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.
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.
- 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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