Contributed by Chinitowander
There are tons of things you could see and do in Dubai – shopping, visiting theme parks, and being up close with the tallest building in the world. However, there’s an excursion that you should not miss – the desert safari tour. A lot of people have this in there bucket list, including mine.
We booked our Dubai trip with Royal Kites Travel and Tours as they offer the most competitive price with a lot of inclusions. One of the inclusions was the desert safari tour that they really take pride on. There are tons of local travel agencies that you can book online or even vouchers that are available in Dubai. However, I have talked with a few of my friends in Dubai about their desert safari experiences, and none of them has the same experience and inclusions as ours, so I guess, we booked one at the right operators. I will explain more about it below.
A lot of people have said that if you miss it, it’s like you’ve never been to Dubai. So, here are things to convince you to try it:
Sand dune bashing with a 4×4 land cruiser
The desert safari excursion will start at 3pm. We were picked up at our hotel with a recent Toyota Land Cruiser. Being picked up by a new modelled Land Cruiser was already a good impression. We travelled from Dubai to the desert sand dunes around an hour before we started our sand dune bashing.
Driving through the ever changing dunes, weaving through the trackless desert, and tackling both low and high dunes were very liberating. Stop for a breather and soft refreshments before you set off again. This adventure safari is suited to the discerning outdoor adventure enthusiast and nature lover.
This is the video I recorded during our sand dune bashing. It is not as scary anymore than the first part, since my mom begged the driver already to slow it down.
And this is what I think it looked like on the first part (credit to the owner of the video):
The vast desert of Dubai
The desert is as wide and as far as you can see. The 4×4 jeep will stop for a break in the middle of the desert so you can be mesmerised by the beauty of the desert during sunset.
While it is quite common to ride a horse, riding a camel isn’t. After the sand dune bashing, you will be heading to the safari camp wherein you’ll get the chance to ride this gentle creature that’s been side by side with humans for ages, and have a quick photo op.
Spectacular entertainment by professional performers
Jaw dropping performers will entertain the guests. The camp itself is huge and caters to a lot of tourists. You will be seated depending on the type of tour. I’ve heard there are budget types and the VIP types. Budget types are those seated at the back portion as well as in the balcony. However, VIP types are the ones seated near the stage.
I have seen quite a few fire dance performances, but this is way above those:
This is another one unique dance, the traditional Mediterranean tandori dance:
While having dinner, there are three main performers that will entertain the crowd – fire dancing, belly dancing and the traditional Mediterranean tandori dance. I also heard some tours only offer two performances. We were told that we have the best type of tour.
Mouthwatering buffet barbeque dinner
A tour is not complete without food! And since we are in a desert, the set up is also a picnic type, so it means unlimited Mediterranean barbeque! Yum! And what’s more, we have a server in every table that we did not have to stand up to get our food. Definitely a VIP treatment!
Also read: 8 Fun & FREE Things to Do in Dubai
We ended our night with a bang! An experience all in one! If you ever got the chance to visit Dubai, might as well get a desert safari tour that has a comprehensive inclusion! Yet another bucketlist ticked!