I looked out to an ocean of sand with rippled waves of rolling dunes. Sky and sand: everywhere. The terrain was spotted with the odd scrub or two. On one side of me, I watched the sun slip down, and in its wake, coloured light spread across the sky like ink leaking through a paper towel. On the other side of me, the moon rose bright and bold, casting a silver glow along the wispy remnants of clouds on the ever-darkening sky. The air was cool. The sand soft. The sky above: a canvas of glory. To stand, encompassed by such wonder and beauty, is life altering. It has to be.
If I could go back there to that moment, there is something I would do: I would stand there in the middle of it all, and stretch my hands out wide while tilting my body as the sun disappeared and the moon lifted into the sky. I don’t know why I want to do that, but I do.
That’s the best I can do at describing what I felt and saw when I met the desert one perfect evening in Dubai. The safari was the one thing I was most looking forward to on this trip. I was not disappointed. My only complaint is this: I didn’t get to sit quietly in the sand for a little longer. Oh, to just capture the moment I described a little longer.
The safari is one of those experiences that makes a difference to your life somehow. I felt the same way after I pony trekked in the mountains of Lesotho with my daughters.
The safari was run through Platinum Heritage, and from all the wonderful things I’ve done in Dubai, if you could only put one thing on your bucket list, this would be it.
I can’t do it justice with my words, or pictures, so I’ll simply give a snap shot of the afternoon and evening.
4 Wheel Drive Ride
Go off road in a vintage Land Rover (you even get to keep the sand protecting head scarf!).
To a Falcony Demonstration spot and learn about the history of falconry in Arabian culture.
Watch the sun set
(And the moon rise).
You have to hang on tight when they get up and down!
Traditional Arabian Dinner under the stars.
Relaxing and peaceful. Great time to chat.
To take home with me.
Waiting for the henna to dry.
This picture is by Rachel from Sesame Ellis.
Top left: Mel from One Crafty Mamma
Top right: Me
Bottom left: Emily from Melbourne Girl
Bottom right: Cintia from My Poppet
Video Snap Shot
Here’s a minute and a half snap shot of the safari.
Find out all the special things about this particular safari here.