Wadi Rum & Camp Overnight
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The next morning, we left Wadi Musa at 7am heading to Wadi Rum. We've managed to get a shared taxi with another person from the hotel going to the same destination. Cost JOD 5 per person. Otherwise, there's a bus departing from Wadi Musa at 6.30am to Wadi Rum daily at the same cost & you'll need to book your seat at your hotel.
The journey to Wadi Rum takes about 1.45hrs. I've booked a guide prehand (see contact below) at the rate of JOD 60 per person inclusive of guide, 4W jeep, lunch, dinner & camp overnight in the desert. Our driver for the day was Khaled and he was simply amazing in delivering his job - ensuring every bit of Wadi Rum was well enjoyed.
We start in the village and drive first to Lawrence's Spring and then to the sand dunes in Wadi Um Ishrin where we see some Nabatean inscriptions. We then continue visiting "Lawrence's House" from where there are some great views, and then to the Barragh Canyon. We did a 20mins hike through the canyon. After that, we have lunch. It was cooked in the most traditional way with fire from the tree branches. Can't exactly remember the name of the dish but it comprises of vegetables, madammes (chic peas) & tuna. Pretty cool.
At about 2pm, we proceed with a drive to where we have a view up the mountain of the rock bridge on Jebel Burdah (mid sized). The climb took about 10mins and quite easy. The view from up is gorgeous but sadly it wasn't sunset yet. Then we moved on to Um Fruth Bridge (smaller) and Khazali Canyon.
Around 4pm, we reached our camp site. There we met another couple from US. The camp site basically has everything small kitchen, toilet and about three huge tents. From there, we had our own free time to roam around while waiting for sunset watching. Being in the desert at night is a no joke, extremely cold & dark. Luckily, we brought torch lights to navigate around.
Dinner was then prepared by our hosts and served in the tent. It was accompanied by arabic music, with some oud playing while we sit around a fire sipping hot tea. This reminisce back to highschool camping except for this time it's in a desert. After dinner, five of us and the host chatted a while, sharing some stories related to Nabatean culture, travel experiences and jokes.
Due to our early morning departure the next day, we decided to call it the night at about 11pm. There were no lights in the tent, so we had to rely only on candles till we doze off. There were total silence except for maybe the wind & fox howling at midnight. Haha.
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Wadi Rum Mountain Guides
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