One thing EVERYONE should know about Arabic...

There is one thing EVERYONE should understand about Arabic and with this little bit of knowledge you have a key to understanding some of the phrases you hear in the news and other commentary about Muslims and Islam.

Before I go on I should take some time to explain that Arabic is an extremely rich language in it's expression. The language lends itself to poetry and it is no secret that Bedouin people love poetry (as do most Arabs). The depth of meaning and how words can have many layers of meaning all come back to one marvellous thing... wait for it ...

Posted on October 2, 2017 and filed under About Wadi Rum.

Recent Pictures of Bedouin Directions Camp?

Hello all my past guests... Does anyone have any recent (2017) large images (minimum 1280 x 900 pix) they could e-mail me of the outside and inside of the tents, the bathrooms, breakfast, dinner...?  I would be grateful if anyone does! Thank you!

Please e-mail them to: wadirum.mehedi@gmail.com

Sorry to make you all busy I know Western life is busy enough!

Posted on September 12, 2017 .

What is the difference between the "Bedouin Camp" and Bivouac Camping?

I sometimes get asked by people what is the difference between the two accommodation options we offer: Our "Bedouin Camp" and Bivouac Camping...

In this post I aim to simplify and make clear the key points that will help you differentiate, compare and decide which option is best for you:

Monday Memories of Wadi Rum

Today I invite you to daydream for a few minutes and read about Frances's memories of her first impression of Wadi Rum: 

My eyes were still closed tight, although my ears were open and I could hear the sounds of people not too far away from me, talking. The sounds were foreign, but somehow beautiful, musical, rhythmic. The sound was Arabic being spoken, not harsh at all like you are led to believe....
Posted on August 14, 2017 .

Hedgehogs in the desert ... really?

Taken by Bedouin Directions

Taken by Bedouin Directions

Desert Hedgehogs Rock...

Who can resist the charms of hedgehogs? Well not even Bedouin people it seems. We like them very much. Although mostly because they eat scorpions and snakes, rather than for sentimental reasons. Hedgehogs are surprisingly hardy and do very well in the desert of Wadi Rum.

They can often be seen visiting the camp by night looking for some discarded chicken bones to munch on, or for some water in the bathroom. They may even attempt to enter your tent if you have some chocolate or other goodies in your luggage. Don't worry they are not dangerous visitors : D. They can be seen all year around however, they are most active in the summer months. They will hole up in the mountains during the coldest weather and sleep. 

Look out for their telltale tracks in the sand. Four little prints usually following the same route multiple times, keeping close to the walls or mountain sides as much as possible.

They are easy to catch to get a closer look, but there is a special technique to pick them up without being spiked. If you spot one ask your guide and he can catch it for you.

Of course we always release them again quickly so they can be safely on their way.

Monday Memories of Wadi Rum

Today I would like to invite you to take a few minutes out from your work day to daydream, and read about Pat & Larry Ernst's memories of Wadi Rum:

Our journey through Jordan from Amman to Aqaba  included a 1 day 1 night guide though Wadi Rum with Bedouin Directions. Eid was our guide for the day. There were many things about our desert experience that I remember: lunch prepared in the desert, watching my husband climb the rocks up to the arch, trekking thru the narrow pass, gathering for dinner at camp with everyone sharing stories. I do wish we could have spent more time at Wadi Rum and perhaps one day we will be able to journey back.   

 

If I were to share just one moment of that trek it would be watching the evening sun set and the moon rise over the red desert. One cannot always plan the "perfect" moment but, it was as if everything was in alignment that night. Even tho the temp was cooling off, it was a magical, I could photograph the sun and the moon at the same exact time. And remind myself that I was in the desert in Jordan far far from home. Things like that are priceless, unplanned and totally spontaneous. 

Taken by Pat Ernst

Taken by Pat Ernst

Wilfred Thesiger Quote, Arabian Sands

Taken by Bedouin Directions

Taken by Bedouin Directions

 
‘No man can live this life and emerge unchanged. He will carry, however faint, the imprint of the desert, the brand which marks the nomad; and he will have within him the yearning to return, weak or insistent according to his nature. For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match’ – WILFRED THESIGER, ARABIAN SANDS
Posted on August 1, 2017 and filed under About Wadi Rum.

Monday Memories of Wadi Rum

Thank you to all the people that have already responded to my post yesterday and written to my e-mail address with your memories of Wadi Rum... keep them coming... Insha'Allah.

Today I would like to invite you to take a few minutes out from your work day to daydream, and read about Katie Al-Akras's memories of Wadi Rum 

ATTENTION: Calling our past guests - share your memories of Wadi Rum

To all our wonderful past guests, who chose us to be their guides in Wadi Rum. As a part of our new blog we would like to do a weekly post every Monday featuring a memory that a past guest has shared with us about their visit to Wadi Rum...

Submissions should be sent to wadirum.mehedi@gmail.com

Posted on July 30, 2017 and filed under About Wadi Rum, About our Tours.

Why do Bedouin use socks in the desert?

Today while checking the analytics for my website I saw that a google search had lead someone to my site (in vain) trying to find the answer to the above question.

Why do Bedouin use socks in the desert?

I feel bad! This is one question I haven't been asked before and have not previously addressed : D.

I thought I would write a quick post in the hope the person searching for the answer to this pressing question will see it, or perhaps that there are others also puzzling over the mystery of sock wearing Bedouin people...

Fun Camel facts....

Camels grazing in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Camels grazing in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Somethings you might not know about camels ...

Many people will see camels roaming around the desert while they are on their tours around Wadi Rum protected area. They will often then wrongly assume these camels must be wild...

However, all the camels you see roaming alone are not wild, they have an owner. Camels have a homing instinct and they will either return home to their owners tents. Or the owner will regularly come, round them up and check on them. The camels also know where to find water in the desert, so you will often see camels drinking at Lawrence Spring, they will have walked their themselves to have a drink.

Camels do go missing sometimes, but they can usually be found once the owner looks for them. A female might have gone off with a passing male. Or they might have seen a bigger herd passing and decided to join them. Depending on their desires in the moment...

Fact: When you see camels walking in single file, one behind the other their plan is to go a long way.

Posted on June 28, 2017 and filed under About Wadi Rum.

Bedouin Directions earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017

Bedouin Directions is happy to announce that we have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2017. This is the seventh year of the award and the seventh year we have been awarded.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our generous, kind guests who take the time to write such positive reviews about our tours and camp. Without your words we could not earn this award and the "right" people, who are looking for what we offer, would find it harder to find us.

Insha'Allah we hope to continue to run our business in a way which people are happy with.

See you in Wadi Rum soon, Insha'Allah!