Egypt: dune buggy in the desert
A holiday in Egypt is not complete without driving a quad or dune buggy in the desert. It seems that every man in the hotels wants to try and sell you a tour. But if you are there with a tour operator, you can also book it through them.
We booked a morning dune buggy tour with TUI for 60 euro per person. You have to know that the passenger also must be 16 years old. This is also true for quad tours. A child riding with a parent is also not allowed (although we saw it multiple times with other groups). The tour will last about 4h in total.
We were picked up at 8 am sharp at our hotel by somebody from Falco Safari. At the assembly point, a row of dune buggies was waiting for us. When our group was complete, we were thoroughly enwrapped/protected against the sand with the typical scarfs. You can buy them on the spot for 5 euro but better is to buy them in your hotel or one of the little shops in downtown Hurghada for 1-2 euro (don’t forget to bargain). Sunglasses are also a must. A helmet is provided by them. Oh, and don’t wear white ;).
And don’t worry, there are seatbelts in the buggies. I recommend wearing a t-shirt with a higher neckline and short sleeves. My tank top didn’t give me much protection against the shaving of the seatbelt. A nice abrasion was the result.
And then it was time to go: all dune buggies drove in 1 straight line into the desert. In the beginning, I thought it was scary: you don’t have to wear a helmet when it safe, right? But what could go wrong? Not a lot actually. The speed wasn’t that high, although it feels like it is. After a few minutes, I was like: this is fun, a lot of fun 😊. Look for yourself.
We drove towards the mountains to visit a Bedouin village. A nice cup of thee and some camels were waiting for us. Don’t expect too much of the camel ride, it only lasts a few minutes. One of the guides also made a funny picture: look how strong we are. After a short explanation about Bedouin lives, it was time to go back.
I thought it was much more fun than quad biking, or at least more comfortable. Driving with a dune buggy in the desert is a must when you are in Egypt.
Did you ride a quad or a buggy in the desert already?
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