As promised we will be looking at each of our new adventures in more detail. This week Horse Riding!
In 1985, a European explorer, Wilfried Colonna, teamed up with a local Bedouin Atallah Sweihin on behalf of the Jordanian Government to explore and map the desert of Wadi Rum. They became good friends and decided to share there adventurous activities with the world and so Wadi Rum Horses was established. They teamed up with Above and Below to provide the ground handling services and we continue to work together until this day. Atallah runs the stables and looks after the horses, while Wilfried splits his time between his agency in France and exploring new trails for horse riding, trekking and climbing through out Jordan.
The Stables and Horses
Located right at the entrance of the Wadi Rum Reserve area. There are fifteen Arabian, in good, healthy condition and are used to living and travelling in the desert. Arabian horses are spirited, clever and sociable. They are quick learners and have great ability at communicating with their riders.
- Saddles (English) are Wintec and in very good condition
- Trek bridles.
- Saddle blankets with pockets to carry water, camera, sun cream etc…
- Helmets available (numbers limited)
- First aid kits on every tour
All the guides are local Bedouin from Wadi Rum, they speak fluent English, and are very experienced with horses, the trails and the desert of Wadi Rum. On all rides you will be accompanied by a qualified guide. The guide holds all the necessary permits, entrance fees for the reserve areas. He is responsible for the caravan and qualified in first aid. You will also be accompanied by a team of assistants: a cook and helpers. The team will transfer your luggage and supplies in supporting 4×4 Jeeps.
At the moment we offer 3 itineraries for horse riding, we hope to be able to offer many more in the future. These itineraries are for experienced riders as you will be riding for up to 8 hours a day for several days. For those who are not so experienced we can provide a day tour of Wadi Rum for just a few hours.
With the exception of the hotels in the towns mentioned in the itineraries, all nights are spent camping, either bivouac in the open air, or in a tent with mattress provided. Do not expect luxury – this is the chance for you to be at one with nature and enjoy the adventurous side of the Bedouin lifestyle.