Jordan Wadi Rum Camping Guide & Best Bedouin Camps On The Desert

The sparkling night sky filled with thousands of stars, soft red sand on the ground, alien-looking rock formations, and traditional Bedouin tents tucked into the corners of the moon valley. Peace and silence away from any cities. Wadi Rum camping experience is one not to be missed on the trip to Jordan. How to organize it, which Wadi Rum Bedouin camp to choose and how to have the best experience of camping under the stars? 

Wadi Rum camping, Wadi Rum Bedouin camp

Camping in Wadi Rum was a must on our 10-day Jordan itinerary. Staying the night on the desert definitely has a romantic feel about it – the stars, the vast desert, the freedom. Even though it was a bit different from my usual wild camping trips in Scotland or Norway, I really wanted to try it.

No Scottish grass, no roaring sheep, but a boundless field of silky sand and orange rocks with intriguing shapes. The only Wadi Rum hotels that are available are actually tents. The types of desert campsites vary from traditional ones to those more on the luxury side. How different is camping on a desert in a typical Bedouin tent from what I know so far?

Table of content

  1. Wadi Rum Desert
  2. Where to stay in Wadi Rum – Wadi Rum camping
    1. Types of the camps
      Traditional
      Luxury
      Self-camping
  3. Bedouin experience and hospitality
  4. What to do in Wadi Rum?
  5. Wadi Rum essential information

#1 WADI RUM DESERT

The largest wadi in Jordan, Wadi Rum, is a desert located in the south of the country, 60 km away from the city of Aqaba. Also known as the Valley Of The Moon, it got its name from the unusual landscape and uniquely shaped red sandstone and granite rocks that can be found in the area. Thanks to its distinctive scenery, the Wadi Rum Protected Area is also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Wadi Rum offers many opportunities for outdoor adventures from full-day jeep trips, to climbing and hiking the area. The desert is also home to the highest mountain in Jordan. But what really allows you to get to know this place better is staying a night in Wadi Rum, and better yet – camping with Bedouins.

This post may contain affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. More details here.

Rock formations in Wadi Rum hiking, Jordan

Who are the Bedouins?

But who are the Bedouins and why would you want to meet them and, even better, stay with them for the night in the desert? The Bedouins are the nomadic Arab people, who have inhabited the desert regions of North Africa and the Middle East. Wadi Rum is a home for Bedouin tribes, who have been there a long time before the area became a country of Jordan. Even though now they mostly live in the Rum village, they still have a very strong connection to the desert and nature. By staying in the camps run by local families you support their existence and you can learn a little bit more about their fascinating world.

#2 WHERE TO STAY IN WADI RUM – WADI RUM CAMPING

There are several options for camping in the Wadi Rum Protected Area. You can choose the Bedouin camps, that have set up tents with proper beds, access to the bathroom, a common tent area and serve local food. Or, you can try wild camping by yourself with your own camping equipment.

Types of Wadi Rum camps 

The accommodation in Wadi Rum is available in the range of camps, that are set up on the sand throughout the desert.  The organized camps are run by the local Bedouin families. You can find the luxury tents,  traditional, cozy Bedouin camps, and even bubble tents looking like they came straight from the space (or The Martian). Finding the best Wadi Rum camp will depend on your requirements and the budget. We wanted to go for something local and real, with a tent and food provided, but not very expensive. 

 

#Traditional Wadi Rum Bedouin camps

Those camps consist of the Bedouin tents, made in the traditional way. They are simple, but very cozy and built close to nature. During our stay in Wadi Rum, we spent two nights in Wadi Rum Green Desert camp, which offered peaceful, affordable accommodation in the friendly settings. With just a few tents and even the offer of sleeping directly under the blanket of stars, you could feel directly connected with nature. I can highly recommend staying there. You can book stay in the Wadi Rum Green Desert camp here. More about our experience below.

#Wadi Rum luxury camps

Want to try Wadi Rum glamping? Then you can consider staying in a Wadi Rum luxury camp with all the amenities you might need, while still being (relatively) close to nature. However, those type of hotels come with a steep price tag. I haven’t tried any of the luxury camps myself, but if you want to treat yourself while sleeping on the desert, you have the option. Some of the top luxury camps in Wadi Rum include:

View of Wadi Rum camping, Wadi Rum Bedouin camps
Wadi Rum Bedouin camp
Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp at night
Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp at night

#Self-camping

It’s possible to camp in the Wadi Rum desert with your own tent. But first, you need to get to the desert, which can only be done by 4×4 car. You can arrange it with one of the locals to take you to a suitable place or drive there yourself. You would still need to pay the entrance fee in the Wadi Rum Visitor center, also for the car. Alternatively, you can walk to the desert area from the Rum village until you find a proper place. In any case, remember, that this is still a big unknown area, where you can easily get lost, so take all the needed precautious, enough food, water and communication devices. 

I normally prefer wild camping, but being in the Wadi Rum, I also wanted to get to know the Bedouin way of life and meet other travellers. That’s why we decided to try the Bedouin camping instead (ok, maybe also because the tent wouldn’t fit into our hand luggage this time). Staying in the Bedouin camp allowed us to be close to the peaceful nature, but at the same time interact with local people, other visitors, learn about the area and culture, drink the bottomless Bedouin tea and taste delicious food. 

Wadi Rum camping by yourself Jordan

#3 BEDOUIN EXPERIENCE AND HOSPITALITY

On our trip to Wadi Rum, we were guests of the Wadi Rum Green Desert camp. It’s a small camp with a quiet and friendly atmosphere, where you can instantly feel at home. There is a family vibe in the camp, that is emphasized by the nicest Bedouins working there.

The small family business has been run for 10 years by 30-years old Nadjah, a Bedouin coming from the local area. What immediately took my attention was how gentle, soft-spoken and attentive Nadjah was to everyone’s needs. He always made sure to talk to each one of the guests personally and spend at least some time on the camp, assuring that everyone is having the best time possible. 

The evenings on the desert

In the evenings, everyone would meet in a common tent area, with a big fire joyfully cracking in the silent night. There was an unlimited amount of Bedouin tea constantly supplied to everyone, laughs, talks and even dancing and singing.

And, the dinner, you guys (!).  The food was just delicious.

The first night we were served a buffet style, traditionally cooked meat and vegetables, called Zarb. The dish was prepared in a special way – it was cooked underneath the sand for several hours. Thanks to that, the meat and vegetables got a special taste and became very tender. Zarb was then served with rice and multiple choices of sides, salads, and other smaller dishes including the vegetarian options. We ate so much that night and Nadjah was inviting us to have even more. The second night we had kofta meatballs and chicken with other types of condiments, vegetables, and rice.

I can definitely say, that food prepared in Wadi Rum was one of the best that I had during our whole stay in Jordan. I would come back even just to eat a little bit more (frantically throwing the scale away).

Bedouin tea on the Wadi Rum desert, Jordan
Bedouin tea on the Wadi Rum desert, Jordan
Fireplace in the Bedouin tent during Wadi Rum camping
Fireplace in the Bedouin tent.

The Bedouin tents

The tents in the Wadi Rum camp are made from traditional Bedouin fabric and have comfy beds inside. We stayed in a double tent, with a small cabinet, windows, and electricity. Since we were visiting in winter, it was a bit chilly inside, but we were supplied with as many blankets as we wanted. In the summer, when the weather in Wadi Rum is better, there is also an option to sleep directly under the stars. I might try it next time. We also had our down sleeping bags, that we used several times during our Jordan trip. So if you are coming in winter, I highly recommend taking some with you.

At the camp, there were two shared bathrooms with sinks, toilets, and showers. The electricity was generated by the solar panels.

What I also liked is that it was easy to watch the sunrise just a few steps from the entrance to the camp. Admiring the desert waking up to life was an unforgettable experience.

If you want to try the real Bedouin hospitality on the Wadi Rum desert you can book your stay with Wadi Rum Green Desert Camp through booking.com. You should be able to find a good price on the portal and booking.com also offers free cancellation in case your plans change.

View to the Wadi Rum Bedouin camp
View to the Wadi Rum Bedouin camp
Inside the tent in the Wadi Rum Bedouin camp
Inside the tent in the Wadi Rum Bedouin camp
Tent view from the Wadi Rum Bedouin camp
The view from our tent in Wadi Rum

#4 WHAT TO DO IN WADI RUM?

There are a lot of activities worth doing on the Wadi Rum. Nadjah from Wadi Rum Green Desert also organizes them, so it is easy to arrange everything from the camp. We went for a traditional full day jeep tour visiting the main attractions on the first day and then the hike to the highest mountain in Jordan – Jabal Umm Ad Dami, the next day. 

The desert tour included the stops in the Lawrence Spring, Khazali Canyon, Red Sand dunes, view to the Burdah Arch, and climb to the Um Frouth Arch,  Lawrence house, Anfishieh rock Inscriptions, and ended by the sunset in the famous sunset spot.

The best activity to do at night is stargazing. The show in the sky is spectacular. And definitely, wake up for the sunrise!

Additional activities are almost endless, covering camel rides and horse riding (make sure that animals are well treated if you decide on any), sandboarding, walking trips, hiking or even hot air balloon.

Sunrise in Wadi Rum, Jordan itinerary
Sunrise in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Sunrise during the Wadi Rum camping
Sunrise sky in Wadi Rum, during the camping
Stargazing next to the Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Stargazing next to the Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Discovering Wadi Rum on a day jeep tour in the desert - a common activity during the stay on the Wadi Rum Bedouin camp
Discovering Wadi Rum on the jeep tour

#5 WADI RUM ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

How to get to Wadi Rum?

If you rent a car, as we did on our Jordan trip, you can get to Wadi Rum following the King’s Highway and then Desert Highway and turning at the junction point.

If you travel by bus from Amman, you can take a JETT bus or local bus going towards Aqaba. Price for JETT bus is around 8-10 JD. From Aqaba to Wadi Rum, you can travel by another local bus. There is one going directly to Wadi Rum, which departs from Aqaba between 1 and 3 PM and costs 3JD per person. It doesn’t operate on Fridays. There are also other local buses, that can drop you on the junctions from where you can hitchhike. The taxi from Aqaba to Wadi Rum is around 25 JD. The bus from Petra to Wadi Rum costs 7JD.

How to get to the camp?

If you book a stay with Wadi Rum Green Desert (I am not sure about other camps), you will be picked up at the Visitor Center by their jeep and taken to the camp. You can arrange the details with the owner, Nadjah.

Entrance fees

Entrance fee to Wadi Rum for foreigners is 5 JD. Luckily, if you have Jordan Pass, it is already included. The officers in Wadi Rum Visitor Office check and stamp the pass, but nobody really asked us for it any other time.

When to go to Wadi Rum?

We visited Wadi Rum in winter, in January. The Wadi Rum temperatures during the day were pleasant, but they drastically dropped at night and it was very cold. The summers are hot with temperatures reaching 35 °C -40 °C. Nicer time for a visit is in spring and autumn, but this also means more people.

What to take for Wadi Rum camping?

In general pack for Wadi Rum:

In winter add:

Wadi Rum camping and a Camel ride on the Wadi Rum desert
Camel ride on the Wadi Rum desert



Would you like to camp in Wadi Rum desert in the traditional Bedouin camp? Let me know in the comments!


Read more about Jordan:

Jordan 10 days itinerary

Visit Petra – most amazing views in Petra and how to get to the viewpoints

Hiking in Wadi Rum – the highest mountain in Jordan Jabal Umm Ad Dami

50+ photos to inspire you to visit Wadi Rum in Jordan

The Best Hotels In Jordan – Full Guide On Where To Stay In Jordan

Dana Biosphere Reserve – Jordan’s hiking paradise

Like it? Pin it and share it around!

The best Bedouin camping in Wadi Rum. Find out the best Wadi Rum camp, and spend the night in the Wadi Rum desert, watching thousands of stars. Wadi Rum Jordan camps are unforgettable experience, so make sure you are prepared well for it! #Worlderingaround #WadiRum #Jordan #MiddleEast #desert #camping #glamping #Bedouin #travel #outdoors

Find the best Bedouin camping in Wadi Rum. Spend the night in the Wadi Rum desert, watching thousands of stars. Wadi Rum Jordan camps are unforgettable experience, so make sure you are prepared well for it! #Worlderingaround #WadiRum #Jordan #MiddleEast #desert #camping #glamping #Bedouin #travel #outdoors

Sharing is caring!

3 thoughts on “Jordan Wadi Rum Camping Guide & Best Bedouin Camps On The Desert

  1. Camping under million stars in Wadi Rum definitely is a crazy experience. I am planning a solo trip to Jordan and your blog is something I am definitely using to plan my trip. Thanks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.