Being honest. I had the feeling that if we didn't accept his safari, he would've sent us on our way. He's a nice guy, but very much an experienced salesman. He quoted R1500, but offered 1400 if we promised to not look around. We did, however, and they all pretty much sounded the same... telling you just what they think you want to hear. i.e., non touristic (what they mean by this is each group has its own side of the dune, lol), one person per camel, etc. Basically stuff you're not really concerned about, but make the entire process seem longer and more exciting. Or maybe I'm just crazy in not really expecting luxury in the middle of the friggin desert ;)
The safari was incredible. Painful, stirrups wouldve been nice. So much fun getting the camels to run, again, guys especially, this is painful. The villiages were lame, the first one i think they offered to sing for money, 2nd day i didnt even bother going over and played with my camel instead. Our safari dude sang at night -- first song was nice, but then he ruined it by singing freres jacques, country road, and a barney song or something. made it seem like he was just going thru the motions, putting on his show. And i know he was, but i didnt have the feeling that it was all a bit scripted until that moment. The show in the sky more than made up for the song choice, you can see the milky way! O, and what they say about the desert being hot by day and cold by night is very true. i thought they meant relatively cold, nope, it was wake up you're freezing cold.
Seemingly unlimited meals of cabbage, noodles, rice, and chapati. I really liked the food, my friends were sick of the food by the end, but i could still go for more. There was a beer vendor who showed up to our campsite with cold beer (R150) and soda (R40 for tiny bottles). Quite expensive, considering, and he reeeeeeeally pushed the stuff. He even tried to get us to buy the guides some, was a bit annoying. We decided that it was either a tip or beer for the guides. Sorry beer dude (who was obviously disappointed). Following the end of the safari we tipped the guides. There were 5 in our group, i believe we each gave R150. Not sure what the other 2 guys gave. The guides looked happy with that.
Um, sorry to turn this into a safari review... but that's what we're here for anyways. right?
The hotel was fine. Rooms were clean, wifi slow, food ok. When i was packing up before the safari the cleaning guy was standing at my door waiting for me so he could start, which made me feel rushed and uncomfortable, so i wasnt able to pack properly and just ended up throwing everything in my bag. I gave him the 'come on dude' look, but he gave me back the 'deal with it, this is how it is in india' head wobble :)
Its located on a sleepy street not far from the main bazaar. Freakishly quiet for india, was nice. The city itself is charming. I enjoyed it, and there are quite a few stainless steel shops around where you could buy thali sets, plates, cups, etc. My dinner plates cost R30 each.
He'll pick you up from the bus station, but will not drive you back on your way out. We did get rides back to train stations in other cities, so this simply added to the feeling of get them in, sell the safari, then get them out.
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