A Desert Safari in Dubai

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Recently World of Wanderlust was lucky enough to land a 4 night visit to the cultural hub of the middle east – Dubai.
Being situated virtually in the center of the world, Dubai is often visited as a brief stopover for travelers wishing to break up their flights. Some travelers pass through the airport without knowledge of what they’re missing out on – and trust me, there’s a lot you’d be missing without stopping in Dubai for at least a few days.
With just 5 short days to explore the city, I was intent on getting out of the city of glitzy shopping malls, opulent interiors, and extravagant sky scrapers, and instead heading inland to experience the ‘real Dubai’.
Platinum Heritage Safari
World of Wanderlust had the pleasure of experience the ultimate in luxury safaris with Platinum Heritage – Dubai’s leading luxury tour company. There are many tour operators offering similar experiences, but nothing compares to this ultimate safari experience – and you’re about to find out why…
The Platinum Heritage experience began when we were collected at 5pm from the Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, and promptly introduced to our guide as we hopped inside the Mercedes G-Wagon. As the only tour company operating inside the grounds of a Royal family members’ private desert retreat, Platinum Heritage set themselves apart on a whole new level of luxury. They’re also the only company (in the world) to offer a safari in a 1950s Land Rover, so if authenticity is your style, be sure to book one of the Heritage tours. But for us the evening was all about luxury, and enjoying the sand dunes from the comfort of our Mercedes G-Wagon.
The tours are conducted inside the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, which means ample opportunities to view some of the natural wildlife. After spending the first hour driving through the dunes, we make our way to a picturesque part of the desert to watch the sun set far in the distance. From there, we make our way to a falconry show before embarking on camels into the dark of the night.
A short 30 minutes later we reach the sight where the Platinum Tours stop for the evening. Here, guests enjoy a range of authentic experiences – such as henna tattoo artistry, shisha, gourmet authentic Emirati cuisine, and a traditional Emirati performance. Imagine enjoying all this in the middle of the desert with not a glimpse of civilization in sight, and surrounded by a completely authentic (albeit luxury!) desert experience.

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World of Wanderlust recommends booking this tour well in advance of your stay, as there is a 40 people maximum on tours in order to maintain a personal experience for all. There are a range of tours available – World of Wanderlust experience the Dinner Safari. PLATINUM tours are the ultimate in luxury tour experiences, while the HERITAGE collection offer a more affordable price tag and are equally impressive.

The price for the PLATINUM dinner safari is $360; HERITAGE dinner safari $140.


(note: Special thanks to Platinum Heritage Safari for hosting my visit – my opinions is, as always, my own).

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    April 21, 2016 at 4:55 am

    I had been a travel addict and been to safari once ,Itwas a amazing experience.
    Thanks for the post.

    February 29, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Great post 🙂
    I went on a desert safari with Platinum Heritage just recently and their service was fantastic. Totally agree with you that they are the luxurious option out of all the tour providers. I love your pics of the 4WD. I went for the camel-ride option and have put some pics up on my blog.
    Can’t wait to explore Dubai again sometime soon.

    December 26, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Didn’t have enough time to do that when I was in Dubai, but it is definitely on my bucket list and it looks so awesome

    December 26, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Didn’t have enough time to do that when I was in Dubai but it is definitely on my bucket list and it looks so awesome

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