26 Feb 5 do’s and don’ts while on tour in Wadi Rum desert
5 do’s and don’ts while on tour in Wadi Rum desert
Touring around Wadi Rum desert is an unforgettable experience. Our desert is a very special and beautiful place. Although people see similarities with other areas on our beautiful earth, no place is really like Wadi Rum. Being in Wadi Rum desert makes you realize how stunningly beautiful our planet’s nature is and how small and insignificant we are. For both, for independent travellers and group travellers, a multiple day tour in Wadi Rum desert helps you to put things in perspective. Some visitors spend their time thinking about the meaning of life. Others just relax and enjoy the stunning views. In this blog we share the 5 do’s and don’ts while on tour in Wadi Rum desert. These do’s and don’ts help you to optimize your experience. And they also help us to keep Wadi Rum desert to stay the magical place it is.
#1 Collect memories not things in desert
Make sure to bring your camera with enough memory cards and fully charged batteries. When you tour around Wadi Rum desert, you will find out that you keep seeing stunningly beautiful places and things. Of course it is important to enjoy the moment but for sure you wish to captures some of the beauty as a memory. A memory to share with you family and friends. And also a memory for yourself to help you remind the details of your experience here. We live in a material world and therefor many people wish to collect things. Still we would like to ask you to not take anything from our desert.
#2 Leave nothing but footprints in the desert
The desert is a fragile place filled with life. There are many silent witnesses of life. Fossils remind of the times water was still abundant in this area. Ancient writings and drawings remind of the people who lived and travelled so long ago. Animal tracks are the silent witnesses of the animals that nowadays call Wadi Rum their home. And car tracks and footprints show human presents. All live here in this harsh area together. A bottle in the sand, a plastic bag on a small bush or a can next to a fire place. These are dreadful reminders of human presents. Please leave no garbage behind and if possible also take that empty bottle, the bag and the can with you. We thank all our guests for helping us to keep this place pristine.
#3 Adjust your wear to weather and culture
Summer days can be extremely hot with temperatures well over 40 degrees Celsius. And winter nights can be very cold with temperatures well below zero. It is important to wear clothes that fit the weather. During the cold winter we use farwa’s our long, thick coats to keep us warm. And during summer we protect our skin from sunlight by wearing our long-sleeved thoabs of thin fabrics.
We advise our guests to bring different layers of clothes. This way you can adept your wear to all types of weather during the day and night. Further it is highly appreciated if you dress modestly. This way you make sure not to run into an awkward situations if you meet local Bedouin. Read more about this in our blog ‘How to dress for desert’.
#4 Enjoy the nightly darkness and bring a flashlight for a pie
Nights in Wadi Rum desert are dark. No artificial light here. And almost always the sky is clear. Excellent for those who like to marvel at the billion stars that surround our earth. In our blog ‘5 reasons to watch shooting stars in Wadi Rum’ you can read all about enjoying our starry night sky.
As most of our guests live in urban places in western countries, they are not used to deal with dark night. Darkness and a nightly walk can be a dangerous combination. Even more if you realise that medical care is not available around the corner. Therefor we always request our guests to always use a flashlight when they want to go for a pie in the middle of the night.
#5 Find yourself a desert toilet and remember to burn your toilet paper
As soon as we leave the sealed road we leave civilisation. When on tour with us this also means no more showers and toilets until we return in Rum village. Not having a shower for a couple of days is no problem. We are in this together ;). And if you wish we can provide you with some water to refresh yourself after a hot day or night. If you need to do your ‘business’ you just leave for a moment and find yourself a suitable place to mind your ‘business’. We Bedouins are used to use water for cleaning. Western people are used to use toilet paper. Either is fine with us. Just don’t forget to bring a lighter to burn your toilet paper or tissue after use…
Practice the do’s and don’ts
For sure these do’s and don’ts are doable for you. So have a look at our tour pages. Find out which tour you like most. And come and practise the do’s and don’ts with us in Wadi Rum desert. Let’s have a wonderful and unforgettable time here in our desert!
See you in Wadi Rum desert,
Team Wadi Rum Nomads