The Wadi Rum desert is a truly awe-inspiring destination. Uniquely shaped mountains rise vertically out of the pink desert sand, separating one dark mass from another in a magnificent desert landscape of strange breathtaking beauty.
The Bedouin people have lived in Wadi Rum and the surrounding area for centuries.The village of Rum has now grown as the only permanent settlement within the protected area, but there are still some Bedouin who still live far out in the desert. They move wherever the grass grows to provide food for their livestock.
I am a Bedouin who grew up in the desert,but I now live in Wadi Rum in order for my children to go to school. My mother is no longer nomadic also and lives in her tent about 8 kilometers away under the desert stars. Her tent has four separate spaces as well as a kitchen, toilet and animal pen. It is in walking distance from one of the most popular sites in Wadi Rum, Lawrence Spring under the shadow of the great Jabal Rum.
We invite you to spend a night with her, listening to her stories and drinking tea around the fire and watching the sunset. She enjoys hearing about other countries and learning different languages. You will share a hearty traditional meal with her before viewing the starry sky. The room in her tent can sleep a family of 6. With many mattresses, blankets and pillows you will be very comfortable and warm. Once you awake and enjoy breakfast you can go see the goats or perhaps she will teach you the old Bedouin game of Sije.
This is a unique opportunity not only to sleep in the desert but also to learn about the traditions, culture and daily life of a Bedouin.
|Type de logement :||Chambre privée|
|Type de lit :||Vrai lit|
|Capacité d'accueil :||6|
|Salles de bain :||1|
|Voyageur supplémentaire :||30€ / nuit après le premier voyageur|
|Tarif hebdomadaire :||156€ /semaine|
|Tarif mensuel :||468€ /mois|
|Conditions d'annulation :||Modérées|
|Animal domestique :||Autres animaux|
Eid was waiting for me at the meeting point we had arranged previously and he took me to the tent.
My 3 days stay at the tent were an amazing experience and I can think of nothing which did not match the authenticity I was looking for.
I was there during the week-end and I met many members of the family of all ages who came for a few hours, one day, or overnight. In spite of the sometimes (verbal) language barrier, I always felt very welcome and safe.
Eid does not give any instruction about it but I think women may feel more comfortable wearing long skirt above trousers or leggings - besides the usual dress code for Middle East. Also bring shoes you can slip in and out easily.
The area is very nice, with beautiful walks around.
We had a wonderful time and insight into a true Bedouin family. Family means core family plus any amount of cousins, nieces and second cousins. All incredibly welcoming and polite and helpful and at the same time confident and proud of their own roots. Everyone we met in Jordan was being respectful to themselves as well as to us.
The children were lovely and open, being brought up by a loving extended family.
Very basic living, but immensely thick and warm blankets, very much needed and appreciated in cold desert nights!
After almost 4 weeks, I still can not estimate the impact of this trip on my life. You need to stay in Eid’s mum’s tent and then understand what I am trying to say here.
Eid's family give everyone a superb opportunity to experience Bedouin's life in this 21 century digital era. I spend 2 nights in Eid's mother's tent but it was far from enough.
Eid’s mum made this tent and live there with Eid’s sister.
I’d say the tent is the true ‘airbnb’ spirit where you will stay in the space that the residents are still leaving there. It won’t like any hotel-like place with trendy young people around. It is just where people lives.
Of course, the surrouding landscape is magnificant. This tent locals at ‘sun-set’ place. Not only the sun set, the view changing by dawn/dusk, dark cloud over/after the rain. The planket-star sky during night is another thing you will be amazed. You will leaving cloest to the nature, to the most peacefull and breathless nature.
The first they did-slow cooked chicken and the second night, Eid brought ‘Up-side-down’ for us, which one of the most delicious meals I have ever had in my life. We were sitting together with the whole family and eating with our hands.
Eid’s family were all extramely friendlly. The most thing I regret is due to the language barrier, we didn’t manage to communicate more. However I blame myself because at least I didn’t try my best.
At last I want to list out some my regrets:
1. I should plan a longer stay in Wadi Rum;
2. Do a 3-day camel ride from wadi Rum to Aqaba;
3. prepare myself well for leaving in dessert;
4. learn more about Bedouin culture and communicate more with the family;
5. like other reviewers saying, bring some candy for the Children.
This was a really nice experience to meet Eid and his family. His mother has lived all of her life in the desert, and we stayed with her at the same place where Eid was born and grew up. We had a fire, ate with them (Eid, mother and sister) and met one Eid's wife and his baby girl.
It was the first time in Jordan and to sleep at such remote location with the huge rocks behind his that echoed the dogs' barks was truly quite special. The desert is red, the moonlight is full and the silence is immense. If you want to get to know the Bedouin style, this is definitely an insightful experience.
I would recommend to take sleeping bags, as we didn't and the blankets we were given were far too heavy to have a comfortable night. If it weren't for that, we would have slept like babies!
Eid's mother's tent was one of the highlights my travels in Jordan. The description sounds as if she lives on the town's edge but that is only because Eid walked the distance across the desert everyday to school. His english is very good so his efforts have paid off. The tent location seemed remote to me, and the distance to his to the village seemed beyond walking range.
For my experience Eid was my guide during the day and brought his second wife and baby son along for the evening in the tent. We had a traditionally Bedouin dinner over the fire and I asked his mother about her memories of the making of the film Lawrence of Arabia as well as what locals rememberances of the real Lawrence as both events happened very close by.
Eid is a former hiking and climbing guide for a French company so he knows the area well and is candid about life as a Bedouin and having two wives. He was very open about his life and the evolving changes to his desert community.
Desert tent-stays are common in Wadi Rum but to my knowledge this is the only place to stay with a Bedouin family. Eid and his mother's hospitality made it very enjoyable.
I recommend bringing his telephone number as he wasn't at the bus drop off as planned. There are many Eid's as tourist guides in the village and luckily someone recognized his photo from the airbnb reservation email. Everyone in the village was helpful in trying to link me up with him.
I highly recommend a stay with Eid's mother and his sister (she lives there also) in the desert, and he's a good guide as well.
We had a fantastic time. This was by far the most unusual and interesting experience we've had in over three years traveling with Airbnb. Eid and his family were wonderful hosts. They very generously welcomed us into their home at the end of the Eid-al-Fitr holiday. By the end of our three days, we felt like family. Eid set up everything we needed, including a pick-up from the airport, guides and camels in Wadi Rum, and even a 5 am balloon ride (though the desert winds caused a last minute scratch). The experience was like stepping into another culture, living a desert life. Sleeping under the stars was awesome. The food was home cooked and delicious. Water is precious, so don't expect a shower everyday. Eid even tracked us down in Petra after we'd left to make sure we got a bag we'd forgotten at the camp.
We hope to be back soon to see the new babies!
This was a highlight of our trip to Jordan. Eid and his family were a real treat to meet. It does not get any more real than this. If your a Marriot / Hyatt person this is not for you. If your into adventuire and meeting real Bedouin people this is the jackpot! Eid's mother lives in the tent. Eid has been a guide for 15 years. His mother is sweet and very curious and Eid does a great job translating. We felt like we stepped into a National Geographic Spread. We met Eid's children, wives and adorable children. Please remember to bring candy for the kids. He has three one boy and two girls. At night Eid and his wives prepare tea and roast coffee. The women made bread in a big pan and cooked a bunch of rice for the meat. We had fresh goat for dinner and it was fantastic. We ate with our hands and had fantastic conversation about the bedouin life. I was amazed at how graceful and open they were. We learned a lot about customs.
Things that will make for a great trip.
Men should wear long pants for respect to their custom
Women should wear a skirt and cover their shoulders
Bring candy for kids.
Ask FIRST if you want to take a picture of them.
The men are fine with pics but ask the women out of respect
Bathroom is in the wild. We had no problems.
We had lots of good drinking water.
Men sleep on oneside of tent and women on the other side
FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE 10 STARS!!!
You do not have to bring anything but I wish I could had brought some candy for the kids
A once-in-a-lifetime experience for our party of three travellers. Eid was waiting for us when we arrived at Wadi Rum and he took us to his home in the village for tea. He then drove us on an amazing three-hour tour of the Wadi Rum (which we had requested in advance and paid for separately). Finally, we arrived at his mother's tent, pitched in a stunning location in the middle of nowhere. (She had moved camp from Lawrence Spring to find better grazing for the goats). As the sun went down, we sat around a small fire in the tent, drinking sweat tea and finding out more and more about this fascinating way of life. Then came dinner - a pan of chicken and vegetables slow-cooked in embers, and eaten with bread and just our fingers. Absolutely delicious and very filling! The conversation and laughter continued, with Eid helping to translate, until we all felt ready for sleep. The thin mattresses we had been sitting on became our beds, and we slept in our clothes with plenty of blankets to keep us warm, waking again at sunrise for a light breakfast and to soak in the atmosphere of the wilderness before continuing our journey.
Because Eid's mother had moved from Lawrence Spring there was no toilet, but we had the desert and plenty of rocks to go behind! And we had clean spring water to wash with. If you want an authentic, unforgettable experience then this is for you. If you want comfort and luxury there are other options in Wadi Rum, but you'll miss out on the real thing!
It was a great privilege to be welcomed into the home of an elderly woman who loved the desert and the traditional way of life. Our hosts were kind, thoughtful and full of good humour. Our only regret was not having had the time to take a camel ride through the desert.