Falconry is the art of training birds of prey like falcons or eagles to hunt. It is a popular activity in the Arabian Desert and an incredible thing to learn. From being a way of collecting food by nomads, it has become a popular means of recreation. Various falconry centres around the world are responsible for conserving this old art. And, if you want to witness the amazing raptors flying and gloriously diving to fetch a prey, then you may avail this Dubai wildlife safari. This 5-hour experience will allow you to have a private interaction with a variety of raptors. The tour also takes you on an excursion through the desert, where you can witness the astonishing wildlife that thrives in extreme weather conditions. You can also choose to upgrade this experience to savour delicious dishes at the luxurious Al Maha desert resort.
Embark on this journey after an early morning pick-up from your accommodation in Dubai. The four-wheel drive vehicle (4X4), in which you will travel, ensures you optimum luxury and comfort. Air-conditioning will help in tackling the hot and humid climate of this part of the world. The comfort, accompanied by the mesmerising sights available, makes this drive a delight. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve – where the Dubai wildlife safari with falconry experience takes place – is at an approximately 40-minute drive from the city. Chat with your private guide, and let him or her explain to you about the history and various aspects of the art.
This excursion begins with an amazing naturalistic safari through this wildlife reserve. The journey is a perfect opportunity to spot the various species of flora and fauna that flourish in the region. Established in 2003 and spread across approximately 225 square km, this natural reserve constitutes about five percent of the total area of Dubai. Here, you can enjoy the sight of an oryx or a gazelle. Arabian hares, sand foxes and caracals can also be found in the area. Listen intently as the guide explains to you about these animals and how they survive in such a harsh environment.
After the wildlife safari, it is time to meet one of the trained falconers of this reserve. In the recent past, falconry has almost vanished from the world. This skill was once used by the people of the Bedouin tribes to add meat to their diet. Now, it has shrunk to the extent of being restricted to only some falconry centres. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve houses various species of falcons and other birds of prey. Let the trained falconer give you informative lessons about how these raptors are trained to follow the instructions of their masters. Take an active part in their daily training sessions to learn about the birds and their habits. During the two hours of this private session, familiarise with the various traditional techniques used in the training of these birds. Use a drone to relish an aerial view of these birds diving to fetch a prey.
Now, it is time to put on a falconry glove and have these raptors to fly from your hand. The safety gear is to protect your hand from the sharp claws of these winged creatures. Their speed, sharpness and agility are some things that make them such dreaded predators. Some falcons have been recorded diving at speeds of over 320 kmph. After enjoying the falconry experience, end this memorable wildlife safari in Dubai by travelling back to your accommodation.
Tour with breakfast (optional):
An option to upgrade this venture with a grand and delicious breakfast is also provided to you. This morning meal is arranged at the illustrious Al Diwaan restaurant of the Al Maha desert resort. Along with delicious mouth-watering dishes, the restaurant also offers indoor and outdoor sitting arrangements to choose from. The international buffet served here includes eggs Benedict, eggs Florentine, sea food omelette and petit filet mignon. Al Maha Omelette with artichokes, roasted pecan nuts & smoked salmon is the speciality of this establishment. A buffet of pastries, cold cuts and freshly cut fruits is also offered here. You can also choose to buy cucumber Collins or the India-inspired Mauryan Sour cocktail. The restaurant also houses a fine collection of exquisite wines that you can sip.
Duration: 5 hours
Location: Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Activity: Wildlife Safari
NOTE: Cost considered at 1 USD = INR 68
Any incremental cost to be borne by the client should there be any change in rate of exchange at the time of booking.
**Activities are subject to availability at the time of booking.