How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Saleh was excellent. We all felt very fortunate to have him as the tour leader. His Bedouin background made him very at home in the desert and in Petra but he also looked after us very well in the towns. His knowledge was first class and he explained the history and archaeology of the sites very clearly. He obviously loves his subject, especially the Nabateans. He also had a good sense of humour and managed a large group (16 of us) very well.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Be prepared for the basic facilities at the camps. We didnt get a hot shower from Sunday morning until we arrived at the hotel in Madaba on Thursday evening. Sharing a large mixed tent with 15 others is not for everybody, esoecially if you are a light sleeper. And there was only one chemical portaloo for the whole camp with little or no privacy to wash and change. But we all managed! Do take a head torch, sleeping bag liner, hand gel, biodegradable wipes (or take them away with you), travel towel, walking boots.
Do you have anything else to add?
"Lucky things if you are booked on this tour. It was an excellent introduction to Jordan with a wonderful itinerary. I would highly recommend it if you dont mind a bit of roughing it. One word of warning, Day 4 was quite arduous - 10 hours walking over rough terrain and we covered 15 miles. The camp food was very good - healthy, tasty and plentiful. Not so sustaining if you are a vegetarian - you mostly got vegetable stew. If necessary, ask them to include more protein eg chick peas."