I started off my career as a tour guide not knowing exactly what was waiting for me in the tourism realm of Jordan. Being born in Jerash, I was naturally, and at a very young age, well acquainted with the historical and cultural touristic aspects of my own country. Jerash, or Gerasa, had been my playground for a good portion of my childhood, and it had rightfully claimed the best preserved wholesome Roman provincial town yet excavated!
My encounter with Terhaal, the tour operator, came a few years into my career when a good friend and colleague tour guide introduced me to the guys at the Amman office. To be honest, back then I hadn’t a clear Idea what exactly it was I was getting myself into, but a few trips in I had become addicted! And ever since we’ve became friends.
I found myself leading a group of open minded, curious, adventure loving, all together wonderful people from different parts of the world, through the virgin quarters of my country. Quarters that really came as a surprise to me in the beginning, and still, till today never seize to amaze me every moment: valleys cutting through rigid granite rock formations, springs and streams in the middle of seemingly nowhere, the most alien rock formations of sandstone and stretching vistas onto biblical land. And that’s just not being specific.
Above all, what has sincerely got me addicted to these treks in the Jordanian wild besides its natural beauty, is the human element of the treks and tours I guide: the conversations around the camp fire exchanging culture and life views, sharing my perspective and getting the chance to listen to the world’s!
Terhaal, towards much terhaal together.
P.s. Terhaal means “to be in a state of constant travel” in Arabic and refers specifically to the nomadic lifestyle of Bedouin Arabs.
Story and photos by Nader Saleh, Jordanian tour guide, adventurer