rest and play

Whether you are here on your own, with family or friends, bringing the dog along too or just looking for some simple time out.  There are plenty of things to do in between the chill times if you choose to.

Get closer to nature when you stay with us!

Enjoy taking time off  to re-discover the delights of the Emirati natural world.

A natural break to immerse yourself in the great outdoors amongst the Gaff trees, desert dunes and gardens.

From intricately busy bees and bugs, beautiful dragon flies, twittering birds the swish of the long grasses you can reconnect with your inner self and be grounded in all things natural.  In the mornings step outside to soak up the un-interrupted morning "Dawn Chorus" of the local birds.  Feel rejuvenated as you breath in the fresh country air and enjoy a gentle amble with your family or dog before breakfast. 

Our Koi pond nestled amongst the garden in the shade of the Gaff Trees makes you feel like you are a world away from the city bustle.  Take in the gentle babble of the running water, hear the swish of the pond reeds and enjoy the simplicity of doing nothing and re-charging your human batteries.

In the evenings let the night sky envelope you, allow the stars and moon to embrace the shadows.  BBQ and dine under the stars, hear the water falling into the pond, cuddle up with your dog or better half and enjoy simple conversation with fellow guests and your hosts around the camp fire.

 

Take time out to see what is around you,  from the smallest bug, the cheerful birds or the mountain view.  Relax, unwind and most of all "switch off" to the modern world during your stay.

On arrival on camp you will be given a QR code to scan and discover more things to do on and off site.

Just switch off!
Just switch off!

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Treat the horses to carrots
Treat the horses to carrots

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Cooking with dad!
Cooking with dad!

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Just switch off!

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Games, games, games

Traditionally games have always been associated with camping.  Each tent has a selection of board games including Monopoly, Jenga, Chess, Risk etc.

 

The benefits of playing board games is well known for bringing people closer together, improves brain function, teaches you to be patient and helps reduce stress and encourage laughter. Get a box out and play either inside your tent or outside in the fresh air.

There is plenty of space to bring your own games along, if you wish to bring a football of other outside games there is plenty of space for you to use and spread out.

bbq & firepit time

Camping would not be complete without the obligatory BBQ dinner, bring your own food along to put on the barbecue all set up ready for you to use.  Finish up your evening under the stars in our outside Majilis area for great company, snuggle with your dog and discuss how big the universe really is around the fire pit together with some marshmallows, chocolate biscuits to make the marvellous and delicious S'mores!

moon gazing

Under our big sky, enjoy the twinkling of the universe above you.  Download a "star gazing app" and work out where the Big Dipper or Orion's Belt is.  We do have a telescope on site for our serious gazer guests, on full moon ask us to bring the big lens out to zoom in on our Lunar neighbour. 

Soft Archery

Book a supervised 30 minute "Soft" Archery session with your hosts.  Test your hand/eye coordination and target abilities.  Challenge your friends to a game. 

(Available September to May, additional costs apply).

night treks

As the sun disappears and the night vibes envelope the camp, rent a UV Lamp and go and explore the camp by night. Explore the dunes and natural contours of the land to spot little nocturnal critters using the UV light which will show up all manner of invertebrates and creatures. A UAE reference guide will also be given to you to identify the critters.

*Closed shoes and long trousers required to do this. Children under adult supervision only. (Available September to May)

not just dogs

Our two elderly horses welcome you on arrival, Marisol and Atlanta enjoy a little pampering with carrot treats and if you're lucky get to see them having their weekly wash or out for their exercises. Tip: bring some Polo's along, they love 'em!

We have resident giant tortoises who most of the year can be seen sunbathing and also enjoy organic treats and a bit of attention, ask about feeding time and come meet them.

To encourage a healthy garden we also have a Bee Hive on site to help our plants pollinate, the hive is well away from the tents and public areas although if you wish to take a peek let us know.

koi pond

Take time out next to our Ornamental Koi Pond, take a book, meditate or simply gaze out across the pond to the mountains and soak up the atmosphere of clearing your head or chatting with a friend, let your dog paddle in the pond or explore the garden, with the babble of the pond and pond reeds swaying you will surely re-charge your batteries and unwind.

explore the dunes / go for a stroll

We have nearly 10 acres of secure dune area to walk across. With a fenced in location this ideal for both dogs with limited recall and children who like to race ahead and see for themselves the wildlife hidden away.   We have Gaff Trees and dunes; in the evening go on a mini-night safari with your torch to check out tracks and look for nocturnal critters.  

Table Tennis

Under the big skies get up and get energized with family and friends, plays 2-4 people. 

Refundable cash deposit required for use of bats/balls.

(Available September to May)

Bird watching

If you fancy being a "twitcher" the Gaff trees on site host a large number of birds from the majestic  Common Kestrals and Falcons, Parakeets, to the delightful little Sunbirds, Swifts, Bulbuls and Kingfishers by the pond to name a few. Rent binoculars on camp to get up close to our feathery residents and see how many you can spot.

 

*Rental of the binoculars includes use of  a local bird spotting book too for reference.

kids stuff

There is plenty to do for kids.  Although there are no planned activities we do offer a number of things to keep the little glampers occupied.  

Treat the horses - bring some carrots and apples along to spoil our old mares.

Feed the tortoises in our Tortoise Sanctuary. - bring along some cucumbers, chinese cabbage or parsley, afternoon times are great to see the tortoises come up from their burrows.

Scavenger Hunts  - aimed at 4-10 year olds, we have various hunts for you and your child to go find nature things on site and tick them off on their sheet.  Includes Nature Identification and Sensory hunts.

For our much younger glampers, they can visit the "Diddy Kiddy" Park area, swings, slide and see-saw for some outdoor fun with amazing views in the winter to the mountains. 

Soft Archery (available September to May) encourage the marksman in your child by introducing them to safe archery, aiming "sucker arrows" at a target, improving their aim, balance together with hand and eye coordination. Great fun for the parents too!

(Book a slot/time on check in, additional cost applies).

Table Tennis (available September to May). On site we have a full size table tennis set, great fun for all the family.

(Cash refundable deposit required for use of balls/bats).

Egg Hunt - go and visit the ducks and chickens and see if you can find any eggs to take home or cook on site. 

Learn to cook over a BBQ, introduce your kiddy to the art of cooking under the skies.  We have both a large Barrel BBQ or smaller, kid height BBQ's to help cook the evening meal.

Have a go at making S'mores and cooking marshmallows over the open fire on the fire pit.

Moon Gazing as mentioned above - full moons are the best nights to get some lunar fun!

Night Hunt and bird watching as above.

Take your kids to the "Diddy Glampers Playground," includes swings, see-saw, slide and climbing frame.

Explore further afield and spend some time on the beach, RAK has some superb un-touched, clean public beaches just 10 minutes from camp, no resorts, just the sand between your toes, the surf and take a picnic along too...... and dog friendly too!