Wadi Rum Desert Camp
Wadi Rum, Jordan
At a Glance
Experience traditional Bedouin hospitality and cuisine
The camp enjoys spectacular views from the front but it is important to note that there is a larger camp close by to the rear
Each tent has a private bathroom and patio with views over the desert
There are either traditional goat-hair tents, or more modern globe-style 'martian' tents to choose from
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
For a small country, Jordan has an extraordinary range of climates. The best time to visit climate-wise is in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the daytime temperatures aren't too extreme. April is probably the best month, when temperatures are warm and wildflowers are in bloom. March can be cold and rainy in the north but is balmy by the Gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Sea.
To start planning your vacation to Wadi Rum Desert Camp
Wadi Rum Desert Camp is a permanent camp with lovely views of the desert and friendly service. The camp offers Bedouin-style fixed tents or modern globe tents. You can lie back, relax, watch the sunset and experience the desert at night
En route to Wadi Rum Desert Camp, or once you have reached the camp, you will have the chance to visit all the sites of interest within the desert. This includes Lawrence’s springs, Khazali Canyon and the Rock Bridge. There is plenty to see before the most dramatic views of Wadi Rum appear as the sun sinks below the horizon.
The goat-hair tents are en-suite and have fairly modern interiors, although they are still quite basic. The globe-style 'martian' tents have more modern facilities, with en-suite bathrooms, a stove and hot air unit. The camp has its own dining tent with low-rise tables offering a sumptuous BBQ with salads, mezzeh and soft drinks.
Although the camp enjoys fantastic views of the desert from the front, it is important to note that there is a much larger camp very close by. The camps do not share facilities, however it may impact how 'exclusive' your experience feels.
Wadi Rum Desert Camp offers traditional goat-hair tents, although the interior is fairly modern. There are also globe-style 'martian' tents, which have more modern facilities including heating.
Families are welcome but there are no specific facilities on offer. The Family Suite is a great option for those with younger children who want to share a room without compromising on space or privacy.
Meals take place in the large, communal Bedouin tent, where seating can be on the carpeted floor or higher up on cushions. The camp can cater for any particular requests, but meals will generally be traditional Bedouin cuisine, such as 'zarb' or 'mansaf'.
You can venture into the desert landscape by camel, jeep or simply by foot. Wadi Rum is home to stunning mountains of sandstone and granite with narrow canyons and fissures which are particularly beautiful in the morning and at sunset.
Clare Monro (Staff)
This was my best night's sleep in Jordan! It's a really good fun experience for more adventurous guests who want to experience the desert and interact with Bedouins. Food can be requested (we asked for chicken) and they catered amazingly to my gluten-free diet. One thing to note is that the guys who run the camp don't speak very good English, but your driver will spend the night there and can interpret, and the Bedouins themselves speak very good English. The desert's pretty chilly at night but loads of blankets are provided and the beds are very comfortable. After supper everyone sits around the campfire and there is shisha if you want to smoke it. No alcohol is provided but you can probably bring your own. The bathrooms have hot running water and flushing loos - although I didn't try out the shower!
Sophie Jones (Staff)
Wadi Rum has truly breathtaking scenery and a stay in the private camp offered me a chance to experience desert life and Bedouin culture. I began my journey through the Wadi in a 4x4 stopping at all the sites, my highlights being Khazali Canyon and the Rock Bridge. We arrived at our camp just in time to see the sun set, where we got the most dramatic views of Wadi Rum. Even though the night was not my most comfortable the experience was well worthwhile.
Camel Safari in Wadi Rum
Take an hour to wander through Wadi Rum on the back of a camel. It is best done in the late afternoon as the sun sets, when the dramatic red desertscape is at its most stunning, or in the morning when the air is clear and crisp.
Explore Wadi Rum with a Local Bedouin
Spend the day with a local Bedouin, exploring the hidden secrets of Wadi Rum. Trek through the incredible scenery and learn about the local culture and customs of the Bedouins. This is a wonderful opportunity to delve deeper into the mysterious desert.
Hot Air Balloon over Wadi Rum
At dawn you will be taken up in a hot air balloon to admire the incredible views over Wadi Rum. As you rise above the rock formations, take in the alien landscape of the desert, and watch the colors transform as the sun rises.
Jeep Ride in Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum offers stunning vistas, wide open spaces and fascinating natural rock structures. You will have a one-hour jeep ride here to visit the Khazali Canyon, the rock bridges, Lawrence of Arabia's house and ancient Nabataean inscriptions.
Amman, Dana, Feynan, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea
from $4100 pp 11 nights
- Great for those who want to get more off the beaten track in Jordan
- The Dana Nature Reserve offers fantastic trekking, and if you are lucky, some rare wildlife
- The scenery in Wadi Rum is incredibly dramatic, as well as offering beautiful sunsets and awe-inspiring starry skies
Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea
from $3000 pp 9 nights
- This itinerary takes in the key sites of Jordan's fascinating history, whilst still leaving plenty of time for relaxation at the end of the trip
- It is always worth taking the King’s Highway to Petra rather than the newer Desert Highway, as it winds through glorious wadis (valleys) and small towns. There are a number of interesting places to stop, such as the Crusader Castle at Kerak or the religious sites of Mt Nebo or Madaba.
- Even Wadi Rum is bursting with history, being the location in which Lawrence of Arabia's Arab Revolt was launched
Jordan for Families
Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea
from $2500 pp 7 nights
- A superb family itinerary, ideal for children 8 and up
- Ideal times to visit are during Easter Vacations, May Half Term or October Half Term
- Spend a night as a family under the stars camping out in the desert in Wadi Rum, and why not enjoy a camel ride amongst the dunes
Location & directions
Wadi Rum, Jordan
The Wadi Rum Desert Camp is in the heart of Wadi Rum, easily accessed from the main Wadi Rum road and village. 320 km southwest of Amman, 120km south of Petra and only 60km north of Aqaba.
How to get there
5-hour direct flight from London Heathrow to Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, with British Airways. Wadi Rum Desert Camp is approximately a 4-hour drive from the airport to Wadi Rum village, followed by 20-minute jeep ride.