD per person (paid at the Wadi Rum Visitors Centre). Please note: there are no ATMs or banks in Wadi Rum. Please arrange to bring enough JD to cover all costs! We look forward to welcoming you to the Wadi Rum and sharing the life of the Bedouin with you!! ... more less
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