General information about the trips
Please read also the
Tour conditions and FAQs!
Here we try to answer a few of the
questions that are most often asked by people before their arrival.
The most frequent single question is always the
weather! While we cannot guarantee what the
temperature will be when you arrive, there is a website which gives you at least
the current conditions at the Jordan
Met Dept. This address should bring you directly to the English version of
the site and to the conditions for Jafer which is the closest to us. If it
doesn't, then please click on towns until it comes up.
: It is close to Jebel Raka (site number 9
on the map), about 10kms from the
village, and consists of several Bedouin tents (large ones) which form a square
with the cliff, thus sheltering us from the worst of any bad weather. You can
sleep in the tents, in the square beside the fire, or on the big
sand dune under the stars. Usually a family can take possession of one of the tents
for themselves. There is a bathroom block, with sit down toilets and showers for
people staying here for several days. This is cleaned every day and the water is
heated by the sun. There is a great view of the sunset from the dune or from the
rock mound from which the photo at the head of the page was taken. It is very
easily climbed. See the page "Our camp site"
where you will find more photos and descriptions
: we supply
mattresses and blankets and pillows. In cold weather we have comforters which keep you
nice and warm. There is no real need for you to bring sleeping bags, but it is
true that some people prefer to use their own. This is up to you. In the winter,
we move the fire and supper inside one of the tents and snuggle up with blankets
for after supper talk. You should not be cold at night, but in the evenings in
the winter you do need sweater and/or jacket.
Food : we believe we offer a variety of
dishes, based on local ones, ample in quantity and well cooked.
In warm weather, lunch is usually a salad dish, supper
is always hot. Vegetarian food can be supplied, but if
possible, please tell us
about this or about any allergies before you arrive. Breakfast is bread or buns which we can warm on
the fire, and a choice of cheese, eggs, jam and etcs (whatever we see in the shops
that looks good!). And of course, plenty of tea! We
can also offer instant coffee for breakfast.
What to bring : you should wear something on
your head and bring plenty of sunscreen with you. You will also need a shoulder
bag or rucksack for
for daytime necessities. They would chiefly be a camera, a bottle of water, some
kind of head covering, a snack
if you think you will need one,
perhaps a light sweater or
something with long sleeves, and of course anything personal you think you might
Clothes : Don't try to look
smart! You can wear almost anything that will let you sit on the ground / ride a
camel / scramble into a jeep / etc. We do ask ladies not to wear anything too
skimpy when they are in the village (halter necks, short shorts, etc). When you
are out in the desert then it doesn't matter, we are used to just about
anything! But please do keep a tee shirt available for the village.
: unless you are doing a heavy scrambling programme, you do not need
boots for the hiking programmes. Trainers or good walking shoes, even sneakers
are fine. Socks are a good idea, though! Trekking sandals are very good,
especially in warm/hot weather. The models with closed toes are best.
leave Wadi Rum in the mornings, for Aqaba at about 7am (there is no bus on
Fridays) and for Petra at about
8h30am. We can always get you to Rum in time for these buses. If you are going
anywhere else, there are plenty of connections in Aqaba for Amman and points
We should like to say that the early bus to Aqaba is
notoriously unreliable. We do not recommend it to our clients.
It is supposed to leave from the Resthouse at 7.30am. It is a small bus,
with seats for only about 15 people and very often after passing through the
village it is already full when it reaches the Resthouse, with no room for any
other passengers. If it is full early on, then it will leave early - I have
known it leave before 7am. It can also do this if it suits the driver to be in
Aqaba earlier than usual. On the other hand, if there are only a few passengers,
it might not go at all. It is not a good idea to base your
travel plans on taking this bus. The only alternative is a taxi costing about
25JD to central Aqaba.
There are no other buses from
Rum that go every day. If you
leave later in the day, we can usually take you 30kms to the Desert Highway where
there is a bus stop (the normal price for this is 8JD), or we can arrange a taxi for you to whatever
destination you wish. This is a service we offer to our clients and we take no
commission on it (if you were wondering!) You may pay us or the driver
directly if you wish.
Some taxi prices (in every case
the "vice versa" is the same price) :
Wadi Rum to Petra
Wadi Rum to central Aqaba
Wadi Rum to Aqaba port, Aqaba
airport, the Saudi or Israeli borders
or the Tala Bay resorts
Amman airport to Wadi Rum (you
might be asked to pay for waiting time)
(this price is fixed by the driver, I can only give the usual charge)
Wadi Rum to the Desert Highway
Times : we usually start out at around 9.30am and reckon
to finish the tour about 4pm or before sunset. We do expect you to be here at
this time, or we reserve the right to charge you the
Private Tour surcharge. See the FAQ
Toilets and rubbish : There is a toilet in
the fixed camp where we usually spend the night. Otherwise, out in the desert, we are
sorry but one has to go behind a rock! Please be sure that all wastes are
buried, and push a bit of sand over any "evidence". Toilet paper should be
burned or put into a plastic bag for you to bring back and add to the camp
It is a good idea
always to have a plastic bag or two with you for the rubbish that tends to
accumulate. There will usually be a general rubbish bag with the car, there is
always one in an overnight stop.
"Good" guides in
Wadi Rum do not leave rubbish lying around. Most of us pick up any objects
discarded by less careful souls.
Please read also the
Tour conditions and FAQs!
Our office phone number is +962.795.899.723 (or
0795.899.723 from inside Jordan). This number
available 24/24 hours and
should always be answered by
somebody speaking English. Further (useful!) information
about contacting us is given on the page Contact
You can reach us by email at
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