Camping Adventure in Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Duration: 20 hours
Destination: United Arab Emirates, Sharjah, Dubai
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  • 20 hours
  • Dubai
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Exclusive camping in the pristine and beautiful Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR), under the leadership of Sand Sherpa's conservation and off-road experts.

Your experience begins with hotel pick up before you make your way to the reserve, where Sand Sherpa's lead guides will brief you on what to expect within the 225-square-kilometre protected area.

During a scenic drive on a specially prepared track to camp, participants are encouraged to spot and identify desert life, before arriving at our exclusive campsite amidst an ancient ghat tree forest where your custom-built camping trailer awaits.

Enjoy authentic desert camping, complete with immaculate bathroom facilities.

In the morning, your camp leader will take you on a hawk walk through an ancient ghaf tree forest, where we identify tracks that have appeared overnight around the camp and everyone has a turn walking with – and flying – our trained bird of prey.

Itinerary

- The experience begins with hotel pick up (14:00-15:00) and ends at 10:30am the next day
- A camping trailer with a rooftop tent will be assigned to you
- Camping accessories, fridge/freezer, water, tables, chairs and torches, will be provided along with duvet and pillows. Food and beverages may be booked in advance and kept ready in your fridge before arrival
- Bathroom facilities are available on site
- Campers are encouraged to spot and identity desert wildlife - a hawk walk will take place the next morning through an ancient ghaf tree forest

Stop At:

• Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Desert Dubai-Al Ain Road - Exit 50, 118887 United Arab Emirates

Inclusions
  • Camping trailer with Roof Top Tent and/or additional sleeping accommodation for children
  • Utensils, cooler, water, shower all in your trailer
  • Bird of prey interaction / nature walk
  • Bathroom facilities on site
  • Bedding
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Bottled water

Exclusions
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Departure Point

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, VHGG+HW3 - Sharjah - United Arab Emirates

Traveler pickup is offered


Departure Time

02:30 PM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

20 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

jaynewW3806KU

25 Jul, 2022

An amazing trip that really makes you feel a million miles from the daily grind and the camp area is stunning. Even as a seasoned desert camper and vaguely experienced at desert driving, the trip is hugely informative, and our appreciation of the desert is much bigger still. The walkie talkies during the self-drive in are great as the team point out things you wouldn't normally notice and give general desert info and driving tips. If you don't have an appropriate off roader you can get to the camp with the Sand Sherpa vehicles. The trip is not about desert bashing, it's about respecting the desert, mastering desert driving and understanding conservation. The camp trailer is immensely comfortable and fun, we all had a great night's sleep and there's everything you need, even chairs table and a sofa! Just bring your bedding, food, drinks, (there's a fridge and drinking water in your trailer) and warm clothes if you go in January, it gets unbelievably cold at night! I gather you can now hire bedding and order food BBQ packages etc. if you really want to go all out and reduce the effort factor. We've noticed the facilities are always being improved, we've been about 3 times now and there's always some new investment in the site. A real toilet and hot showers during a desert camping trip are a revelation! Our daughter really loves this trip, it really captures her sense of adventure. There's a guided morning 'hawk walk,' guests get to fly the hawk and the evening scorpion hunt is particularly fascinating (and very safe!) The guys at Sand Sherpa really know their stuff and are experts in the flora and fauna of the desert. All in all, a great chilled out way to escape with friends sat round your private campfire with a glass of grape or hops knowing that your kids have got stuck into nature and thrashed around in the freedom of the desert.

teulab2018

21 May, 2022

Just the most magical, unforgettable experience for the whole family. The team are delightful & extremely knowledgeable and we saw all sorts of desert animals including the infamous scorpion. Book this, you won’t regret it.

Joss-and-Leanne

08 May, 2022

My wife and I chose to do the self driving camping experience. You can either use sand sherpa's vehicles or if you have a 4x4 drive your own. We drove our own car but the guide take you through how to drive in the dunes and communicate through-out via walkie-talkie. It felt like a real adventure. During the drive we got to see lots of the wildlife which was great to see in their natural habitats. Once you're in the DDCR you really feel like you've left the hustle and bustle of Dubai (it's only a 35min drive from downtown Dubai). The camp and facilities are also really good and fully equipped. All ready and set up when you arrive. On the evening you can go on a scorpion walk with one of the guides. Michael (our guide) was extremely knowledgable and passionate about the local wildlife and conservation. In the morning we also went on a tracking walk and Michael brought along his hawk. Again we all had a great time and learnt a lot. In summary: The drive, the desert, the camping, the wildlife, the guides are what make this an un-missable activity. We are looking forward to coming back or doing one of the other Sand Sherpa activities.

RuiDubai

01 May, 2022

Best camping experience ever! It's a superb feeling to be in such a vast and pristine part of the Dubai desert, with plenty of wildlife and vegetation almost untouched. The camping facilities are superb, and the overall experience - we went as a group with other 10 families - was great. I've totally surrended to the overall experience and will try to book it on every occasion when I have visitors from abroad.

Kathey B

14 Apr, 2022

We had an amazing night at Sand Sherpa camp. It’s our second visit. We love the night walk/scorpion spotting and looking for animal tracks in the morning with Michael and Rex, his hawk. We got up early to watch the sunrise over the dunes as a herd of oryx passed by. Can’t wait to visit again.

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