With 3 nights in Dubai up my sleeve I really wanted to experience a trip to the Arabian desert – hence a google search for ‘luxury Dubai desert safari’.
Luxury Dubai Desert Safari
There are a number of tour operators operating safari’s into the Dubai desert however; my mind was set on booking through Platinum Heritage Tours when I saw images of vintage Landrovers in the desert wilderness.
Platinum Heritage Tours offer a number of luxury desert safari’s including camel rides, 1950 vintage landrover drives, luxury Rangerover’s, hot air ballooning and private tours.
Our day in the desert
Dubai in June is HOT. The temperature is better described as VERY, VERY HOT.
The temperature on the day of our safari was 47 degrees Celcius.
Platinum Heritage Tours assured me the temperature within the Dubai desert conservation park is 8 to 10 degrees lower than in downtown Dubai and that their camp has fan cooled tents.
However; if have a medical condition, are pregnant, have babies/toddlers or are adverse to the heat, I suggest you book a platinum collection tour versus a heritage tour opting for a private air conditioned vehicle. Or, if you can be flexible with your dates, plan to experience this safari in the cooler months.
Our tour guide picked us up from our resort at 4pm, driving us over one hour into the Dubai desert conservation park. This is a 225 square kilometre natural reserve developed to protect the last remaining pristine desert landscape of Dubai.
The time flew as we learnt interesting facts about Dubai, life as a Beduoin and the perks of being an Emirati.
Transfer to our Landrover
On arriving at the conservation park, we transferred from our air-conditioned 4-WD onto the sand and into our open air 1950 vintage Landrover.
Here we were dressed in Bedouin head dress.
My little princesses and I wore a shemag to cover our head and neck and my husband a kufeya. Modesty aside, when the sun shines on your face and the sand blows into your eyes, you realise the practicality as to why these desert dwellers wore the dress they did. I felt like I was getting a microdermabrasion!
For the next hour we journeyed between the sand dunes spotting the odd Arabian Oryx, Arabian Gazelle, Sand Gazelle and a white spotted sand lizard. The day prior, our guide saw a snake and scorpion. To my daughters’ relief, we didn’t experience the same!
During the drive, we learnt about desert fauna including the medicinal qualities of the Mimosa tree and various shrubs used for water and henna tattooing.
We arrived at the camp grateful for some respite from the sun and the sand.
You are welcomed at the camp by a refreshment of both rose water (to wash your hands), as well as a sweet cocktail of apple and date cider.
The camp is an oasis in the middle of the desert, fringed by palm trees and decorated with middle eastern décor including plush velvet cushions, Persian rugs, shisha pipes and traditional lamps.
A private, desert retreat.
Once refreshed, a little bit cooler and relaxed, we watched in fascination the falcon display as well as further learning about Bedouin culture. Activities include henna tattoos, dance and Arabic coffee making.
As part of the desert safari experience, you are offered a smorgasbord of typical Emirati food. The food still makes my tastebuds water with a variety of dishes from oven baked pita breads, hummus, yogurt, rice pilaf, slow cooked lamb, grilled chicken, lentil soup, muslin wrapped lemon and for the brave at heart, camel.
The tour ended with star gazing into the northern night sky to learn about the stars, constellations, planets, the sun, the moon as well as an opportunity to look into the telescope to see Jupiter and its rings.
Acknowledgement and disclosure
I would like to thank Platinum Heritage Tours for our luxury Dubai desert safari and soon will upload onto the LittleTravelPrincess YouTube channel a vlog of our experience.
This experience was sponsored however; I have given you my true and accurate opinion of this tour. I have not been influenced by others in order to retain the usefulness of this blog for my readers.
If you liked this article and are considering a safari, you may want to read my blog post on our South African safari with kids.
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I hope you enjoyed my article on travelling through the Dubai desert in a vintage Landrover. If you have any tips on travelling to Dubai especially with children, I would love to hear them and if you have further questions about the safari, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below or email me.