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Bivouac camping - sleep under the stars in Wadi Rum​

Bivouac camping

Experience the true essence of adventure with bivouac camping, also known as sleeping under the stars. It is an experience that takes you back to the basics, allowing you to revel in the tranquil silence of the desert night, admire the breathtaking starry night sky, savor delicious Bedouin cuisine, and engage in meaningful conversations about life with us, the Bedouins, and each other. And the following morning, as the sun rises and casts its warm glow over the majestic mountains of Wadi Rum, feel the serenity surrounding you. Take a deep breath and let the refreshing air fill your lungs, listen to the first bird songs of the day, and appreciate the beauty of life in the desert.

The Wadi Rum Nomads 'cave'

We call it our ‘cave’, but it is an overhanging rock formation that shields us from the sun, rain, and wind. We have also constructed a low wall in the traditional style to add an extra layer of protection and to create a more secluded atmosphere.

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Location of our 'cave'

The cave is located on the edge of Um Sabatah and the so-called ‘wilderness zone’ in a serene and secluded area, free from neighboring campsites.
On the opposite side of our ‘cave’, you can climb up to the plateau or the mountaintop for the breathtaking views of Wadi Rum. These spots are perfect for experiencing both the sunset and sunrise. And, at night, the ’cave’ offers a great view of the billions of twinkling stars in the sky, making it a perfect spot for stargazing.

How sleeping under the stars works

After a day tour, your guide will take you to our ‘cave’. While you enjoy the beautiful sunset nearby, your guide prepares and cooks a delicious traditional Bedouin dinner.

When you return to the ‘cave’, our guide will serve our famous Bedouin tea for you to savor again. Once the dinner is ready, it will be served to you. As we follow the Bedouin tradition, we do not have tables and chairs for dining at the ‘cave’. Instead, we enjoy our meal seated on comfortable mattresses.

In the evening, you can learn about our rich Bedouin culture and music or stargaze and revel in the serene atmosphere and silence of the desert.

When it is time to sleep, your guide will set up the mattresses on a carpet for you. Additionally, he will give you a sleeping bag and liner. He will also have blankets for you in case of a cold night. However, we do not provide pillows, so please be aware of that. You are welcome to bring your own sleeping equipment if you would like, but it is not necessary.

The following day, you will wake up to the rising sun and have breakfast at the ‘cave’. Then, we will continue exploring the desert or head back to Rum village for check-out.

Facilities during bivouac camping

When you choose to camp at our ‘cave’, you will be experiencing a back-to-basics camping adventure. This means you will not have access to running water, a toilet, or a shower. So, while sleeping under the stars, showering will not be possible. However, you can freshen up at our campsite or your next accommodation the following evening. We have designated specific areas for you to use as ‘toilets with a view’. We kindly ask that you not leave any toilet paper or other non-biodegradable materials behind, as decomposition takes a very long time in arid areas like our desert. Thank you for helping us preserve our beautiful desert.

Stargazing at our 'cave' is fabulous​

If you’re planning to book a sleeping experience at our ‘cave’ for stargazing, you can rest assured that light pollution won’t ruin your experience. Our ‘cave’ is situated far from any camps or busy roads, ensuring that stargazing conditions are nothing less than perfect. So, get ready for a breathtaking view of billions of stars and the Milky Way at our natural IMAX theater all night long! To make your experience even more unforgettable, download a stargazing app before your tour starts to help you recognize constellations and planets. So, only one question remains: who will be the first to see a shooting star?

Bivouac camping and the environment

To help preserve our beloved homeland and ensure future generations can experience our magical desert, we have decided to limit the bivouac camping at our ‘cave’. Bivouac camping impacts the environment, and we want to do our part to reduce pollution and limit firewood collection. By using the same amount of wood for all our guests at our camp as we would use for just a few guests at our ‘cave’, we can help conserve our natural resources. Additionally, our camp provides bathroom facilities, which help to minimize pollution caused by human waste, toilet paper, and other non-biodegradable materials.

The availability of bivouac camping in 2024

We are excited to announce that our bivouac camping season at our ‘cave’ will begin in April and continue until October. And the season for sleeping under the stars near our campsite, where we have beautiful outdoor sleeping spots including a ‘cave’, spans from March until November. So, get ready to be inspired by the beauty of nature and make desert memories for life!

Our food and drinks

We offer buffet-style meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our breakfast spread includes bread and a selection of toppings such as oil and za’atar, labneh, hummus, cheese, jam, and eggs, along with Bedouin tea, coffee, and mineral water.

For lunch, we prepare a hot dish like Galayah Bandura, served with bread and various side dishes such as hummus, cheese, tuna, and salad. We also serve mineral water, Bedouin tea, and soda or juice as beverages.

For dinner, we serve traditional Bedouin dishes like Zarb, Kabsa, Magluba, or Saniya, which are freshly prepared and accompanied by bread, rice, and salads. After dinner, we offer either sweets or fruit. We serve mineral water, Bedouin tea, and soda or juice as beverages.

We do our best to accommodate your dietary requirements within the limitations of the desert.

Lastly, we provide free mineral water throughout your stay, so there’s no need to bring your own.

Explore the enchanting Wadi Rum

Whether you are looking for a full-day experience or a multiple-day trip, our tours provide the opportunity to discover the best of the Wadi Rum Protected Area. You can spend the night under the stars at our ‘cave’ or Bedouin camp and immerse yourself in a once-in-a-lifetime desert adventure!

What our guests say about bivouac camping at our 'cave'

The first night we slept in a cave, the second in a tent. Everything was perfectly prepared and clean.
Tereza, Czech
Reviewed on Google, September 2023
The food was great, the night in the cave and the night at the camp were perfect, and we would have stayed forever if we could.
Jessica, Canadian
Reviewed on Google, June 2023
One night we slept outdoors in the camp and one night in “the cave”. The mattresses and sleeping bags provided were hygienic and comfortable.
Patricia, German
Reviewed on Google, February 2023

Would you like to read more reviews? You can find many more reviews on Tripadvisor and Google.

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