Unforgettable landscapes, a unique and one of a kind place on earth.
Most travelers I know organize trips on their own. I also belong to this group. We value the freedom and freedom to travel the world on our own. Although not always solo escapades are the best and possible at all. Sometimes buying an organized trip on the spot turns out to be the most sensible choice. The price is favorable and the itinerary is attractive and polished. So there is no need to force yourself to prepare everything yourself, since others have more experience and possibilities in this area.
Most travelers I know organize trips on their own. I also belong to this group. We value the freedom and freedom to travel the world on our own. Although not always solo escapades are the best and possible at all. Sometimes buying an organized trip on the spot turns out to be the most sensible choice. The price is favorable and the itinerary is attractive and polished. So there is no need to force yourself to prepare everything yourself, since others have more experience and possibilities in this area. An organized tour in the Wadi Rum desert has its pros and cons – just like everything else. In my opinion, there are more advantages than disadvantages, although opinions on this subject differ. However, I would not demonize a ready trip with the office for several reasons. The opportunity to get to know Bedouins, experience their authentic hospitality and openness is a very valuable experience. It’s worth spending some time with them and learning more about their culture. Especially since companies are often family businesses in which all guides are related to each other in some way. Staying in one campsite, drinking Bedouin tea and having a meal together are part of the entire experience of a tour of the Wadi Rum desert. It would be a pity to give up on that. Some people may accuse an organized trip of a highly tourist character. It cannot be denied that guides take tourists to the same places – from point to point. On the other hand, they know the desert and know exactly where to go to avoid pointless circulation. Thanks to experienced drivers, the risk of missing an interesting attraction is eliminated. The most important advantages of an organized tour of Wadi Rum, however, are the accommodation and food provided. Sleeping in Bedouin tents and tasting Jordanian cuisine is a kind of experience.
Self-guided tour of Wadi Rum.
One of them is visiting Wadi Rum with a rented off-road car. Going there in a regular rental vehicle is not the best idea. The surface is bumpy and not suitable for a car. You can damage the car, which will ultimately prove to be very expensive.Wadi Rum can also be visited on foot. The area is not large, so it won’t take many months to walk around all the attractions. However, you will need at least a few days. Navigating the desert on foot can be quite a challenge, so it is an option for those in good shape and endurance. In summer, this is rather impossible due to the very high temperatures. When you are out in the open, you cannot hide in the shade when you feel the need to do so. Luggage carried on the back should contain an adequate supply of food and water. Nights at this time of the year are so warm that you can sleep outdoors without having to put up a tent. The choice of place is almost arbitrary. Visiting the Wadi Rum desert on your own feet must be a unique experience. While walking, you can fully absorb the atmosphere of this place and gaze at the Martian landscape for hours.
Price of an organized trip to Wadi Rum.
Due to the lack of time and the winter time of the year, we entrusted the Bedouin Campsite & Tours with one of the Bedouin companies to organize the Wadi Rum trip. We opted for the option that included dinner, overnight in a private Bedouin tent, breakfast, lunch and a 10-hour trip for four people. You also have to take into account the fact that we spent New Year’s Eve on Wadi Rum, which could have influenced the price. Fireworks and dances were an additional attraction, which we did not see, because we had to rest after a long journey. Initially, the price of the trip to Wadi Rum seemed exaggerated, but we changed our mind very quickly on the spot. That’s a fair amount for what you get. And the experience itself is definitely worth the money. Thanks to the special Jordan Pass discount card, we also avoided the fee of 5 JOD for admission to the Wadi Rum park.
What is the night like in the Wadi Rum desert?
The standard of Bedouin camps in Wadi Rum varies. It ranges from very simple, even primitive camping sites, to modern, almost futuristic complexes. So it all depends on your expectations. We are very pleased that we found a small but authentic campground surrounded on all sides by rocks. The camp is located off the beaten track, away from other groups, which allows you to enjoy the unique atmosphere of Wadi Rum in seclusion. In addition, it consists of only 8 tents and can accommodate a maximum of 24 people, which apparently does not happen often. In high season it is usually 15-20 and off 1-15. Some campsites have dozens of tents, which creates the effect of a block of flats. Being in the company of hundreds of tourists must be moderately pleasant …
Tents of various sizes are more like Bedouin lockable houses. We got a private cabin with two beds joined together. Interestingly, the floor was carpeted. We had duvets and a very thick blanket at our disposal to protect us from low temperatures in winter. The tents do not have private bathrooms available in some camps. Two simple toilets and one shower are located on one of the rocks surrounding the campsite. We didn’t have luxurious conditions, but it didn’t bother us at all. In the middle of the desert, we wouldn’t want to walk on a paved pavement and take a hot shower in a jacuzzi. It would kill all the charm of being in Wadi Rum. The sky, illuminated by billions of stars, was our greatest attraction.
What is the food like in the Wadi Rum desert?
Food is served in one shared tent where all guests and guides gather. It’s nice to warm up by the burning stove and drink a very specific tea that is served by Bedouins. The food is served as a buffet, so everyone puts what they want on the plate. Before you start trying the specialties of Jordanian cuisine, however, you can see the excavation of zarbu, i.e. roasted meat and vegetables that have been buried in the pit for several hours. The table includes typical starters, i.e. olives, various types of cheese, and even a potato cake. Sweet dates and fruit are eaten for dessert. Breakfast is fairly standard. In addition to the above-mentioned products, you can also find eggs, the famous hummus and other pastes. So you won’t get cereal with milk, sausages and nutella served during hotel breakfasts. We liked the lunch outdoors prepared by the Bedouins the most. After a few hours of driving in the desert, the guides took us to a secluded place and began to prepare a meal. I don’t know if we ever enjoyed eating outdoors as much as we did then. Bedouins used simple products to create delicious, fresh dishes, the taste of which cannot be forgotten. We had a choice of tuna, cucumber and tomato salad, vegetable cream, one more vegetable salad and eggplant paste. For dessert, we got fruit and cookies, which we hardly squeezed after a filling lunch. It was the best food we had in Jordan!
Organized trip or visiting the Wadi Rum desert on your own?
Visiting the Wadi Rum desert on your own gives you a lot of freedom that is not available on an organized trip. You can stop wherever your heart desires and get to know this unique place at your own pace. An organized tour, in turn, consists of many different points that create one complete experience. In my opinion, it is worth trying both forms of visiting Wadi Rum. One day, go on an organized trip, and the next, go for a long, unhurried walk, enjoying the magic of this place. We missed a bit of this on our trip. We will be happy to return to the Wadi Rum desert one day.