We spent one night here, only the 4 of us and another couple so we pretty well had the run of the place which made the 'camping' side of things easier.
Started with a 4x4 sunset tour, after which all the 4x4's at the view point charged off, all seemed to going back to the entrance and 'pretend' Wadi Rum camps at Disi - except ours.
Getting dark by the time we arrived at the camp, greeted with a drink in the open 'reception' canopy. Camp has about 40 tents set beneath a huge cliff. Tents were fine, beds comfortable, its a camp not a hotel. Shower block likewise.
Dinner was good, not going to earn any Michelin stars but by lamplight in this location, there are compensations. Staff were great, although with 3 tents only occupied they could afford to be.
Afterwards, tea/coffee around the camp fire and the most incredible night sky we've ever seen, so many stars and milky way it was difficult to spot familiar galaxies. Loads of shooting stars. Our sons both slept out around the fire, my wife got up to watch the desert dawn, having done neither I want to go back and do it properly.
We had time for some walking in the early morning sunlight which revealed quite how spectacular the location of this camp is, huge cliffs and mesas, big red sand dunes with hundreds of tracks from lizards to camels with some in between you might not want to meet alone.
The night here was the highlight of the holiday. Unmissable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- King Aretas Camp is located within the National Reserve in Wadi Rum it is surrounded by the rustic orange sands of the desert and protected by the huge sandstone mountains. All accommodation is in canvas tents with two beds, electricity for a small bedside lamp and mobile telephone charging, and a chest of drawers. Washrooms are provided in communal blocks just a short stroll away and although basic, offer both shower and changing facilities. Full housekeeping service is provided. You will also find a communal tent with plenty of cushions and rugs, to sit and admire your surroundings whilst sipping on your Arabic tea or coffee flavoured with cardamom and a restaurant offering both buffet breakfast and dinner. Children are more than welcome and would enjoy this camping adventure. ... more less
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