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Captain's Desert Camp
Ranked #36 of 117 Specialty Lodging in Wadi Rum
Amman, Irbid, Jordan
2 reviews
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“Travellers guide to Captains Camp at Wadi Rum”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

In my four months living in Jordan, I've been to Captain's Camp in Wadi Rum twice. I went the first time to see the desert, to take in the sky, to hike the dunes and the crags. I was told there were camels and jeep rides/hikes into the desert, and they did not disappoint (they are both undoubtedly an amazing experience and well worth it). I returned to the Captain's Camp a second time, not for Wadi Rum alone, but because of how welcoming and friendly the staff were the first time around. Truly, the sky at night is unparalleled, and the sands stretch on for miles, but it is the kindness and willingness of the staff (truly, friends and brothers) to include you in their life at their camp in the desert, in the music, the dancing, and the laughter that will make your stay enjoyable and perhaps even bring you back.
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The jeep ride out into the desert (of varying lengths from 2-6 hours) is a unique way to experience an expanse of desert interrupted only by massive rock outcroppings. I suggest you climb everything you can, make sure to run downhill through the sand, and as long as you bring plenty of water, sunscreen, good shoes, and perhaps a frisbee it should be a lot of fun, and very very sandy. (For the longer rides, there is usually a break including tea (under a tent) and lunch. )

Camels are interesting creatures, particularly if you've never seen one up close, much less ridden atop of one. My only suggestion is to make certain that you do ride one, that it be at sunrise or sunset, and that while astride it, wrap one leg around the front of the saddle and move as the camel moves. After a few moments, anything can be done with your hands free - reading, photography, dancing

The dinner is a buffet of salads, meats, hummus (etc.) and rice that is delicious. You will eat too much. You will be thankful for many hours for having done so.

The dinner is usually followed by music by a resident oud player, who is himself a man worthy of praise for more than his terrific voice and the skill with which he plays the oud. The staff are usually up and dancing as well, as to listen to such beautiful music and not move to it is a sign of intense disrespect (I'm kidding). You should definitely take the opportunity to dance though.
Don't hesitate to wander around, and if you see a campfire, you should sit near it, as there is likely to be a very kind but mischievous man sitting next to it preparing tea and smoking arguileh. Don't hesitate to ask for more tea or, your Arabic allowing, strike up a conversation.

In sum, it's a beautiful place to be and to enjoy the company of friends. You may even make a few new ones.

And bring a frisbee.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Amman, Jordan
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

I was lucky enough to be brought to Captain's camp about a year ago with my friends and have since been back 4 times. I have no desire to search for other camps because this place has it all. The biggest attraction is its wonderful staff who have become friends after my numerous visits. They are wonderful, hard-working, generous people who welcome you from the moment you arrive in the camp. They are happy to have you in Wadi Rum and to have the opportunity to show you what life in the desert is all about - appreciating the beauty of the mountains, the stars, the camels, sitting together with friends, great food, and beautiful music, and taking time for both rest and adventure. You will feel comfortable and at home at Captain's and while getting a real taste of the desert. You won't be treated like a tourist the way you might at other sites, like Petra. The people at Captain's camp invite you to join a rare and beautiful way of life for the duration of your visit and you will not be disappointed if you accept.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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amman
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

that was an amazing and a unique trip in captains desert camp , i advice everyone to visit the camp and enjoy the peaceful camp and well organized camp , and i would like to take this opportunity to thank the management and the team working there for all the effort they did.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Captain's desert camp is just on the edge of Wadi Rum and is easy to access. This means if you are travelling in a standard passenger car you can get to it and leave whenever you want, it also means Tour buses can do the same. We spent 2 nights at the camp and both days tour buses visited for meals and accomodation, that said the camp is very large and it accomodated everyone well. 35 JD per person gets you a tent, breakfast and dinner - we stayed in two different tents as we were moved the 2nd night to a tent that had more afternnon shade (a good thing when its hot). The tents are made of hession (possible camel hair) and have a rug flooor, a light that is automatically on for a few hours each night, and maybe a table a chairs depending on the tent you get. If its really hot you are better off sitting in the large semi outdoor eating area where there is shade and hopefully some breeze.
Breakfast was basic and ok, dinner was very good, a range of salads, chicken and lamb kebabs, rice, bread etc, although they were feeding many there was plenty of food. Of course there was music and dancing as well - but you weren't forced to join in.
We took a 6 hr desert jeep tour organised in the camp (cost 80 JD for the jeep which can take up to 6 people) you just have to ask other guests if any are interested in sharing a jeep to split the cost. As it was there was only two of us, but the cost was still worth it. A good thing about the camp was they didnt try to hard sell any activities, they just let you know what was available for what price and left it up to you, this was in complete contrast to when we went to the visitor center to pay our 5 JD Wadi Rum entrance fee, it was awful all anyone wanted to know was "you want acommodation, you want tour?", these questions started before we even parked and got out of the car.
Captains isnt a completely isolated desert experience, it's a camp that you can have some basic creature comforts, good food, organise a jeep or camel trek easily and be in a wonderful location.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amman
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

You must try it & give it a visit especially when you want to live the night of your life. Live the experience especially in their private ones where nothing connects you to the out. Alone in th Desert.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Haslemere
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

We stayed here 1 night before going into the Wadi Rum reservation and staying overnight there. I think how much you like it probably depends on your expectations - we wanted to get away from everything. When we found Captain's Desert Camp was one in a line of 'desert camps' on the outside of a town, with a big complex of tents our hearts sank. There was a communal eating area which was clearly meant to give you a sense of Bedouin life as they think a tourist would like it, but was just a commercialised experience for tourists. The toilets and showers were poor and dirty, we like camping but these showers weren't really acceptable. The mattress was like a rock. There was a good range of food and it was a safe environment.
When we stayed over night in the reservation it was a completely different experience, we were middle of Wadi Rum, only 6 tents, no forced music, no electric lights, no shower, just a toilet, but we loved it.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Fantastic camp with great service. Beautiful hiking and surrounding areas.

Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Captain's Desert Camp
Address: Ad-Disi, Wadi Rum 00962, Jordan
Location: Jordan > Ma'in Governorate > Wadi Rum
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Ranked #36 of 117 Specialty Lodging in Wadi Rum
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Hotel Class:2 star — Captain's Desert Camp 2*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Captains Desert Camps Offers more than an option for a pleasant, luxurious & comfortable stay in Wadi Rum. The magical desert of Wadi Rum is a true wonder of nature. You can choose from staying at the main captains camp located In Disi or at one of our echo camps inside the protected area of Wadi Rum. ... more   less 
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