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Al Zawaideh Desert Camp at Wadi Rum
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Wadi Rum
Jordan Amman
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“Al Zawaideh Desert Camp”
Reviewed 22 October 2011

This Camp Is One Of The Most Exiting camps In wadi Rum Specially The People Working There
I Love It Too Much

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 September 2011

Our one night stay here is the most memorable night of all our travels. I suppose that's a good thing and a bad thing. The good: the food was great, the music and dancing fun, the bathrooms acceptable (although we skipped out on showering while there), the sunrise camel ride was fun although short and within view of the camp, the 4x4 was exciting and terrifying, visiting other bedouin camps was very neat and the tea everyone offers is amazing. The bad: the tents do not block out sound and we had a guy snoring really loudly right next to us, there was a large hole in our mosquito net so we woke up in the middle of the night with about 30 of them trapped inside with us and no bug repellent. The ugly: I don't know if this is normal but we didn't have a bottom sheet on our bed and the comforter did not seem like it had ever been washed....

Bring bug spray, ear plugs, your own sheets and a sense of adventure and you'll have a wonderful time! Worst night of sleep for us was still our greatest trip ever.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed 2 July 2011

We stayed to nights in the Al Wawaideh Desert Camp and it was one of the best experience we had in Jordan and Israel. We had many interesting talk with Hard, the owner of the camp and leader of his people in Wadi Rum. Everybody were so open and friendly. I really recommend to take a trip with the air ballon and with jeep in the desert. Try to spend at least 2 nights there. Definitely going back to Wadi Rum soon, it's a special place with special people. The colors of the desert, the stars at night is very powerful. I'm happy we found this place through recommendation here at tripadvisor. Marie, Norway

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 February 2011

Travelling in a posse of 13 - with 7 children under 12 - we knew we were in for an adventure. Staying with Mohammad (who we affectionately came to call Abu Ray) for three days was a highlight of our month-long Middle East holiday. We loved our three-hour camel safari, the 4WD tour through Wadi Rum, sunset rock-climbing (self-supplied) and climbing the sand dunes. Mostly though, we loved Mohammad's hospitality, stories, facts and generous nature. The beds were comfy enough, the toilets clean enough and the tea hot and sweet. We supplemented the meals with a few snacks of our own so we didn't go too hungry and requested less sugar in the tea. But, overall, we loved it!

Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 28 February 2010

Stayed here for 1 night after a day trip in Wadi Rum. There is a Bbq for lunch, with buffet . Around the evening, the music goes on and the "party" begins. They begin to dance and you can do with them or you can drink a tea ( 1JOD ) around the campfire ! The toilets are not clean and they are located a few metres of the camp - so no private toilet !

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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cocoa beach, florida
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Reviewed 1 November 2009

I'll preface this review by saying that if I'm not scared at least once, I don't consider the trip to be a good one. We spent too long in Petra and so we arrived at Al Zawaideh at 9pm, after a long and scary drive in the dark. Most everyone had finished with dinner, so I'm sure it was better when it was piping hot. After dinner, music was played and we all danced to the beautiful sounds of the bedouin instruments. Unfortunately, there were several tour buses there that night and some groups took over the bathrooms, even washing clothes in the few sinks available. Needless to say, I slept with my clothes and shoes on, but I'm 64 and can sometimes be eccentric and unreasonable. It is absolutely necessary to take a flashlight in case you have to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Dogs barked most of the night, but their howls were somehow reassuring in the total darkness of the desert. Although this wasn't an issue for us, I think it would be a good idea to take mosquito repellent and toilet paper with you. Before sunrise, we took a camel ride for a short distance into the desert and although this is surely a tourist experience, I loved it. It was very cold, so once in the desert, we curled up beside our camel. Arriving back in camp, we ate a breakfast of hard boiled eggs, pita, cheese, and preserves. It was actually quite good. Camp seemed much more welcoming in sunlight. We took a drive in the desert with a friendly bedouin who zoomed up and down sand dunes and kept saying, "Yella Yella". We were not sure what that meant, but happily repeated it before jumping back in the truck, after stopping to take pictures. The desert is a beautiful and mysterious place. I have a new appreciation for what 40 years in the desert might have felt like. This isn't a trip for everyone, but if you have any life left in you, it should surely include sleeping in a bedouin camp for at least one night.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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amblin_jack
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Reviewed 9 August 2009

The Zawaideh Desert camp was an unexpected magical interlude in our family trip to Jordan. It was recommended as an optional excursion by our tour guide (we were on a package tour); we spent only the afternoon there. I would have loved to spend the evening and night there, with an open firepit area under the desert stars... alas not to be.

Zawaideh is an encampment, not a full-service hotel. Everything is open to the breezes: the open-air eating area, the firepit, the long woolen tent-rooms with cots opening onto large courtyards. The washroom facilities were clean and well maintained. The buffet lunch was amazing.

We had a sumptuous brunch in the open-air serving area, with long low cushions in the shade of a tent-and-palm-leaves roof. Several of our young adults grouped in one of the smaller seating areas to enjoy tea and an aromatic shisha pipe. After lunch, we enjoyed a two-hour jeep adventure in the desert, wheeling along sand dunes, spotting dust devils, investigating petroglyphs in cliff caves. A distant bedouin tent afforded us mature travellers a fragrant sip of herbal bedouin tea while watching the younger set race each other up a steep, steep cliffside dune to see who could first reach the flag at the top. Back at the encampent, we all relaxed on colorful pillows below the otherworldy sandstone forms of the sheltering mesa. At sunset this camp must be utterly enchanting - we will have to stay longer next time!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Al Zawaideh Desert Camp at Wadi Rum
Address: | Diseh, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Region: Jordan > Ma'in Governorate > Wadi Rum
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