Two great nights at Ayesh's camp and a great camel ride
I have nothing but good memories of my stay at WADI RUM DISCOVERY. From the great communication and help to get to Wadi Rum to the two nights at the camp and a whole day off riding a camel, it has been such a rewarding experience, I will most definitely be back at Ayesh's camp next time I am in Jordan.
I have been at Ayesh's camp in mid-january for two nights. I felt taken care of since the beginning, with a good email communication for booking my stay and answer my questions.
I was travelling alone from Tel Aviv via Eilat and Ayesh offered to organize a driver for me from the Aqaba border to Wadi Rum. Ahmed, the driver, was a nice fellow and called me right when I was passing the border to ask me where I was and then helped me finding a working ATM in Aqaba before heading to Wadi Rum and meeting the guy that would drive me from the village to the camp.
Ask for him to Ayesh if you need a ride from the border, or even if you are in Aqaba and do not want to take the bus from there!
I spent the late afternoon walking near the camp and relaxing after the long trip, enjoyed the dinner with the other guests at the camp and ended up sleeping under the most amazing sky, with not a single cloud and filled with stars as I hadn't seen in years.
The day after I spent the whole day riding a camel with Ahmad, my guide for the day. He may not have been fluent in English but we could find ways to make each other understood. He loved taking pictures and being in them so we took tons of great and fun photos together. Time flew and we ended up enjoying the sunset from a great spot Ahmad knew.
The second night I was the only guest in the camp, which gave me the chance of discussing for hours with Ayesh about culture, society, wars and religion. We did not agree on much but I promised to go back and continue our conversations :).
The weather in winter can be very cold (a few days before my arrival it had snowed in Petra and even in Wadi Rum) and the winds can be at times strong so do your homework and bring with you a lot of layers of clothing.
You are booking to live in a Bedouin Camp, not in a hotel. The food will be simple (flavours in Jordan kitchen are not strong) and the toilets are very basic, just like the beds.
But the covers are many and warm, which is a good thing as the second night, even if I slept in the tent, the wind was blowing and it was really cold outside. If you are looking for comfort do not head for Wadi Rum and then complain about the lack of it!
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