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Experience and learn about the desert

with all your senses

That feeling will follow you home.

                                              More than an outdoor experience, it will be a life style. 

Bedouin Cuisine

Masaf cooked by a Bedouin

Due to its location in the Levant, Jordanian cuisine is famous for its influences from Persia, North Africa, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and India. With its unique flavors, it is a fundamental aspect of the Bedouin life to express generosity and hospitality, two important values in the Bedouin society. 

Bedouin's most famous dish is Mansaf, a dish based on meat (usually goat or lamb) cooked in a soup prepared with Jameed (dehydrated salted Labneh made with goat's milk) and spices. It is usually eaten for a celebration or important gathering, like a wedding or for honoring a guest. It is served with rice and Shraak (traditional flat bread). 

Following up every meal, you will get the chance to taste the Bedouin coffee, a variation of the Arabic coffee (prepared with grounded green coffee beans and cardamom), and black tea flavored with fresh herbs like mint, za'atar (hyssop), and sage.

During the tour, we will cook in the desert with the traditional Bedouin styles and you will learn how to prepare several dishes such as Mansaf, Makluba, Zarb, and Shraak. Breakfast will be served in the desert or in the village prepared by a local Bedouin. 

You will have a unique chance to experience the local culture while enjoying an authentic home-cooking meal!

Bedouin woman cookin shraak
Cookin in the desert wadi rum

Desert Flora & Fauna

Forged from the desert, a vast variety of animals and plants inhabit the Wadi Rum. There are about 140 species of reptiles and mammals including: the ibex, fox of Blandford, orix, hyena, jackal, and the eagle of Verraux. Many species are endemic and rare. Thanks to its geological location, Jordan lies on one of the world's major bird migration routes. Every year about 200 migratory species transit to Jordan on their journey toward north or south. 

Animals are a fundamental resource in the semi-nomadic life. In fact, most of the Bedouins still raise goats and dromedaries, both used for meat, diary products, and wool for weaving tents and carpets.

About 25 species of plants found in Wadi Rum are considered to have medicinal properties and still used in the traditional Bedouin medicine. Nowadays, modern medicine has gradually started to study the anti-infiammtory effects of many of these herbs. 

On our wildlife watching tour, there’s no knowing which animals and plants you might end up spotting. But, based on your interests and the season, we will go to the top places to visit for the best chances of a sighting. 

You will learn about the healing power of medicinal plants like Hyssop, Sage, Wormwood, Greek sage, haloxylon persicum, and Baccharis sarothroides and how some animals, like scorpions and snakes, are still used as a method of immunization for stings and bites in the Bedouin tradition.  

Goats andsheeps wadi rum

Mesmerizing Desert

A Unesco World Heritage, Wadi Rum has inspired with its wonders and lunar landscapes the visionarity of many famous directors, from David Lane with Lawrence of Arabia to Ridley Scott with The Martian. Natural beauty on a grand scale stretches beneath red dunes and rugged mountains.  Although the desert dwellers' (in Arabic Bedu) are the traditional inhabitants, many places have remains from past civilizations: Thamudic, Safaitic, Nabatean, Greek, and Arabic. Described by T.E. Lawrence as "vast, echoing and God-like", during your journey, you will catch a glimpse of Wadi Rum's beautiful wildlife and hidden treasures. 

Wadi Rum viewfrom the balloon

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