Extend your hot air balloon adventure by adding an overnight desert safari to the experience. Head out to the desert the day before the hot air balloon ride for a heritage desert safari. Experience the culture and heritage of the UAE in this adventure which includes a wildlife drive in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, sunset falcon show, authentic cuisine, camel rides and cultural entertainment. Afterwards, spend the night in Arabic stone dwellings in a Heritage camp before waking up for the sunrise hot air balloon ride.
Take a step back in time and experience Dubai as it was 50 years ago on a Heritage Desert Safari. Explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve on a wildlife drive in vintage Land Rovers and see native animals like Arabian oryx and gazelles. Learn about the cultural heritage and natural environment on this authentic Desert Safari led by a professional Conservation Guide. Watch a spectacular sunset falcon show and head to a Heritage camp in the heart of the Royal desert retreat.
Arrive at the gently-lit Heritage camp in the desert and receive a traditional welcoming. Spend the evening immersed in cultural activities such as camel rides, henna, Arabic coffee-making and traditional song and dance. Enjoy a delicious 4-course dinner of authentic cuisine in this magical setting under the stars. After dinner, relax in the traditional majlis before heading to bed in your Arabic stone dwelling complete with a bed and full bedding.
The good news is that overnight Bedouin camp is only 10 minutes from the Hot Air Ballooning take-off point. Wake up in the desert just before sunrise to tick off the next experience on your bucket list. Since you are only minutes from the Hot Air Balloon take-off site, you can wake up later than passengers coming from Dubai. Once you have reached your destination, you will be welcomed with Arabic coffee and accommodated on comfortable cushions while gentle lights start painting the Arabian sky in the early morning. Get ready to witness a breathtaking drone show, unique in its kind, offered complimentary in celebration of Expo 2020, before embarking on your hot air balloon flight.
Following the drone show, you will meet your pilot and receive a safety briefing before watching the exciting process of inflating the balloons. After climbing inside the balloon basket you will quickly begin to peacefully float into the sky.
Feel your adrenaline race as your balloon drifts gently upwards and take in the stunning views as you float over the desert. As you rise higher, marvel at the awesome sunrise views and hear interesting commentary from your Pilot about the geology and wildlife of the protected Dubai Desert Conservation Reservation while you watch for roaming animals such as gazelles and camels.
One of the most exciting aspects of hot air ballooning is the landing! Depending on the winds, you will have a new adventure every time as the landing is always different, and in a different location! The Pilot will scout the vast desert for a suitable location and tell you it is time to attach your safety belts and embrace the landing position a few minutes before the balloon touches the ground. Will your balloon tip over? That is half the fun! You can also watch our other balloons land at the same time and take photos in the desert where we land. Then get taken to the next part of the adventure where your vintage Land Rover awaits!
An adventure like a hot air balloon ride certainly works up an appetite! After the landing, head to the Heritage camp where you slept to enjoy a delicious à la carte breakfast. Feast on a gourmet breakfast of smoked salmon, caviar, cold meats, fruit platter, bread selection and free range eggs including Eggs Benedict.
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