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19 of the Best Wadi Rum Camps in Jordan

As you plan your Jordan itinerary, you might get overwhelmed – there’s so much to see and do, plus all those Jordanian foods to try, and don’t even get started trying to choose hotels and tours. Luckily, I’m here to help. Wadi Rum is one of the most popular destinations in Jordan, and there are dozens of camps spread across the vast area.

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In this post, I’ll list 19 of the best Wadi Rum camps. This might not seem like it narrows down the list much, but as you’ll see – each one has something of its own to offer, and once you’ve read about all of them, you’ll likely know exactly which of these camps in Wadi Rum will be perfect for your itinerary. (Then you can also review my list of the best jeep tours in Wadi Rum!)

Get ready to imagine the red desert, the domes and tents, and the adventure that awaits you as you review this list of the best Wadi Rum camps.

1. Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp

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Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp is one of the best Wadi Rum camps if you are on a budget. Don’t assume that because the camp is budget-friendly, you’ll get a less impressive experience—quite the opposite. The location of the Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp and the people who run it are fantastic. The food is unbelievable, and the opportunity to sleep under the stars here will remain in your memory forever.

All rooms feature beautiful Bedouin decoration and have comfortable beds. While you have to share the bathroom, they are spotless all day long and close to the tents. The lounge area, which is right into the mountain, has a large fireplace and offers gorgeous sunset views. You’ll forget you’re staying in the middle of the desert.

2. Memories Aicha Luxury Camp

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Not all who visit the desert are bold adventurers. Some are travelers who want to unwind in the desert’s solitude. Memories Aicha Luxury Camp understands that concept and offers a relaxing stay in Wadi Rum. From the decoration to the facilities, everything is fabulous. 

All rooms feature lush fabrics, ornate metal light fixtures hanging on the walls, and antique furniture throughout. The restaurant is stunning and serves the most exquisite Bedouin dishes. The camp’s glass tents are just wow – a once-in-a-lifetime experience. An all-glass dome, the dome offers panoramic views of the sky and desert day and night. They also have a private bathroom with a marble floor. 

Memories Aicha Luxury Camp is a gem and one of the best luxury camps in Wadi Rum to get in touch with nature and give yourself a small digital and mental detox.

3. Wadi Rum Quiet Village Camp

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Saalem and his family run Wadi Rum Quiet Village Camp, located at the very heart of Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum Quiet Village Camp is one of the best Wadi Rum camps if you want the firsthand experience of life in the desert and a real insight into the culture and traditions of the Bedouin people. Beautiful sandstone rock formations and sprawling red sand make the landscape of Wadi Rum Quiet Village Camp. 

Thanks to the camp’s privileged location, you’ll be close to many touristy sites and climbing zones. You can also enjoy hiking trails and sandboarding. Being a Bedouin himself, Saalem knows very well the hardships of life in the desert. So he built his camp with some modern facilities –in the most Bedouin-style– like comfortable lodgings. He also serves rich Bedouin food, with the BBQ Chicken done under hot sand as a house specialty, and coffee and tea. 

4. Hasan Zawaideh Camp

Set among the red dunes of Wadi Rum, Hasan Zawaideh Camp is another luxurious option. The campsite offers private and shared Bedouin-style tents in an excellent location to explore the Jordanian Desert.

Their luxurious accommodations are the “Martian tents.” Another Martian camp in Wadi Rum, the Hasan Zawaideh Camp, offers both private and shared tents and luxurious “Martian tents.” These units feature comfortable and clean beds as well as a  bathroom. You’ll also have air conditioning if you visit during hot summer days. Best of all, the Martian tents offer panoramic views of the desert and starry sky. Travelers love to spend time at the common area, where dinner and late-night tea rounds take place. 

If you book a shared Bedouin-style tent, make sure you bring your own bath towel.

5. Rise Wadi Rum Camp

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A family-run camp, Rise Wadi Rum Camp is a lovely camp in the heart of Wadi Rum. Ahmed and his family also offer Martian domes with all the amenities you’ll need. The surroundings are beautiful, and you can choose from several tours to explore them. 

The staff is extremely friendly and hospitable, so make sure you ask them what tours suit you better. Adrenaline seekers can book a jeep tour, whereas those who’d like to know more about Bedouins can take a tour or class about local culture. For those who’d like to take back the flavors of Jordan’s cuisine, Rise Wadi Rum Camp offers a fun cooking class to learn the secrets of delicious yet straightforward Jordanian cuisine. 

6. Wadi Rum UFO Luxotel

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The Wadi Rum UFO Luxotel is another luxury camp in Jordan. Here, you’ll have a complete bathroom, seating area, and terrace. They also have a gorgeous window so that you can appreciate panoramic views of the desert without leaving your tent. 

The staff prepares a wide variety of food during breakfast and dinner and will go all the way to prepare special foods, like birthday cakes or vegetarian dishes. There’s an outdoor dining area where you can sit and mingle with fellow travelers while sipping some Bedouin tea. 

Wadi Rum UFO Luxotel staff is accommodating and offers many tours to make the most of your stay here. 

7. Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel

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For an even more luxurious stay, head to Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel. The Bubble Luxotel is right next to the UFO Luxotel. Both are excellent choices, but if you can afford it, choose the Bubble Luxotel. Here, you’ll have a complete bathroom, seating area, and terrace. In addition to the panoramic window, your bubble also has big skylight windows to experience the sensation of sleeping under the stars and waking up to a clear blue sky. The bubbles at Luxotel also have a terrace with a jacuzzi! Most travelers rave about the feeling of being in the jacuzzi under the stars. 

The bubbles feature modern decoration, and the beds are incredibly comfortable. We know it sounds tempting to stay all day in your bubble, but ask the wonderful stuff about the many tours the camp offers. They’ll be happy to arrange one for you. 

8. Bedouin Tours Camp

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Ahmad will meet you as soon as you arrive at Bedouin Tours Camp, making you feel the Bedouin hospitality. The camp has a great variety of accommodations. From king rooms to shared tents, you can choose the one that fits your needs and budget. 

Travelers love the cozy atmosphere of the camp. Dinner time is a special moment for everyone at the camp, locals and travelers alike. Ahmad, who’s also a talented chef, prepares authentic Bedouin dishes to show the gastronomy of his people. After dinner, he will bring the tea to start the night. Grab your cup and head outside, where the staff will be waiting for you at the fireplace to show you their more wonderful traditions.

Some travelers partake in traditional dances. Others prefer to sit around the fireplace and smoke shisha. One thing is for sure; everyone is having a wonderful time. The following morning, get up early and head out on their many tours to explore the wonders of the desert. 

9. Bedouin Lifestyle Camp

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You’ll find Bedouin Lifestyle Camp in the shadows of a massive rock. Attallah and his team run this cozy, yet straightforward camp. It is located inside the protected area of Wadi Rum, 16 km away from Rum village. It is also only 10min by car from the entrance of Petra, making a great camp base if you want to explore other Jordanian landmarks. 

While you won’t find much luxury here, the camp features lovely Bedouin tents with wooden beds and shared bathrooms. Bedrooms have traditional details all over, and the shared bathrooms include showers and flush toilets.

Attallah lights up a fire during the night and begins to tell stories, share traditional songs, and dance around the fire. If you visit during the summer, Attallah invites visitors to sleep outside alongside the fireplace to witness the most amazing stars. 

Like most camps in Wadi Rum, the staff here offers plenty of popular tours: riding camels, boarding on dunes, watching the sunset, and driving on the roof of the car through the desert.

10. Wadi Rum Camp

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Wadi Rum Camp boasts a sun terrace and views of the mountains and is another good option if you’re on a budget. Wadi Rum Camp is 5 km away from Wadi Rum Village. They offer tents with heating/AC, private bathrooms, and a small terrace with a nice view. While the tents might not be fancy bubbles, the tents feature a large bay window to enjoy the starry sky before you get a good night’s sleep. This camp has everything but WiFi for a very affordable price, which you really won’t need in a place like Wadi Rum.

A popular plan for travelers here is to enjoy the sunset and then explore the traditional flavors of Bedouin cooking. The staff brings an Oud player who plays exotic Arabic melodies to set the mood for a night full of stargazing.

11. Mohammed Zawaydeh Camp

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Mohammad Zawaydeh Camp is one of the best Wadi Rum camps to experience authentic Bedouin hospitality. Everyone in the camp will go out of their way to ensure you have everything you need to enjoy your stay.

The location is terrific, and you can appreciate it when you’re outside as well as when you’re inside your tent. Covered in a black and white pattern, the tents have large windows and all the facilities you need, from Wi-Fi to hot water for showering. They also have a cozy seating area, a TV, and a private bathroom. For added convenience, the property will provide towels and bed linen for an extra charge. 

The outdoor tiled fire pit is the nicest common area, which guests choose as their favorite spot to enjoy the cool evening and stars. Last but not least, we can’t forget to mention the hospitality of Mohammed, who makes sure you have the best time there. He’ll serve you plenty of tea, take you for a jeep ride, and tell you all about the secrets of the desert. 

12. Wadi Rum Desert Adventures

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The owner (Mohareb), the cook (Karim), and the oud player (Shachind) are the three people who make Wadi Rum Desert Adventures one of the best camps in Wadi Rum. Let’s start by describing the amazing location. Wadi Rum Desert Adventures is currently the furthest camp away from the Village, which means you’ll appreciate the solitude of the desert. During the day, Mohareb will show you all the amazing things you can do during your stay, from Jeep tours to camel rides for exploring the wonders of the desert.

Next to the tents, there is a dune, where you can see the sunset or gaze at the stars. The camp features a bar, terrace, restaurant, 24-hour front desk, and room service, along with free WiFi. The common tent has Chai tea available at all times and is where you’ll delight in a fabulous dinner. Karim, the cook, conjures up tasty and simple dishes. All cooked under the sand, just like the Bedouins do. After dinner, you’ll see Shachind coming in with his oud (an Arabic guitar) to play live music by the bonfire while you sip cardamom tea. 

13. Sun City Camp

Sultan Al-Nawafleh, an experienced traveler and frequent visitor of the desert, couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw Matt Damon wandering through the Wadi Rum in The Martian. From that moment, Al-Nawafleh set to open Sun City Camp, a place where everyone could experience the beauty of the desert he knew so well. 

The camp’s accommodations aren’t your regular tents. Instead, it offers Martian domes, and space-like tents boasting the most luxurious interiors. Inside, the Martian domes have a bathroom, bed, a private terrace, and AC, the true luxury you’ll come to appreciate in Wadi Rum, where the blazing sun has no mercy for locals and tourists alike. Sun City Camp also offers regular black and white tents with less comfort and originality (consequently a smaller price tag). Guests can also enjoy traditionally cooked meals, sunset views, yoga classes, and many more Bedouin adventures at Sun City Camp.

Read my review of Sun City Camp.

14. Sharah Luxury Camp

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As the name suggests, Sharah Luxury Camp is another of the luxury camps in Wadi Rum you can book. This camp offers regular tents and bubbles, which are roomy and comfortable, and the bubbles offer mountain views beyond belief. They also have a seating area, a washing machine, a fully equipped kitchenette, and a lovely private bathroom with a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. 

Besides the regular buffet breakfast, the tented camp also offers a continental breakfast with plenty of delicious options to kick off the day. At night, the chef prepares authentic Bedouin dishes. Don’t go to sleep right away. Instead, grab a cup of tea and head outside near the fire to finish the day under the stars. 

15. Red Planet Adventures Camp

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·You’ll love your stay so much at Red Planet Adventures Camp that you’ll be planning a second trip as soon as you leave. Set in Wadi Rum in the Aqaba Governorate region, the scenery is just breathtaking. During the day, you can climb the mountains, enjoy the silence and get to experience unique desert activities, like camel rides.

The camp’s crew is very kind and helpful, honoring the traditional Bedouin hospitality. With plenty of Eastern dishes, the evening meal is always delicious. The common tent has unlimited coffee and tea for those who enjoy warm beverages. The tents are very comfortable and have warm blankets for chilly nights. During the summer, you can take the blankets out and sleep under the stars!

16. Desert Melody

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Desert Melody offers great food, great accommodation, and an excellent tour for those who book a tent there with a welcoming and warm atmosphere. The camp is clean and tidy, and in the tent, you’ll find extra blankets, which you’ll appreciate during chilly nights in the desert. While you can book private rooms, they don’t have a bathroom. However, the camp has outdoor toilets and showers, and hot water.

Mahmoud, his father, and his brothers are the three Bedouins ensuring you have a great time at Desert Melody. They prepare abundant dinner and breakfast, both including local Bedouin dishes. You can sit there with the chef and witness the food preparation in an oven dug in the sand.

17. Wadi Rum Camp & Tours

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Wadi Rum Camp & Tours is the last camp in our list of the best Wadi Rum camps. The accommodation follows the simplicity of Bedouin life. So, don’t expect lots of luxury. Each tent features all you need to spend an amazing time in Wadi Rum: comfortable beds, warm blankets, and lighting. Tents don’t have a private bathroom, but they are a step away from the shared bathrooms. 

The camp has a lovely communal area where the staff hosts delicious local meals, card games, shisha, and tea rituals. They light up their place at night and invite one of the Bedouins to share stories about life in the desert. There’s also an outdoor area with an open fire pit and volleyball court.

18. Zeina Desert Lodge

Zeina Desert Lodge is another luxurious alternative to staying in Wadi Rum. It is pretty new, having been built in 2019. This Bedouin camp offers two kinds of accommodation: the Martian Bubbles, for those who want a taste of glamping, and the tents, for the travelers who want something more budget-friendly. 

The best asset of the camp is the location. It’s right at the starting point of the desert, so you can easily access it without a 4WD. In front of the camp, there are also a couple of dunes that you can reach in 5 minutes and grant you an awesome view of the sunset. 

19. Captains Desert Camp

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Captains Desert Camp is arguably the most unique place you can stay in Wadi Rum. You can choose between staying at the main Captain’s Camp located in the Disi area or at one of our echo camps inside the protected area of Wadi Rum near Um Infous Mountain. You can stay in one of the regular tents in either camp. But, hear this, this camp offers caves as accommodation! You can stay in a room carved inside one of the breathtaking cliffs of Wadi Rum.

Needless to say, the setting of both camps is stunning, surrounded by imposing sandstone rocks. Oh, and the entrance is lit by lanterns. Like in all the other camps, you’ll be welcomed with traditional Bedouin hospitality. Even if you go alone, you’ll never feel like that. 

Do you know which Wadi Rum camp you want to stay at? Let me know any questions in the comments!

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I fell in love with Jordan after my first visit in 2016; now I love returning to explore more – and writing guides to help you do the same.


  • Marguerite Eijsbroek

    What is the best camp for my Dutch student granddaughters who have low budget but like to experience the real bedouine culture and desert activities.

  • Rodwell

    Hi -Not a comment- more a question. What camp will give the opertunity to sleep outside and i mean roll/drag/shove/carry the bed outside to really sleep under the stars? It will be cold as we are going in Feb.
    Ideally the camp would be small and far away from light polution-not concerned if we have to share bathrooms etc its more about getting as close to the real thing with as little mod cons as possible -although water enough for a basic wash would be nice and a realatively comfortable bed/strecher off the ground to reduce the 4 degree expected temp would be a bonus
    Thanks Mark

  • Johnny

    Hi Valeria!
    Thank you for the detailed breakdown. Still difficult to make a choice but I think I’ve narrowed it down to two.

    Wadi Rum Bedouin camp and UFO Luxhotel.

    The Bedouin camp looked more attractive because of the common area, which looks more welcoming with the fire and traditional carpets and layout. The reviews on booking sites are also slightly better. However, strangely here it’s advertised as the budget option but it works out around €100 euro more for a night than the UFO Luxhotel when considering the cost of dinner which isn’t included in the price.

    The downside with the UFO Luxhotel is that it looks a bit more commercial, particularly the common area. Also, on Google maps it seems it’s actually slightly outside Wadi Rum. Is that the case?

    Looking forward to your reply 🙂 and thanks again for all the info on Jordan. Very excited about our trip in February 2023.

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      Hi, Johnny – thanks for reading! Personally, I’m not a fan of UFO Luxhotel for the experience – it’s fancier certainly but is much more commercialized (Instagram-oriented). I hope that helps!

  • Terry

    Hi Valerie, I am booking my trip to Jordan through Cox and Kings and they initially tried to get me places at Sun City Camp but it is fully booked, they are now offering Memories Aicha Camp which is more luxury from what I can see. What are your thoughts on this camp location and offering?

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      Hi, Terry! I haven’t stayed personally at Memories Aicha Camp but it is pretty popular on Instagram. I am partial to Sun City since it’s the place I stayed on my first trip and one of the originals, but I don’t think it’ll be a bad stay at the other camp.

  • Kate

    Hello, thanks for this useful review of the camps.
    It would be great if you could make it clear which ones are actually owned/run by the local Bedouin, as some of them i imagine to be owned by city Jordanians and staffed by Egyptians…

  • Leanne


    Thank you for your review, it was very helpful. We are looking at staying early October and like the look of Wadi Rum Desert Adventures but a bit concerned there is no AC given the time of year. Are you able to guide me if AC is something we should try and factor in given the time of year?


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      As that is in the autumn, I wouldn’t worry about AC. The tent may be a bit hot, but you’ll want to be out exploring anyway! Evenings are usually quite cool in the desert, even in the summer months.

    • Leo

      Hey Valerie, thanks for the informative and detailed review!
      I was wondering, are only the bubble/dome rooms good for star gazing from bed at night? Or do the other tents also provide such views?
      Also, how do you get to these camps? Is taking a car there possible and is it safe to park there and leave it?
      Thank you

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        Hi, Leo! Thanks for reading.

        First the easy question: yes you can drive and park yourself, or the camp will provide transport from a parking area – they’ll let you know once you book, depending on the camp you choose.

        For stargazing, correct: only the dome/bubbles have a good way to stargaze “from bed” but to be honest, the plastic you’re looking through makes stargazing difficult. You can’t really stargaze from them in a traditional sense; you can see there are stars, but it’s not a clear view. I hope that helps!

  • Jennirose Stojmirovic

    Hi, I like visit with my husband Beduin camp.My husband is wheelchair driver and we looking for camp that is good also with people in wheelchair, can you give us advice.Thank you.Jennirose

  • Erin

    Hi! This is great info. A tour I’m considering going through suggested Palmera Camp. But I can’t find much info on it and it’s not included on your list. Ever heard of it?

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