A 7-day trip to Jordan has to include a night in Wadi Rum. It’s a famous desert, a natural park and used as a movie set, due to its Mars appearance. I’ve seen the desert before, but red sand of Wadi Rum is not a common sight. 

If you like the desert, read more about Camel trekking in the desert of Morroco.

How to get to Wadi Rum

I have to tell you, as it’s a top attraction in Jordan, that Wadi Rum is not an ordinary desert. You can drive there by car, or take a taxi from Aqaba, or even join some sort of tour. It’s easy. 

The road gets you almost to the middle of it, a few km past the entrance office of the natural park. There, right in the middle of it, is a village. Basically, here is where all the Bedouins have their home, the ones that have the businesses of desert camps. At the entrance are a supermarket and a pretty big parking lot (considering the size of the village).

Spending a night in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan
This is how a camp looks like. Most of them have the same tents.

Spending a night in the Wadi Rum desert

The desert has countless camps. Just check Booking.com and be amazed. If you take a look at the map on booking, you will see that this desert is more like a touristic thing before anything else. 

The camps different from basic tens to some luxurious Mars-like bubble tents, which have a clear roof so that you can watch the starts as you are falling asleep. 

Booking a camp in the Wadi Rum desert

Most camps offer extra tours in the desert, as there are some touristic spots. Special rocks which can form amazing landscapes and of course spectacular photos for you Instagram. Those tours can vary in price and duration, starting from 3 hours to a full day. 

I booked the accommodation 3 hours before arriving to Wadi Rum. Booking gave a really good deal, as it was last minute. But I don’t recommend doing it, especially if your group is bigger. Most of the times, it’s a busy place and you might not find something suitable for you. 

But we weren’t sure if we want to spend a night in the Wadi Rum desert, so that’s why we didn’t make a fuss about it, and the same was applied for everything else during our trip in Jordan. I was super relaxed, booking hotels a night before getting there or sometimes even a few hours before. Yes, it was super awesome! 

Sometimes, when you are not sure about what you want to see, or what you will find, it’s better to be flexible and adapt as you go along.

Spending a night in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan

What to expect if you want to spend a night in the Wadi Rum desert?

I booked Candles Camp, which was a good choice and I recommend staying there.

The basic package is accommodation for the night (in a private tent for 2 with a big bed) and breakfast. Dinner and the ride from the village to the camp are extra. 

Spending a night in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan

How is the accommodation?  Just as you see in most booking pics, there are many 2 persons tents, with a bed, clean sheets, towel, light and a plug to charge your phone. The tent closes from the inside, but there is no key to lock the door. They have another building for the toilets and shower. It was really clean, and comfortable. 

Spending a night in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan

So we arrived around 4 pm in the village, driving. The ticket to enter the natural park is 5 JD, but it’s free if you show the printed Jordan Pass. 

There, our host Mahdi, from Candle Camp, let us park our car in front of his house, and then we jumped in the back of his 4×4 Toyota, for a 10 min drive through the desert.

Spending a night in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan

We settled in, took some pictured and prepared for dinner and then the nice candle and music show. I guess this camp is called “Candle Camp” because they put candles all over the places. We listened to some traditional music and drank tea. Good thing they have a bathroom.

Spending a night in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan
Relaxing time after dinner. Listening to music, drinking Bedouin tea. Dancing is encouraged, but no one would dance except for the Bedouins.

We had breakfast at 8 am and after that, we got a ride back to the village. It was a short experience, as we didn’t have time to do any desert tours, but it’s still beautiful and enough.

The best part of spending a night in Wadi Rum

The desert night sky is what I love the most about these kinds of experiences. I guess that’s the highlight for which most people go there. In any desert, actually.

Spending a night in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan

The sunrise was around 5 am. If you are like me, and you like to take nice pictures of the places you are visiting, you will want to wake up early, as you will take some of the best pictures at sunrise. I loved that light.

Spending a night in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan

But it can be chilly, as the sand is cold. I caught a cold after 1 hour of walking barefoot through the desert. But the pictures are so pretty. My mom said she felt like crying.

Spending a night in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan

Some insights if you are planning a night in the Wadi Rum desert

During the day is hot, but the night gets chilly. Pack socks and anything else you need to survive a night in a tent at 10 degrees.

The food was very good. Both dinner and breakfast were an-all-you-can-eat buffet.

Last-minute booking can get you a better deal. But for larger groups it can be tricky, and for that it’s better to book it at least 1 week before.

The tents hare plugs, so you can charge your phone, camera, laptop etc.

You can go inside the natural park by yourself, you just need to pay a ticket (is included with Jordan Pass) and you can drive to the village, where you can park your car and walk around. Desert is all around.

Are you planning your trip to Jordan?

Make sure to read more about my road trip in Jordan, visiting Petra and some other tips to keep in mind for first-time travellers to Jordan.


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Iulia Vasile

Iulia is a traveller and her obsession started in her teenage years. Her aim is to discover as much as possible from this world and to inspire others to do the same! The ultimate tool for self-improvement and personal growth is travelling and this is what she discovered after years of depression. Now she shares her stories here. Describing experiences for others who might need them.

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