Ammarin Bedouin Camp

Campground in Little Petra

A 10-minute walk from Little Petra (signposted off the approach road), this camp is in Siq Al Amti, hidden in a spectacular amphitheatre of sand and hills, and run by the local Ammarin tribe. Accommodation comprises mattress and blankets in a sectioned Bedouin tent with concrete floors, with a clean shower and toilet block. Reservations (booked by email) are essential.

It's possible to pitch a tent here and use the camp's facilities (JD20 per person) and there's space to park a campervan (JD32 per night per vehicle, with power). Special zerb dinners (meat cooked in a pit in the ground) can be prepared on request (JD25 extra – ordinary dinner is JD35). The camp offers guided hikes and camel trips in the surrounding hills. A Bedouin guide is JD100 per day or JD50 for the back trail to Petra (for up to five people).

There's also a wonderful little ethnographic museum on-site, spotlighting the local Ammarin tribe. In particular, it's interesting to read the story of Torfa Bint Saleh Al Ammarin for an idea of the everyday hardships of life on the desert fringe.

The camp offers transfers from Petra Visitor Centre in Wadi Musa (JD10 one way).