Halloween SpookTANKular : 26/27 October 2018

  1. For years an old abandoned Oshkosh water tanker has been lying, rusting and deteriorating in the desert.  At night eerie winds whistle round it and the aging hulk creaks, so where better to have a special pre-halloween offroad trip?

This is a 2 day/1 night self-drive & camping trip starting around 2 hours from the Mafraq Junction in Abu Dhabi and finishing at the same place.  4×4 essential (see here for suggested vehicles).

The drive out to the tanker is around 40kms over a relatively easy route, with a few tricky bits here and there (note, we will offer coaching to new drivers).

Once we reach the tanker we will set up our camp, crack out the sledges and set up a bbq and campfire.  The food and decor will have a halloween themes and there will be a gift for each child.  For evening entertainment we hope we can persuade lots of you to do “turn”, whether it be a joke, a song or an impression.

We will make camp a couple of hundred metres away from the tanker, unless of course you are brave enough to pitch your tent right next to it!


Friday 26th October 2018
  • 1430 hrs meet at a petrol station in Madinat Zayed City, Al Dhafra Region – co-ordinates will be sent out to registered guests a few days before
  • Fill up then come say hello
  • 1500hrs move off
  • Late-afternoon – make camp near the tanker
  • 1900hrs bbq, campfire, mini halloween party!


Saturday 27th October 2018
  • 0800hrs light breakfast
  • 0930hrs strike camp
  • Visit a very remote date plantation
  • Photocall as we cross the Tropic of Cancer
  • Make a wish in a 21st Century Wishing Well
  • Return to road around 1200-1300hrs

We will be setting up camp in a remote area with no facilities – we can hire you camping equipment though you may also take your own. Camping/packing list available here.  Please note that we need you to take blankets/sleeping bag and a pillow; we do not have room to carry F


We will provide water to drink, and fruit/chips to snack on throughout the trip.

Our BBQ will comprise steak, chicken, kofta,vegetables with a few halloween themed sides

Breakfast will be juice, tea/coffee, fruit and freshly made pancakes.


Adults – based on 2 persons in car  (if only driver in car then add 250aed single supplement)

  • With tent/mattress hire – 750aed per person
  • Using own camping gear – 680aed per person


Aged 4-11

With tent/mattress hire – 415 aed per child

  • Using parent’s camping gear – 340 aed per child

Aged 0-3

  • complimentary
How do I sign up?

Please read through the itinerary and check it will suit your family.  Please also click on the links to see the requirements for your vehicle and the suggested packing list.

Download registration form here  or from here

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Complete and return to marina@desertdivaevents.com

To confirm your booking we will request a 50% deposit

The trip list will be closed once we have 10 guest cars, however if there is sufficient demand we may run two separate convoys.

Balance is due on or before 12th October  2018

Payments may be made by bank transfer, mastercard or visa – please indicate your preferred method of payment on your registration form.


Timings, apart from initial meeting time, are approximate.

It will be foggy season in the area and our departure from camp on the Saturday may be delayed until the fog clears and there is a minimum 500metres visibility.

All children should be strapped into age-appropriate safety/booster seats, whenever your car is moving.

Still not sure?

Check out a short video about our trips by clicking the link below

10 good reasons to join the Desert Diva’s Tag Along Guided Self Drive Adventures

Cancellation policy here.

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