Huḑaybāt Umm Salab

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  • Day6

    Wadi Rum (Bedouin Camp)

    November 22, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    After the 2-hour jeep ride, it's finally time for some rest and refreshments. We walk along a path through two stunning dunes until we reach a bedouin camp. There are dozens of tents, equally spaced in two rows.

    We are shown where we can find the toilet facilities and then invited to enter a large tent, which turns out to be even larger once we get inside. Our tent is a spacious rectangular construction richly decorated with reddish-orange carpets covering the ceiling and the sides. All around the tent there are comfy upholstered benches on which we promptly sit, while in the center we can find some trays full of fresh fruit. 🍊🍎🍑 After two hours under the desert sun, we couldn't dream of more.

    And now... It's time to ride! 🐪
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  • Day6

    Wadi Rum (Camel Ride)

    November 22, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    It's not my first time in a desert, and none of them was ever ended without a camel ride (or, more precisely, dromedary ride). And this is no exception...

    While we eat the fruit, Abdullah asks for the names of the volunteers for the camel ride and then leads us out of the tent to the limits of the bedouin camp. About twenty dromedaries are quietly waiting for us, sided by some bedouins.
    Abdullah gives us some instructions before leaving us: "The camels are called the "ship of desert". Don't kick them, just hold on. The bedouins will lead them."
    Each of us is assigned an animal and is asked to get on the saddle. As usual, the scariest part is when the dromedary stands up, as they start stretching the rear legs and then the front ones, causing you to totally lose your balance unless you firmly hold the front of the saddle.

    Once we are all up, the bedouins start pulling the dromedaries in a line and we start our ride in the red desert of the Wadi Rum. If it looked spectacular from the jeeps, it is just magical seen from a camel back...🏜️🐪✨

    After a one-hour ride, we get back to our tent... just to find the rest of the group sound asleep on the benches 😴😂
    It's now time to go, but before leaving the camp we are shown some tents used to host tourists wishing to spend the night under the desert stars. We'll, I'm totally stunned! Despite the Spartan outside look, inside the tents are extremely modern and quite luxurious: they include a Western-style double-bed with pillows and bed sheets... and even a private toilet!

    However, the most surprising part still has to come: our bus is here, waiting for us... In the middle of the desert! How could it ever arrive so far? 😳😳😳
    It's already late afternoon when we finally get on the bus and start driving towards South, catching sight of a bedouin camp with hemispherical tents not too far away. Spending a night in this desert under the stars must be an matchless experience...
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Huḑaybāt Umm Salab, Hudaybat Umm Salab, هضيبات أم سلب