We had the privilege to meet saleh and his family - he took us out to the wadi and showed us heaven - so much fun for our family then back to his cool house/majalis where we were comfortable relaxed and fed a delish home cooked Bedouin meal! Thank you for the brilliant time - you were the highlight for us and Jordan
We had a wonderful experience with Saleh and his borther Atik, who drove us all over Wadi Rum. The desert is amazing! People are really friendly and helpful. Saleh's wife cooked a delicious dinner for 6 of us. We stayed the night over in their camp. We watched the stars in the evening. Atik lead us to a nice place for lunch and made tea. He also showed a plant used for soap in the desert. We did sandboarding and watched the sunset.
We stayed in Saleh's desert camp for two nights and 2 days. Our experience there made Wadi Rum our favourite destination in a month long tour of Middle East countries.
Wadi Rum is stunning and we got to see both the popular sites and the hidden treasures that are too far in for day trippers to get to. It was great to visit locations where we saw no other visitors - it made the experience even more magical.
Saleh's camp is similar to others in Rum - I think there's about 20 all up scattered around. The 'tent' is more like a cabin, solid and lined with board with a small window. It contains camp beds, pillows and blankets - we took sleeping bag liners and I would recommend doing this. There is a shared bathroom with showers and toilets but remember you're in the middle of a desert with no plumbing so water is trucked in and sewerage is trucked out.
This is a true family business with people who have lived in Rum for generations (unlike other Rum operators who pass off Syrian workers as family members!). Everyone in the family is warm and welcoming.
Saleh welcomed us and joined us for meals and was busy booking people's tours. On our first day, Saleh's nephew Musa took us around. On the second day, Saleh's brother Attik took us to out of the way locations where he dropped us off at various points and met us at the other end of the walk. We don't speak any Arabic and Attik spoke some English so we used maps drawn in the ground to help us with directions!
He cooked us a delicious hot lunch in the middle of the desert and made delicious local tea with zataar grown in the desert. Both days we had plenty of water and snacks supplied. I'm vegetarian and there was no issue with catering for me.
Considering the accommodation, food and touring Saleh's wadirumtours.com is extremely good value for money.
My husband and I had heard great things about Wadi Rum, so we knew we wanted to stay with a Bedouin and get two days out of it (we were only in Jordan 24-28th of April). Saleh was the first place I looked at and thought it would be amazing even after looking at other locations. It is truly a unique experience. A few things really stuck out to us.
1. It truly is a family business. They are in it together, and they let you also feel like you are in the family. The food is amazing; Alia (Saleh's wife) is an amazing cook.
2. It is very personalized. Even with several different groups in their camp, they will take you wherever you want to go. If you change your mind, no problem. Also, as they see you enjoying certain things, they will tailor your trip to see more of the things you enjoy.
3. They are very genuine and good people. They want to share the desert with you in a way that you enjoy it. One of the things I loved about them is that they would take you to the main things, but they would also take you to the hidden special places they have found that other companies don't know about and wouldn't take you to.
This was our first trip to Wadi Rum, and we absolutely enjoyed our time with Saleh and his family. We plan on going back and hopefully staying with them again. It may seem a little expensive at first, but you have to understand that it is very personal and essentially a private tour through one of the most beautiful places on earth. And it's amazing local food (they'll even teach you how to eat it like a local ). We would recommend them to anyone who wants to experience a slightly modern version of Bedouin life and get to know a local family.
Wadi Rum is one of the most incredible places on the planet. However to experience this place properly you must have a good tour guide. Saleh, his family and friends looked after my wife, my 18 month old daughter superbly. Our daughter was entertained by the team constantly, and was able to partake in all the tours. Wadi Rum is a must, and so are Saleh and his family!