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!

World without Time - The Bedouin by Edward Nevins and Theon Wright

A quote from the book "World without Time - The Bedouin". A feeling some of you may well have experienced when visiting the desert of Wadi Rum... a feeling perhaps some of you have yet to experience... The quiet time on your lunch break is the ideal time to go for a short walk alone and appreciate the silent expanse of the desert...

Posted on June 17, 2017 and filed under About Wadi Rum.

Bedouin Directions - Bivouac Camping in Wadi Rum

Taken by Claudio Lehmann

Bivouac Camping - sleeping under the stars with Salah at Um Momgour, Wadi rum. Bivouac Camping will be available again after Ramadan. July, August, September and October are all excellent months of the year to try sleeping outside, while the weather is still mild, Insha'allah.

Disclaimer: we don't guarantee music will be played while guests are Bivouac camping. This depends on the guide who goes with you and if he is a musician with a Oud. 

Hot Air Balloon Flights


I have a lot of people who write to me asking about the possibility of taking a Hot Air Balloon trip while staying with Bedouin Directions in Wadi Rum.

In short "yes you can". However, I prefer that you book with the company directly (rather than me booking it for you). This is because I think is important people have direct contact with the company they are booking a trip with.

There is only one company that runs the Hot Air Balloon trips. Anyone else is simply booking with this company on your behalf. The companies website is the Royal Aero Sports Club of Jordan.

If you go ahead in book with them then the procedure is as follows:

  • The flights are always very early morning. Meeting time with them is usually at 6am. You can confirm this with me once you have booked with them, just in case it differs.
  • You either need to do the trip before meeting us on your first day (you would finish by 8.30am and can then meet us by 9am).
  • OR after staying overnight with us. If you stay overnight with us first then you should be doing the flight on your departure day (i.e if you stay two nights, not on the day between the two nights you are staying with us, but the day you leave). 
  • If you stay overnight with us before the flight then you need to inform them on booking with them that you will stay overnight at a camp inside the protected area. They will then agree to meet you at the Visitor Center. The other meeting point is the Diseh Petrol station, which is further away (they have maps you can consult on their website). They will NOT collect you from my camp (even though it says on their website they collect from any Wadi Rum camp, actually they will only collect from Diseh based camps).
  • You need to be ready to leave my camp at 5am. We give you sandwiches to take with you rather than a sit down breakfast.
  • If you have a rental car we take you to the village and you can drive the 5/7KM to the Visitor Center to meet them.  We charge 10JD for the early morning transfer from the camp to the village. I need to pay the guide extra to bring you early from the Camp, and this is what I pay him. 
  • If you don't have a rental car we can take you all the way to the Visitor Center to meet them.  We charge 20JD for the early morning transfer from the camp to the Visitor Center. I need to pay the guide extra to bring you early from the Camp, and this is what I pay him. 
  • Flights can be cancelled last minute due to winds etc so usually we will call the Balloon company the night before the flight to check everything is on schedule and the flight will go ahead. If the flight does not go ahead we would bring you back to the village at the normal time after breakfast and there is no charge to do that.

I hope this helps to provide some more information for people wanting to book a Hot Air Balloon flight.

Shared tour - Desert Soul - 8th-10th May

Taken by Debbie Cowley

Taken by Debbie Cowley

Join our adventurous 3 day, 2 night shared tour:

We have one solo traveller seeking to share the Desert Soul program from the 8th-10th May. The tour is one of our most popular and includes canyon scrambling, a Jeep tour to the highlights of Wadi Rum, a day of desert floor level hiking, walking up the highest mountain in Jordan, a 2 hour Camel trek and two nights of Bivouac camping.

Do contact Mehedi: wadirum.mehedi@gmail.com if you are interested in sharing and you would like more information.