Madakhil Campsite at Madain Saleh is Far from the Madding Crowd

Madakhil Camping Site Madain Saleh Al Ula 9
Madakhil Camp at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.

Madakhil campsite at Madain Saleh is far from the madding crowd. It’s a good retreat from the world and into the heart of the desert.

Two weekends ago, together with some colleagues from work, we went on a camping trip to Madain Saleh. We stayed at the fabulous Madakhil Campsite where it’s away from the madding crowd but very close of the natural, grand formations of sandstones and rocks that soar up the sky. These boulders look like sleeping giants that no dared to wake them up for centuries.

Madakhil Camp is close to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site at Madain Saleh. It’s a less than 15-minute drive to go there, crossing shortcut and off-the-beaten tracks in the desert. And oh, the views are breathtakingly stunning, too! It’s something you’d never expect in the desert.

Related Read: Things to do and see at Madain Saleh 

This is my second to be camping in the desert. My first was at Jordan’s Wadi Rum.

The campsite is surrounded by these solid landscape of sandstone beauty. 

Madakhil Campsite at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.
Madakhil Campsite at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.

If these towering rocks are forts, you’d be safe there. 

Madakhil Campsite at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.
Madakhil Campsite at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.

In the afternoon, everything around the camp turns gold. 

Madakhil Campsite at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.
Madakhil Campsite at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.

This camping tent for two people is neat and clean. 

Madakhil Campsite at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.
Madakhil Campsite at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.

The ones on the right are the tents for men and on the left are for women. 

Madakhil Campsite at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.
Madakhil Campsite at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.

Inside our tent, it looks like this. 

Madakhil Camp at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.
Madakhil Camp at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.
It is a comfy room to be in and the beds are soft, way softer than my bed right now. 
Madakhil Camp at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.
Madakhil Camp at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.

Don’t miss the sunrise and the sunset spectacle at the camp. You’ll be amazed. 

Madakhil Camp at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.
Madakhil Camp at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.

Before the sun goes down, ask the staff to guide you at the nearby hiking trail. 

Madakhil Camp at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.
Madakhil Camp at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.

Don’t forget to bring your hiking shoes that would last in the sandy and rocky trails. 

Madakhil Camp at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.
Madakhil Camp at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.

When you’re back from that little hiking excursion, gather around the big tent.

Camping outside Al Ula (Saudi Arabia).
Madakhil Camp at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.

Everyone here mingles and relaxes with a cup of tea or a bowl of dates. 

Camping outside Al Ula (Saudi Arabia).
Madakhil Campsite at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.
And while the weather is cooling down, an outdoor bonfire is great, too! 
Camping outside Al Ula (Saudi Arabia).
Madakhil Campsite at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.

The staff here are friendly and nice. 

Camping outside Al Ula (Saudi Arabia).
Madakhil Campsite at Madain Saleh is just a few kilometres away outside Al Ula.

They’ll give you authentic Saudi hospitality to make your stay an unforgettable journey to remember. 

Camping outside Al Ula (Saudi Arabia).
Camping outside Al Ula (Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia).

Madakhil Camp has a clean bathroom with cold and hot shower. I didn’t really expect this amenity as I am used to going camping with no hot water at all. The rooms are not air-conditioned but we went there on the last weekend of October, so the weather was great! It was a bit cool in the evening which was perfect for a light sweater. The moon shone brightly clear up there and the stars are, of course, visible anywhere.

I’d definitely recommend this desert camp for everything I’ve experienced here. For convenience, you should book here in advance. If camping in the desert is not your thing, you can always stay at Al Ula Arac Hotel downtown.

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