Staying in a Beduin Camp in Wadi Rum


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Wadi Rum is one of the two places in Jordan that every traveller must visit. It is also referred to as the valley of the moon and is a valley in the desert that is cut into sandstone.
I had booked a tour with Rumshines after reading that they would provide the most genuine Beduin experience, which was not far from the truth. The family picked us up from the towns visitors center and took us first to the Lawrence spring where we climbed up a hill to see a natural spring where freshwater water would come up from the mountain. From there we went further into the dessert to go sandboarding in the dunes, walk through tight mountain valleys and climb up to two natural sandstone arches.

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When we reached our camp, which was the one furthest away from town we were served a Zarb, which is a traditional Jordanian ground cooked barbeque consisting of chicken, lamb and all kinds of vegetables. The rest of the evening was spent smoking Narghile waterpipe and drinking tea that they referred to as Beduin whisky.
When the sun had set we went to a nearby cave to watch the star sky. My original plan was to sleep there, but as it was ice cold we all stayed in the tents of the Beduin camp which was much more comfortable.

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