Saleh and his brother Atik helped us make the most of our short time in Wadi Rum. In just one day we were climbing through canyons, visiting the famous Lawrence Spring, climbing sand dunes and sand stone bridges, sand boarding, watching the sunset, laughing telling stories around the campfire and playing with some camels. The food they prepared was really tasty and the camp was comfortable and picturesque. Of course Saleh and his family were perfectly welcoming and made our visit a unique and memorable experience beyond just the majestic scenery. We have already made recommendations to our friends and can't wait to visit again.
Saleh is well know in the village and has one of the better houses in the Rum Village, and speaks reasonable English. Everyone seems to know him, and it's just a case of trusting the locals and they will take you to his house (at the front edge of the village) if you aren't sure! Yes, you park inside his house compound in the shade. He has help with his emails from a Dutch friend, and the messages aren't always answered most accurately, but GO WITH IT, he's good and great value for a family.
We had an excellent 3 hour jeep tour, always a step ahead of the crowds, and enough time to see all the main sites, climb onto the rock bridges, grab a sandboard, and walk through a short canyon trail. We had a choice of lunch (hot or cold, we just said what food we liked) that his wife prepared and we ate with some Saudi friends of his who had just turned up for an impromptu visit. All in all an excellent few hours for JOD 90 all in for the four of us.
We wish we had had the time to stay overnight in a camp, so can't comment on that part of the full experience.
We had hoped to stay at Saleh's camp overnite but illness forced us to limit our Wadi Rum visit to a day trip. We were not disappointed!! On the contrary. Saleh, Alia, his wife, and his nephew, Musa, welcomed us warmly with tea and conversation at their family home even though we had had to cancel the overnite at very short notice. We loved Musa's sense of humor and the leisurely pace that he realized we preferred. We saw amazing vistas, walked through a spectacular canyon, climbed a red sand dune and lingered over a perfect picnic lunch that Alia had packed with our new diet restrictions in mind. Musa built a fire on a ledge overlooking the desert,made tea and offered to warm the flatbread for our sandwiches. We were in Wadi Rum heaven thanks to this delightful family. When we can return to Wadi Rum, Saleh will be the one we call! If you have not checked out his website--do so. The very special care and honesty you see there is the way he and his team really are.
We had a wonderful time with Saleh and family. He and his brother took us to all the nooks and corners of Wadi Rum. Zarp cooked by Aliya, Saleh's wife, was the highlight of our stay!! If you are looking forward to experiencing authentic Bedouin Wadi Rum, Saleh is your man.
Without a doubt, one of the best experiences I have ever had. First, the day tour was just pure awesomeness. But more importantly, Saleh and his family welcomed us into their camp and made our experience extremely personal. My mother and I spent a lot of time with his family, continuously learning about Bedouin life and experiencing it with Saleh. His wife, Alia, made us the best meal I had in Jordan - makluba, a traditional Jordanian dish. We sat around the fire with Saleh, Alia, his mother and his son, just chatting and experiencing how a family in Rum lives. You can only get an experience like this in very few places in the world. As Saleh said, many camps in Wadi Rum do not give you the real experience. Saleh's camp certainly does.
For adventurous activities, during the day, Saleh took us on a very personal jeep tour of Wadi Rum for about 6 hours, showing us all the cool sites and giving us time to take a small hike, climb up rocks, and SANDBOARD DOWN A SAND MOUNTAIN. We had lunch right in the middle of the desert and Saleh even taught me how to drive stick for the first time. We also road camels from Rum village into the desert.
For meals, we had only the best traditional food for dinner and breakfast. Saleh and Alia are incredible cooks.
As Saleh said, we are now part of his family and I would recommend his camp to anyone looking for the experience of a lifetime.