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Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum November 17th 2023

We started our trip in the capital Amman but headed by bus south to the red desert of Wadi Rum, about 4 hours. There we drove around in the back of an open jeep whilst admiring the steep hillsides. We took a short walk through a canyon which had evidence of Nabataean carvings. A steep climb up a sandhills afforded us spectacular views. The evening was spent around a fire with a traditional Bedouin meal cooked in the ground under coals. Our accommodation was in a very smart Bedouin tent with a sky full of bright stars. Next morning our fellow travellers took an uncomfortable ride on some camels. We then travelled to the Red Sea to the city of Aqaba. We visited the old fortress and spent the day on a boat which allowed us ... read more
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Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum November 23rd 2022

In the fancy tent, the beds were super comfy and nice bedding, which should have made for a restful evening. Ken took advantage and slept all night, which is amazing for him. Me, not so much. This was one of those rare nights where sleep just wasn’t happening. Oh well…I was snug in bed and got a bit of reading done, before just relaxing and hoping for some snoozing. As we were doing a sunrise camel ride, it was up and at the reception area at 630a. Along with 10 others, we wandered in the barely dawn light down the path to our trusty camels. My camel, FouFou was quite chatty and wanted to talk to everyone, kind of between a horse whinnie and a cow moo that is quite comical. She was also enamored with ... read more
Bonding with FouFou
Ready for the Ride!
FouFou wanting to get close to Ken

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum November 22nd 2022

Today is some serious driving, as it takes about 4.5 hours to get down to the south of Jordan to Wadi Rum, just north of the Red Sea. I was back on driving duty, and the Dead Sea Highway (1 lane each way so not a big one) was pretty good. We turned off to head over the mountains toward the Desert Highway and did some quite major up hills and switch backs on what we would consider a backroad. I wanted to stop by Karak Castle, which is on the way and was about 1.5 hours, so pretty easy. Unfortunately, I had put in Karak (not the castle) which took us in to the little town with lots of little alleys. Not bright on my part. We redid and still had to go through some ... read more
Our Tent!
Karak Catle
Enjoying the Karak Caste View

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum July 2nd 2022

We woke up late the next morning before we were driven to Wadi Rum. Views of camels and tall, beige rock structures made up the hour and a half car ride into the desert where we stayed in a bubble room- literally a hotel room but in a bubble. After we settled in, we went on a jeep ride, and the first stop was to this large sand dune. Although not easy to climb, it gave us a great view of the surrounding mountains of rock lying on top of a bed of sand. Then, we rode along to a walkable valley that had cave drawings along its impressive walls. One of them depicted a childbirth in which the parent was squatting instead of laying down. The next stop was to a cliff where we walked ... read more
Maja looking cute
Me and Daddy in Wadi Rum
We made it

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum June 16th 2022

Here we are, soon the last blog of a very special June trip. Today is a little special as we are celebrating our second wedding anniversary. The big day was on the beach in Seychelles. Next year, we took the dress to the Sossusvlei in Namibia...and we already have colder and greener plans for 2023 and 2024! Wadi Rum is one of those very special places in the world. I've done it in December...so this time, it's a little warmer. Interesting enough, we are nowhere close to the heat of Luxor. Would I call 33 degrees a very comfortable temperature for mid day...well, yes it is! We drove all the way early morning from the Dead Sea via Aqaba. The big advantage of a self drive in Jordan is the size of the country. 4 hours ... read more
The big Arch...
Celebrating our two years wedding anniversary in a special place...
From the inside of Lawrence of Arabia cave...

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum March 11th 2020

It's official. We were informed by GAdventures today that the Israel part of the trip has been cancelled. There is a mandatory 14 day quarantine for anyone entering the county. Most of the people on the trip need to make alternative arrangements. I know that GAdventures will take care and probably give us a voucher for the Israel part. I fully intend on coming back to Israel. At my hotel in Aquaba, I spent over 2 hours trying to rebook my flight. My original flight was from Tel Aviv to San Diego. Now I'm trying to rebook out of Amman, Jordan. I tried 3 different phone numbers and they kept sending me back to the 800 number. There was over 60 minute wait to talk to someone. I tried to change it online, which didn't work. ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum March 10th 2020

We were all exhausted from walking around Petra yesterday, so luckily we had a leisurely start. We left the town of Petra at 10 a.m. and drove through a really rugged part of Jordan. We just kept climbing past this rocky terrain until we topped out at about 5000 feet. Then we descended down to Wadi Rum, the next stop in our itinerary. We started in Amman in the north and went further north to Jerash, then to the Dead Sea. From there we continued south to Mt. Nebo, Madaba, and Petra. Now we are going to Wadi Rum and will continue to Aquaba tomorrow. Wadi Rum (Arabic: وادي رم‎ Wādī Ramm), known also as the Valley of the Moon (Arabic: وادي القمر‎ i... read more
Rocky area
Rocky area
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Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum November 19th 2019

The mention of Wadi Rum generally gets two responses. The first is ‘I’ve never heard of it’ and the second is ‘I’ve always wanted to go there’. Unless the person asked has already been but, generally, not many people have. Naturally, it was on my knowledgeable wife’s bucket list, whereas I assumed a Wadi Rum was a cocktail. Flights from the UK to Jordan are quite pricey, but we had booked a holiday in Cyprus and it transpired that a return flight from there to Amman (with Ryanair) could be had for as little as £20. The flight is a mere one hour’s duration but going to the north of the country meant we had a long journey down south. If you wish to visit places like Wadi Rum and Petra the sensible option is to ... read more
My beast of burden
Camp at dawn
My Luke Skywalker, Tatooine pose.

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum September 11th 2019

For breakfast at the Wadi Rum lodge I raced to be first at the egg station. Since nobody else had yet put odd ingredients into the pan, I got some freshly cooked eggs for a change. One of the chefs was baking flat bread at the next station. I watched him roll out the dough and spread it on a convex oven top where it baked almost immediately. Then he peeled it off the oven and placed it into a basket. Nice warm pita bread and eggs. Plus juice and fruit and cereal. Today I determined to start with a good breakfast and it proved to be a good decision. After breakfast we boarded a fleet of pickup trucks for what they called a jeep safari led by Bedouin guides. Although they were not genuine Jeep ... read more
Fresh pita for breakfast
Bust in desert rock
Caravan drawing on desert rock

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum June 30th 2019

The guests in the next room decide that the best way of disciplining their noisy child is to lock him out in the hotel corridor. His response is to keep screaming while trying to bash the door down. Now the whole hotel is awake. Today we start our two day adventure to Wadi Rum, which is about four hours south of Amman, and then to Petra. Our driver and guide introduces himself as Fadi. He says that he is Palestinian and that his parents first came to Jordan many years ago after they had finished studying. He tells us that 70% of Jordanians have Palestinian roots. The landscape starts to get a lot more arid as we drive south on the main highway connecting Amman to the country’s only port of Aqaba on the Red Sea. ... read more
Locals relaxing, Wadi Rum
A true local, Wadi Rum
In the back of our chariot




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