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Overnight Safari and Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride

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Experience an African-style wildlife safari, camping in the desert, and a hot air balloon flight in this overnight trip from Dubai. Travel through Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a vintage Land Rover to look for animals such as gazelles, oryx and camels, and enjoy a 4-course dinner under the stars at a Bedouin-style camp. In the morning, sail above the Arabian Desert in a hot air balloon to watch the sun rise.
  • Overnight desert experience with full round of activities from Dubai
  • Enjoy a wildlife drive by retro Land Rover and sunrise hot air balloon ride
  • Feel like a Bedouin with camel rides, shows, and more at a desert camp
  • Includes night in Arabic tent, with 4-course camp dinner and breakfast
What to Expect
Day 1: Dubai – Wildlife Drive – Desert Camp (D) Depart your Dubai hotel and journey to Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve by open-top vintage Land Rover. On arrival, take a wildlife safari: watching for gazelle and oryx as you cross the sands to a Bedouin-style camp within a private royal retreat. On arrival, enjoy an Arabic coffee and wide range of activities: falconry displays, henna art, folkloric dance shows, camel riding, and more. Then, savor a 4-course dinner of Emirati dishes at a shared table before relaxing by the campfire under the stars and sleeping in an Arabic tent complete with a comfortable mattress, pillows, and blanket. Day 2: Desert Camp - Hot Air Balloon - Dubai (B) Rise early, transfer to the nearby balloon site, and after a safety briefing, climb inside the basket with a pilot at the controls. Then, float high over the dunes and sands as the sun rises over the Hajar Mountains. Watch a trained falcon fly from the balloon and after touching down, enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast at camp. You can purchase a video of your flight if you wish (own expense). Your experience then ends with a drop-off at your Dubai hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Time

Pick-up times will vary through-out the year. In order for you to plan your day, please be prepared for a pick-up between the following times:

  • October – February:     14:30h-15:30h
  • March – May:                15:00h-16:00h
  • June – September:       15:30h-16:30h

A confirmation with a precise pickup time will be sent to your email or phone latest 13:00h on the day of the excursion. If we were not able to reach you, we kindly ask you to contact our office 04-4409827.

Return Details
Drop-off can be arranged at any centrally located hotel in Dubai
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Wildlife Safari through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in an 1950's Land Rover
  • Falcon Show with sparkling date juice
  • Henna Artist
  • short Camel rides
  • Live bread and coffee making
  • Dinner
  • Emirati entertainment
  • Overnight - traditional Arabic stone dwellings complete with mattress and bedding
  • Donation to Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
  • Hot air balloon flight with a Falcon
  • Breakfast includes smoked salmon, cold meats, eggs, caviar, fruit, bread, tea & coffee
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • The Dubai desert can get cooler in the evenings during winter, so we recommend you bring a light jacket and closed shoes
  • Please note: Guides in the following languages (German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Chinese, ) are upon request and availability.
  • Children under 5 years are not permitted
  • At the camp there is running water and clean bathroom but no shower
  • The Falcon will be in the Balloon
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
My friend and I booked this overnight tour for her birthday. It was an amazing tour and and our guide Travis J. Couldn’t have done a better job. He picked us up from the hotel & throughout he was very informative, friendly, and patient. The views were incredible. The food &
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Response from MABELBIH, Guest Relations Manager at Overnight Safari and Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride
Responded 12 Nov 2019
Hi Sheliz123, What an incredible review. Thank you so much for going into so much detail and helping other Tripadvisor readers understand the Overnight Safari with Hot Air Balloon combo. It is always special when our guests leave such heart-warming comments and we are overjoyed that you took so much from the experience. We appreciate the support and hope to have you again. Kind Regards, Mabel
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Just returned from our overnight desert safari with morning balloon ride and WOW what an experience! What really made our experience special was our guide, Abid. He was so knowledgeable and told us so much about culture, customs, the terrain, etc. He made our experience so
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Response from MABELBIH, Guest Relations Manager at Overnight Safari and Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride
Responded 8 Nov 2019
Hi amandackerman, Thank you for the amazing feedback and it was a pleasure to welcome you on our Overnight and Hot Air Balloon experience. This is actually our 2 in 1 combo designed to guess who enjoyed sleeping under the stars in the desert. Thank you for your support and recommendation. Regards, Mabel
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We really recommend this activity. We had a great time and the sunrise hot-air balloon was an awesome experience. Many thanks to Hajaj, our guide, who took so kindly care of us ! He really contibuted greatly to make this activity so special. Our Captain Andrew also did a great
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Response from MABELBIH, Guest Relations Manager at Overnight Safari and Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride
Responded 12 May 2019
Hi 357christophe, We really appreciate the time taken to write about your experience with us. Our Operation team is ecstatic as they run a tight ship, constantly striving for professionalism and improvements in our service. Thank you for noticing and for sharing and the recommendation, is the best compliment of all. Best Regards, Mabel
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One of the most authentic, informative, and unforgettable experiences. For locals as well as visitors. From pick up to drop off, and attention to fine details is what separates this from some other excursions I have experienced. To have access to a very authentic part of the
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Response from NeilSoleta, Guest Relations Manager at Overnight Safari and Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride
Responded 6 Dec 2018
Hi AmbassadorNA, Thank you for your great review! It is great to hear that you had a wonderful unforgettable experience. We are very glad that you enjoyed the hot air balloon ride with the falcon show while you are in the air. You are right, Sanjay is a true balloon enthusiast! We are truly humbled to know that this exceeded your expectation and that you would be back for more! Thank you once again for the recommendation. We look forward to welcoming you again. Best regards, Neil
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The best tour I ever been, the guides, the food, the facilities, all excellent. Ballon tour awsome! Beautifull views, falcon show on air.
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About the operator
By: Platinum Heritage
4,339 reviews
Certificate of Excellence
Land rover desert safari
We had such a wonderful time thanks to our guild abid Khan! He was so attentive to make sure we got everything we
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One of the best experiences of my entire life!
When in Dubai you MUST do a desert safari and THE BEST, most eco-friendly, ethical, kind-to-animals tour is with
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Bangor, Maine
Amazing Desert Safari with Excellent Customer Service
Amazing family experience with outstanding customer service! Our guide, Tato, was excellent. The dinner was
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Highlight if my trip. From pickup to drop-of everything was top notch. Food so tasty! A magic Arabian night
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Kirchheim bei Munich, Germany
Great trip!!!
A really great trip and definitely worth the money! Highly recommended! If you book, ask for Erickson! Best guide
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Great Tour!
Had an amazing tour on Friday in the Desert! Been on a lot of tours in my day and this one is a MUST! James is a
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Highlight of trip to Dubai - a real insight into Emirati culture
The whole experience was first class - small group tour with a friendly, caring, and informative guide (mine was
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Our guide Midhi made the experience!
2 minutes ago Would give 10 stars if I could. This was the highlight of our trip! Our guide Midhi (spelling) was
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Great Safari with mister Ali.
The falcon show in mid air was very nice we had very friendly falconer (forgot his name sorry mate you'll
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Fantastic Desert Adventure in Dubai
A fantastic trip into the Rub al Khali desert with Platinum Heritage tours in a 1952 Land Rover. A chance to
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The dreams come true!
Thank you Abudul-san (Mr.Abudul), our guide! He was so nice and so kind. The supper at the camp was really a
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Helena C
Outstanding Falconry experience
Great tour all round, the vintage Land rovers , the traditional Emirati breakfast, the head scarves, the nature
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Best Heritage Safari Experience
It was the best safari experience in old heritage land rover. Special thanks to Samir (our host) and Richa.
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Braga, Portugal
Amazing experience
It really was an amazing experience, both the ride itself as much as the dinner and entertainment at the camping.
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Greater Noida, India
We just loved it
Did it in Jan 2020, had booked it in advance and got a free drone video of our trip. Wonderful Experience, time
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Key Details
  • Platinum Heritage
  • Duration: 18h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, Arabic, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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