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The Wadi Rum Ride

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The Wadi Rum Ride

10 days, 6 days riding

The rugged desert beauty of a Wadi Rum horse riding holiday in Jordan is a genuine “Bucket List” destination for any rider. This ride, aboard wonderful Arabs, takes you from the mountainous area around Petra through vast sand plains and steep rocky formations to Wadi Rum.

The mushroom

The mushroom, Wadi Rum

Day 1: Arrival day

Top tip: buy the “Jordan Pass” before you set off from the UK www.jordanpass.jo and you’ll save the fees when entering Petra and Wadi Rum.

We’ll meet you at the airport in Amman and drive you out to the hotel (B&B) in Madaba just south of the capital. Depending on your flight time (which Venture Co can help you with as we’re ATOL bonded) there should be time to visit the church of St George. This is a town that’s mentioned in the Bible and there’s been a Christian church here since about 400 AD. That’s a staggering historical perspective and sets the scene for the whole ride.

Your guide will suggest a restaurant for supper but you are of course free to explore as you wish.

Horses at lunch-stop

Horses resting during our picnic stop

Day 2: Visit Petra

At 08.30 AM we’ll set off from the hotel for the 3 hour drive to Petra. When we reach Wadi Musa you can check-in to the hotel and leave your luggage before setting off on the short walk to Petra’s visitor center. Your Jordan Pass will be scanned and you can continue to the Siq, the Treasury and the street of façades to reach the colonnaded street. Then climb up to the monastery and High Place of Sacrifice. It’s an amazing day!

Dinner is in one of the local restaurants (included) where you’ll meet your guide for the ride and run through the itinerary. Overnight at the hotel in Wadi Musa (Petra), including breakfast.

Day 3: Start of the ride in the mountains

Today’s the day! At 8.30 AM we take the short drive to the starting point of the ride, high in the mountains (great views over Petra). Set off in a southerly direction towards the villages of Taybet and Rajev where we pause for a picnic, in the shadow of the Prince Hassan castle. This is an oasis with verdant green plants contrasting with the dry surroundings, mature trees and stunning views back along the trail to Petra.

After the picnic we have about 2½ hours riding to reach the viewpoint at Dilagha before descending to Wadi Thugra where we camp. Upon arrival, the horses are water and fed and then you can set up your tent. A campfire is made and the first evening under the starts will be enjoyed!

Day 4: To Wadi Rum

The camp routine is to take down your tent straight after breakfast; then brush and saddle your horse. This morning we ride via a small Bedouin village and slowly but surely mountains become desert. About 2½ hours later we reach “the 3 trees” which is the only shady place in the area and our picnic spot. After lunch ride towards the village of Humayma, where we lead the horses across the Desert Highway; traffic is slow here and it’s easy to cross. Crossing the road marks the beginning of the Kharaza area which is the northern part of Wadi Rum national park. The ground is firm and the pace can pick up; we have about 2 hours to camp, which is a beautiful ‘U’ shaped rock formation surrounded by soft sand. Be quick to take the saddle of your horse, he can’t wait to take a good sand-bath! It’s the perfect spot to see the moon rise over the mountains and to the beautiful sunrise the next morning.

Little Petra 9

Little Petra

Day 5: Further into the desert

The third day of riding begins in a stunning part of the desert, far away from the tourist areas. Today we’ll see natural rock bridges, the “mushroom” and rock engravings; there will be plenty of nice sandy tracks for long canters. In the morning we ride about 2½ hours to our shady lunch location. Again there is plenty of time to relax, enjoy lunch, maybe take a little nap, take pictures and enjoy the scenery. After lunch we continue on empty sandy piste, perfect for long canters. In this area the sand has many colors so keep those cameras ready! The afternoon ride will be about 3 hours to reach camp which is a small canyon, protected from the wind and nice and sandy for the horses to roll.

Day 6: Exploring the Protected Area of Wadi Rum

Today we ride across the dry mudflats to Um Salab and enter the Protected Area of Wadi Rum. Further along the trail we ride into the dramatic canyon of Um Ishrin, where we have lunch. The afternoon ride takes us to the highest sand dune in the area which is about 3 hrs away. This part of Wadi Rum is rich in engravings that date from the Nabatean era. Then onwards via Laurence House to Burdah Bridge where we’ll camp for the night.

Day 7: The amazing desert

The ride from Burdah Bridge to Um Fruth Bridge takes about 2½ hrs and is a “must” photo opportunity: there is a natural bridge of rock that stands 20m high and it’s possible to clamber up on top. And continuing the canyon theme from earlier, this evening our aim is to reach 5 Km long Barrah Canyon. The silence of the desert here is so complete that you can nearly ‘feel’ it!

The Wadi Rum Ride

Riding in to the desert, approaching Wadi Rum

Day 8: Return to civilization

After breakfast we continue through Barrah Canyon towards Siq Um Foos and Siq Um Atawaki (Siq = natural split in the rock caused by ancient tectonic plate movement) where we will have the lunch. The afternoon ride brings us to a Bedouin camp where you can wash away all the dust of the desert and where you will enjoy a final dinner in the desert.

Day 9: Dead Sea and Mabada

After breakfast we’ll drive to the Dead Sea (3 hrs) and spend the afternoon at the OH Beach Resort, where there’s good access to the beach, the pools and other facilities. We’ll reach the Dead Sea in time for lunch at Al Omara Restaurant.
Towards evening we’ll drive on to Madaba where it all began a week ago! Visit Mt. Nebo on the way through the hills.

Day 10: Departure

The driver will pick you from the hotel 2½hours before the departure time of your flight allowing time for check-in and departure.

Camels and the treasury

That iconic photo camels in front of the treasury

Accommodation and meals

•    Sleeping mattresses and dome tents are provided; you put up and take down your own tent (assistance will be given when needed).

•    We are riding in a desert area so the ablution facilities are very basic and water is limited.

•    Meals reflect the local flavours and catering for vegetarians is straight forward (please inform us!)

Horses & riding:

You will be riding local horses; they are not very tall but they are extremely strong and sturdy and perfectly fit to work in tough conditions in the desert. Riders must be fit, able to trot, canter and gallop and have experience with trail riding. Guests are allowed to take care of their own horse, giving water and food, brushing and saddling at each stop. We have a different range of horses, from easy and quiet to pretty active and highly enthusiastic. All saddles are English style and every horse has a snaffle and English style bridle according to its temperament. The saddle blankets have pockets for a water bottle, camera, sun cream, etc. The jeep will take the rest of your luggage and will be available at every lunch and dinner/camping stop.

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum

Included in the price:

All transfers as described in the program.
Hotel x 3 nights
Camping x 5 nights
Bedouin camp x 1 night
Breakfast throughout
Full board while camping
Camp chef
Saddle horses, tack and ride guide.
Luggage transport, vehicle and driver.
Entry to OH Beach Resort

NOT included in the price:

Flight
Visa at the airport (40 JD per person) – see Jordan Pass
Entry ticket to Petra (50 JOD per person) – see Jordan Pass
Entry ticket Wadi Rum (5 JOD per person) – see Jordan Pass
By buying the Jordan Pass (jordanpass.jo) your visa fee is waived upon arrival so no hassle with changing money at the airport and your entry tickets to Petra and Wadi Rum are included in the price (70 JOD).
Meals not mentioned in the program: dinner on day 1, lunch on day 2 and dinner on day 7, 8 and 9
Tips for the guide, driver, restaurants, etc.
Travel insurance
Sleeping bag

Min 2 riders; max 8.

The Wadi Rum Ride

The end of the day

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