Wadi Rum,also known as The Valley of the Moon, is the desert that TE Lawrence wrote about in the book Seven Pillars of Wisdom and it was the partial setting of David Leans movie Lawrence of Arabia.
Most importantly though, it is home for the Zalabia Bedouin who live amongst the sculpted sandstone and granite rocks, dunes and desert sand. The nomadic tribe lives in tents dotted across the desert floor. Their sheep and goats graze on the few blades of grass and dry scrubby dessert bushes.
We decided that we would like to experience what it would be like to spend a night in the desert with a Bedouin family.
We met up with Yousef who welcomed us into his home with offerings of tea and stories about growing up in the desert.
Our adventure started with a camel ride.
We would be staying at Yousef’s parents tent later that evening. His father, Mohammed, despite knowing virtually no English would be our tour guide for the desert and it’s wonders.
Jacob was getting a few pointers on how to properly tie and wear the traditional headscarf.
Mohammed found a shady spot for lunch. He found some wood and proceeded to get the kettle boiling for our tea.
Emma and Jacob loved it in the desert. I was worried that they would get bored after a while but that never happened.
This is Mohammed’s home.
The tent was divided into three sections. This was the main gathering section where the family congregates to cook, eat, chat and smoke for hours on end.
The middle section is where we slept for the night.
The third section was where the goats are kept for the night. That’s right, I never said there was a bathroom because it’s outside under the stars wherever you pick, which is hopefully not too close to the tent.
At one point I thought I might be married to a Bedouin. What do you think?
The colours of the sand dunes against the sky was absolutely stunning.
Nabateans–leaving their mark in the form of rock paintings, graffiti, and temples.