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“Fantastic experience in Wadi Rum” 5 of 5 stars
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Bedouin Camp, Wadi Rum Protected Area | PO Box 1008, Wadi Rum, Jordan   |  
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“Fantastic experience in Wadi Rum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2010

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 !

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2010

We spent New Years Eve with Mehedi and Bedouin Directions and had an absolute blast!! Wadi Rum is amazing and we saw all the highlights in 2 days. Our overnight stay was in a cave which was secluded from all other tourists where we sipped Bedouin Tea and had a fantastic lunch and delicious dinner. There was a full moon the night we stayed which was really special for the night that was in it and the whole desert lit up as we sat by the fireside and sang songs from both Ireland and Jordan. It was an experience of a lifetime and would recommend this trip to anyone of any age and ability.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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fort cochin india
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2010

We took 4 days out of a trip to Israel to head to Jordan, Petra Wadi Masa and Wadi Rum.
Pam had arranged in advance with Mehedi to have an overnight stay in the desert. We arrived early in the morning and where taken to Mehdis home where we discussed the trip and meet his brothers. We travelled by camels,owned by other Bedouins in wadi Rum and rode to the watering hole used by the Bedouin and Lawrence of Arabia. We were taken out into the desert for a 24 hour trip by Audi, Mehedi’s brother, in an open top truck which gave unbroken panoramic views of the rock and sandscape.
The rock masses were amazing with different coloured sand stone and shapes formed in them. There were French rock climbers scaling the amazing skeletal rock faces that are littered over the area. On one of the rock formations that we climbed with Audi the stone was a hue of purple and white it has to be seen to be believed. You may see these in my friend Pammoore123s review dated 31/01/10.
We watched the sun going down from a sand dune then drove on to the site where we camped for the night
Audi was brilliant company he had lots of stories to tell he seemed to be happy and content and was an excellent guide and host. Audi related stories about his families Bedouin history which was fascinating.
We spent the night camping out under a huge rock face around a huge campfire. We eat delicious food made by our hosts mum, did some dancing with Audi and brother, who also sang us Bedouin songs. The night sky was unbelievable we saw the Milky Way and the brightest stars ever. Audi his brother and there cousin were brilliant and charming hosts. This was the highlight of our holiday along with the amazing spectacle of Petra. We meet lots of friendly and hospitable Jordanians along the way.
Apologies to Audi if i have missed spelt your name!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2010

You will be abit surprised when you initially arrive at Wadi Rum and are met from the bus, as this is not a touristy group expeditition, it is aimed a individual travellers who want to get away from the crowds. Also the emails are transcripted by an English girlfriend so as soon as you meet the brothers who take you, you know its not the person you have been emailing. But leaving that aside this is the best value and best way to experience Wadi Rum and I can highly recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2010

We booked a 1-day Jeep Tour with Mehedi in January after reading some positive reviews about him on TripAdvisor. Bookings can be done with him through e-mail and he was quick to reply our queries and confirm our booking.

His itinerary is similar to all the other Bedouin operators from Wadi Rum and during our trip with him, we were his only guests. Mehedi is only 22 years old, speaks reasonably well English and is a little shy initially. However, he is able to answer all our questions about Wadi Rum and the Bedouin lifestyle, being a Bedouin himself.

He was right on time to greet us at the Visitor’s Centre like he said he would and his explanation on the significance of each and every site which we visited was precise and succinct. He was discreet to leave us on our own at each sight to give us ample time to take in the view and to snap photographs. He was also flexible and accommodating with our requests to stop at places which interest us.

At some of the sites which we visited, there were tea/coffee tents set up by local Bedouins and we would often stop by for a cup of their fabulous complimentary mixed herb tea and chat with the owners through interpretation by Mehedi.

At sunset we were brought to Mehedi’s uncle’s camp because at the time we were there (January 2010), his own camp was not yet ready. He told us that it would be ready by the end of February 2010 and is located not far away from his uncle’s. His uncle’s camp is located on a high ground overlooking some really beautiful pink/red rock formation – see our pictures. Although we were there during winter, our tent (which can sleep up to 4) was surprisingly warm and adequate blankets and duvets were provided for our use. You can bring your own linen if you do not feel comfortable using the ones provided by the camp.

Again, we were the only 2 guests at the camp and spent our time chatting by a burning fire and drinking hot tea with Mehedi and some of the other guides who were spending a night there. Dinner was prepared by the camp’s cook and consists of local Bedouin food which was really delicious.

We feel very comfortable with Mehedi and would say that he took care of us really well. We would highly recommend his services to other tourists to the magnificently beautiful Wadi Rum! If you want his e-mail address, contact us.

We certainly do not agree with one of the reviews written about Mehedi wanting to cheat them (someone from Ukraine). We have personally contacted some of the previous reviewers before making our decision to go on a tour with Mehedi and we can give our assurance that they are not all the same person!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2009

My friends and I spent two nights with Mehedi and his group. First night in the main camp and the second in a smaller one near a cave. It was great; the guys are very responsive to your requests and flexible. We all wished we could stay a bit longer.

Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2009

We spent 3 days, 2 nights in the Wadi Rum desert with Mehedi and his father. We had a blast! Mehedi is a professional, wonderful guide and it is evident he knows all the ins and outs of the area. He is very flexible, allowing for changes in the itinerary as you go and the food he prepared for us was delicious every time. Both he and his father made sure we were cared for really well during our adventure. I would recommend that anyone who wants an original, true, Bedouin experience, book with Mehedi. You can email him at: [--].

Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Bedouin Camp, Wadi Rum Protected Area | PO Box 1008, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Location: Jordan > Ma'in Governorate > Wadi Rum
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Wadi Rum
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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 

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