I never imagined that Wadi Rum would be one of my favorite part of Jordan. Yes, I am a lover of the outdoors, I love a good hike or a day at the beach but there was something indescribably magical about this place. In every direction, out of this world rock formations, soft sand dunes, blue skies and a sense of tranquility make it a place I never want to leave. I had the opportunity to visit Hasan Zawaideh camp on one of my many trips to Jordan. Keep reading to see what I thought!
Camping in Wadi Rum: Hasan Zawaideh Camp Review
I recently wrote a post about everything you need to know about choosing a camp in Wadi Rum. You can read it here.
Hasan Zawaideh Camp Review
We spent the night at Hasan Zawaideh Camp. It is a very new camp and offers bedouin style hospitality, luxury camping, as well as a more traditional tent option. Breakfast and Dinner are included in the rate. One of the team at the camp, usually Mahmoud, the owner of the camp, will pick you up from the Wadi Rum visitors center, where you are required to register before visiting Wadi Rum. Entrance Fees cost JD5 for visitors and JD1 for Jordanians, as well as a charge for taking private vehicles into Rum. If you have a Jordan Pass, your entrance fees are part of the pass. Children under 12 are free.
Mahmoud will load up your luggage and take you in the back of his 4×4 for a short drive to the camp. Hasan Zawaideh Camp in Wadi Rum has a huge lobby, with picturesque views of the desert. It is encased in glass, so can get very hot during the day. But in the cooler weather, it is a nice place to relax, enjoy bedouin tea and take in the tranquility of Wadi Rum.
On our visit, dinner was cooked in an underground oven called a zarb. A large selection of chicken and veggies are cooked underground and emerge amazingly tender and flavorful! Traditional salads and hummus accompany dinner and there was plenty for all!
Our tent was a luxury tent with a bathroom and had three single beds. Ornately decorated, it was an unexpected luxury in the middle of the desert. A huge shower and bathroom are inside the tent. Actually, the tent is more like a little house, with a locking door and small porch. Linens were clean and towels were provided. This was the first camp we visited where we did not need our travel towels.
Hasan Zawaid camp has electricity and 24 hour hot water. Wifi is available in the lobby. The rooms have plugs to charge electronics, as does the lobby.
How much does Luxury cost in Wadi Rum Desert?
The price of Hasan Zawaideh camp is unbeatable, you can check their current prices and specials here.
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Features of Wadi Rum’s Hasan Zawaideh Camp
- 24 hour electricity
- 24 hot water
- Glassed in Lobby for cool weather
- Luxury tent “houses” with toilets, showers, electricity and heat
- Traditional Tents with shared washroom facilities
- Excellent Hospitality
- Friendly Staff
What we didn’t like
There is not much that I can say that I did not like about this camp in Wadi Rum. However, the glassed in lobby meant that it got very hot in the afternoon, and we were there in the spring. Air conditioning would be required in the summer or it will be sweltering in there. If I had built the lobby, I would have made sliding glass doors so the fresh air can move through the lobby.
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Jeep Tours and Camels in Wadi Rum
Mahmoud and his team will ensure your stay is excellent and went above and beyond during our visit. They will organize jeep tours, as well as camel rides if you are interested. On our jeep tour, we came across a camel skeleton. The boys were fascinated by the bones and imagined the camel that once crossed Wadi Rum each day.
What you need to know about Wadi Rum?
Wadi Rum a UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular eco-adventure destination for Jordanians and visitors to Jordan. It offers sandstone cliffs and mountains for trekkers and climbers as well as camel safaris from 1 hour to multi day rides. It is a frequent day-trip spot, but also popular for camping, as luxury camping spots and star gazing experiences are sought-after by tourists.
Entrance fees for tourists are JD5
Jeep Tours start at JD35
Rates for camping start at about JD20
Camel Safari”™s start at JD20
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Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She is passionate about sharing her experiences of traveling with children on adventurous family holidays around the world! She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.