ENCHANTING WADI RUM
When leaving Wadi Musa – Petra I really though the highlight of my trip was behind me … But it wasn’t !
After driving a few hours we arrived to Wadi Rum at night … We had a delicious dinner prepared by our bedouin hosts, and went to bed, ready to wake up early the next day. Our tent looked more like a proper hotel room, with a comfy double bed, hot water, electricity and a little wifi ! So we had a good night sleep, despite a little mid night scare which I will explain further at the end of this post.
The next day I woke up fresh and early ready to walk into the steps of TE Lawrence. Yes again ! I refused to watch Laurence of Arabia movie before visiting Jordan to have a fresh eye, so I really didn’t know what to expect , aside form the Lonely Planet cover picture !
We spent the full day in the Wadi Rum desert, and it was simply magical . Wadi Rum is so huge, that you are not gonna bump into many tourists, expect when stopping at the typical picture points. Otherwise, the sand dunes, the canyons, and the impressive rock formation will be for you and your wide open eyes only. Cooking a bedouin lunch over the fire, and watching the magical sunset are two highlights that shouldn’t be missed !
Oh and did I tell you … I turned 30 !
WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed in Hasan Zawaideh Camp. (100 USD/night). Talking about this place is always a little heart breaking. The brothers managing the camps are adorable and will take care of you like family. My mum was turning 60 on our day there, and they were just the sweetest, trying to prepare her a little surprise. The tour they organize is also lovely, the food delicious and their camps is really confortable. BUT and it is a huge BUT … the location of the camp is wrong .. just wrong. They are settled next to a train rail ! And there is a train riding every night around 5am, which is going to make you fall off your bed for sure. So … here you have all the details to decide by yourself.
Jenni / Out in the Nature
“Nice” surprise in the camp at night!! I stayed at another camp, where we drove for several hours. We had no cellphone reception. We thought we are in the middle of the desert. In the morning they took us back to the village, which turned out to be just behind one big rock. I guess it was handy for them to serve us dinner at camp, when it was so close..