While most people call Petra the highlight of their Jordan trip, we were most looking forward to our trip to the Wadi Rum desert. Everyone who’s seen the movie ‚Lawrence of Arabia‘ knows what we’re talking about: an endless desert landscape with the weirdest rock formations you can imagine in all shapes of orange and red.
The views are incredible. Sometimes we couldn’t even believe this was still planet earth. It could be easily a Star Wars or Game of Thrones location. We were hoping for a great sunset (which was still ok) and a starry sky in the desert. Unfortunately, more and more clouds appeared and we had to give up on that. But you could be the ones who don’t. Therefore the following might be interesting for you.
Desert tour with an overnight stay in a Bedouin tent
We booked our Wadi Rum trip with Mehedi Saleh (Bedouin Directions) in advance (online). Price and communication were super. He’s professional and everyone knows him on-site. Our guide Mohammed was amazing. Occasionally he decided to let the car drive on his own and enjoy the view with us.
The camp was in contrary to my expectations surprisingly clean, even the toilets. We didn’t try the showers though. A quick wash for one night was doing it for us. We expected the worst and wouldn’t have complained afterwards. In the end, it’s still the desert. Our camp was great located, in the middle of a rock formation which offered some protection from the wind and looked great. Most other camps were in the middle of the desert, which we didn’t like too much.
Food was included, as well. They offered lunch, dinner and a little breakfast the next morning. There was more than enough for everyone. Water was also included the whole day. And tea of course. What would these people even do without their tea? It was never missing.
We got surprised in a positive way. Everything was well maintained. They even provide duvets, but they aren’t cleaned, so we recommend you these sleeping bags. They’re cheap, they do what they’re supposed to, don’t take away too much space in your luggage, are light as a feather and you can even wash them afterwards.
What we also noticed: Despite the trip being exhausting (you’ll eat a lot of sand during that day), many were here with their children. They had the time of their lives in those sand dunes. Thus: Wadi Rum is for kids, too!
Desert tour with different stops
In general, all tour providers offer the same and make the same stops during the tour. If you have special requests, you should tell them in advance. Generally, they’ll make anything happen. At least with our provider Mehedi Saleeh. We recommend his tours as communication in advance was exceptional, the camp was great and he didn’t promise too much.
If you have any other questions, move your fingers over the keys and contact us. Otherwise, close your mouths while being amazed!