I just loved waking up every day in Dubai to my next adventure.
I had no idea today was going to be a doozy—but a doozy it was!
I had SO much fun on this 6-hour safari. Here we had the pleasure of meeting a couple from Canada and a couple from America as we all piled into the land cruiser once the driver picked everyone up from their prospective hotels.
The safari carried on from about 3:30pm-9:30pm and I loved every minute of it—well, almost every minute of it. There was a bit of dune bashing that threw me for a huge loop. I was NOT prepared for that, I can tell you. What started off as a smooth ride soon turned into chaos.
I had absolutely NO IDEA we would be in a land cruiser with our driver tearing across the sand hills like a freaking maniac!!! What was that about?! At first I thought we were just going over a few bumpy parts to get across the desert, but NO—apparently, it’s all part of the safari adventure! They actually hire drivers to drive around like nut jobs across the desert on the way to camp. What?!
And my date and I were sitting in the very back seat which made the experience that much worse for me. You can feel everything in the back seat—all the bumps and everything! I swear I don’t know how many times I thought we were going to tip over and go rolling down any number of those hills. Geez Louise!
One of the guys in our group took an excellent video of some of it and was kind enough to send it to me. But in the video below, yeah, you can hear me carrying on in the back seat—but not nearly as much as I really was. This is because the video is only 30 seconds long but our maddening ride on those hills was 30 minutes long! And the video doesn’t make the ride seem nearly as rough as it really was. Trust me.
Video courtesy of Scott McQuistan
It was all I could do to keep myself from getting nauseous, dizzy, and throwing up vomit in the back seat—considering I noticed there was absolutely no way to let the windows down in the back seat just in case I had an accident. Seriously?! Is this really happening right now?! My date tried to help me through it all best he could, bless his heart.
Somewhere along the way to camp, we stopped at a local store for about a 5-minute rest break. We grabbed some snacks to eat the rest of the way to camp.