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Sand Sherpa Special Reserve: Exclusive overnight camp in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

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Our signature Sand Sherpa Special Reserve is the only camping experience in the UAE that allows you to enter the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) in your own car, under the expert guidance of Sand Sherpa's off-road experts. Bookings are limited to a maximum of five vehicles per trip. 

Your experience begins at the DDCR Margham Gate, where Sand Sherpa's lead guides will brief you on reserve driving etiquette as you venture into the 225-square-kilometre protected area. Camels are excluded from the area and native flora and fauna are abundant. The lush vegetation attracts birds and various desert animals including Arabian oryx, two species of gazelle, foxes, lizards and birds. The area is also a haven for migrating birds from November through to April.

During a scenic drive on a specially prepared track to camp, participants are encouraged to spot and identify desert life. Forget glamping; this is authentic desert camping, but complete with showers and bathroom facilities. 

Each vehicle is assigned its own camping trailer equipped with Sand Sherpa Roof Top Tent (Gazelle - L or Oryx - XL), utensils and camping accessories for all members of each individual party. Our Sherpa Firepits are provided at each individual trailer along with a comfortable sofa and rug.

In the morning, your camp leader will take participants on an optional hawk walk through an ancient ghaf tree forest, where we identify tracks that have appeared overnight around the camp and everyone has a turn walking with – and flying – our trained bird of prey.

Arrangements may be made for guests to be collected and transferred to the site in our own vehicles. 4x4 rental options are also available and you can contact us for details.

What's included:

• Professional briefing at the entry to the desert
• Guided beginner-level desert driving with instruction
• Assignment of camping trailer with Roof Top Tent and/or additional sleeping accommodation in the trailer for children - as booked
• Own camping fridge/freezer with your trailer
• Water
• Table/chairs
• Main campfire
• Hawk walk
• Bathroom facilities on site
• Showers (integrated in the trailer with an additional unit on-site)
• Full camping accessories (utensils, torches and everything in between)
• Surprise treats

What's not included:

• Sleeping bags 
• Pillows
• Bedding
• Food
• Soft drinks

Required:

• 4x4 vehicle (with high and low ratio gearbox)
• Closed-toe shoes to be worn at all times by all participants after sunset
• Bring sleeping bags or full duvet and pillows. It can get cold, so carry warm clothes and extra blankets



 

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  • A minimum of three individual bookings is required for the experience to take place
  • The experience begins at the DDCR Margham Gate at 2:30pm and ends at 10:30am the next day
  • A 4x4 vehicle with high and low ratio gearbox is required to join in the experience
  • Participants will be briefed on reserve driving etiquette at the entry to the desert
  • A camping trailer with a rooftop tent will be assigned to each vehicle with additional sleeping accommodation available for an extra cost
  • Camping accessories, fridge/freezer, water, tables, chairs and torches, will be provided
  • Participants are required to bring their own sleeping bags, pillows, bedding, food and soft drinks
  • Bathroom facilities are available on site
  • Campers are encouraged to spot and identity desert wildlife - a hawk walk will take place the next morning through an ancient ghaf tree forest.
  • Bookings are limited to a maximum of five vehicles per trip
  • Package 1 - DDCR camping experience with fully-equipped trailer and rooftop tent (L) for two adults - AED1,950
  • Package 2 - DDCR camping experience with fully-equipped trailer and rooftop tent (L) for two adults and one child - AED2,000
  • Package 3 - DDCR camping experience with fully-equipped trailer and rooftop tent (XL) for two adults and two children - AED2,200
  • Package 4 - DDCR camping experience with fully-equipped trailer, rooftop tent (XL) and ground tent for two adults and three children - AED2,450
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What's Included:

  • Professional briefing at the entry to the desert
  • Guided beginner-level desert driving with instruction
  • Assignment of camping trailer with Roof Top Tent and/or additional sleeping accommodation in the trailer for children - as booked
  • Own camping fridge/freezer with your trailer
  • Water
  • Table/chairs
  • Main campfire
  • Hawk walk
  • Bathroom facilities on site
  • Showers (integrated in the trailer with an additional unit on-site)
  • Full camping accessories (utensils, torches and everything in between)
  • Surprise treats

What's Not Included:

  • Sleeping bags 
  • Pillows
  • Bedding
  • Food
  • Soft drinks

Required:

  • 4x4 vehicle (with high and low ratio gearbox)
  • Closed-toe shoes to be worn at all times by all participants after sunset
  • Bring sleeping bags or full duvet and pillows. It can get cold, so carry warm clothes and extra blankets

Terms & Conditions:

  • A minimum of three individual bookings is required for the experience to take place.
  • Bookings are limited to a maximum of five vehicles per trip.
  • The experience begins at the DDCR Margham Gate at 2:30pm and ends at 10:30am the next day.
  • No pets are allowed to be carried within vehicles.
  • All vehicles should be standard as per the manufacturer or the organiser be advised of modifications that may affect the vehicle's behaviour off-road.
  • The organiser reserves the right to refuse participation in the event if the participant is deemed to be unprepared or is not cooperative to instruction and/or feedback.
  • Participants accept that driving off-road can be dangerous and that vehicles and their occupants are at risk when participating in desert experiences.
  • Safety is paramount and customers may choose whether or not to follow in the path of the lead vehicle.
  • No liability or responsibility will be placed on the organiser or accepted by the organiser in case of injury or death to participants under any circumstances.
  • A reasonable level of fitness required to access Rooftop Tents by ladder and walk across the sands.
  • Adherence to speed limits in the reserve is mandatory.
  • Convoy and tracks to be followed at all times.
  • Trailer assignments will be made at the camp leader’s discretion.
  • Sand Sherpa reserves the right to reassign the date of the experience due to inclement weather

Cancellation Policy

  • Bookings, once processed, cannot be cancelled.
  • Experience dates can be amended by getting in touch with our team at least 72 hours before the booking.
  • No refund will be made in case of cancellations or no-shows.

The allocated credit card will be blocked with the total amount of your booking while the booking request is confirmed with the Supplier and will only be charged upon successful confirmation.

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