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Overland Mountain Desert Safari – 3 days – 2 nights – Platinum Heritage

Pick up from any hotel in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and cruise terminal (only Dubai) pick up at 9.30 am in a private Land Rover Defender
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Duration

3 full days, 2 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Heritage Desert Safari Dubai in Vintage Land Rovers

1st Oct – 15th May

Sunday till Tuesday

Heritage Desert Safari Dubai in Vintage Land Rovers

3 Full Days, 2 Nights

Private Classic Land Rover Defender

Mountain Activities

Heritage Desert Safari

Lake Activities

Self-drive boat tour

Love Lakes

Experience a once-in-a -lifetime regal night in the Dubai Desert in the comfort of your private desert oasis in a Royal desert retreat. Enjoy a six-course gourmet dinner and personalize the evening especially for you.

About this activity

For the ultimate outdoor adventure in Dubai and the UAE, we introduce the Multi-Day Mountain and Desert Safari. This is the most customisable and personalised experience in our collections. We have designed a suggested itinerary but we encourage our multi-day explorers to tailor it according to the parts which excite them most. You have three days and two nights to head off the beaten track and experience the best parts of the UAE’s distinctive nature and outdoor activities.

Drive your own boat along Dubai’s iconic coastline, explore the mountains and wadis on a safari in the Classic Land Rover Defender, experience Dubai’s pristine desert conservation reserve on a wildlife drive, visit remote desert lakes including the Love Lakes, enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, cycling and kayaking and much more.

This Multi-Day Mountain and Desert Safari takes dining in nature to a whole new level with a barbecue in the mountains, an Arabic feast served in a Bedouin camp, coastal picnic and gourmet breakfast served in the desert. Our guests will also enjoy dining at some famous resorts in the UAE. The multi-day element of this itinerary is made possible with an overnight stay in comfortable accommodation in the mountainous town, Hatta on the first night and authentic Arabic stone dwellings in a Bedouin desert camp on the second night.

The HERO OdySea boat tour included in this Multi-Day Mountain and Desert Safari with the optional addition of a sunrise Hot Air Balloon flight makes this adventure quite possibly the only sea, mountain, desert and sky safari in the world.

Overland Mountain Desert Safari 3 days – 2 nights Highlights

Enjoy a range of Dubai’s best outdoor activities

Drive your own boat along the coastline of Dubai and enjoy a picnic lunch

Embark on an adventurous Mountain Safari in a Land Rover Defender

Experience a Heritage Desert Afternoon Safari in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Stay over in hidden gems in the mountains and the desert

Discover Dubai’s rich culture and heritage

Dine in beautiful settings in nature

Visit exclusive locations like a Royal desert retreat, the mountainous town Hatta and the Love Lakes

Explore all corners of the UAE off the beaten track

Personalise your itinerary according to your interests

 

What you need to know

DAY1

This is a private and customisable experience. No two adventures are the same and we invite you to personalise it to your liking. This is a suggested itinerary but we are happy to alter it.

Pick up at 9.30 am in a private Land Rover Defender from any location in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman. 

Drive your own Hero Odysea boat on a guided boat tour along Dubai’s iconic coastline. If you don’t want to drive your own boat, you can enjoy the experience from our speed boat

Enjoy your picnic lunch

Safari drive through the mountains and wadis (Arabic for valley) in off-road Land Rover Defender

Wadi activities: depending on your interests, you can spend time exploring the wadis hiking or cycling with fat-bikes.

At certain times of the year swimming in the wadis is also available.

Visit an exclusive Royal lake that is also a bird sanctuary

Barbecue dinner at an exclusive setting in the wadi sourrounded by mountains

 

DAY 2

Breakfast will be served between 8.30 – 9.30 am depending on how early you would like to start the next adventure

Visit Hatta Dam and enjoy the views of the striking teal water surrounded by the Hajar Mountains on a kayak

Enjoy a buffet lunch at the iconic JA Hatta Fort Hotel with spectacluar mountain views

After breathing in the mountain air, head to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to start the desert safari

Embark on a wildlife drive and spot native animals like Arabian oryx and gazelles. Learn about the desert fauna and flora

Watch a sunset falcon demonstration in the desert and stories about Bedouin traditions

Spend the evening in an authentic Bedouin camp in a Royal desert retreat and enjoy an authentic Arabic dinner and Emirati entertainment like drumming, henna and camel rides

Stay overnight in the desert in authentic Arabic stone dwellings

 

DAY3

Wake up in the heart of a Royal desert retreat to enjoy a gourmet breakfast

Visit a traditional camel market to witness the sacred role of camels in the Emirati heritage

Visit the famous heart-shaped Love Lakes in the desert en route to a desert paradise, Bab Al Shams nestled in the dunes end the adventure with a buffet lunch

Return to your hotel after lunch

Due to the nature of this experience, it is not suitable for children younger than 5 years or pregant women.

You will have a private Conservation Guide throughout the experience. All of your Conservation Guides are professionally trained and very knowledgeable about Dubai’s cultural heritage and natural environment

The drive out to the mountains is between 30-90 minutes depending on where the pick up is. The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is a 1-hour drive from Dubai Downtown (Approx.!)

The wadi activities in the itinerary are for approximately 2 hours. If you would like to cycle, please let us know before the experience so that we can bring the fat-bikes. Guests need to be 1,50 meter tall to ride the bikes which means they are not suitable for children

The duration of this experience is three days and two nights. It begins on the morning of day one at 9.30 am and ends after lunch of day three around 2 pm

As waeather and climate can change dependent on tour date, we recommend you bring hat, sunglasses, comfortable cool clothes, closes shoes, swimming attire, towel, sunscreen and something warmer for evening time after sunset

We also provide vegetarian and vegan meal options. Please inform us when booking on any dietary requirements so that we can accommodate you

Bathrooum facilities will be available at different points along the way

Every booking receives an Adventure Pack including a souvenir bag, refillable water bottle for each guest and a sheila/ghutra headscarf to wear and take home

A portion of your experience is contributed towards conservation in Dubai

 

Additional Information:

  • We don’t pick up guests from private residences. We can pick you up from the nearest hotel in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman or Cruise Terminal Dubai
  • Due to the nature of the tour, we may need to adjust certain aspects dependent on the off-road trail conditions
  • We only operate this tour from Sunday to Tuesday weekdays. It is not available on weekends
  • A confirmation with a precise pick-up time will be sent to your email or phone the day before date of tour
  • Duration of your Multi-Day Mountain Desert Safari : 3 days / nights

Prices (Examples)

  • 1 Private Car, 2 guests, incl. tax 12950 AED
  • 1 Private Car, 3 guests, incl. tax 15950 AED
  • no distinction between adult and child on private tour
  • tour not suitable for children under the age of 5 years

 

Payment

  • payment by credit card

The booking procedure

Click on “Book now”. You will then be redirected to our booking system.

Choose your desired date, the number of people and the pick-up point. Please complete the guest data and payment details (credit card payment) carefully.

After submitting the booking you will receive your booking confirmation by email. We are always available to answer any questions you may have!

 

Cancellation policy

  1. Cancellations or amendments for non-group bookings (a non-group booking is equal to or less than 4 guests in a single booking):
    • Cancellations made at least 24 hours prior to tour departure: eligible for full refund
    • Cancellations made under 24 hours prior to tour departure: not eligible for refund
  2. Cancellations or amendments for group bookings prior to tour departure (a group is greater than 4 guests in a single booking)
    • Cancellations made 7 to 14 days prior to tour departure: eligible for 50% refund
    • Cancellations made under 7 days prior to tour departure: not eligible for refund
SAFE TRAVEL DUBAI

SAFE TRAVEL DUBAI

The safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff has always been our priority. As a responsible tourism company, our robust health and safety protocols are in line with the highest global standards. Our protocols are approved by the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels global regulations which ensures safe and secure experiences for travellers. The protocols take into account current WHO and CDC guidelines and will be updated as new information becomes available about COVID-19.

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Book directly through Platinum Heritage

Platinum Heritage Dubai is the only Ecotourism Desert Safari company in Dubai. We are advocates of sustainable travel and our mission is to conserve the natural environment, wildlife and culture of Dubai and its people.

Our range of Desert Safaris have been created to suit different types of travellers. Whether you are looking for adventure, an escape into Dubai’s nature, a traditional encounter with Bedouin, or a luxurious journey through the sand dunes, we have meticulously created the experience for you!

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Itinerary

Included/Excluded

Durations

Multi day

Time

Over Night

Tour ID

8761

Tour's Location

Pick up from any hotel in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and cruise terminal (only Dubai) pick up at 9.30 am in a private Land Rover Defender

FAQs

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PLATINUM AND HERITAGE COLLECTIONS?
We have created two unique desert safari collections, with very different concepts.

Our Platinum Collection was designed for our discerning guests who are accustomed to the finer things in life. Luxurious Range Rovers, dining around an oasis inside a royal property, falconry and access to the Conservation Reserve. Away from all crowds, the Platinum Collection ensures privacy and exclusivity.

Our Heritage Collection focused on showcasing Dubai’s culture and heritage, authentic Arabic cuisine, entertainment and local traditions. The Heritage Collection has been designed to engage our guests in UAE history. Rather than read about it or sit and listen, our guests will have a chance to participate in a range of activities, bringing history to life.
WILL I GO DUNE BASHING?
As an ecotourism company we focus on sustainable practices and conduct gentle wildlife drives in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve that do not include dune bashing. While dune bashing can be a fun experience, it has its downsides; it’s typically not family friendly, can feel rushed, but most importantly the pristine Dubai desert has so much more to offer. With an expansive and rich culture, exotic wildlife, and some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world, the deserts of Dubai have so much to offer that will leave you with lasting memories.

In addition, the desert ecosystem is very sensitive and about 95% of the animals in the desert live under the desert. When you drive really fast across dunes you are damaging all the vegetation and wildlife. Dune bashing is not an innocent pastime, it’s an adventure sport and should be limited to certain areas because it does a lot of damage.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY DESERT SAFARI?
Platinum Heritage only operates with in-house vehicles and Conservation Guides. This means that we have very limited capacity and quite often sell out weeks in advance. Once you have confirmed your travel plans, it is strongly suggested that you book your desert safari before you arrive to avoid disappointment. Our online booking system contains live inventory so you can see if seats are still available.
WHAT TIME WILL I BE PICKED UP FOR MY DESERT SAFARI?
We never want our guests to be sitting for long periods in the lobby of their hotel. Instead we prefer to give a precise pick-up. However, there are numerous factors which make it impossible to provide a precise pick-up time at the time of booking. At the time of booking, you will have a 1 hour range to help you plan your day. We will then take the following steps on the day of your safari…

Phone you at your Hotel room and advise you of the pick-up time. If you are not in the room…
We leave a message with the Concierge

Send you a confirmation email.

If you are not in the room and we were not provided with an email address, we will phone or leave a text message on the international number you provided.If you have not received a message by 1pm on the day of your tour, please phone 04 4409827.
MY HOTEL IS NOT LISTED. WHERE WILL YOU PICK ME UP FROM?
We list the most popular hotels (from a possible 650 hotels and apartments in Dubai). However, we will pick you up from any hotel in Dubai. Please phone 04 440 9827 for information about pick-ups from other Emirates as additional charges may apply.
DO I NEED TO TIP MY CONSERVATION GUIDE?
Many of our guests want to recognise the tremendous contribution our Conservation Guides make to their experience. However, there are no obligations to include a gratuity and if you do, the amount depends completely on your generosity.
WHY AM I BEING ASKED TO BOOK A PRIVATE SAFARI CAR FOR KIDS UNDER 5?
There are numerous reasons why a private vehicle is required for an under 5 including:

The desert safari driving will be toned down to accommodate a younger child. If you are sharing a car with others, they may not appreciate this.

It is mandatory by law that youngsters are placed in a car seat. This would remove the chance of seat rotation which makes it fair for everyone.

Youngsters can get scared, cry, sick, etc. In this case, the safari would be cut short. If this was the case, the other people you are sharing with would be rightfully entitled to compensation.
If a private car is still not an option, we can arrange a separate transfer for one parent and the child, where you will be dropped directly at the falcon show without the wildlife drive. This rate is normally lower than the price of a private car where your family can enjoy the wildlife drive together.
WHY ARE THERE ALCOHOL RESTRICTIONS?
As the saying goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do! Alcohol is generally not permitted in the Arabic culture, and while the Rulers of the country have shown great flexibility in allowing service in hotels, we are committed to stay true to local traditions and showcase the authenticity, warmth and hospitality of this region. For these reasons we do not serve alcohol on our tours.
ARE THERE ANY DANGEROUS ANIMALS (SPIDERS, SNAKES, SCORPIONS) AT THE DESERT CAMP?
Bedouins would build their camps on the top of sand dunes for many reasons; to catch any cool winds, to avoid low areas susceptible to flash floods, to keep watch on approaching tribes, and to avoid snakes and scorpions which prefer low lying brush. Platinum Heritage has constructed the industry’s first camp sitting on top of a dune.

Other desert safari companies build in a “pocket” in order to protect against heavy winds. However, this comes with the disadvantage of being very hot in summer and very cold in winter. Not to mention that they become the unwilling home to lots of creepy crawlies like spiders, scorpions and snakes which prefer low lying areas. We can avoid this and take advantage of the cool Dubai afternoon breeze, using nature’s natural air-conditioning and pest control.
I AM PREGNANT. AM I ABLE TO GO?
The only concern for our pregnant guests would be during the wildlife safari in our Land Rovers as it can be a little bumpy. If you are experiencing a healthy pregnancy, it shouldn’t be an issue as it is only slightly bumpier than driving on a dirt road.

For their comfort and safety, we are happy to accommodate expectant mothers up until their last trimester. If you would still like to join the safari, you can skip the wildlife drive and we can arrange for you to be dropped directly at the sunset stop for the falcon show where you can wait for the other guests. This would be approximately a 1 hour wait and besides missing out on the wildlife drive, the full itinerary can be enjoyed.
THE LAND ROVERS ARE 60 YEARS OLD. ARE THEY RELIABLE?
Utilising the first 4WD ever introduced in the UAE, our 1950’s Land Rovers are collectors’ items and this is the only place in the world you can experience these vehicles driven in the desert. Most 4WD’s (modern included) take a lot of maintenance to drive over the dunes every morning and night. When a vehicle is 60 years old, it takes daily monitoring and maintenance which is why we have a full-time Mechanic on hand in order to take preventative maintenance.

However, things happen and vehicles do break down (even modern ones). We have spare vehicles traveling with the convoy just so a breakdown becomes part of the adventure and not something that would cause a delay or result in guests missing anything. If something does happen during the desert safari, enjoy the adventures as many generations before you have done (see the picture below taken in Al Ain in 1958).
MY ENGLISH IS NOT TOO GOOD. CAN I PAY FOR A TRANSLATOR?
If you speak Arabic, Russian, German, Italian, French, Spanish or Portuguese, our talented team will be able to help you for no additional cost. Please just let us know at the time of booking so we can try to accommodate your request.
WILL MY DESERT SAFARI BE CANCELLED IF THERE IS BAD WEATHER?
Our camp is located approximately halfway between the cities of Dubai and Al Ain. Dubai experiences a coastal weather system that is usually associated with high winds and rain around 5-7 days per year. Al Ain is at the base on a mountain-range and is subject to higher of concentrations rainfall.

Our camp is located between the two weather systems and does not usually enjoy rainfall as high as either centre. It is due to this lack of rain that there are a great deal less trees and plants in the desert than in either city. So, if you see a weather report for rain and storms in Dubai, quite often the sun is shining with vivid blue skies at our camp. Please check with us before changing your plans. If the tour is not able to operate due to inclement weather, compensation will be automatically offered.
DO YOU ACCOMMODATE VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN GUESTS OR THOSE WITH ALLERGIES?
We are happy to accommodate your food/dietary requirements. We have many dishes that are vegetarian so you will still have a variety to enjoy. Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any food allergies.
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