AT HOME IN WADI RUM
PERSONAL TOURS AND DESERT CAMPING
 
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Welcome; I'm Saleh. With my wife and family we offer every kind of guided tour in Rum. Camping, 4x4 safaris, mountain scrambles, bedouin cooking and culture, desert trekking, secret valleys and special places. Ten different tours! Mix and match from each tour to create your own individual experience. Stay in
Saleh's Safari Camp near Jebel Khazali to explore the real Wadi Rum.
 
Justin DaveyJustin Davey
10:40 27 Jul 22
Saleh and his family took us in like we were their own daughters. More than just a tour, they offered a family experience, all the while seeing the famous sites throughout Wadi Rum, learning some history, enjoying fantastic food, marveling at the brilliant desert night-sky, and riding a camel (an extra expense, but must-do if it's your first time -- there is no better setting).Saleh was very clear and timely in his communication leading up to our visit. I highly recommend him, especially for unaccompanied female travelers.
Petra SzajkoPetra Szajko
21:15 11 Jun 22
My husband and I booked a 4x4 tour and stayed in Saleh’s camp. It was one of our best experience in our life the camp is well equipped and comfortable. Saleh’s son Moaz took us on a tour with one of their 4x4 car which we enjoyed very much Moaz is the best tour guide in Wadi Rum he took us all of the nice places what Wadi Rum can offer and told us every story about the local places and the people. After we had a really nice meal cooked by Saleh’s wife and watched the sunset which is the best to look from the benches by the camp. Thank you very much will never forget.
BartekBartek
22:02 12 May 22
With Saleh you are not treated as a tourist but as a true guest in his home. We had a chance to see marvellous magic of Wadi Rum with all major spots and the sunset on the desert. Evening and overnight in his desert camp will stay with us as a unforgettable memory. We were travelling as a family with three children and the whole day trip enriched with camel ride was the best time we spent in our trip to Jordan.
Newbold PicturesNewbold Pictures
18:19 26 Apr 22
Had the best time spending two nights in Saleh’s camp and getting to know him and his family. They treated us like family and took great care of us from the transportation to seeing the best sites. Alia, his wife made delicious food catered to our dietary needs and likes and we had a ton of fun spending a day in the desert with his son, Moaz. We left with memories we will cherish and will definitely want to come back! Can not say enough great things about the experience.
Martha NewboldMartha Newbold
09:27 25 Apr 22
Thank you very much, Saleh and Alia, for welcoming us into your camp. You made us feel like family! Thank you for cooking delicious vegetarian meals for the five of us. The camel ride was safe and unforgettable. Your handsome son, Moaz, gave us a great full-day tour of the nearby stunning sites; cooked a meal for our leisurely lunch as we relaxed in the cool shade, and timed it perfectly to close our day with a spectacular sunset experience. We will long remember sleeping outside under the starry, desert sky. Blessings on you and your family.We will treasure our very fond memories of being with you all.
Charles BodsworthCharles Bodsworth
18:46 20 Apr 22
My family group of four had a wonderful experience with Saleh and his family and I highly recommend Saleh’s Safari Camp.I was looking for a local company that I could book with direct (not through a booking site or an agent). Saleh’s website accurately describes the tours and stays he offers and the prices - there is nothing hidden.We opted to take a camel ride out into the desert before being picked up by a family member for a memorable ride in the back of a pick up truck. The driver took us to all the best places (along with tourists with other operators) and then let us get on with it. In other words we had the best balance of a guide and freedom.The camp is perfect: basic, but comfortable and clean. Saleh’s wife cooked us a delicious meal and breakfast the next day. There were just two other family groups staying and the atmosphere was quiet and relaxed.We took our children aged 14 and 13 and this is perfect for adventurous teenagers.
Eoin RedmondEoin Redmond
16:04 19 Feb 22
Saleh was really welcoming and friendly. Nothing was rushed, he took his time to take us to the best spots. Ride was very bumpy and shaky in the jeep, but I believe that is to be expected on the Wadi Rum desert terrain. Got some excellent photos Great experience, great value for money too!
Chris PriceChris Price
11:09 27 Nov 21
You must must must come visit Saleh and his family! A real Bedouin experience with spiced tea, delicious home cooked meals and guided tours deep into the beautiful Wadi Rum protected area. All included in one very reasonable price.This is a ONCE IN A LIFETIME opportunity to stay with an incredible family with stories, songs and amazing local meals.Call to make reservations now.
JamesJames
18:32 12 Oct 21
What a wonderful place! Stayed several nights here; Saleh and his family are great hosts, wonderful food, the tours were both relaxing and spectacular. This camp has no neighbors close by, and is very very quiet. The stars are bright at night. Staying here is like visiting family.
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Two of Saleh's recent visitors,a photographer and a film-maker, recorded their impressions.Many thanks to luzmartin.com and Pablo
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We're bedouin, born here in Rum, members of the proud Huwaitat tribe, descendants of the Nabateans who built Petra and helped to give the Arab world its freedom more than 100 years ago.
 
no risks but lots of adventure
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We offer adventure tourism for all ages. We welcome children!! And their grandparents too! As well as women travellers. Also independent tourists.
 
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Saadeq is the Arabic word for honest. It's important to us that you leave here loving Rum as much as we do, having had a totally authentic experience. The prices on this site are what you'll pay; there are no hidden extras.
 
cheapest for families and couples
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We believe we offer the best value in Rum for families and for couples. Our tour charges are the same for one person or a couple or a family!
 
your Wadi Rum
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Look around this site, tell us what you want and we'll design the perfect visit for you; we can even organise a camel race! . Book a tour now or customise it any way you want.
 
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Saleh has two camps with modern showers and WC facilities; besides Saleh's Safari Camp deep in the desert, he has one in Rum village itself. So if you're just looking for simple overnight accommodation we can provide that too; just let us know!
The geology of Rum

 

This article was written some years ago by the Jordanian artist and architect Ammar Khammash - examples of his work can be seen on his personal web-site http://www.khammash.com

 

From Amman, Wadi Rum is a minimum 2-day trip, and a good overnight destination. It is suitable for grownup kids, with fun camping facilities, basic, safe and providing acceptable roughing-up experience for a practical family.

Tips: the main famous sights of Wadi Rum can be done in one full day, but for those who like hiking and exploring off-the-beaten-track walks, two or three days would effectively leave a lasting impact. Wadi Rum is an ideal exercise destination it can help individuals caught-up in urban, unhealthy duties, to shape up their body and spirit. Rum is relatively cooler than the eastern desert and its dry clean air is therapeutic and invigorating.

A trip to Wadi Rum can be combined with other obvious destinations, such as Aqaba or Petra. Other less famous destinations might include Humaima (an Islamic site west of the Highway to Aqaba) Udruh on the way from Petra to Ma'an, the gardens of Ma'an, and, during the cooler winter season, the back-door drive from Disseh to Mudawwara.

 

Re-thinking Wadi Rum

If you want to avoid finishing this destination in one go, it is important to take one aspect at a time, to discover and enjoy this wide and unique landscape. This is a destination of varied attractions (general tourists attractions, mountain climbing, birds and wild plants, star watching, archeology, Bedouin culture etc.) Rum can demand from certain types of visitors a lasting relationship culminating in a degree of devotion, it can keep asking its lovers to come back; Rum enriches and educates some of us for lifetime.

For now, the Rum destination should be explored through the water springs and the small, tranquil, special spots they create. Little hanging gardens in the middle of this vast, dry, eerie, and peculiar landscape.

Arriving at Wadi Rum is like coming in from an open outdoor space to an indoor space of vast dimensions. This feeling acquires its full strength when you see Rum village from a distance.

This grand entrance is the largest and most defined corridor or gallery, with vertical walls and smaller side corridors. Rum can be compared to a city with monolithic window-less buildings. The main corridors run north-south, with one major corridor (Khor Ajram) running east-west, showing a recognizable grid that respond to subterranean faults. The meeting of Khor Ajram with Wadi Rum at Jabal Khaz'ali makes this mountain, Khazali, a central altar-piece in a landscape that appears like a humongous ruined temple, with maroon-orange walls and a deep-blue ceiling.

What is surprising, and often deceiving, is that the altitude of the bottom of Wadi Rum is 900 meters above sea level (1000m at the base of Khazali Mountain). This fact is often wrongly assessed, as when we descend from Ras Al Naqab and we think of Wadi Rum as if we are descending from Amman to the Jordan Valley. On this 'plain', Jabal Rum, the mountain to the west of the Rum Village is a unique monument. It is a chunk of sandstone, 700 meter thick, sitting on a pedestal of granite about 40 meter high to reach the total height of 1754 metres above sea level; one of Jordan's highest summits.

It would be more accurate, geologically speaking, to think of Wadi Rum not as a valley but as tableland, with sandstone pillars standing on it. The visible line of contact between granite and sandstone can organize our understanding of this natural monument. Below this line, granite, with its massive boulders, is like the side of a ruined pyramid, with an overall slope close to 45 degrees. Above this contact line, sandstone stands mainly vertical, borrowing from architecture many elements such as domes, cantilevered monolithic shelves looking like balconies, and arches that, in time, form complete bridges. Sandstone behaves like an architect, one who is flexible, detail-oriented, and has a soft spot for ornaments.

 

Where rocks created by fire meet rocks created by water

This contact line is also the boundary between rocks of opposite origins. Granite is igneous (was molten before becoming rock),

it is Jordan's oldest rock, related to the continental basement that was formed by the cooling of the earth after it's creation some 4.6 billion years ago. Sandstone is sedimentary, has been built up in layers under water some 500 million years ago. From this point where rocks created by fire meet rocks created by water, a line of gentle springs hide within its depth many secrets of this strange land.

There are two main springs on this line: Ain Shallaaleh (closer to the rest house) and Abu 'Aina further to the south. Besides these two springs, all along the contact line of granite-sandstone, water seeps out into the light. This line is a wonderful walk and easy to explore. It is like a crack in big clay jar seeping water; a secret that birds and plants learned so well and shared with the Edomites, the Nabateans and the Bedouins.

Wild fig trees cling to this line like leeches to their host, their roots run horizontally fseeking out the farthermost drop of water. As these trees hang on this line of life, their root system creates a web of veins adapted to this vertical oasis, they have to master their anchorage in order to survive This water line is fed by the massive Jabal Rum, a chunk of sandstone that works like a big sponge sitting on a slab of impermeable granite. Granite, the harder rock, acts like a tray slopping eastward hence the location of springs on the eastern side of the mountain. The granite of Wadi Rum keeps sloping downward as we move to the east and disappears completely underground at the eastern parts of the protected area in the direction of Mudawwara.

Understanding the geology of Wadi Rum can help us enjoy it as an integrated system and not only as a unique work of art. It reveals to us the fuller story as told by nature with its magnitude and subtleties.

Wadi Rum is an experience in altering your visual scale; its vertical elevations are so vast that they can re-format your sense of proportions, completely re-setting the visual calibrations between vertical and horizontal. Rum is definitely an experience and possibly a transformation.

Ammar Khammash, 26/6/2002

after Wadi Rum
 
here's the perfect way to remember or celebrate Wadi Rum. We call the stones 'desert pearls' and they're hidden beneath some of the sandstone cliffs, washed out by seasonal showers; we're working with RSCN Jordan rockingjewellery.com 
beyond Wadi Rum
Discover hidden Jordan . . . besides 'the golden triangle' of Wadi Rum, Petra and Aqaba, there are Roman, early Christian and Islamic remains, the ancient Kings Highway, Wadi Dana, the Dead Sea, Ajloun and the Azraq Oasis; we can provide guides, drivers, hotels and car hire .... click here