Wadi Rum Boutique Safari Camp
Lodge | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
First have a look at Saleh's wadirumtours web-site (via the link at the bottom of this page) -- you will see why Wadi Rum is one of the most special locations in the world!! Then reorganise your visit to Jordan so you can stay overnight after a memorable day touring in Rum. You're also choosing to make a difference! Not only is this the most cost-effective luxury bed-and-breakfast in Jordan, but it's also pioneering, community-tourism with a wonderful bedouin family! The money you spend goes directly to them; all of it.
Your accommodation is quite simply a luxury bedouin tent -- a careful blend of the traditional and modern. It's like stepping into a Lawrence of Arabia movie, settling around the camp fire to the passing sounds of camels! and eating fresh from the bar-b-q. Next door, camouflaged into the rocks is a newly-built small shower and WC block, with ceramic tiles, a proper sit-down loo and running water (though please do not use too much).
There are three sleeping areas, each with beds and lots of fleece blankets
You have a choice. Either one of the small cluster of romantic, bedouin tents in the heart of the Wadi Rum protected area, (9 kms or so from Rum village but still within mobile-phone reach), or there's a more modern camp within Rum village itself, more sheltered and with an open fire, high-speed wifi and extra insulation.
In either case, you will have the chance to sample the wonderful food cooked by Saleh's wife Alia -- this is unique in Rum, many of the other camps use imported, non-bedouin cooks; it's not the same! Saleh and Alia are running a family-friendly family business!
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Aqaba Airport, Nearest railway: Near Rum Village (Hijjaz Railway)|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Lounge seats for 10|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
There is a safe room for your valuables.
During the day, visitors come and go; sit around the fire, drinking tea and sharing their stories; or checking their email!! -- particularly at the tent in Rum village. The camp in the heart of the Rum desert is more tranquil.
Luxury here means it's sheltered, clean, not windy and not sandy. The traditional atmosphere has been preserved but the irritations and frustrations of desert camping have been minimised. Soap, toilet paper and disinfectant are provided! and the facilities are more than adequate.
The beds are simple, with covered foam-mattresses and there are plenty of fleece blankets. If you're staying for more than a night or two you might want to bring your own sheet-sleeping-bag and even a pillow. But it's not essential; everything you need is here and you're guaranteed a peaceful memorable night in the desert.
Please feel free to email us with specific questions about the facilities. We are constantly looking for ways to improve things but without taking away the whole bedouin camping experience either.
|Further details outdoors|
You are free to wander around Rum village, talking to local bedouin and other visitors.
A few minutes walk away is a Nabatean temple (the Nabateans build Petra) and just behind that and up to the left is a wonderful walk to Lawrence's Spring -- where he relaxed and bathed after a long camel ride back to Rum -- there are more details on our own web-site, see below.
Rum is an ecological wonderland and thoughtful independent travellers are welcome to roam where they wish. Saleh, who runs the camp, can also pitch a tent for you more or less anywhere in the vast emptiness. We once slept at one end of Burragh Canyon, alone and undisturbed -- and walked from there the next morning, with Saleh collecting the tent and our possessions and meeting up with us later for lunch. Trekking, scrambling, strolling and serious, strenuous climbing are all options -- though you must take a bedouin guide on the more challenging routes.
Treated with respect, Rum is a very safe environment. We welcome children, Saleh has four of his own who enjoy meeting other children. And we welcome older visitors too, even with restricted mobility if they are game for being helped into a 4x4. And everyone who comes to Rum knows they should have stayed longer and most of them return.
Contact us even if your preferred dates are already booked on the availability chart!!!
Besides the bedouin camps in Rum village and in the heart of the protected area, we can create a camp for you in other parts of Wadi Rum, or even provide the support for you to camp out under the stars.
Wadi Rum is the perfect place for independent travellers wanting to experience the desert -- Saleh who runs the camps with his wife and family is a wonderful bedouin guide and host.
The Aqaba/Red Sea region
The South of Jordan has the oldest and most spectacular landscapes in the country. Soon after you leave Ma'an on the Desert Highway you reach the high point that marks the end of the cental plateau -- Ras al Naqb. On a clear day or one with just a few puffy clouds the views are some of the best you will ever see. A sea of blood-orange sands far below you, broken up by sheer, weathered and cracked cliff faces. The country of the bedouin, made immortal by the writings of Lawrence of Arabia.
Wadi Rum is an oasis of shelter and hospitality in this unforgiving terrain. Twenty minutes drive from the main road you find yourself funneled between high walls of sandstone towards the village of Rum itself and the magnificent canyons where whole armies could remain hidden and provisioned for months.
The desert is extraordinarily beautiful. If you're adventurous we can show you the back route from Wadi Araba (the long valley linking the Dead Sea to Aqaba) up through the mountains to the back entrance to Petra, and then to Rum -- more hairpins bends than the Lake District and views you will never forget.
For anyone who's not been to Jordan before, we will provide, for no extra cost, advice and ideas for making the most of this wonderful country. In particular the bedouin friend of ours shown in the photographs here, runs individual, personally-designed tours around Wadi Rum and beyond.
Further south, Aqaba, (on the coast and 40 minutes drive from Wadi Rum), is a busy city with a small fishing port, bars and some nightlife, as well as local markets and tourist shops and the best shwarma restaurant in Jordan -- Mohandis!! It has not yet lost its small-town charm and individuality but the plans are to expand it to well over 100,000 people with 5* hotels, restaurants and other attractions to match. It will take some years, so for now you can still enjoy the best of both worlds, with many modern facilities and vastly improved roads and yet still feel you have stepped back to an earlier age. We have an apartment there, on the beach, advertised on this site too -- it's a perfect luxury retreat after a few days in the spectacular desert of Rum. The ultimate two-centre holiday!!
Aqaba is an ideal base for exploring Southern Jordan. Within an hour or two's drive you can be in Petra (one of the seven modern Wonders of the World). Equally, you can choose to make Wadi Rum your base and live life more as the locals do while you visit the rest of this amazing region -- another world, an unchanged way of life just a few hours from Western Europe.
Rum village itself is nothing special. A typical collection of concrete-block houses, each with its own busy back-yard for keeping chickens or goats or camels, or maintaining and repairing aging Toyota Land Cruisers. There are a couple of very local restaurants and supermarkets and an air of constant activity.
But the glory of Rum is the location, set in what Lawrence of Arabia called "this processional way greater than imagination. . .[the walls] in crags like gigantic buildings" -- for more descriptions see our own web-site below.
Wadi Rum beyond the village is, to many people, one of the most special places on earth. It is somewhere just to be and to experience and to develop a relationship with nature and human transience that is impossible almost anywhere else. It is a perfect for two kinds of visitors:
* independent travellers wanting somewhere different and not expensive to stay for a night or two;
* people attracted to the desert and the idea of distancing themselves for a while from the every-day life we have inflicted upon ourselves in the so-called developed world.
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4 Nov 2014
"A genuine experience"
We are two couples with two young ladies of 8 and 10 years old. We found this reference on several travelers forums and the singularity of his services convinced us quickly to arrange one full day and… More
27 Oct 2014
"One of the highlights of our trip"
We naturally expected Petra to be the number one highlight of our trip to Jordan but it was actually Wadi Rum that left us with most lingering memories. We were met by Saleh and his hospitable family … More
23 Oct 2014
"Definitely worth an overnight."
After spending a night in Saleh's camp (which really is all by itself in the desert), I think an overnight in Wadi Rum is an absolute necessity of even a short trip to Jordan. And I think findin… More
thanks for the review NS -- though it's a bit frustrating! The guest contacted us the day before he arrived, we pulled out all the stops and gave him a great time . . . we always make it very very clear that Saleh specialises in families and small groups and we stress that he is expensive for travelers on their own but in return you get a totally personal, individual visit to Rum, not a mass tourism package in any way. For us it is always a 'defeat' when we get a 4 star review rather than the usual 5 star! On balance I think this review is helpful for potential visitors and pretty positive . . . if there are specific things NS that we could have done better for you please email us; we want to continue to be the best small camp in Wadi Rum!!
23 Oct 2014
"The highlight of our trip to Jordan!"
We wanted to spend a few days in Jordan to visit Wadi Rum, Petra and the Red Sea (Aqaba), and decided to enter Jordan through the Aqaba crossing from Israel and go first directly to Wadi Rum to spend … More
12 Oct 2014
"Authentic, Accommodating, and Honest"
Saleh and his family run this beautiful camp, and it is truly a family run business, where Saleh and his wife treat you like family with delicious food and hospitality. His young children contribute … More
. . . many thanks for this lovely review. . . it is exactly what we strive to achieve, in an eco-friendly, environmentally sustainable way . . . we are so happy you had such a nice time!
9 Oct 2014
From pick up, to drop off this is a true Bedouin experience in Jordan.Having a good comparison to Oman and Dubai, the Jordanian experience has not been modernized.Mr Salah and his wife do a great job… More
24 Aug 2014
There is no better way to see Wadi Rum than with Saleh and his wife Aliah. Especially for a family with four kids (6 to 15 years) like us we could not have chosen better, as the children of Saleh beca… More
24 Aug 2014
"The highlight of our entire vacation!"
We are two Americans who spent a week in Jordan. We'd already booked hotels in Petra and Amman for the entire stay. I had tried getting in touch with Saleh via his website, but Tudor (who operate… More
6 Jul 2014
"The best adventure so far"
Planning our trip to Jordan we mainly wanted to see Petra, but by accident we found Saleh's website - it was so interesting and trustful that we decided to visit him for one day and night. And it… More
24 Jun 2014
"The most incredible day"
My family had one of our best holiday experiences ever at Saleh's Wadi Rum desert camp. We almost didn't come to Wadi Rum at all as we hadn't really given it much thought and had only i… More