Atlantis Rum Camp & Tours  | Wadi Rum Tours & Echo (Bedouin Camp)

 Wadi Rum Protected Area & Natural Reserve ,  Umm Eshrine -  Jordan

Mobile: +962 7 7912 2348   E.mail: atlantisrumcamp@gmail.com

 

Ahlan wa Sahlan - Welcome to Jordan & Wadi Rum

Welcome to “Atlantis Rum Camp & Tours” !

People have lived in Rum for thousands of years, struggling to survive in its harsh environment. They have been hunters, pastoralists, farmers and traders, as Rum is close to national borders. Even the famous Nabateans once occupied Rum, leaving behind several structures, including a temple.

wadirum atlantisrumcampLocal people gained notoriety more recently when they joined the arab revolt forces under the leadership of king Faisal and fought along with Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab Revolt (1917/18) to fight the occupying Turkish and German armies. Lawrence himself makes many references to Wadi Rum in his book ‘The Seven Pillars of Wisdom’, a title apparently inspired by one of Rum’s imposing mountains. The exploits of Lawrence have become part of local folklore, and some popular tourist sites are named after him, although whether he used these exact sites is open to debate.

Virtually all the people living in and around Wadi Rum today are of Bedouin origin and, until recently, led nomadic lives, relying on their goat herds. They are resourceful, hospitable people who are largely responsible for developing Wadi Rum as a tourist destination.

Recognizing the unique natural and cultural history of Wadi Rum and the vital importance of tourism to the local economy, the government of Jordan declared Wadi Rum a protected area in 1998. With support from the World Bank they commissioned the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, a national NGO, to prepare a conservation plan and build a team of local people to manage the area. This team is now under the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority and is pioneering ways to restore and safeguard Rum’s sensitive desert habitats from ever-increasing human pressure.

 

::: Our Tours & Activities :::

Here are many of the frequently asked questions about Wadi Rum , and they might be useful for your tour to Wadi Rum , it may give you recommendations , suggestions , experience .. etc , please have a look over them :faq

(1) What to wear in Wadi Rum & what clothes should I bring ?
In general , Something comfortable that allows you to sit on the ground, ride a camel, go hiking, climbing, etc. Remember that clothing is the best sun protection and bring good walking shoes/trekking sandals with socks!Clothes: You can wear almost anything that will let you sit on the ground, ride a camel or scramble into a jeep. We do ask ladies not to wear anything too skimpy when they are in the village (halter necks, short shorts, etc). When you are out in the desert then it doesn't matter because we are used to just about anything! But please do keep a tee shirt available for the village.Shoes: Unless you are doing a heavy scrambling program, you do not need boots for the hiking programs. Trainers or good walking shoes, even sneakers are fine. Socks are a good idea, though. Trekking sandals are very good, especially in warm/hot weather. The models with closed toes are best. *** In Spring & Summer ( 15th March - 15th October ) : -It is very hot during the day , it is recommended to wear light clothes and covers your body & shoulders ..etc , this is to avoid the hot sun ..- Summer Scarves is very important -Please bring your sunglasses - Hat- Sport clothing is recommended (Sports trousers & shorts ..etc)- Hiking & sport shoes (Flexible shoes for scrambling) is recommended - Sun Cream should be very important -During the night at Summer , the weather sometimes become a little bit cold , so, it is recommended to bring light jackets or sweaters .. *** In Winter ( 15th October - 15th March ) : -It becomes very clod during the day and so clod at night , so please bring your heavy jackets and sweaters - Sport clothing is recommended (long & heavy Sports trousers ..etc)- Hiking & sport shoes is recommended - During the night it very clod too and you should have heavy clothes and jackets - In Winter , it rarely rains ... but sometimes , in case , please bring your rainy clothes
In general , Something comfortable that allows you to sit on the ground, ride a camel, go hiking, climbing, etc. Remember that clothing is the best sun protection and bring good walking shoes/trekking sandals with socks!
Clothes: You can wear almost anything that will let you sit on the ground, ride a camel or scramble into a jeep. We do ask ladies not to wear anything too skimpy when they are in the village (halter necks, short shorts, etc). When you are out in the desert then it doesn't matter because we are used to just about anything! But please do keep a tee shirt available for the village.
Shoes: Unless you are doing a heavy scrambling program, you do not need boots for the hiking programs. Trainers or good walking shoes, even sneakers are fine. Socks are a good idea, though. Trekking sandals are very good, especially in warm/hot weather. The models with closed toes are best.

*** In Spring & Summer ( 15th March - 15th October ) :
-It is very hot during the day , it is recommended to wear light clothes and covers your body & shoulders ..etc , this is to avoid the hot sun ..
- Summer Scarves is very important
-Please bring your sunglasses
- Hat
- Sport clothing is recommended (Sports trousers & shorts ..etc)
- Hiking & sport shoes (Flexible shoes for scrambling) is recommended
- Sun Cream should be very important
-During the night at Summer , the weather sometimes become a little bit cold , so, it is recommended to bring light jackets or sweaters ..

*** In Winter ( 15th October - 15th March ) :
-It becomes very clod during the day and so clod at night , so please bring your heavy jackets and sweaters
- Sport clothing is recommended (long & heavy Sports trousers ..etc)
- Hiking & sport shoes is recommended
- During the night it very clod too and you should have heavy clothes and jackets
- In Winter , it rarely rains ... but sometimes , in case , please bring your rainy clothes

 

(2) What To Bring ?
We will take care of everything that you will need in the desert, but you may want to bring a few of personal items along for additional comfort ...WHAT TO BRING-You dont need to bring a sleeping bag , we have plenty of blankets .. but if you prefer to sleep in your own sleeping bag, you are welcome with it...-You will need something for your head and plenty of sun screen. -Bring a small bag or rucksack for anything you might need during the day – Cameral - You should bring what you prefer , you favorite juice or snacks -Flexible shoes for scrambling-Headlamp/torch-Sun screen-Small bag to carry your personal belongings-Head lamp or lighter-Jacket for winter months- Towel - Hat- Wash kit (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste etc) Here are also some tips of what to bring with you ? -If you visit us in winter time, make sure you have enough warm clothing. The coldest months are December, January and February. In November and March some nights can get rather cold. It's especially important to keep the hands, feet and head warm. -It is a good idea to bring a flash light/torch, you might need it. -Charge your batteries for phones, cameras and other devices before arriving in Wadi Rum or bring an extra battery with you since there is no electricity in the camp. -There is no ATM in Wadi Rum. Make sure you have enough money before heading to Wadi Rum. (Note. that we only accept cash). -Remember there are no shops around where we are, so make sure you buy everything beforehand (cigarettes, snacks/drinks etc.). Drinking water from the camp 0,50 JD / bottle of 1,5 l . You can also ask your guide to stop in one of the shops of Wadi Rum village before heading to desert. -Sleeping equipment: We supply mattresses, blankets and pillows. In cold weather we have comforters which keep you nice and warm. There is no real need for you to bring sleeping bags, but some people prefer to use their own. This is up to you. In the winter, we move the fire and supper inside one of the tents and snuggle up with blankets for after supper talk. You should not be cold at night, but in the evenings in the winter you do need sweater and/or jacket.
We will take care of everything that you will need in the desert, but you may want to bring a few of personal items along for additional comfort ...


WHAT TO BRING
-You dont need to bring a sleeping bag , we have plenty of blankets .. but if you prefer to sleep in your own sleeping bag, you are welcome with it...
-You will need something for your head and plenty of sun screen.
-Bring a small bag or rucksack for anything you might need during the day
– Cameral
- You should bring what you prefer , you favorite juice or snacks
-Flexible shoes for scrambling
-Headlamp/torch
-Sun screen
-Small bag to carry your personal belongings
-Head lamp or lighter
-Jacket for winter months
- Towel
- Hat
- Wash kit (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste etc)

Here are also some tips of what to bring with you ?
-If you visit us in winter time, make sure you have enough warm clothing. The coldest months are December, January and February. In November and March some nights can get rather cold. It's especially important to keep the hands, feet and head warm.
-It is a good idea to bring a flash light/torch, you might need it.
-Charge your batteries for phones, cameras and other devices before arriving in Wadi Rum or bring an extra battery with you since there is no electricity in the camp.
-There is no ATM in Wadi Rum. Make sure you have enough money before heading to Wadi Rum. (Note. that we only accept cash).
-Remember there are no shops around where we are, so make sure you buy everything beforehand (cigarettes, snacks/drinks etc.). Drinking water from the camp 0,50 JD / bottle of 1,5 l . You can also ask your guide to stop in one of the shops of Wadi Rum village before heading to desert.
-Sleeping equipment: We supply mattresses, blankets and pillows. In cold weather we have comforters which keep you nice and warm. There is no real need for you to bring sleeping bags, but some people prefer to use their own. This is up to you. In the winter, we move the fire and supper inside one of the tents and snuggle up with blankets for after supper talk. You should not be cold at night, but in the evenings in the winter you do need sweater and/or jacket. 

 

(3) What can I do with my luggage?

This can always be brought out to the camp for you, but many people prefer to sort out what they will need into a smaller bag or bags and leave the main luggage in my office where it will be perfectly safe. If you choose this solution, please do the sorting out before you arrive here!

(3) Do you have guides speaking different languages?
All of my guides speak good or very good English but none of the guides currently working in Wadi Rum speaks more than a few words of any other language. French, German, Italian, Spanish or other speakers have to manage as best they can. Please note that all of our guides are from the local community.

(4) I am a vegetarian ...
No problem. We offer a variety of dishes, based on local ones, ample in quantity and well cooked. In warm weather, lunch is usually a salad dish, supper is always hot. Vegetarian food can be supplied, but please tell us about this or about any allergies before we go to the desert. Breakfast is bread or buns which we can warm on the fire and a choice of cheese, eggs etc. (whatever we see in the shops that looks good).

(5) Is there a hot shower and toilet?
We have solar water heaters so it is warmer in the the middle of the day with the sun, at other times it will be warm and then at night cooler. We have western and eastern women and men toilets. In winter , it might the hot shower be limited , but we will do our best ...

(6) How much is the entrance ticket fee to Wadi Rum?
The entrance ticket fee is 5JD per person. It can be purchased at the visitor centre. You will be given a ticket and a map of Wadi Rum Protected Area.If you have the Jordan pass , then the ticket is already incldued .

 

(7) Is Wadi Rum suitable for children?
Yes, we make sure your children are safe and have lots of fun.
Yes, particularly if you are with us & our guides, they understand children and will organize your tour so that it suits them. they also have a sand-board for surfing the dunes!! It's reassuring to know that mobile phones still work at the camp deep inside Wadi Rum. Have a look at the comments, several come from people whose children found Rum memorable.

(8) Can we start off by an overnight and do the tour the next day?
Yes, certainly. The price would be the same as an ordinary tour and overnight, but you should be here by 6pm (18.00) at the very latest, or it will be too late to have supper in the desert.

(9) What is the camp like?
Please see the page on "Our campsite"

(10) Food: What will I be eating?
Breakfast is usually: Zattar (Bread dipped in olive oil then dipped into a herb mixture), very good for your digestion! See if you can guess which herb it is?….We also serve assorted jams, eggs and cheese etc.

Lunch: We serve: Bread, hummus, salad, labaneh (greek yogurt), tuna, fooul (boiled fava beans with spices), eggs, and various hot dishes. For example eggs with tomatoes. Every lunch is a little bit different and always full of flavour.

Dinner: The nighttime meal is sacred in our culture and is sure to be your favourite part of the day, we will prepare for you a traditional Bedouin dish.

For example: The Zarb, the traditional Bedouin meal cooked in something like an oven under the sand.

Bedouin Barbecue cooked in the fire with rice and vegetables.

Magloub (my personal favourite), a traditional dish compromised of rice, potatoes, aubergine and chicken all cooked together.

Mansaff, another traditional dish of chicken and rice cooked with yogurt.

With advance notice we can do our best to cater for special diets.

Please note that you can bring your favorite food and if you have any food that with restrictions ...etc

(11) Wadi Rum climate guide / Weather :
The Wadi Rum climate guide is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather statistics give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.Please click on this link :https://www.weather2travel.com/climate-guides/jordan/wadi-rum.php#temperature
The Wadi Rum climate guide is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather statistics give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

(12) Wadi Rum tips & information by The JTB : Jordan Tourism Board
https://international.visitjordan.com/Wheretogo/WadiRum.aspx


(13) Women travelling alone
Many women are worried about travelling alone in Wadi Rum or Jordan in general, especially when it comes to booking a camp or tour with strangers. We’ve hosted loners, couples, families and also many female travellers, both groups of women and also solo female travellers. We can always try to add you to some group with other women if you wish. There is also a Finnish girl working for this camp, so you could request her to join you. If she has time, she’d be more than glad to do so – especially when she finds out that there might be some western women to chat with. Remember that in any place you travel, you can always ask whether there are going to be some other women besides you.

(14) Is it safe?
Our guides are all locals and have lived all of their lives in the desert. They truly are professionals with the nature and know how to deal with different situations. Besides the work, they still spend most of their spare time in the desert and know the land until the borders of Saudi Arabia. They also have years of experience as tour guides so you’ll be in safe hands with us.

(15) 4x4 jeeps in Wadi Rum
4x4s in Wadi Rum are old vehicles (no A/C) and belong to the local Bedouin association. The vehicles in Wadi Rum are owned by the local Bedouin associations and are in a poor state. Given that we don't have any other choice when it comes to transportation in Wadi Rum, we can only advise our clients about their state. Jeep tours in Wadi Rum are to support the local community of Wadi Rum Protected Area and Natural Reserve.

Here are some pictures of the jeeps used in Wadi Rum:

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(16) Bedouin 4x4 Tour Driver in Wadi Rum.
In Wadi Rum the tours are provided by the local Bedouin Community. They are the only ones that are authorized to operate tours inside the protected area. We have a contract with two operators in Wadi Rum that provide our guests with a great experience.
Your 4x4 jeep tour will be conducted by a local Bedouin who is your driver. The local Bedouin speak varying degrees of English and are not a licensed guide. We cannot guarantee the quality of the English spoken or the degree of knowledge that your Bedouin driver will have.
Please note that the Bedouin drivers do not speak languages other than English and Arabic.

 

(17) Can I book a camel ride in Wadi Rum?
We can certainly arrange a camel ride for you in Wadi Rum. This can be booked in advance or you can book it when you arrive to Wadi Rum with your Bedouin driver. The cost is $30 USD/20 JD per hour per camel.

(18) Hot Air Balloon Ride in Wadi Rum
The hot air balloon ride is provided by the Royal Aero Sports Club of Jordan. There is only 1 flight per day with a maximum capacity of 8 people. We only book the hot air balloon ride for our guests that are booking a full tour in Wadi Rum (jeep tour with overnight stay), or a full tour in Jordan.The Hot Air Balloon ride is subject to availability and if it is available is subject to weather conditions. The balloon ride if booked is confirmed for the weather conditions the evening before. If your balloon ride is cancelled due to weather conditions, then you will be refunded in full.

(19) Where you will park your rental car & is it safe to park there ?
Where to Park in Wadi RumIf you travel by car to Wadi Rum you can park your vehicle in Rum Village, 6km after the Visitor’s Centre where our guide/representative will welcome you. This parking is located at the Tourist Police site and is a safe place to park your car and is where all tourists park.

 03 Nabatean Temple Trail The Parking Lot in Wadi Rum Village panoramio

 

 

 

Parking Area 

 

(20) Transfers Rate to/from Wadi Rum  

Please note that we can arrange your transfers from anywhere to Wadi Rum and after Wadi Rum tour. Our rate for the transfers are as below  : 

Transfer from / to ( Per One Way) By Car with 4 seats By Minivan with 6 seats
From Petra to Wadi Rum  or Vice Versa 45 JD 65 JD
From Aqaba to Wadi Rum or Vice Versa 35 JD 45 JD
From Tala Bay Aqaba to Wadi Rum or Vice Versa 45 JD 55 JD
From Amman/Dead Sea/Airport or Vice Versa 100 JD 140 JD
From Eilat Border to Wadi Rum (Subject to Taxes) 45 JD 60 JD
From Other points not mentioned to Wadi Rum  Contact Us Contact Us

 Please note that we can arrange all transfers all over Jordan .

 

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