What better way to enjoy Jordan's extraordinary desert landscape and the historic landmarks of the land of Lawrence of Arabia, than to ride along the wide, sand avenues of Wadi Rum, with their immense sandstone cliffs glowing red gold in the evening light? To wind your way amongst towering rocky fortresses, crossing sandy plains strewn with gigantic wind-worn boulders and to canter unrestricted across desert clay flats. Nights under a star studded desert sky like the wandering Bedouin who graze camels and goats on this inhospitable land, and a visit to Petra, red-rose city of the ancient world. Ride itineraries are usually 9 nights, with 4 nights in hotels and 5 nights camping in the desert. As well as a day in Petra, itineraries include 2 nights in Madaba, a night in Aqaba and also a visit to the Dead Sea.
Rides are run from fixed dates throughout the year. Private departures can be arranged for groups on request
Riding: 4-6 hours a day.
Horses: pure Arab, Arab cross.
Riding ability: confident intermediate to experienced riders.
Weight limit: 85kg (13st 5lbs).
Accommodation: 2*-3* hotels, 3∆ camping (upgrade to 5* hotels on request)
Group size: max 10
Season: year round
Horses: The horses are mostly Jordanian Arabs and Arab crosses. The majority are mares, averaging about 15hh to 15.2hh and are generally fairly narrow in build. They are responsive to ride with quite a lively, spirited temperament, though they are also very sensitive and sensible making them easy to handle. They are tough and strong, and extremely well cared for and are looked after to european standards. Tack is good quality English style (Wintec type saddles) with saddle blankets that have pockets for personal belongings, cameras etc. Riders are expected to groom and tack up their own horse. Rides are normally limited to a maximum of 10 guests.
Hours: There is usually between 4 and 6 hours riding a day, moving from camp to camp, although this may vary with the itinerary, weather and time of year.
Pace and experience required: These rides are for reasonably experienced riders who are secure, comfortable and able to control a fairly spirited horse at all paces in open country. The horses used on these rides are well mannered and sensible to handle but they are generally of quite a lively, spirited temperament, so are suitable for capable, experienced riders, who are relaxed and confident. Most rides include at least a few days riding in the Wadi Rum where the going is good and open and where there are places for long canters. On some rides, there are days in the more mountainous regions where the going means the pace has to be slow. Overall the pace is moderate but it varies and can be fairly slow depending on the terrain and also the weather, itinerary and overall ability of the group ability.
Accommodation on the standard rides is in a combination of hotels and camps. Hotels are used when staying in Amman and Wadi Mousa (Petra) and simple camps are used when riding. Hotels are 2*-3* with twin / double rooms with private bathroom - but you can upgrade for instance to the wonderfully opulent Kempinski 5* Hotel. Camping accommodation is quite basic. Camps are usually mobile, temporary camps set up as you go along by the back up team which includes a cook. Small two man dome tents are used for sleeping (individual tents are provided for those travelling alone), with comfortable 3'' foam pads / mattresses provided. Sleeping bags are required and you are expected to put up your own tent (very easy!) and carry your own luggage. A small wash tent is usually set up and some water may be heated on the fire for washing - though limited amounts.
Winter Wadi Rum (9 nights) - USD 2210
Prices are based on 2*-3* hotel accommodation
Winter Wadi Rum Ride (9 nights)
|Itinerary in brief - Petra to Wadi Rum Ride|
|Day 1||Met at Amman airport and driven about 30 minutes to Madaba . Dinner and the night in Madaba.|
||Breakfast at the hotel, then set off on a drive of about 3 hours to Wadi Mousa. The day is free to visit the ancient city of Petra, carved into the rock by the Nabateans. Dinner and night at a hotel in Wadi mousa.|
||Breakfast and meet the horses, setting off riding to the Beidha area. Visit Little Petra, then after a picnic, ride on to the slopes of Djebel Haroun, one of the highest mountains in the area, where camp is set up. Dinner and the night in camp.|
|Day 4||After an early breakfast you will set off riding to Petra. Ride through the ruins in the early morning, exiting the narrow "siq" as featured in Indiana Jones. From here continue to the Taybeh mountains and stop for a picnic with stunning views. After lunch ride on through rocky mountains to the next campsite. Dinner and night in camp.|
||Three days continuing the progressive ride, over the mountains, crossing the desert highway and into Wadi Rum. Explore the sand avenues and plains of the Wadi Rum desert, riding past immense sandstone rock formations, sheer cliffs and dramatic boulders. Three nights in simple temporary desert camps moved on ahead of you by the back up team.|
|Day 8||Breakfast and saddle up for the last day, crossing Barrah canyon. Stop for a picnic lunch, in the afternoon ride to Disi. Say goodbye to the horses and transfer to Aqaba on hte Red Sea. Night at a hotel in Aqaba.|
||Breakfast and transfer about an hour to the Dead Sea. Time to relax and float. Own arrangments for lunch. In the late afternoon drive on to Madaba. Dinner and night at a hotel in Madaba.|
|Day 10||Early transfer, about 30 minutes, to Amman airport for onward flight.|
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The meeting point for the rides is Amman. British Airways and Royal Jordanian have daily direct flights to Amman from Heathrow. For flights from London budget around £450 to £750 economy return (varies with the season and availability).