The one thing that was on my list months before visiting Dubai was to head out on a Desert Safari! I had read in advance that different travel companies would take you on tours where you’d get to go dune bashing, camel riding and more – followed by a dinner in the desert.
We booked an Evening Desert Safari with Desert Safari Dubai, and opted for a private car. We paid 1,100 AED and felt like this was completely worth it considering all that was included. Prices depend on the season and availability, and you must contact them for a quote. Visit their website here!
We were picked up at our hotel, and also dropped off there at the end of the night. This was a big plus in our books, as we didn’t have to bother with transport and addresses. Our driver, whose name sounded an awful like Shere-Khan (I actually asked “like in the Jungle Book??”, but he just laughed), was incredibly helpful. He told us at the beginning of the 40 minute drive out to the desert that we could ask him anything we wanted about Dubai and their culture, and we did.
When we made it to the desert we were supposed to wait for the other cars, but Shere-Khan (and us) couldn’t be bothered to waste time. So we hit the dunes, and boy was it a bumpy ride! We screamed and squealed and had a couple of minor heart attacks along the way. It was incredibly scary, and at one point the front of our car hit the ground hard on the way down a steep hill.
I asked if that could be considered a crash, Shere-Khan answered “No, that was only bumper.”
(And thus ended any confusion)
Amidst trying not to pee ourselves we took in the stunning views of the desert.
Once we got to the camp we were met by an exciting sight – camels! We immediately tried to make friends with them, but their selfie game just wasn’t as strong as ours. Okay, maybe it was.
We were led around in a circle on the camels, which I must admit was a little disappointing. I did feel like a 10-year-old at riding camp, but I guess you can’t have it all. And we did get some killer photos from the camel’s back!
After camel ‘riding’ we entered the camp, where we would be served a buffet with unlimited soft drinks. Shere-Khan quickly gave us our table number, told us where we could get drinks and informed us of where we could find him if we needed anything. During the buffet he also brought our table extra spring rolls, which is a great plus in the eyes of three hungry girls.
The entertainment during dinner consisted of an Egyptian dancer who spun around in a colourful skirt, and a belly dancer. The latter was definitely what was considered most fascinating, and received loud cheering from the male part of the crowd. Not that we weren’t transfixed as well..
Dinner wasn’t bad at all, and my favourite part of it all was when Sunshine faceplanted in the sand with her plate of food in front of the entire queue. It was priceless, and I wish I had my camera for it.
After dinner we were taken straight back to our hotel, and concluded that it had been a very successful evening. My favourite part was definitely the dune bashing and sunset photo-op! I now have a Facebook cover photo that rocks, and it may or may not be the background photo on my iPhone as well..
We had such a great day with Evening Desert Safari, and I would 100% recommend making a booking with them if you are visiting Dubai in the future!
I would also like to extend an apology to Shere-Khan, as I am sure that is not at all how you spell his name (and probably not what it is either). We had a great time, thank you!
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