In A Nutshell
this is a 2 day/1 night self-drive & camping trip starting only 1 hour from the Mafraq Junction in Abu Dhabi and finishing around 2 hours from there. This itinerary is ideal for those looking for a long but leisurely paced drive with plenty of stops for photographs – it would also be good for families.
The route has been developed, tried and tested by Marina and takes in around 120kms of easy offroad driving through the most beautiful of dunes. The area is very remote and once we enter the desert it is unlikely we will meet many people until we return to the road around 24 hours later. Own 4×4 essential – more info here.
It’s a great chance to disconnect from the modern world while appreciating the stark beauty of the Abu Dhabi Desert and at the same time learn of the hardships of travelling over the desert before the advent of 4x4s and mobile phones!
Friday 22nd March 2019
- 1330hrs meet at a petrol station – co-ordinates will be sent out to registered guests a few days before
- Fill up then come say hello
- 1400hrs move off
- 1700hrs find a great campspot and set up camp
- 1900hrs hearty bbq with a good variety of meats and veg, campfire
Saturday 23rd March 2019
- 0800hrs light breakfast
- 0900hrs strike camp and continue on our overland journey southwards
- 1300hrs approx return to road
- We will be 6kms from a different petrol station where you can fuel up and air up
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 these and no longer hire them out.
Adults – based on a minimum of 2 persons in car (if only driver in car then add 250aed single supplement)
- Using own camping gear – 680aed per person
- Using parent’s camping gear – 405aed per child
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 heremaster registration form camping
Complete and return to firstname.lastname@example.org
To confirm your booking we will request a 25% deposit
Trip list will close once we have bookings for 10 guest cars
Balance is due on or before 8th March 2019
Payments may be made by bank transfer
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.
Suggested reading – Wilfred Thesiger, Arabian Sands
Cancellation policy here.
As with all our trips – Limited Places Available – Don’t Miss Out, Register Today and Reserve Your Place in Our Convoy!
Huge thank you to Dawn, Alasdair and Jay for their photos!