After pickup from your Dubai hotel, climb into your inviting Range Rover, and journey deep into the desert around Dubai.
An hour or so later, pull up at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The UAE’s first-ever national park, this beautiful sanctuary helps conserve the area’s unique ecology and wildlife; providing a haven for countless animal, bird and plant species.
After a professional safari guide has taken the wheel of your Mercedes-Benz G Wagon, start out on your exploration of the reserve. As you travel, hear revealing facts about the ecosystem and the work being done to help safeguard the 100 or so animal species here, some of them highly endangered.
Look for the wildlife that roams free here through the provided, powerful binoculars, and with luck, spot creatures such as the elusive Arabian oryx, Ethiopian hedgehog and Gordon’s wildcat, as well as more common animals such desert monitors and gazelles. Keep your camera poised at all times, as sightings can be sudden and fleeting!
On route, your guide will identify indigenous plants and explain how the Bedouin peoples have traditionally used them for culinary and health purposes.
After roughly 1.5 hours of exploring, continue to the Al Maha Desert Resort, an upscale hotel and spa resort tucked deep in the park. Here, nibble on light snacks of pastries, cakes and other tidbits teamed with fruit juice, tea or coffee. Discuss your wildlife quest and admire the ocean of rolling dunes that frame the resort.
After a return to Dubai by minivan, your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.