Camping Adventure in Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

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From $376.79

78 reviews   (5.00)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 20 hours

Departs: Dubai, Dubai

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Sherpa Camp is based in a ghaf tree forest, deep within the DDCR. Adventurers stay in private locations with our trailers positioned among the trees and dunes, but within easy access to our toilet and shower facilities.

Once adventurers enter the reserve, they enjoy a drive on our specially prepared off-road track to camp. Our guides provide unique insight into the natural flora and fauna.

Snacks will be included in the guests’ camping fridge on arrival, while their bedding will also be ready in their tent.

Dinner is served at 6:30pm at the main tent and includes a selection of burgers and pizzas, while breakfast is at 8:30am consisting of ham/cheese croissants and cereal.

Nature Walks:
An evening scavenger hunt and morning hawk walk provide an immersive nature experience.

What's Included

8kg firewood (additional quantities available on request for an extra fee)

Bathroom facilities on site


Bird of prey interaction / nature walk

Bird of prey interaction / nature walk on the morning of departure

Bottled water


Burgers and pizzas

Camping trailer with Roof Top Tent and/or additional sleeping accommodation for children

Chips and marshmallows

Coffee and/or Tea


Nighttime scavenger hunt

Utensils, cooler, water, shower all in your trailer

What's Not Included

Special dietary requirements cannot be catered for, guests must bring food to support their diets

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 1 - 4
  • CHILD: Age: 5 - 14
  • ADULT: Age: 15 - 64

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.


Beyond expectations
RuiDubai, 01-05-2022
Best camping experience ever! It's a superb feeling to be in such a vast and pristine part of the Dubai desert, with plenty of wildlife and vegetation almost untouched.

The camping facilities are superb, and the overall experience - we went as a group with other 10 families - was great.

I've totally surrended to the overall experience and will try to book it on every occasion when I have visitors from abroad.
Best Camping in UAE
jaynewW3806KU, 25-07-2022
An amazing trip that really makes you feel a million miles from the daily grind and the camp area is stunning. Even as a seasoned desert camper and vaguely experienced at desert driving, the trip is hugely informative, and our appreciation of the desert is much bigger still. The walkie talkies during the self-drive in are great as the team point out things you wouldn't normally notice and give general desert info and driving tips. If you don't have an appropriate off roader you can get to the camp with the Sand Sherpa vehicles. The trip is not about desert bashing, it's about respecting the desert, mastering desert driving and understanding conservation. The camp trailer is immensely comfortable and fun, we all had a great night's sleep and there's everything you need, even chairs table and a sofa! Just bring your bedding, food, drinks, (there's a fridge and drinking water in your trailer) and warm clothes if you go in January, it gets unbelievably cold at night! I gather you can now hire bedding and order food BBQ packages etc. if you really want to go all out and reduce the effort factor. We've noticed the facilities are always being improved, we've been about 3 times now and there's always some new investment in the site. A real toilet and hot showers during a desert camping trip are a revelation! Our daughter really loves this trip, it really captures her sense of adventure. There's a guided morning 'hawk walk,' guests get to fly the hawk and the evening scorpion hunt is particularly fascinating (and very safe!) The guys at Sand Sherpa really know their stuff and are experts in the flora and fauna of the desert. All in all, a great chilled out way to escape with friends sat round your private campfire with a glass of grape or hops knowing that your kids have got stuck into nature and thrashed around in the freedom of the desert.
teulab2018, 21-05-2022
Just the most magical, unforgettable experience for the whole family. The team are delightful & extremely knowledgeable and we saw all sorts of desert animals including the infamous scorpion. Book this, you won’t regret it.
Amazing Experience - Great Guides
Joss-and-Leanne, 08-05-2022
My wife and I chose to do the self driving camping experience. You can either use sand sherpa's vehicles or if you have a 4x4 drive your own. We drove our own car but the guide take you through how to drive in the dunes and communicate through-out via walkie-talkie. It felt like a real adventure.
During the drive we got to see lots of the wildlife which was great to see in their natural habitats.
Once you're in the DDCR you really feel like you've left the hustle and bustle of Dubai (it's only a 35min drive from downtown Dubai).
The camp and facilities are also really good and fully equipped. All ready and set up when you arrive.
On the evening you can go on a scorpion walk with one of the guides. Michael (our guide) was extremely knowledgable and passionate about the local wildlife and conservation.
In the morning we also went on a tracking walk and Michael brought along his hawk. Again we all had a great time and learnt a lot.

In summary:
The drive, the desert, the camping, the wildlife, the guides are what make this an un-missable activity. We are looking forward to coming back or doing one of the other Sand Sherpa activities.
Kathey B, 15-04-2022
We had an amazing night at Sand Sherpa camp. It’s our second visit. We love the night walk/scorpion spotting and looking for animal tracks in the morning with Michael and Rex, his hawk. We got up early to watch the sunrise over the dunes as a herd of oryx passed by. Can’t wait to visit again.
Sand Sherpa & Mikhail are the best in the DDCR
mary_osborne, 17-12-2022
If you’re looking for something different to do whilst in Dubai, don’t miss a camping experience with Sand Sherpa in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve for a sustainable, well organized adventure with a knowledgeable guide (Mikhail) and excellent kit (tent and kitchen).
A n absolute must do in Dubai. The only desert safari/camping trip you should do
Travellingsav, 17-12-2022
What an incredible, must do experience in Dubai. We just got back from a night at Sand Sherpa, 2 adults and 3 kids (7 months, 3 and 5). From the outset the team are incredibly professional, giving some great insights into flora and fauna and the history of the conservation area.
We drove our own 4x4 which is very highly recommended. A beautiful drive through the conservation area to the camp setup.
The camp setup is incredible, very private in amongst the dunes. The trailer was perfect and comfortable, the area set out with a sofa, dining table and chairs and a grill. All the food was provided as we’d bought the food package (really high quality) for dinner and breakfast.

Scorpion hunt in the evening was phenomenal and the kids were so engaged and loved finding out all about the scorpions. The next morning we had an hour or so with the Harris’s hawk and the kids got to hold him and do a few tricks. Activities were really really good.

We all absolutely loved this adventure. We’ve been in Dubai for 16 years, done a few of the naff desert safaris and this is the real deal.

Very very highly recommended!!

Special shout-out to Michael who is incredibly knowledgeable about the desert environment and is a super nice guy, nothing was too much trouble for him!
Totally amazing and experience
welshlass51, 13-12-2022
A truely exceptional experience in a very special environment. From the time we were greeted by Michael and Josh at the gates until returning back the following morning (josh & Darren diving) we were immersed in the tranquility of this special place at one with nature.
The camps were very comfy, the girls enjoyed being up in the nest, while I was very cosy down below in the cabin.
Argentinian bbq was brilliant and together with all the equipment, including fridge and chilled water, we needed, we cooked a delicious bbq and enjoyed sitting round the fire afterwards.
The highlight for us was the scorpion walk in the wood. Sighted an incredible 70 scorpions! But the sunset from top of the dunes, the sunrise and learning to spot creatures footprints were memorable.
After a very good sleep in the quiet of the Reserve we had early, remarkable walk with Michael and spot all the trails and tried to identify which creature they belonged too.
Overall was a very special family Christmas treat which we will all remember and share (and hopefully repeat with other family members visiting to Dubai in the future).
The young guys who looked after us were knowledgeable in their craft and very engaging especially with our girls.
A marvellous time for all.
Brilliant concept , executed with attention to detail. Congratulations
A place to Call Home
533suleimana, 07-12-2022
One of the best camping place in Dubai.. very nice and humble staff.. helpful and interactive staff. Everything was good in general.
Amazing camping trip
Mahra H, 29-12-2022
This trip was fun. We had an amazing adventure. The campsite was clean, and we appreciated the privacy. We had fun doing the activities like the scorpions night walk and the Hawk walk in the morning. The staff there was amazing. They were very friendly and helpful and very helpful. They had incredible knowledge about the the desert. The campsite was well equipped it. I would recommend it for a family with kids or if you want a couple retreats. I also would like to think the stuff for giving us an incredible and fun time.
An amazing real desert experience!
K6750HSpaulab, 26-12-2022
From the moment we arrived to when we left, we were made to feel very welcome at Sand Sherpa. The camp was excellent, great facilities and the trailers are so well set-up. Our main guide, Michael, was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and local area and we loved the drive in with him and the other guide, pointing out all the wildlife. The night walk was also excellent, looking for tracks and wildlife that likes to come out at night. We also booked the bird experience which was so memorable. Again, Michael really impressed with his knowledge and how he handled the birds, and getting the chance to fly some of them was a real experience! I cannot recommend enough!
A must desert/safari experience
JulieS4374, 23-12-2022
What a unique experience, excellent facilities and out guide Daz was very knowledgeable and you tell he loves his job. The camp is brilliant with roof nest tents, BBQ grill and hot and cold running water showers. We will be back thank you Sand Sherpa

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