It’s the most unique and thrilling way to experience the vast Saudi desert – but what is dune bashing? A more importantly - where can you do it?
What is Dune Bashing?
A type of off-road driving for adrenaline junkies, dune bashing involves speeding through the dunes of the desert in a souped-up four-wheel drive or SUV. A professional driver will take you and your passengers for a spin through the reddish gold sands at breakneck speed, while you simply buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Described as desert rollercoaster, navigating your way takes extreme levels of skill from your driver – allowing you to witness up-close their expertise in maintaining enough speed to stop sinking into the sand, and reach the top of the dunes. Despite the speed and wildness of the ride, you’re always in safe hands - with tours running in a long chain together, ensuring no cars get lost or experience accidents.
Why is it worth doing?
For many travellers, a dune bashing trip is a once in a lifetime experience that offers something for everyone. Petrol-heads will love to power-slide down the sides of dunes, kicking up a cloud of sand as they go. For others, it gives you a chance to take in the beauty of the deserts from the crests of the dunes. And for all the excitement, it’s an opportunity to take a brief break from the press of the city and enjoy the peace and serenity of the desert.
And the guides will be able to give amazing advice for getting yourself unstuck the next time you’re at the beach...
Where can I do it?
Tours can be arranged with any locals in the area that you are staying, but it is always better to book in advance to make sure that you end up with the best deal possible. Always make sure you ae travelling with a qualified driver, and never ever attempt to go dune-bashing by yourself.