Wadi Rum Explorer riding holiday in Jordan - Far and Ride
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Wadi Rum Explorer, Jordan




Programmes


• Discover Wadi Rum (8 days)

 

Horses



Type of horses:

Arabian & Anglo-Arabian

Nature of horses:

Well trained and reliable, suitable for all levels of experience.

Height of horses:

15hh average

Weight limit:

90kg - Please contact the office if over this weight as, occasionally, it will be possible to take a heavier rider.

Tack type:

English

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride Description

Follow in the footsteps of T.E Lawrence on a voyage of discovery through the shifting sands of the famous Wadi Rum desert in Southern Jordan. Riding on beautiful, fit and forward going Arabian horses, who are perfectly adapted to the harsh and demanding climate of the Wadi, you will be able to discover the wonderful history, unique culture and amazing landscapes of the desert.

The Wadi Rum is the largest protected desert wilderness left in Jordan and is a popular destination for visitors to the country. With its dramatic sandstone mountains, such as the domed Jebel Um Ishrin, and its natural stone arches, such as the Burdah Rock Bridge, visitors will discover an almost otherworldly, lunar-like landscape here - which is presumably to account for how the Wadi received its second name, the "Valley of the Moon". As well as the dazzling landscape, the Wadi Rum desert has played host to numerous human cultures since prehistoric times - all leaving their mark upon the land. Prehistoric inscriptions and carvings left by the ancient Nabateans line rocky caverns and steep chasms, such as in Khazali Canyon, whilst remains of Roman architecture can still be found today amongst the desert sand.

These trails are organised by French-born, Emmanuelle Lancon, who has been working to develop and promote riding tours in Jordan for the past 15 years. Together with a local Bedouin team, this destination aims to offer the perfect, highly adaptable riding itinerary, providing the unique mix of discovery and comfort. Due to the location, kind nature of the horses and versatility of the team here, the day-to-day riding can be adapted to suit each guests needs and requirements. This makes these rides ideally suited to families, mixed ability groups, those with less travel time, or to complement a longer visit to Jordan as well.

Speak to us about tailoring your stay in Jordan!

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Food & Accommodation

Accommodation on the tour can be considered some of the most comfortable and authentic in Jordan. At the beginning and end of the programme, you will spend 3 nights in hotels, both in Madaba and Petra in order to visit the famous monuments here. However, for the riding days, you will stay in mobile camps set up for you in the desert each night, during the warmer months. In the winter months, between October and February each year, when the nights are much colder, you will stay in a comfortable Bedouin-style fixed tented camp in the heart of the Wadi Rum desert.

Mobile camps include modern tents with mattresses provided. A large central dining tent will also be erected for dinner and breakfast to be served in. The fixed camp features a central eating tent, complete with comfortable cushions and chairs for sitting in the traditional style. Shower tents are also available with hot water for showering when in camp.

Hotel rooms and tents will be allocated on sharing basis with 2-3 people per room (you will not be expected to share with someone of a different gender). There is an optional supplement to pay in order to have your own room or tent if preferred.

During the ride, you will be able to sample a wide variety of traditional Jordanian dishes, including; Jordanian speciality Mensaf, which is stewed lamb in a yoghurt sauce served on a bed of rice; Sanniya, a hot stew-like dish with vegetables, potatoes and chicken; as well as typical Meze plates, which are small dishes of things such as hummus, fuul, kube and tabouleh. Being a predominantly Muslim country, pork dishes are very rarely served in Jordan.

Whilst staying in the hotels, you will be able to enjoy buffet breakfasts which include traditional Jordanian dishes, as well as other items which are more likened to European tastes. Similarly, most hotels will also serve dinner in their own restaurant, on-site. You will either have a choice of dishes from a set menu or again a buffet dinner with several options of dishes to choose from.

During your nights in the desert camps, your breakfast and evening meals will be cooked for you by the camp chef and served in the communal dining tent. Lunches will be picnics taken whilst out on the rides in the desert.

Bottled water, tea and coffee are included with meals on the riding tour.

 

Activities

Jordan is a fascinating country offering something to every type of traveller; exploring everything from its diverse history and culture, to its unique habitats and wildlife.

For the adventure seekers, there is the possibility to try canyoning in Wadi Mujib, hike in the Dana Biosphere Reserve, or go diving in warm waters of the Gulf of Aqaba. In the desert you can try riding a camel, take a jeep or quad bike tour of the dunes, rock climb to your heart's content or a take an inspiring hot air balloon flight over the Wadi Rum.

Of course, no trip to Jordan would be complete without paying a visit to the famous Dead Sea with its highly saline water allowing you to float peacefully and its restorative mud baths - better than any spa.

If you would like to organise any additional activities during your time in camp - such as camel rides or walking tours - please speak to us as we may be able to book these for you.

 

Further Details

Languages: English and Arabic

Health requirements: General good health is advised, however, the riding itinerary can be tailored to suit different experience and fitness levels.

Age limit: 10+ for the trail. Younger children can be accommodated on private group bookings with their family. Children of all ages must be happy to ride horses as there are no ponies.

Tuition: No

Included: Accommodation, meals (except dinner on night 1 and lunches in Petra), bottled water, tea and coffee with meals, 5 days riding in the Wadi Rum with an experienced local guide, visit to Petra (on foot), all transport during the tour and return Amman airport transfers.

Not included: Dinner on night 1 and lunch in Petra, other drinks, Jordanian visa, flights, insurance and tips for your guide and support crew.

 

Travel Information

The meeting point for these rides is Amman's Queen Alia International Airport. Guests will be met between the hours of 19:00 and 23:00 in the evening and transferred by car to a comfortable hotel in Madaba (roughly 30 minutes drive away). Group transfers will be organised for you from the airport and are included in the package price.

For those planning to arrive a day or two early or to stay longer in the country, private transfers to a hotel in Amman can be organised at an additional cost (paid locally).

Airport: Amman

 

Programmes


Discover Wadi Rum (8 days)



This exciting 7-night itinerary is the perfect programme to allow guests to become familiar with the changing and dynamic Wadi Rum Landscape in just a short period of time. Offering the opportunity to ride on a new and diverse route each day, with mobile tented camps set up along the way each night during the warmer months, or you will call a comfortable Bedouin-style tented camp your home for the duration of the trip during the colder months.

Example Itinerary: please note that this will be subject to change due to weather conditions, seasonality and other circumstances beyond ours' and the organisers' control.

Day 1 - Saturday

Arrival to Amman International airport in the late afternoon or early evening. If you have requested a transfer, a representative from the company will meet you in the arrivals hall and transfer you to a comfortable hotel in the nearby town of Madaba for the night. Depending on your arrival time there may be a chance to meet other riding guests this evening to discuss the week's itinerary over a traditional dinner. Dinner is to your own account this night.

Overnight in Madaba hotel.

Day 2 - Sunday

Following a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you will take a road transfer of approx. 3 hours to the ancient site of Petra. Today is a day for you to discover these beautiful old monuments which are synonymous with Jordanian culture and tourism. You will be accompanied on a tour of the monument by an English speaking guide. You'll then have the rest of the afternoon free to take your time and enjoy a closer look at the various sites and structures of Petra. Lunch today will be to your own account (a packed lunch can be provided by your hotel upon request).

Dinner and overnight will be at a hotel in Petra.

Day 3 - Monday

An early start will see you continue your journey southwards today, as you head to the Wadi Rum stables, at the foot of the Um ishrin massif, to meet your riding guide, horses and desert team. The transfer time is roughly 1.5 hours, by road. On arrival, you will be met with fresh tea and have a chance to ask your Bedou guide, Suliman, questions about the horses, riding and itinerary. 

Mounting up for the first time, you will begin the next 5 days of adventure by riding south in the direction of Khazali Canyon, passing by the source of Lawrence of Arabia. During your lunch stop, there may be a chance to look for ancient cave etchings amongst the rocks. You will finish the day by arriving at your comfortable camp at the base of the Raaka mountains. 

Dinner will be prepared for you by the team chef and may comprise a traditional Jordanian dish of Mansaf; lamb cooked in a fermented yoghurt sauce and served with rice, followed by fresh mint tea or Arabic coffee. Dinner will often be accompanied by the sounds of local travelling musicians playing traditional instruments such as the Oud.

Overnight in camp.

Day 4 - Tuesday

Breakfast will be prepared for you in camp and eaten together in the dining tent. Suitably satiated, you will be ready to enjoy today's riding day again heading towards the great south. During the morning ride, you will pass by the caves of Arab Antar, named after a famous Bedouin warrior, before stopping for lunch near the base of the pink mountain, Swebit, near the border to Saudi Arabia. Here, far away from the main tourist routes, it's possible to meet truly nomadic Bedouin families still living in the Wadi Rum desert.

Overnight in camp.

Day 5 - Wednesday

Your ride today will see you ascend the impressive Nogra plateau, a climb to nearly 1450 meters above sea level. Progress will be slow in the begging as the horses will need to pick their way through the deep sand. However, as you go, you will pass Bedouin shepherds tending their herds of camel, sheep and goat - this is one of the few places where herders can find food for their animals all year round. This part of the desert has remained relatively wild and untouched by modern civilisation - you may spot tracks left behind by Arabian wolves that still inhabit the area.

On your descent from the Nogra plateau, you will be able to enjoy breathtaking views over almost the whole of the Wadi Rum massif, taking in the stone arch of Burdah and the Rum mountain range (Jebel Rum). In the afternoon, the harder sand on the slopes of Thora will offer some good opportunities for canters and gallops.

Overnight in camp.

Day 6 - Thursday

After a hearty camp breakfast, you will set off today to take a closer look at the stone arch of Burdha. Following picturesque tracks along the mountainside, you will stop for lunch at the foot of the arch, before enjoying some time to explore on foot. In the afternoon you will ride towards the northern pyramids of Barrah Canyon, passing by the remains of Lawrence of Arabia's house, with a superb view of the valleys.

Overnight in a camp set up at the foot of the pyramids.

Day 7 - Friday

Following a restful night's sleep, this morning's ride will see you cross the canyon of Barrah; a paradise for rock climbers, with its intricate formations and steep-sided cliffs. You will stop for lunch on the northern side of the pyramids, before meandering your way back to the stables, through the valley of Um Ishrin and the red dune valley of Anafishia. 

Leaving your horses and desert team behind, you will head to Madaba. It can be possible to visit the Dead Sea this afternoon if the ride finishes on time (extra cost - transfer can be divided between guests who want to go). 

Overnight in Madaba.

Day 8 - Saturday

Transfer to Amman's Queen Alia International airport after breakfast.



Accommodation: During the winter months (Oct to February) trail accommodation will be in a comfortable fixed desert camp. In the warmer months (Sept & March-May) you will be staying in mobile camps in the desert which will be set up for you each night.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 7
Ability description: For the standard package, riders should be comfortable at walk, trot and canter in open country. However, the riding can be adjusted to suit for private groups and families.
Type of ride: Trail (centre based in winter)
Total riding time: 5 days
Departure dates: 2019:
Fixed desert camp: 5-12 October (confirmed), 12-19 October, 19-26 October (FULL), 26 October - 2 November (FULL), 2-9 November, 9-16 November, 16-23 November, 23-30 November.

Mobile camps: 7-14 September, 14-21 September, 21-28 September, 28 September - 5 October.

Other dates, with arrival/departure on Saturday, are available on request for families and private groups.
 
Pricing: 2019:

£1332 per person (sharing)
Single supplement £133

Price includes 7 nights shared room/tent accommodation, all meals except dinner on arrival day and lunch in Petra, water, tea and coffee with meals, a day visit to Petra (on foot), all transportation during the tour, 5 days of riding in the Wadi Rum with an experienced guide, all camping materials (except sleeping bags), as well as Amman airport transfers at set times of day.

Prices do not include dinner on arrival night, lunch in Petra, drinks other than specified and tips for your guide and desert team.