I took a day-long 4W desert tour on Oct. 31 and an overnight stay at a Bedouin camp on a recommendation by another traveler I had met in Amman. Turned out that it was one of the best moments of my whole trip in Jordan!
I shared the jeep with two other guys I previously met on the road and three of us met Nadjat -- the camp's operator -- at the entrance of Rum village and got briefed about where we would be going throughout the day before meeting Mahmud (hope I spelled his name right!) - our guide for the day. He is the best guide you can possibly hope for -- engaging, funny, experienced and with great knowledge of the Bedouin life and desert in general as well as a good cook and a singer!
We went to visit the ruins of the Nabatean temple, Lawrence's spring, a mushroom rock, a rock bridge, a sand dune, etc (which were all great) before setting out to see a beautiful sunset from a sand dune. After that we went to a camp to unpack and have dinner at a big, common-area tent. The food was amazing with lots of cooked vegetables, bread, salad and even Bedouin-style chicken barbecue (cooked in an underground stone pit). Then Mahmud and several other Bedouin guys came in to play music for a few hours (to which we were to dance in line with their motto of 'no dance, no dinner.' It was fun!)
Then we went out to see the breathtakingly clear night sky (saw probably a dozen of shooting stars) and went to bed...
Apparently the tourism market in Wadi Rum is very competitive and the 4w day-tour can be as cheap as 30 JD depending on which tour operator you choose. Wadi Rum Green Desert charges you more than that, but given the whole experience I had, including great hospitality and professionalism shown by the staff, the whole trip for me was worth every penny. I would choose this company if I visit Wadi Rum again by any chance and would highly recommend it to anyone hoping to explore the desert.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wadi Rum is one of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. During the day it is a tremendous, silent, breathtaking panorama. During the night it is a place of tranquility and peace under the dark sky as the flames of the campfire mixe with all the desert stars. Nowhere do the stars shine as brightly as in Wadi Rum.Wadi Rum Green Desert Tours aims to help you experience the wonders of our ancient desert home. We offer tours by both jeep and camel of the incredible sights of Wadi Rum. Come try the traditional Bedouin cuisine and spent the night in our camp under the stars. ... more less