Wadi Rum Bedouin Camps

Nov 13th, 2010, 06:50 PM
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Gpotvin, sorry you were unhappy with Jabel Rum etc. This was the biggest disappointment on his trip as he had imagined magnificent photographic opportunities that didn't materialise. He was disappointed that his tranquil desert was spoiled by the train tootling through behind the camp twice during the night.
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Nov 14th, 2010, 11:04 AM
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Gpotvin - Your experience sounds similar to the horrible New Years Eve from hell I spent in the Sinai Mountains several years ago. Same sort of crap! Somebodies sister was the belly dancer. Generator produced music - too loud to think much less talk. The only ones enjoying it were the stoned tourists.

The company that produced that horrible experience was out of Dahab and called Friends. Don't know if they even exist any longer, but unless you have drugs with you, don't go on their NYE party. AAAARRRRUUUUUUGGGGGG!!!!!!!

And - don't have drugs with you! They are very illegal here! I am NOT promoting drugs.
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Nov 15th, 2010, 05:02 AM
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It seems that Desert Horizons tour company has a few problems.

I would like to hear from folks who had positive experiences at Wadi Rum with particular tour companies.

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Nov 15th, 2010, 05:52 AM
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I did not intend to indict the work of Desert Horizons!! Their work was excellent in all other aspects of our trip - Petra, Mt. Nebo Uum Quas, Jerash, Madaba, Karak, Jordan River, Dead Sea etc. Our driver, Yousef, was very concerned about our comfort and our overall enjoyment, and made special efforts to make sure we were happy. I want to reemphasize that I would not pay for an experience at Jabal Rum.
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Nov 15th, 2010, 02:28 PM
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I stayed at that camp in Dec 2007. It would have been OK at another time of year, but in December I damn near froze!! However after doing the 4 day hike of the Inca Trail, the camp in Jordan looked like 5* accomodations. I suppose it all depends on your point of view. This camp is much nicer than roughing it, as you have an actual bed instead of a sleeping bag on the ground. Be sure to bring a flashlight as there is no other source of light once night falls.
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Nov 17th, 2010, 10:03 AM
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I stayed at Jabal Rum camp just last week, and I didn't really have a problem with it. The staff was friendly and the common bathroom was clean. Dinner started out awkward because one tour group sat on one side of the circle and on the opposite side of the circle was myself and a dutch couple. It was eating in silence for a while until we broke the ice among ourselves and then it was fine. The staff dancing, the joining in by the tourists, and the mock weddings were all fun. I thought most everyone had a good time that night.

Regarding the dessert tour, the driver, Ramadin, was the sweetest guy. Yes, he barely spoke English, and I can totally see how people who paid for this tour would expect someone to be able to identity what they're seeing in the dessert, but he tried to make me as comfortable as possible. I didn't mind the non-airconditioning and the sort of rickety truck we were driving in. After reading the negative postings here regarding the 2 hours tour, I expressed my concerns about what I've read on Fodor to Bashir. He, Ramadin, and I then talked about what I want to see in WR; I had places circled in the Lonely Planet book. I opted to pay extra (most likely way too much extra) to do a 6 hours tour to see the sunset and the natural bridges and also to tour the desel section of the dessert the next morning (One spot Ramadin drove me to in Desel looked absolutely stunning). There was a miscommunication the next day that caused him to stop my tour 1.5 hrs earlier than it should have, and I didn't know about it until after the fact, but overall I enjoyed what I saw in the dessert. Having said all of that and the fact that I liked Ramadin very much, I do think Dessert Horizon needs to reconsider how it package the dessert tour, ie be really specific what it entails. Perhaps if the tourists that did not totally enjoy it write to DH about it then they can change their approach to it. I also wonder why we never got to the Visitor center? I thought everyone has to go through the VC before continue into WR.

A side note: We stopped at one Bedouin tent in WR, and the camp's resident cat was bright pumpkin organge from neck down, LOL. The orange color has something to do with Henna ?
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