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"Live like a Bedouin camping under the stars…"
A trip to Captain's Desert Camp definitely qualifies as one of those once-in-a-lifetime holidays. Set in the magnificent Jordanian National Park of Wadi Rum the camp lets you and your family live like Bedouins for the night.
Accommodation is in large tents, covered over with kelims and furnished with proper beds (complete with mosquito nets). There's a large shower and loo block which was perfectly clean and well kept and at night, lights in the sand make it easy to move around without bumping into things.
From the camp there are a range of desert activities you can do. We went for a sunset camel ride out into the dessert to see the sun set over the sands which was fun for the kids (and a bit uncomfortable for the adults!). But by far the best trip was the 4x4 open back jeep tour of Wadi Room in the cool of the morning. You get to see where Lawrence of Arabia hid his troops and go hurtling up and down the massive dunes. It's an amazing trip.
In the evening, everyone gathers under canvas or by open fires to enjoy Bedouin cuisine - where huge joints of lamb and chicken are cooked in pits under the sand for hours until they fall apart. These are served up with numerous soft drinks (the camp is alcohol-free) flatbreads, salads and dessert. The evening finishes with dancing - all the children were encouraged to get up and dance - before a little star-gazing and then bed. We were there in May while the evenings are pretty warm, but you are advised to bring warm clothes with you as the desert has a tendency to get pretty cold at night.
We stayed at the Captain's Desert Camp as guests of the Jordan Tourist Board.Read moreLess
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