Well first thing to say is we picked Mehedi from Tripadvisor, so thanks to those that went before us. I contacted him via email and had a reply after a week or so. I think this was because he was changing the person he uses to do the english as he is not the one you are directly writing too, but that is fine as it means you can get everything covered. After a few more emails we had it firmed up and we agreed to contact him when we were leaving Petra, which we did via text. The drive from Petra in our hire car was around 90 mins and easy driving. When we got to the visitor centre we bought the 2JD entrance tickets and I rang Mehedi and he agreed to meet us at the village, 5 mins further up the road.
When we got to the village there was easy parking and Mehedi was there waiting ... easy!
We were driven to the camp, had tea and then taken to the "cave", as we had elected to stay there. I have attached some photos, the cave is an over hang, with a wall around it, candles, a light and carpet flooring. We then walked back to the camp for a dinner, which was full as there was a group in. The food was excellent, rice, vegetables and chicken, all well cooked and very tasty ! After that Mehedi took us back to cave, lit the light and then we were on our own ... !
The night in the cave as fine, it was warm and one or two flies at dawn, but otherwise it was great being under the stars. Both of us did wake up a few times, but that is just how it is and it was worth it as I say for the stars, but also being outside at dawn. Should also add that the camp is only 5 mins walk away ... so you are on your own, but not on your own.
Our first day we had an all day jeep tour booked. We were taken by one of Mehedi's relatives and that worked out fine, we got everywhere we wanted to go, had a long shady lunch and were left to our own devices to explore and admire the landscape. There are plenty of jeep tours so some places you get to yourself, others are crowded
That evening we ate at the camp again, there were less people this time and then back for night two in the cave ... again no dramas
Day two we had camels booked, initially till mid afternoon but we decided to take then back to the village for 12 ... this was a wise move as we could both hardly walk at the end ... but if you have not done the camel thing .. do it ! it is a great way to get a different perspective on the landscape and what it is all about.
Once back at the village. Mehedi met us with our bags and we set off in the car for the next destination.
In short it all went very well, we had a fantastic time, the area met all expectations and Mehedi and the other people he used were all just right, friendly, but not in your faces.
From a practical point of view the cave was great ... just don't do it if you have to have 8 hours unbroken sleep. The food was very good. The camp was comfortable. The shower worked really well, there is only one of them but as we got back early we could get in there, the water was warm and plenty of it.
The toilets were holes in the ground and only one working when we were there, but that's life in the desert so you get used to it.
All in all we had a fantastic time in Wadi Rum. Mehedi made sure everything went as planned and we would recommend using him for your trip !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy some dinner, the stars and the night in the desert. This Bedouin camp is in the white desert in a unique and beautiful location, secluded and away from any other tourist camps well within the protected area of Wadi Rum. We have simple desert bathrooms which have showers and toilets (Arab & Western). We have a comfortable main tent with a fire for sitting and relaxing in. Guests sleep in Bedouin tents which are supplied with mattresses and plenty of blankets. Guests also have the option of sleeping outside under the stars, in the camp or we can take you to a special camping spot in the wilderness area, away from the camp. ... more less