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Rahayeb Desert Camp
Ranked #19 of 123 Specialty Lodging in Wadi Rum
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

No quiet night under the stars here. This is a large camp with well over 50 guests when I was there (and I was told over 100 the week prior). There is bound to be a few inconsiderate people who stay up talking and laughing until the wee hours of the morning. Sounds in this lovely canyon bounce off the walls. Finally at 2:00 a.m. a less timid person approached the noisy group with a friendly request "Friends, would you please keep the noise down". The staff turned off the generator and the lights dimmed. But that didn't stop the group. They continued laughing and shouting for at least another hour or longer.

Other than the night noises, this camp was well organized, the staff was very helpful and the food was good. The best experience was a quiet camel 3 hour sunrise ride with a Sudanese guide who made tea in the desert.

Two nights in a VIP tent with it's own shower and washroom was a luxury that seemed almost obscene in this dry country. The accommodation was very comfortable.

This is a nice camp, well run except for the fact that they are unwilling or unable to control guests who disturb others. Perhaps a notice on the tents might help stating that the mystery and magic of this place is to be respected by quiet after 11:00 or 12:00 p.m. so that guests can appreciate the night sounds of the desert.

Room Tip: A tent away from the common area would probably be best. There is accommodation behind the main cam...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

If you’ve ever done fancy camping in East Africa, don’t expect this Bedouin experience to live up to that. But it’s nonetheless a fun place to stay. For us the evening turned out somewhat unrepresentative, since it was the last day of Eid (Islam’s main family festival, a bit like Christmas) and we were joined for dinner by a dozen or so large extended Jordanian families, so lots of live music, merry-making, shisha consumption and children running around. Probably 50-70 people ate, an enormous traditional Bedouin lamb, chicken and roast vegetable zerb/zarb spectacular which was fun to watch being excavated (see YouTubes), but was served very late (close to 9pm).The additional meze side-dishes and salads, all obviously brought in from outside, were excellent. All the locals (possibly families of staff?) left at about 10, leaving the place to the handful of Western Europeans who probably represent a more normal night here.

We had paid extra for a ‘VIP’ tent with its connected fixed tiled-floor bathroom, which looked like a slice from a container, but clean, and everything worked well, with lots of hot water and real electricity. Things were gloomier in the tent itself, lit only by a solar lamp, so bring a torch to read by. The large bed was comfortable and very heavily draped, as it was pretty cold at night, even in October, so be prepared for a frozen nose; the sand outside also got remarkably cold once the sun went down. Breakfast in the morning could have been better – no pretensions to be anything beyond standard Jordanian middle-ranking hotel fare. But the Arabian coffee was excellent, and you could order eggs. Staff were overall inattentive, just lounging around, but did the business when asked. The evening session, mixing convivially with other guests, and with a big fire blazing was one occasion when one missed having a proper drink, so maybe bring your own; I doubt anyone would notice or mind…

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

During our stay in July 2012, we visited this camp after we stayed 2 nights at Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp near Petra. We experienced this as a world of difference. Although both locations are great, the staff of Rahayeb were way less friendly than those of Seven Wonders. We thought this was due to the size of the camp and the type of visitors both camp get; Rahayeb large groups of tourists and Seven Wonders much smaller groups which makes that Seven Wonders "feels" much more traditional.

During one or our nights at the camp, there were probably not enough guests to let the generator run till midnight, as they did the night before. The whole camp was dark but even worse, showers were cold. When we asked whether we could still use the showers, they said yes but did not say anything about the cold water or didn't turn the generator on again.

Besides this, facilities at Rahayeb look nice and are properly clean. We had two times dinner prepared in a traditional zerb, an oven in the ground, which was really good. Still, we haven't had a very good experience here due to the unfriendly attitude of the staff.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

We stayed for two nights in late September 2012. The welcome we received at this amazing desert camp was fantastic. While we arrived at almost midnight they still had some food waiting for us and brought our bags over to our tent/room. This is the real desert experience but in a very nice camp. The food was great genuine bedouin cuisine and their delicious tea will remain on our tastebuds for months to come (sure glad we bought some at one of the desert camps!). The activities on offer were perfect. We did the Jeep tour and then they combined that with a lunch with a bedouin family. WOW! But as if that wasn't enough they organised a camel ride for about 2 hours to watch the sunset on top of a massive rock mountain. Then arabic dancing and dinner. I would highly recommend this camp to anyone who wants the real Jordanian/bedouin experience and not a classic 5 star hotel that could be anywhere in the world.

Room Tip: I would recommend the VIP tent for the best experience as it has a toilet and shower attached.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

i stayed there one night , it was unique experience .
they arranged a tour to watch the sunset , after that they made a Dinner in Traditional way and it was delicious , then we spent a quiet night under the stars .

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

A great camp at Wadi Rum desert. We stayed only one night after a jeep tour and a camel ride to see the sunset (perfect). The tents were big and comfortable. We satyed in a vip tent with a private bathroom with hot water. The staff was professional and kind. A great dinner and a lot of stars to finish the night (a lot of shooting stars also!). A group was talking loud and disturbed a little but someone of hotel asked them to be quiet and then the sleep quality was good! This is the only problem in this camp!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

we stayed at Rahayeb desert camp in june 2012 for 2 nights, we dont "do" camping of any kind!!! so we chose this particular camp as it had VIP tents with en-suite facilities!! we drove past other camps on the way to rahayeb which were by the side of the road and didnt look very nice but we were delighted when we arrived at rahayeb as it was located in a small canyon on its own, it was a great location, very private and you felt like you were in the middle of nowhere!! which is what we were after! after meeting the welcoming and friendly staff we went to our tent which was in typical bedouin style and was very comfortable apart from the heat!!! the western style toilet and bathroom was better than some hotels!!! we discovered that we were the only 2 staying that night which made it feel special too!! the next day we went on a 4x4 jeep safari with guys from the camp to explore the wadi rum desert, which was amazing!! ike a lunar landscape, with different coloured rock formations everywhere, not just sand like the sahara! it was one of our best experiences to date, we stopped at a shady rock and the guys made us a delicious BBQ for lunch then back to camp for sunset trip and a special dinner cooked in an underground oven called a Zarb! which was one of the most suculent and tasty dinners ive ever eaten!! we would definately reccommend this camp for a wadi rum desert expereince!! our only critism would be that the tents were far too hot inside with little ventilation and there was no cold shower only boiling hot water!! obviously solar heated!!! we read to take a warm fleece with us as it can get cold at night but this was not needed at all in june anyway!! the guys made us feel like part of the family and it was a very special expereicne we will never forget!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Aqaba - pizza street | Wadi Rum -, Wadi Rum 77110, Jordan
Location: Jordan > Al Aqabah Governorate > Wadi Rum
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Ranked #19 of 123 Specialty Lodging in Wadi Rum
Price Range: $52 - $64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Rahayeb Desert Camp 2.5*
Number of rooms: 25
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