Morning vs Evening Desert Safari: Which one is the Best Option for You

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Being a top tourist destination, Dubai offers a diverse range of activities for everyone to enjoy. Whether someone wants to enjoy sightseeing, relax, or try some daring adventures, you will find everything here to your liking. Talking about adventures, if this is what you seek, then you will not find anything more exciting and fun than a private desert safari Dubai adventure.  

A safari adventure amidst the desert away from city noise and crowds helps to relax your mind, and you get everything we mentioned: sightseeing, adventure, entertainment, and some cultural elements as well. 

Booking a desert safari tour is very easy nowadays in Dubai. Numerous tour operators offer numerous packages and options to choose from. Among these options, the most popular are Morning and Evening Desert Safari tours. Today, we will examine in detail what these safaris offer and which is the best choice for your vacations. So let’s get started. 

Main Highlights of a Desert Safari Tour in Dubai

First, let’s go over some of the key activities you can participate in on a private desert safari Dubai tour before we highlight the main differences between a Morning and an Evening safari tour. 

  1. Dune Bashing

This is an exciting ride over the dunes. As you hop aboard an SUV, you will be taken on a roller coaster ride by a skilled driver. A dune bashing activity consists of climbing up and down a dune at high speeds. Prior to the journey, the vehicles’ tires are deflated in order to allow them to move as freely as possible on the dunes. 

In total, a dune-bashing ride is expected to last for approximately 30 minutes, with a few photo stops along the way. So remember to bring along your camera for this opportunity. Remember, this ride is not for the weak-hearted, so if you have heart problems, then ask your doctor if you can participate in it or not. Inform your tour operator as well so they can ask the driver to drive on easy terrain at normal speed. Some tour operators even don’t allow kids to participate in it. 

Both Morning and Evening packages offer dune-bashing rides, with the key difference being the timing in the evening; you get to enjoy the beautiful sunset views. 

  • Quad Biking 

Quad bikes are special 4×4 All-terrain vehicles you can use to travel on the tough desert ground in a thrilling manner. If you liked the fun of dune bashing, then we guarantee you will love dune bashing as well. It is a similar experience, with the key difference being that here, you get to drive the vehicle by yourself instead of a driver. 

As a beginner, you will receive driving lessons from guided experts at your tour location, so remember to listen carefully to these instructions and get a  good command of bike controls. Take an easy route if it’s your first time, and drive at the mentioned speed limit. 

Quad biking is available for both Morning and Evening safari packages. This ride is best enjoyed in daylight since it is a little risky to drive in the desert as the light fades away. 

  • Sandboarding 

In sandboarding, you strap yourself to a hard board and glide down the tall dunes at high speeds while maintaining balance on the board. It is similar to snowboarding, but there is no snow involved, hence the name. It is a completely new activity you can do on your desert safari tour and is highly recommended as well. You can learn new skills and have a memorable time on your vacations. 

Sandboarding is safe to try, and you don’t have to be an expert at this. Just remember to strap yourself tightly to the board. Even if you fall on the sand, you don’t get injured. 

  • Hot Air Balloon Rides 

Hot air balloon rides in Dubai are among the best in the world and offer an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. As you fly 4000 feet above the desert, you will feel as if you are floating in a cloud while admiring the magnificent city of Dubai from every angle. Remember to capture these views on your camera. 

Air balloon rides are best enjoyed in the Morning compared to the Evening timing since the temperatures are lower and visibility is clear.  

  • Camel Riding 

A desert safari ride is incomplete without camel riding. As we mentioned here, you get to engage in cultural experiences, and this is one of them. Before the invention of vehicles or planes, camels were primarily used by locals for transportation, and today, you get to try them as well. On a 30-40-minute wobbly ride, you can enjoy a peaceful journey across the desert, and unlike dune bashing or quad biking, a camel ride is suitable for everyone, even children and old people.  

Camel rides in the evenings are the best highlights of a desert safari tour. You can view the changing colors of sand when riding down the dunes at sunset time. However, it is available in the Morning package as well, but the experience is not the same. 

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  • Campsite Entertainment 

The campsite entertainment in the evening is among the most sought-after things visitors do on a desert safari in Dubai. The evening desert safari Dubai experience is made more enjoyable by the wide range of entertainment activities available, including dances on stilts, belly dancing, and fire eating. Also, you can get your hand painted with stylish Henna designs which is known to bring good luck to nuptials. 

These entertainment performances are not included in a Morning desert safari package. They are only available in the Evening package because they are best enjoyed when the sun goes down; therefore, if you wish to experience them, book an evening safari package. 

  • Dinner Options at the Campsite 

Besides entertainment, the campsite is also filled with exotic dinner options to fill your appetite after a full day of exhausting adventure rides. Here, you get to try local dishes, particularly a wide range of BBQ choices that will make you lick your fingers afterward. 

There are also vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available for dinner options. Do inform your tour operator of your choices at the time of booking. 

In the Morning desert safari, you only get to enjoy refreshments like drinks and beverages at the campsite and not a full-course dinner. The dinner is only included in the Evening desert safari. 

Choosing Between Morning and Evening Desert Safaris

Well, now that you have got an idea of what a desert safari offers, it’s time to choose between both Morning and Evening packages. Let’s go over what both safaris offer. 

  • Morning Desert Safari

This is a wonderful way to begin the day. During a morning desert safari, you will be picked up by a driver at 9 AM from your location and driven to the desert location. As soon as you reach the location, the adventures will begin to unfold. A desert dune bashing excursion is the first and most exciting activity of the day. Following this, you may choose to participate in solo sports such as sandboarding, quad biking, or camel riding. The package does not include food other than light refreshments such as cold drinks, as we have explained above. 

Morning desert safaris are simple, no-frills excursions focused on adventure. There will be no Bedouin camps or evening safari entertainment programs. It is a comprehensive trip that provides a high level of privacy. Moreover, compared to the evening desert safari, the duration of the journey will be shorter.

Itinerary of Morning Desert Safari Package

  • Pickup and drop-off in a 4×4 Land Cruiser at any location in Dubai
  • A trip to the Red Dunes for dune bashing
  • Camel ride
  • Sandboarding
  • Falcon display
  • Quad biking (additional)
  • Water and soft drinks are available at no charge
  • Evening Desert Safari 

Enjoy a twilight stroll in the sand. A desert safari during the evening is known in Dubai as a standard desert safari, a trip filled with adventure, entertainment, and delicious food. There will be ample opportunity for solo sports such as sandboarding, camel riding, and quad biking following the dune bashing. The evening desert safari provides you with the opportunity to watch the stunning sunset over the desert. Take some fantastic photographs as the sun sets behind the dunes behind you.

Aside from the desert activities, a visit to the Bedouin camps awaits you, where you will experience further delights. In addition to smoking fruit-flavored shisha, you can have your hands painted with henna and purchase souvenirs. Further entertainment shows like Tanoura, Belly dance, and fire shows will make your safari memorable. Lastly, the dinner buffet of BBQ dishes and local cuisine will make you want more. 

Itinerary of an Evening Desert Safari Package

  • Pickup and drop-off in a 4×4 Land Cruiser at any location in Dubai
  • The pick-up time is between 3.30 PM and 4:00 PM
  • A dune-bashing expedition 
  • Camel ride and sandboarding
  • Sunset photo stops
  • A stay at Bedouin Camp
  • Dressing in an Arabic attire
  • Henna Painting Tattoes
  • Unlimited coffee and soft drinks
  • Tanoura & Belly Dance Show
  • Veggie and non-vegetarian buffet BBQ dinner
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Which One the Choose From The Two Options

If you prefer a desert trip with temperatures and fewer crowds, then the Morning Desert Safari is your bet. On the other hand, an evening desert safari offers an extensive experience with a variety of activities, entertainment, and delicious culinary offerings. Morning safaris primarily focus on exploring the desert itself.

In addition, the evening safari brings a touch of culture to the entire excursion that is not present in the Morning option. Witnessing the sunset views in the evening is a must for everyone.

Decide which experiences you would like to include. A desert safari in the evening is recommended if you want a complete package that covers the entire desert experience. If you have a busy schedule in the evening, then opt for the Morning Desert Safari option since you will be free around 1:00 PM. Morning safaris are short as well, just lasting 3-4 hours, compared to Evening safaris, which are around 6-7 hours. 

Take into account the prices as well. Evening packages might cost more due to more activities included in them plus the additional ones you can include such as quad biking and hot air balloon rides. These will make your price go higher. 

How to Dress for a Safari

During a tour, the clothing you wear plays an important role in determining your comfort level. An adventurous trip such as a desert safari requires you to wear simple clothing. Make sure you do not wear anything that discourages you from participating in thrilling activities or causes you discomfort. There is nothing better than a T-shirt, jeans, and shorts. You will get sand all over your clothes when you embark on an adventure, such as sandboarding or quad biking. Therefore, please refrain from wearing expensive clothing as they may be damaged.


So what is your choice from Morning and Evening Desert Safari options? Regardless of what you choose, you are guaranteed an unforgettable adventure. We hope you enjoyed reading this guide, and if you need further help to decide the ideal package for your private desert safari Dubai tour, then call Desert Planet Tourism llc today. Our representative will be more than happy to guide you. 

Check out our ‘Services’ tab for detailed information on Morning and Evening Safari packages. 

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Bilal Mohsin

Bilal Mohsin

Senior Content Writer at Desert Planet Tourism LLC
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