I stayed at Obeid's Bedouin Camp in the Wadi Rum Protected Area for one overnight, and Obeid also arranged all of my transportation to and from the airport in Amman, and to and from Petra. He met me at the airport and was a charming host and companion on the 3 hour drive to Petra where I stayed in a hotel and explored the site. He helped me get checked in at my hotel, and then arranged to pick me up at a time of my choosing the following day.
Obeid had a death in his family that night and so he sent a friend/driver Subi to meet me at my Petra Hotel the next day. Despite his limited English, we managed to have a very pleasant drive down to Wadi Rum and Obeid then met me there to take me personally out to his camp. I have seen postings on the Wadi Rum forum claiming that Obeid's camp is not in the protected area, but this is misinformation. He has a house outside the protected area but his camp is WITHIN the protected area.
I was blown away by the beauty of the area and the quiet and remoteness of his camp. You could hear a pin drop in a sand dune! Guests can choose between sleeping in the larger traditional tent with Obeid and his sons or a smaller, individual tent, which was what I selected. His son Nile then took me on a 4 hour desert jeep tour to see all the surrounding sights, and experience an amazing sunset, and then we returned to the camp for dinner.
The night's accommodations included a lunch of salads, fruit, pita bread and delicious tea served in the main tent by the fire pit, as well as a traditional style dinner of chicken, vegetables and rice cooked in a huge pot buried in the sand. There was tea and cake as well, and a breakfast of eggs, salads, fruit, tea and bread in the morning
My tent was completely lined with mats on the floor, and I had a double-sized mattress with ample and comfortable bedding and pillows, as a gas lantern. It was a cold night, but I was completely comfortable for sleeping and it was hard to make myself go inside the tent because the night sky was so amazing. There is a nearby building (140 paces from the tent... I counted!) with flush toilets, sinks, and showers, and though it took a little while, the water did get comfortably warm for my morning shower. Obeid himself then drove me back to Amman airport in plenty of time to make my flight.
In sum, if you are wanting the comforts and amenities of a hotel, this is probably not for you. If, however, you want to experience a glimpse of Bedouin life with a very comfortable camping experience and an attentive and likable host, do not miss the chance to stay at Obeid's camp. While I was there, Obeid won an award from Citigroups for the success of his business and it is well deserved. He is a gem!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bedouin Life Camp Hotel Wadi Rum