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“Wadi Rum Desert Oasis - Bedouin style” 5 of 5 stars
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Obeid's Bedouin Life Camp
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“Wadi Rum Desert Oasis - Bedouin style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

I visited the Bedouin Life Camp for one night in late September with my sister and friend and ashamedly it has taken us until now to provide some feedback on our experience. When we arrived at the Visitor Centre, we were met by Obeid and his son Nial (sorry if misspelt) who took us to buy our Wadi Rum visitor passes. We were then whisked by 4x4 to their small but intimate camp in the protected area of Wadi Rum. We were fortunate to be the only guests staying so we benefited from the family’s (Obeid and his two sons) full hospitality; being greeted “Bedouin style” with a glass of sweet tea.

The sleeping accommodation, set in a remote shelter of sandstone rock formations, is a number of brightly coloured, simply furnished tents with foam mattresses and clean linen. The tents are set back (around 100m) from the main communal tents where you can enjoy meals. There are two basic toilets and showers located about half way between the sleeping tents and the communal tents – pretty good for the middle of the desert but two pieces of advice (i) bring your own towel and mirror and (ii) take care over the shower water temperature which we found to be a little temperamental. One suggestion for Obeid - It would also be useful for guests to have some hooks in the shower block to hang up towels and clothes.

After settling in, we decided to accompany Nial on a 4x4 jeep tour to explore the desert. Our tour took in the highlights of the desert murals, two-thousand year old Nabateus rock carvings, and Lawrence of Arabia’s “house” (as per the movie set) where Nial encouraged us to climb on the roof to better appreciate it! We then continued to another spot where we scrambled up a rock face to reach a sandstone bridge for some great photos (no safety harnesses in sight!). On the way back, Nial raced across the sand dunes to find us a lovely spot to watch the sunset where we enjoyed some more sweet tea around a small open fire made from some kindling we had found on route. We were joined by another Bedouin family who also shared their tea and stories with us.

When we returned to camp, the desert darkness having descended (handy to carry a torch), we watched our chicken dinner, which had been cooking in a pot buried in the sand, resurrected by Obeid’s sons. Dinner was a sumptuous feast (despite us being the only guests) of tender chicken, vegetables, rice and breads (note: no alcohol). After dinner, we retired to the campfire for star gazing – with no light pollution, the sky is a blanket of stars – and Bedouin music and singing. Suffice to say Obeid and his sons are not blessed with the best singing voices but nonetheless it is entertaining. Remember it can get chilly in the desert over night so you might want to bring a fleece to wear or sleeping bag liner for extra warmth.

Special thanks to Obeid’s young son for his cooking skills and to Nial for his role as our personal tour guide. We’d also like to thank Obeid for selflessly driving all the way to Aqaba to deliver my sister’s sun hat which we had left in his car. We wish you all continued success, good health and happiness.

In summary, we understand that many of the other camps accommodate much larger numbers and may feel more “touristy” so if you’re looking for a very quiet, peaceful retreat to sample desert life, this little family-run oasis might just be for you. After a busy time in Petra it certainly provided us a welcome sanctuary for the night.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

A friend and I started our weeklong trip to Jordan by staying at Obied's camp for 2 nights. Obied met us at the Eilat border, and we quickly felt at ease. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were surrounded by beauty and serenity, and our jeep ride with Obied's son Nail was great fun. His skill in driving in the sand was impressive. Obied's younger son Salem also helped make our stay easy and pleasant; he seemed to be in charge of much of the food preparation, and we ate very well. All 3 made every effort to accommodate our needs and preferences. Our sunset camel ride was fun, and our camels did not live up to the reputation they have for being ill-tempered. We were able to set our own pace, and there was always sweet tea available.

After our stay in the camp, Obied drove us around Jordan for the next 5 days--to Petra, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, and the desert castles. He was helpful, courteous, and a little protective of us when he thought someone might take advantage of us. His hotel recommendations were solid--clean and simple.

Over the course of the week, we spent quite a few hours driving in Obied's truck with him. Obied was easy to be with--he didn't feel the need to talk constantly, but gave us information, suggestions, etc when we asked. We had many interesting conversations about Bedouin culture, Jordan, our lives, and America. As a person who usually needs more alone time than most, I realized with a start that I had in fact spent most of the week with him, and I never felt the need to get away to be by myself. That is extremely rare for me!

Obied's camp is a great place for those who like to get off the beaten path and have a little fun or adventure in the mix. There are hot showers and western toilets; this camp is not about luxury accommodations, but rather, of experiencing a taste of a different way of life in a setting of spectacular natural beauty.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NYC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

Just spent 4 days at Obied's family-run Bedouin Life Camp. Wadi Rum is truly one of the most stunning desert locations I have ever seen but the extremely hospitable care of Obied, is son Nial and other family members is what makes the experience special. Be very careful not to book into a camp catering to "bulk" tourist tours, you will lose much of the charm of effectively staying in a bedouin family-like location. Another caution - because of the success of Obied's camp, other camps have copied the name of his camp to confuse travellers. As well, when you show up at the Wadi Rum center asking for Obied or Nial, the other camps will now send people using those names and whisk you away to their own camps, believe it or not. Since these are camps are often hard to distinguish, you may never know you are at the wrong camp. Obied told me that he might institute a password system, so you know you are met by the right person. In any case, this is not to scare you off, it is only a byproduct of the success of his camp.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

Stayed in Obeid's camp in early October; he and his sons were wonderful hosts. I loved the silence of the desert at night and being able to see a sky full of stars. And the food was excellent. I slept well in the tent and appreciated the clean bathroom and good showers. Nial took us on a fascinating jeep tour through desert and astounding rock formations, and the sunset camel ride was a delight. As a single woman traveling with a friend,I felt safe and well cared for in an extraordinary setting.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

We LOVED our experience here. Obeid and his son Nail were the perfect hosts. I did quite a bit of research to find just the right place. We were only staying for one night and I'm not much of a camper (putting it mildly) so I was concerned about it being clean and comfortable. Obeid responded to all of my emails very quickly and even mentioned that he had a large group staying there just in case we were looking for a quieter atmosphere.

Obeid was waiting for us at the visitor's center and had everything perfectly organized. Our tent was spacious and clean. The bathrooms had hot water and flushing toilets. And the communal area was comfortable. We immediately set off for our jeep tour, which was fantastic. He set up mattresses in the back of the truck so we could get great views of the desert. Then we arrived back at sunset to take a camel ride. It was so quiet and we had the whole desert seemingly to ourselves. When we arrived back, there was an AMAZING dinner prepared and then we sat under the stars by the fire while they sang songs. It was a beautiful, perfect day and I'm so glad we experienced it with them.....highly recommended!

P.S. The group was set apart from the rest of the camp most of the time so we slept peacefully. We also liked having the group there because there were really friendly and created a more social atmosphere.

P.S.S. I also agree with the other writer that advised coming late afternoon. We arrived after 1pm and set off on our jeep tour after 2pm. It's way too hot to do much between 9am-3pm.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

We stayed 1 night in Bedouin Life Camp and really enjoyed it. The camp is situated in a wonderful place among rocks. The food was also great, dinner was cooked in a traditional way, under the sand! We could always have a tea under the "communal" tents, meat the other travelers, or just have a chat with one of Obied's sons. The 4 hrs jeep tour was excellent, I would have liked to attend it once again after we arrived back in the camp. We could make shorter walks in the surroundings by ourselves, with great views. Obied and his sons can help you where to start.
It wasn't a cheap experience, but worth it. These men were really great and helpful, they always wanted guests to feel as being home, or even more. Thanks for that!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

as per other reviews, obeid's camp is great. i will remember walking the desert under the full moon the rest of my life. his sons and he are really very friendly and work hard to make sure you are happy. however this is very much a real camp in a real desert with a real bedouin family. ie No luxury. so if you want the real experience, this is the one to go with. if you want stter. omething softer, then some where else would be be

Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Address: Wadi Rum Protected Area, Wadi Rum, Jordan
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Location: Jordan > Ma'in Governorate > Wadi Rum
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #7 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Wadi Rum
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bedouin Life Camp is run for twelve years by Obeid Naser Alamamreh, a licensed Bedouin desert guide and his sons. The authentic Bedouin camp is located in a scenic spot of the Wadi Rum Protected Area near Seven Pillars of Wisdom, offering accommodation, jeep tours, hiking, climbing and camel ride in the desert. Obeid organises car transfers and round trips with his tourist car in all Jordan as well.Price of accommodation includes breakfast.Lunch and traditional Bedouin dinner is available. ... more   less 
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