My husband and I booked the half-day safari tour, and it was a memorable experience. We were able to utilize Paypal to pay for the tour prior to our arrival in Abu Dhabi, and we found the booking process to be quite efficient and professional. The Land Rover timely picked us up from our hotel, and we had two other couples along for the ride with us. It's about an hour drive out to the desert, and that's where the fun/madness begins. I knew the dune bashing would be fun, but I didn't realize how extreme it was! Sliding down sand dunes sideways in a car with the sand rushing up over the car... it was terrifying! My guess is that the level of intensity is based on your driver for the tour. Our driver was quite safe, but I was floored at the intensity of the dune bashing portion of the trip. It lasted about an hour, and I was pleased when I was back on flat ground. Don't get me wrong, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I am incredibly thankful for, but please heed my warning regarding the intensity of the drive.
After the dune bashing portion, we stopped by a camel farm, which was a bit depressing in our view. The front legs of some of the camels were tied together, and the pen was a bit small. We then moved on to the bedouin camp. I think we sat around for a bit too long before the food was served, but the meal was really good! They offered henna painting, shisha, and different local outfits to try on, along with camel riding (which consists of sitting on a camel while it walks in a circle), and sand boarding. You can also pay to ride on an ATV, so don't forget cash. The night ended with a belly dancing performance and star gazing. The bedouin camp was very well organized.
Overall, this was a well-executed tour and a not-to-be-missed experience in Abu Dhabi. Just don't eat a big lunch before the dune bashing portion of the trip. :)
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