Map of Wadi Rum
Our desert camp
Tour conditions & FAQs
Wadi Rum with children
People travelling alone
"Private" or Individual tours
days as you like, hiking and scrambling!
One day trips
"A Day with the Bedouin"
Classic jeep tour
One day camel trek
"Small Three Bridges"
One day jeep/hike
One day (or
more) hiking trips
"Jeep to Burdah Arch"
One day jeep and scramble
The highest mountain in
Two day trips
Two day jeep tour
"The Khasch Route":
Two day jeep/hike
"Open desert trip":
Two days hiking
Two day jeep/camel
Two day camel trek
"Three Bridges trip":
Two day scrambling
"Um Adaami to Aqaba":
One and a half days scrambling
Three or more days
3 days camel trek
5 day camel trek
10 days camel trek
Wadi Rum Adventure
Jeep safari to
5 Day hiking and
Alone in the desert
Supper in the desert
Short self guided hike to Wadi
Shelaala ("Lawrence's Spring")
THESE PROGRAMMES ARE HARD GOING AND
ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR NOVICES IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. YOU SHOULD KNOW HOW TO ABSEIL AND TO
This is a problem for all
of us we are afraid.
Our prices are structured for a minimum of two
people and we have already cut them down as much as we can.
It is quite impossible
for us to take just one person for the price that two people pay individually,
and we have to add a surcharge which is usually about 50%, depending on
the requirements of the tour.
Many people write to us saying that they "would like to join
a group" but it doesn't work like this. The "groups"
we have are private or family
groups who have reserved together and often they do not want outsiders with them - which we consider to be
During the peak holiday months of April and October, there is
a good chance that we can fit you in with somebody else, but even then you
should not count on this. The rest of the year if you cannot link up with other
people (in Petra for instance) you should only contact us if you are willing to
pay the extra price. There is no point in your asking us if there are any other
bookings for the dates you are interested in - we have found the hard way that
people frequently change dates, change their programmes or cancel altogether.
Please do not write to us several weeks or
even months in advance. This is quite useless. Most people reserve with us a
week or two in advance only, and the time for any solo traveller to get in touch
is three or four days before they plan to come - or even later! If you can keep
your plans flexible, this helps, but we do understand that this is not always
We are sorry about this, but while we are anxious to help you, there is a limit to what we can do.
To illustrate the problem, this is an
incident which occurred in April 2011 :
A girl wrote to
me, asking about the possibilities of a tour on a certain date. I replied
saying that yes, I had bookings and that there was a good chance she could
join somebody. She asked what bookings I had, and I replied that somebody
wanted a jeep tour, somebody a camel trek and somebody wanted to do
scrambling (each of these for two people or more)
She said fine, she would "take" the scrambling trip and how much would it
be? I cautioned her that there was no guarantee she could join any
particular trip, but gave her the price for each of these three trips,
supposing she would be going with somebody.
Unfortunately, on the day they were supposed to arrive the people who wanted
to scramble called me at 7.30am to say that they had decided to stay an
extra day in Petra and that they would therefore come a day late. There was
nothing that I could do - the girl was already on the way here. When she
arrived, I explained and apologized, and said she could go on one of the
other trips, for which the people were already here.
She was very angry, and said she wanted scrambling and neither a jeep trip
nor a camel trek; I was willing to take her scrambling, but with the solo
traveller surcharge which she refused to pay, saying that I had promised her
a scrambling trip at the price given and that I was breaking my contract. I
insisted that I had never promised any particular tour - I have learned this
the hard way - but she was so upset that in the end I sent her off alone
with a guide, although the price she was determined to pay did not cover the
guide's fee, let alone food and accommodation.
You can perhaps
understand that I am not anxious to have this situation occur again, and from
now on, all I am willing to answer solo travellers is "yes, I have bookings for
this date" or "no, I do not have bookings for this date". If people call me when
they are in Wadi Rum, I am happy for them to join any tour I am running, but I
shall not be giving any other information in advance.
no problem about finding you somewhere to sleep here; if for some unusual reason
I cannot take you to sleep in my desert camp, I would find you a place with
another guide. The problems start when you want a specific tour and do not want
to substitute something else.
The alternative, which I am seriously considering at the moment, is to refuse
any enquiries from people travelling alone. This is a pity, I understand their
problem, but it would be nice if they also understood mine.
If you decide to come anyway, please call
me when you arrive in Wadi Rum, or have the Reception Desk at the Visitors'
Centre call me, and I would do the best I can for you, but if the best turns out
to be "nothing" I am afraid you will have to accept it.