The famous Desert Safari adventure of Dubai is nothing like anything I've experienced before, and I say this in a good way! I had certain expectations and this place turned out to be quite different from them. Read on to see the Desert Safari experience!
The most memorable thing about the Desert Safari is actually not in the place itself but in the journey going there. See this stretch of endless sand? You're going to be traversing all those crazy slopes and mountains on a Land Cruiser and I have to tell you that it's going to be more insane than any roller coaster ride!
You're going to be travelling for about 30 minutes with a lot of pit stops in between as the drivers need to readjust the air in the car's tires constantly to be able to drive along the crazy ups and downs of the terrain. I actually got incredibly carsick in the process but a lot of the people I was with seemed to have a lot of fun. LOL
Feet on the cold sand. I was like jelly at this time because intense car ride is intense!
Several pit stops later, we were brought to a place that literally felt like the middle of nowhere. These two camels greeted us though.
Ironically, the Desert Safari isn't exactly a zoo-type of tourist attraction, it's more like a camp. I expected to see animals and other stuff you'd expect in the wilderness because of the use of the word, safari.
Still, it was a great way to learn more about the culture of the locals. There was this little station where guests could try non-nicotine shisha - the cool way the locals smoke. (Not that I would ever want to smoke though.) In this case, they use fruit essences like apples and oranges! Cool thing to try if you're curious about shisha. :)
We had dinner while watching two cultural dances. The first one was more of a belly dancing number by this lovely lady. She even did tricks like balancing a sword on her head, chest, and hips!
The second act was by this man who started out just spinning and spinning while balancing round plates. It starts with two and then ends up to about seven or eight! Then later, he just suddenly lights up! His *whole* outfit just lights up! Sadly, the hosts didn't actually get to explain why these were the cultural dances and the meaning behind them.
Finally, some exotic grub! In the entirety of the trip, we always had either Chinese food or international cuisines at hotels, but never Middle Eastern food! I was really happy about our meal here. Unfortunately, it wasn't exactly good because a lot of them were already cold but I definitely enjoyed the falafel!
Last leg of my Dubai travel series coming soon! Would you go to the Desert Safari? :)