Camels were used for millennia as the primary form of transport linking Asia to Europe through the Middle East. In the past centuries shipping and trains have superseded this traditional form of transport. If you want to get a feel for how our world was linked and the mode of transport all intercontinental commerce used until recent times, Wadi Rum is the perfect location to experience this. Wadi Rum landscapes are iconic representations of the arabian peninsula as the junction of the three old world continents, and the are provides a safe, tourist friendly opportunity to gain an understanding of the region. Additionally the area which has received UNESCO World Heritage Listing for its natural beauty is one of the most memorable and picturesque landscapes to undertake this experience.
For multiday tours an additional camel is required for luggage and other equipment.
Camel transport is so significant in the imagery of trans asian trading routes, Lawrence of Arabia’s WW1 rebellion, and Nomadic lifestyle on the Arabian peninsula that it is number 3 on our list of best things to do in Wadi Rum!
SHORT CAMEL EXPERIENCES
We offer customised short rides on camel back that allow guests to incorporate a camel ride into a limited time in Wadi Rum.
Includes camel and guide.
1 hour from JOD15 p/p
2 hours from JOD25 p/p
Half Day from JOD40 p/p
*tours of half day or less do not include meals
VILLAGE TO CAMP (OR VICE VERSA)
This does not incorporate any sightseeing but allows guests to experience the camel riding experience and travel the approximately 10km between the camp and village.
The journey from between the camp and the oasis alongside the village is between 2 and 3 hours
Includes camel and guide.
Price from JOD40 p/p
DAY CAMEL TOUR
This tour incorporates a variety of landmark stops that are nearby on the journey between the camp and the village and are accessible by camel within this timeframe:
- Lawrence Spring (a year round water source in the valley)
- Khazali Canyon (including pre-christ Nabatean rock art)
- Red Sand Dune
- Khor al Ajram rock arch (natural rock bridge)
Includes: camels, saddle and riding equipment, lunch and local Bedouin camel handler and guide.
Options: This can be packaged with accommodation and other tours
Price from JOD60
*price includes a simple packed lunch, guests have the option to upgrade to a traditional Qalih campfire cooked lunch for an additional JOD5 p/p
MULTI-DAY CAMEL TOUR
We offer customised multi-day camel tours for days ranging from 2 to 5 days. These itineraries that travel through the Wadi Rum Protected Area visit major attractions along their routes and on the longer journeys stay with the still nomadic herding families living within the Protected Area. The primary objective of these experiences is to provide an opportunity for guests to travel back in time and experience the lifestyle that was prevelant in the region up until the previous century.
These are amazingly unique experiences for guests to travel through the desert on camelback for several days and experience the one time commonplace transport of the Middle East and Central Asia. Each day will revolve around the preparation of the group for transport. Mornings will begin with breakfast followed by preparation and loading of the camels, the group will ride until the heat of the day will force an intermission where camels will be rested and rehydrated while the bedouin and guests will likewise rest, share tea, social and take lunch until the peak heat of the day passes.
Following this the second half of the travel will continue, until dusk where camp will be prepared each night. Various locations and experiences will form the itinerary and depend on the length of the journey but these experiences are primarily intended to allow guests to gain an understanding and appreciation for the camel caravans that were integral to world trade for the past millenia.
- All Meals
- Camping and sleeping equipment
- Camels, saddle and riding equipment
- Local Bedouin camel handler and guide
Price from JOD70* per riding day p/p
plus JOD30* per overnight p/p
*minimum 2 people required for multiday tours