At the base of the United Arab Emirates’ tallest peak, Jebel Jais, lies a new mountain attraction designed to ignite the fire in the stomach of adventure seekers.
Guests at Bear Grylls Explorers Camp in Ras Al Khaimah can now sleep in one of the camp’s nine recycled huts, which are fully equipped to provide guests with a night of comfort.
Sport360 tried the new accommodations first hand and stayed in one of the eco-friendly rooms before the doors opened to the public on the 3rdapprox March. The huts of the camp can accommodate three people each (two adults and one child) thanks to a bunk bed with a double bed on the bottom.
As with any real adventure in the great outdoors, there is a real sense of seclusion here. Each cabin window offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding wadi. The only sounds are those of the mountain goats echoing through the mountains. Despite the remote location, the cabins are not completely disconnected from the power grid, for which we are grateful.
Each has a washroom with a toilet and hot shower, while the main room has a fridge and kettle. Basic items such as bowls, cutlery, toilet rolls and warm blankets are provided on the beds. Outside, each cabin has its own seating area with a grill.
The lack of WIFI at the camp gives us a welcome break from scrolling through our phones, although we couldn’t resist posting a picture or two on social media from a stroll through the nearby wadi before dinner. Our experience includes a generous grocery box from which we could choose between meat and vegetarian.
We are treated to a selection of chicken, beef, veal sausages and prawns, as well as a starter salad and marshmallows to roast over one of the camp’s two communal fire pits.
The property is specially designed for smaller groups and has strict safety protocols and social distancing measures – the ideal experience for the growing number of travelers looking to escape the pandemic and reconnect with nature.
Guests can also enhance their stay with exciting, instructor-led survival courses or activities such as mountain biking and climbing, as well as self-guided and instructor-led hikes. There are e-bikes at the camp reception that can be rented and driven around the camp, although we decided to explore the area on foot.
The next morning we wake up early for breakfast before heading out for a short survival class where we’ll learn how to tie appropriate knots to build a makeshift shelter with just a tarp and rope. Guests have the option to take longer, more exciting survival courses run by British experts trained at the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. Half-day (3 to 4 hours), 8-hour, and 24-hour options are available for adults, and families; Team building activities for companies; and teacher courses for outdoor enthusiasts.
Prices start at AED 450 per night per cabin on weekdays and AED 650 per night on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The unique accommodation can accommodate up to three adults or two adults and one child and has basic self-catering facilities including a private grill on a private outdoor deck for preparing meals.
The on-site shop has other amenities like snacks and firewood that can be purchased if needed. The camp is also dog friendly and can accommodate up to two dogs per cabin for an additional charge of 50 DHS. The owners are asked to keep their pets on a leash and to accompany them at all times.
For bookings and more details please visit www.beargryllscamp.ae
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