Having just arrived from a trip to Jordan, I am already missing being there again. Liked Petra and the desert a lot but the best thing in Jordan are its people: warm, friendly, with a great sense of humor. We were two females traveling independently and we enjoyed the experience. The highlight of the trip was the full day spent in the desert, with our guide, Obeid, which we find due to recommendations in TripAdvisor and found his page on the internet called WadiRumTrips. He sent a driver to pick us up at 10 am from our hotel in Wadi Musa (he came exactly at 10) and take us near the Visitor Center of Wadi Rum, where we met him. It was the best option for us as the bus that makes this route leaves Wadi Musa around 6 am, much too early for me.
There, we had a light lunch (delicious tuna salad and bread) prepared by one of Obeid´s sons at his camp. I read various comments in TripAdvisor and some travelers debated on where Obeid´s camp is: Wadi Rum or Disi village so I confirm that the camp is inside Wadi Rum protected are – from there we started our jeep safari in a brand new, clean and air conditioned car. Obeid was a wonderful guide-we made him talk about his life (we knew he is married to an European woman and traveled to Europe quite often). He told us he retired from the police force and now was running his own business venture in Wadi Rum. He took us to all the interesting places in the desert, some of them not even o my list and we finished the trip watching the sunset over the mountains. It was so relaxing and so good. After, we went again to his camp where Obeid invited us for dinner. It was not in our plans but we accepted his invitation. The camp is nice, Bedouin style, with tents of different sizes, mattresses, pillows, blankets… everything one needs to have a good night sleep. There is also space for travelers to put their own tent if they want to. The bathroom facilities are extremely clean, with toilets, showers, warm water, mirrors, sinks. I also saw functioning light bulbs! While waiting for the food and for other people to arrive, we were entertained and served with Bedouin coffee and tea. Dinner was delicious, it included grilled chicken, rice, potatoes, salad, bread, sparkling soft drinks based on caffeine and oranges. There was a group of 15 people from about 7 countries and 3 continents, talking about where we came from, what we saw in Jordan, where should we go next… We met some of Obeid´s family: his elder sons that help him with the tourists, his brother, two very polite and very young nieces (age 5 and 3)… We had the chance to see how the family members behave among themselves, helpful, polite, protective, looking after one another, especially after the little ones… I felt so good being there with them, so peaceful. At one moment, a little desert bug was walking towards the fire made on the floor in the middle of the tent. Obeid´s brother put it carefully in his palm and took it out of the tent, saying it was “haram” for the bug to die… I was thinking that other people would have just stepped on it without a second thought. Obeid asked us where we would be going next and upon hearing our destination was Aqaba, he told us he can arrange for a taxi from Wadi Rum. We accepted the offer (the price was ok, plus it enabled us to decide when we wanted to leave and avoid being at the mercy of a bus schedule or hitchhike). Again the driver was on time (are these guys Swiss or what?) and we went to Aqaba in a nice, clean, air-conditioned car. Before we separated from Obeid, he told us that if we need anything, we can call him again and so we did because we did not know how to get from Aqaba to our hotel near the Dead Sea. He arranged for a driver to take us and the price was good. I checked it with other cab drivers and at the hotel, and from what I knew before arriving in Jordan, it was correct, not to mentioned that we already knew Obeid and we trusted him after spending so much time in the desert. Although Jordan is a very safe country to travel, I preferred to go with a recommended driver. And guess what, he arrived at the exact our! He was also very nice, polite and respectful. Although I don´t remember his name, I know it starts with F.
I am glad I met Obeid, he is a great person, a wonderful guide, knows exactly what we wanted and the overall feeling I had during the time I spent with him was being safe, spoiled and taken care of. It was one of the best days of our trip and I recommend everyone who goes to Jordan to go to Wadi Rum and stay for at least one night to experience the hospitality and the warmth of the people in the desert. It is simply something that money can´t buy. And please hug Obeid for me.
- 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