We stayed for one night, as part of a 4-day trip put together by Desert Paramours. We were very disappointed in the camp. We arrived a bit before noon. Our host was very friendly, but there were several other people around who just watched us. We sat around for quite a while, swatting flies, until eventually our "guide" for the hike showed up. He didn't speak English and the hike was a disaster. We got back to camp, hoping to book a camel ride, but couldn't find our host anywhere. We sat around in the heat. People were setting up a sound system for a party that night, so it was very loud. The party turned out to be about 80 people. The music was deafening. Since it was a private party, and we were the only ones staying at the camp, we weren't part of what was going on. We tried to go to bed. The guests left by 11, but the music continued blaring for hours. It was impossible to sleep. Finally, around 1, since we were the only paying guests, I went out and asked if it would stop soon. They turned it off about half an hour later, but then there was another hour of breaking down the equipment, driving around, and the generator (which echoes off the rocks and is as loud as the music). In the morning, no sign of our host. We received a very basic breakfast, but no smile or friendly word from anyone.
I am told that this happens only on Friday night. If we had known, and if there had been other friendly tourists there, it could have been fun. As it was, after the aborted hike, it was a definite bummer of a first day, all the more frustrating because this was our only chance to see Wadi Rum which we'd heard so much about. Since we were working someone who put the trip together for us, I hadn't researched other places to stay in Wadi Rum. I've read some of those reviews now, and think there are better places to stay. The next night we stayed in Seven Wonders in Little Petra, which was lovely.
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Thankyou Lynn for taking the time to tell us about your stay in Rum Oasis Camp. I'm sorry that it was a let down for you as the Wadi Rum desert is one of the most spectacular sights in Jordan.
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For your information, although late, I am sure you will appreciate that the camp is now under new management and new staff. I am aware that the Friday night parties planned for guests from Amman were not welcoming to our international guests and am working on stopping them altogether - at this point we have got them down to just special occasions ie Eid, New Year etc.
I myself being from outside Jordan visited the Wadi Rum desert and stayed in Rum Oasis Camp when noone else was there with just candles and pure silence and 1 million stars....this is what made it for me and this is what I wish to bring back as owner of the camp. I am also tryiing to manage our own bookings rather than going through other companies, this way we can organise reputable guides/drivers/activities to match your personal needs to resources available.
Thankyou again and I hope one day you return to this beautiful country and would be more than happy to assist and welcome you.
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