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“A fun experience.” 4 of 5 stars
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Bedouin Camp, Wadi Rum Protected Area | PO Box 1008, Wadi Rum, Jordan   |  
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A fun experience.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2010

Our group of four (all in their 60's) really enjoyed our day and overnight stay with Mehidi.
Five star it isn't but then it doesn't pretend to be and a certain level of fitness is required. We all slept in the tents on good mattresses and all slept well. The food was amongst the nicest we had whilst in Jordan. The booking proceedure was done most efficiently including our pick up from Petra..
Mehidi was very flexible to our needs and age. We did just as much as we wanted and enjoyed his knowledge of the desert. We have ridden camels in the past so didn't bother this time and travelled around in Mehidi's old Toyota that he loves with a passion.
I would recommend Mehidi and the serene Emily to anyone of any age with a sense of adventure that doesn't have to travel 5 star..

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2010

We only stayed for one night in this camp but it was just a lovely and amazing experience. It is infinitely more authentic than those call hotels-camps. Mehedi and Emily were so kind with us that we felt like being among friends. We also had the opportunity to sleep outside with a big moon over our heads and that was one of the best experience of our trip (and even in our lives). Of course, I will back to Jordan and sure will stay again in this camp (hope for a longer period). We also made the trip to Wadi Rum desert with Mehedi and was excelent. Definitely would recomend to anyone to stay in this friendly camp (the food and the tea was delicious....)

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2010

On the whole, we loved the experience with bedouin directions. Our tour began with an unforgettable camel ride through the desert, and later we had our own 4X4 jeep and driver, which was great, as it meant we were not lumped with the other travellers (they were very young and gung-ho while we liked to do things at our own pace). My husband requested for a proper bed as he was having some back problems, and as a result we had two standing beds erected for our benefit in our very own tent. We slept very well that night. Dinner was delicious (and held in an atmospheric tent), and the tea was exceptionally good. The only thing that we weren't happy about were the bathrooms--a good high-powered hosing would have done wonders. Too bad it was rather hazy at the tiime we were there (we were told it was sand coming from Sinai; it obscured much of Petra town when we left), as Wadi Rum is a wondrous place to be in. Enjoy the solitude, and the sound of the wind in Barrah canyon, the cool silky touch of fine sand, and in our case, a full moon in the night-- that's when you'll feel the magic of the desert.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2010

We visited Wadi Rum as part of a very last minute cruise holiday.. The ship's excursion to Wadi Rum was fully booked and I found Mehedi an Bedouin Directions through Trip Advisor. I am so glad the ship's tour was fully booked as we could not have had a better experience of this magical landscape. Mehedi was lovely, informative and obliging, and because we were only a small party, we were able to experience the vastness and solitude of this beautiful landscape - something we would not have managed with a group booking of several jeeps. He moved at our pace ( we were a party of 4 aged 5 - 80!).
Our day at Wadi Rum was certainly one of the highlights of our holiday and I would recommend Mehedi 100%.

Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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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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Ireland
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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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 106 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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