Away from the hustle of city, those massive infrastructure, and technologically-advanced lifestyle, Dubai desert safari takes visitors on a one-of-its-kind journey that entails numerous activities and attractions. You must have read and heard a lot about this safari. Here, we will actually tell you how desert safari is actually like.
Let’s find out:
The Ride to the Campsite
Depending on whatever firm you book with, your safari will begin in Dubai. You may travel to the desert in a huge tour bus or a compact van, which is just around 20 miles away. Many safari camps have been established, with many of them being used by various tour operators. Because you won’t be able to see adjacent campers due to the desert sand dunes, you’ll have a totally unique and solitary experience.
A squad of 4x4s will be waiting for you when the bus leaves you, ready to take you on your next adventure. These aren’t regular 4x4s; they’ve been upgraded to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars to allow them to fly across the sand dunes at high speeds. They’ll take you on a crazy trip through the sands dunes to your camp…with a few leaps, slides, and maybe even a roll thrown in for good measure. I observed many 4x4s on their sides or with blown out wheels – don’t worry, everyone was fine.
When you get at the camp, there will be a slew of activities waiting for you even before you ever enter. The majority of the campgrounds offer quad bikes and camel rides, both of which are not inexpensive. The quad bike tracks aren’t particularly large, but sliding about in the sand is a lot of fun. Camels rides may be debatable as environmentally good activities, but I see them as a horse ride employing local cattle. There will very certainly be a falcon or two that you may hold for a picture op and a plea for additional money.
When you go within the camp’s borders, the buffet will most likely already be set up. However, at the start, usually only scacks are served. Between the 2nd and 3rd dances, the complete dish is normally served. Dinner menus, as well as the quality of the food, differ each camp. You can generally count on a few meat meals, a few pasta dishes, a variety of salads, bread, and so on. Drinks are typically not included in the price. You may be able to buy alcoholic drinks based on the day you visit (they are not offered on holidays).
The dances are by far the most enjoyable part of the evening. A belly dancer performed the first dance. My favorite dance was the second. It’s called a tanoura dance, and it entails a dancer spinning for ten minutes straight while changing his outfit, opening umbrellas, whirling his skirts around, and doing a variety of other maneuvers, all of which blew my mind.
One thing that not many will tell you about Dubai desert safari is that the campsite can be quite crowded. So, if you are not fond of having a lot of people around you, it may not be an ideal situation.
The fact to ponder is that one campsite is availed by many tourism companies. This means there are different groups on the campsite, apart from yours. So, expect it to be a little crowded. However, the timing of your desert safari trip matters. Morning safaris are less crowded since most people prefer taking this tour during the evening as the weather tends to be on the pleasant side as the sun sets down.
Speaking of the weather, the climate can be a tough to handle during the day time. So, make sure that you are mentally and physically prepared for this. Also, wear light and breezy clothes that are comfortable. Do not put on a lot of accessories. Keep limited stuff with you. You will have abundant water and soft beverages at the campsite available for you. Thus, there’s no need to carry them with you. Only bring essentials, such as hat, sunscreen, sun glasses, etc.
Also, ensure that you have selected the best Dubai desert safari company and package. These things matter the most when it comes to the overall experience.