Wadi Rum Bedouin Glamping
The Wadi Rum Protected Area is located about 4 hours away from Amman, Jordan’s capital city. The sprawling 74,000 hectare area was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 and features a desert landscape consisting of narrow gorges, sandstone arches, towering cliffs, caverns, inscriptions, rock carvings and archaeological remains.
Its unique terrain has been used as a backdrop for a whole host of Hollywood movies including Lawrence of Arabia, The Martian, Prometheus, Rogue One and most recently the live action remake of Disney’s Aladdin.
The otherworldly landscape attracts visitors from all around the world and you can stay overnight in traditional Bedouin camps or luxury glamping tents. There are endless hiking and scrambling possibilities. You can explore the history of the desert in a jeep or on a camel. Or try your skills at Sandboarding aka Sand Surfing.
I simply enjoyed sipping on a tea watching the sunset from a top a sand hill behind the Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp where I spent the night. Enjoyed a festive dinner of Zarb – traditional underground BBQ and slept with the doors & windows wide open. No mosquitos in the desert! Not much of a camper myself but found this camp very comfortable. A must-do for any visitor to Jordan. It felt like I was in another world. Awe-inspiring to feel so far away from the modern world albeit most thrilled these facilities have western toilets & shower.