My daughter and I recently booked with Platinum Heritage for their Heritage Overnight Safari and Breakfast with a Bedouin. This was the best decision that was made during my short 4 day trip to Dubai. Everything was perfect from start to finish. Adam the Managing Director of the company was extremely accommodating organising for us to do the safari part of the tour in an air conditioned Mercedes 4 x 4 rather than the vintage 1950s open top Land Rovers. This was very much appreciated due to a skin condition.
The safari took place in a select part of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and Wesam our wonderful guide drove us expertly through the desert and carefully over the vast dunes (no dune bashing with this company, thank goodness), and pointed out, with a huge amount of knowledge and enthusiasm, local fauna and wildlife such as the Oryx and Gazelles and made time for photo opportunities amongst the stunning beauty of the desert. The rest of the tour group about 9 in all, in their open topped vintage Land Rovers, caught up with us for a magical, intimate, sunset falconry display, which we were able to watch on beautiful cushions set out in the sand. It was truly amazing to see at first hand the speed at which these majestic creatures can fly.
On arrival at a beautifully authentic Bedouin camp, surrounded by a stone wall and palm trees, we were shown traditional Arabic bread making techniques, had camel rides, henna tattooing was available, and a delicious, plentiful, traditional Arabic meal was served. This was finished off with Shisha, traditional Arabic dancing, chatting and stargazing around a cosy fire. All the staff in the camp were extremely helpful, professional and friendly and the whole evening was perfection. The camp is situated in an exclusive part of the desert, making it a very personal experience.
My daughter and I were excited to learn that we were the only guests staying in the camp that night, and slept in an authentic Bedouin tent made of goat hair and although the air was a little chilly we had comfy mattresses and bedding to keep us cosy. Waking up to a golden sunrise in the Arabian desert, a delicious Arabian breakfast and fascinating conversation with a wonderful local Bedouin gentleman were so magical, it felt as though we were in a Hollywood movie. Seeing the camels with their babies quietly grazing on our way back, was the perfect end to the perfect trip. Wesam our wonderful guide was very friendly and attentive throughout and made sure our experience was a memorable one.
I cannot rate Platinum Heritage highly enough. They are a small company who are passionate about what they do and make every effort to exceed expectations and create memories. They made our dreams come true and we now have precious memories of the desert that will be with us for ever.
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