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Camping in Al Ula

Going camping in Al Ula? Here’s our experience.

It was a long drive from our town to Al Ula and to Madain Saleh. But it was a fun weekend hanging out with colleagues in our three colleges. We went sightseeing, watched the sunsets, admired Al Ula’s panorama from the summit, drove up via a dangerous zigzag road, fed animals, and climbed rocky mountains. Of course, we rested a bit in our comfortable camping site with an air-conditioned tent, too.

Sahari Campsite (or Sahary) is surrounded by giant boulders of sandstones in various shapes and sizes.
Camping in Al Ula / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
Camping in Al Ula / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
The nearby desert can be very hot at midday.
Camping in Al Ula / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
Camping in Al Ula / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
From above, our campsite looks like this.
Camping in Al Ula / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
Camping in Al Ula / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
The surrounding area is good for hiking, though there aren’t any hiking trails.
Camping in Al Ula / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
Camping in Al Ula / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
The camp site is actually pretty impressive.
Camping in Al Ula / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
Camping in Saudi Arabia / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
This is our twin room covered in vibrant colours.
Camping in Al Ula / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
Camping in Al Ula / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
It has a wide cable TV and an air-con with a humming noise. πŸ™‚
Camping in Al Ula / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
Camping in Madain Saleh / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
The three-piece bathroom was a surprise to me. Tiny but clean. We had no hot water – but who needs that when it’s boiling hot outside? πŸ˜€
Camping in Al Ula / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
Camping in Madain Saleh / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
Breakfast is included in your stay here.
Camping in Madain Saleh / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
Camping in Madain Saleh / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
They have a buffet restaurant, too, priced at SAR100. That’s pretty expensive, right?
Camping in Madain Saleh / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
Camping in Madain Saleh / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
At night, guests can sit around the campfire, play games and tell stories of unrequited love. LOL…
Camping in Madain Saleh / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.
Camping in Madain Saleh / Sahari Camp Site and Adventure.

Too bad, we didn’t bring marshmallows. They also have a DJ playing music for the guests – but don’t trust his choice of music. πŸ˜€ You can, however, request a song and he’ll play it for you.

HOTEL IN AL-ULA or MADAIN SALEH

You should go camping β€“ an experience you won’t forget. We stayed both in Sahary Al Ola Camp and Madakhil Camp. If one is full, we choose the other. If camping in the desert is not your thing, you can always stay at Al Ula Arac Hotel in downtown.

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