Jordan it seems is trending, and as the Lonely Planet includes us on their list of top destinations for 2019, those of you who already visited us can feel smug you made it here ahead of the rush. : D.
Those of you who are heading our way soon, we look forward to meeting you, Insha’Allah.
Visitors to Jordan can look forward to an exciting trip where dramatic landscapes, defined culture, and dizzying history collide….
Thank you to all our guests who took the time to write reviews for us on TripAdvisor. Without your continued support, kind words, and valuable time we wouldn’t have received the certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor once again. We have now received the certificate of excellence for 8 years in a row!
If anyone didn’t write their review yet and you have some time we are always grateful to receive them! Hint hint ; P.
Mehedi and Salem on the top of Jebel Rum many years ago now!
Have a lovely day!
Sorry for a long time we didn't post. We have been too busy (al-hamdulilah) and then focused on Ramadan.
I'm sure you had plenty of other notifications from other pages and websites to keep you busy! ; D
We are closed today for the holiday and open again tomorrow for our guests.
Insha'Allah see you all soon!
Thank you to Guy for his humorous, thoughtful, interesting, well written travel article about his recent visit to Wadi Rum with his motorbike. . .
Read all about about his thoughts and experiences on his blog wanderinggoo.blogspot.com
Thank you to Matt for putting together this video short about visiting Wadi Rum with Bedouin Directions, featuring acoustic Bedouin Music. Have a listen and visit us in your mind...
Thank you to Stephanie for her very enthusiastic and kind blog post about her recent visit to Wadi Rum with Bedouin Directions.
Read all about about her thoughts and experiences on her blog thefantasia.com
Bedouin Directions Camp is a wonderful place to base yourself to spend some time and just enjoy being in nature. The experience of exploring the desert alone is quite different to the experience when you explore with a guide or by Jeep.
We welcome people who want to join us for a longer stay to "Hang Out" at the camp to do some independent walking.
If you do join us to explore independently here are some tips on how to stay safe:
The Sound of the Desert
Wadi Rum is a great place for kids. The desert is like a gigantic playground and will delight children of all ages (probably the adult ones too ; P). Here are some of the features found in Wadi Rum that kids will love... Plus some practical tips on how to prepare for the trip....
Thanks to Bryson and Kelsey Bohman for making and sharing this video with us.
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:
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....
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.
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.
A beautiful selection of photographs, taken by one of our guests, posted with comments from 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
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