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In Rum, you can camp by the Rest House or arrange to stay in the village. You can camp in the wild across Jordan, but always stay a discreet distance from villages and Bedouin tents. You can also travel by 4-wheel drive truck, camel or horseback. There are many private Bedouin camps deep in Wadi Rum Reserve—they’ll provide transportation, food and lodging.
Jordan is a very easy country to visit. You can do it on your own (renting a car and booking your own lodging) but traveling with a local guide gives you a lot more bang for your buck. Here are some of our favorite resources and guides. Also, you can contact The Jordanian Tourism Board for help with trip planning.
Treks and Climbs in Wadi Rum, Jordan by Tony Howard. There have been at least three additions to this classic work. It’s worth buying for the history alone. Tony Howard’s Nomad’s Travel site also has wonderful descriptions of the adventure travel possibilities in Jordan. Also check out Climbing Jordan.
Wilfried Colonna’s new guidebook to Wadi Rum will be available soon, published by the Italian publisher, Versante Sud. The book, written with Philippe Brass, will be the most comprehensive guide to the area. For more information on the book and some amazing adventure opportunities, check out Desert Guides.
Mohammed Hammad’s Bedouin Guides has terrific logistical information on climbing and other adventures to be had in Wadi Rum. He can also provide a wide range of guiding and camping services.
Hakim Tamimi-Marino runs Tropical Desert Trips. His canyoneering trips bring you to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. His company is a gateway to hiking, canyoneering and climbing in Jordan. The website has topos for many of Jordan’s bolted climbing areas that have been developed over the past few years.
No trip to Wadi Rum is complete without a visit to Aqaba—just an hour away. This ancient Red Sea port city has the best market in Jordan and miles of healthy coral reef for world-class diving and snorkeling. There are affordable waterfront hotels such as Moon Bay, but you can usually get a sweet deal at the 5-star Kempinski. Yazan Alsaed at Sea Guard can take you out for snorkeling and diving at a very fair price.
Other useful sites:
- Rum Bedouin Mountain Guides: http://bedouinroads.com
- Website on Jordan and Rum: http://www.jordanjubilee.com
- Waiter Neser’s Rum climbs website: http://www.wadirum.net
- Captain’s Private Desert Camp is a great place to stay out in the desert. You can also camp in your own tent and make arrangements to eat at one of the desert camps.