Have you ever been to desert safari trip with quad bikes? I have and you should too. This is one of the excursions in Hurghada, that I can highly recommend. If you are not afraid of adrenaline and speed go for a quad biking excursion in Hurghada.
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This is a post about my quad biking excursion experience in Hurghada. I’ll share you my best tips and feeling about this excursion. Here we go!
So, why did I choose to go quad biking trip in Hurghada? This is an excursion I wanted to take for long, but I haven’t been comfortable doing it on my own. Finally, I had some visitors from Finland and I had a chance to do some tourist things.
They were thrilled to try quad biking with me. We all loved the excursion, my guests even more than I. They weren’t as scared as I was. Even the excursion to was super nice, I have to admit that I was scared once in a while. Luckily, everything went great and I’m still alive!
NOTE! BEFORE YOU BOOK AN EXCURSION!
Before you start planning any holiday activities, which may include motor vehicles, scuba-diving or anything “more dangerous” check your TRAVEL INSURANCE to be sure it covers possible accidents or damages.
TRAVEL INSURANCE is something where you shouldn’t safe!
HOW TO BOOK EXCURSIONS IN HURGHADA?
First thing you have to do is to book an excursion. There are lots of companies arranging excursions in Hurghada. Before booking anything, ask around, compare the prices and make a decision after.
If you want to book your excursions before travelling to Egypt check what GET YOUR GUIDE has to offer. You can read reviews from their websites and decide if you want to book in advance or not. Here is an affiliate link to three hours desert safari trip in Hurghada. This is the trip we took. If you book an excursion through the link on my site, I’ll get a small commission. For you, it doesn’t cost any extra.
Anyway since we were already in Egypt, we booked our excursion locally. We asked prices from a few different places. In the end, we picked the company which is located next to GAD restaurant in Sheraton Street (Don’t remember name thought). A guy stopped us on our way to Sherry and gave his number to us.
We contacted the company the next day and asked for more details. In the end, they made us the best offer. We got 3 hours Safari trip in the desert including transportation from hotel and back, 45 minutes quad bike ride, 20 minutes of beach buggy (spider car) and tea/coca-cola.
All of this 250 Egyptian pounds LE. Here is a link to a currency converter, if you want to check how much it’s in your currency (opens in a new window). There are also longer trips available, but we decided to choose the shortest one (3 hours) and it was perfect for us.
I went to the office to pay my excursion previous night and my friends paid half and the rest in the morning before the excursion. Usually, you have to pay some kind of deposit. In case you pay something beforehand, don’t lose your receipt.
Most of the excursions in Hurghada are very affordable. Imagine how much quad biking safari would cost in your country. A lot, right?
NEXT: IS 3-HOURS DESERT SAFARI TRIP GOOD?
WHY DID WE CHOOSE 3-HOURS DESERT SAFARI TRIP IN HURGHADA?
So, we decided to go to the desert for three hours. Microbus came to pick us from the hotel at 8.30 and returned us back around 12.30. All in all the excursion last four hours.
There are longer excursions available, but we didn’t want to use all the day in the desert. 3 hours trip was perfect for us. After we returned to the hotel, we still had the rest of the day to do our own things.
My friends went to the beach and I came home to take care of my baby, who wasn’t motherless after quad bike ride (I had my doubts at some point). So three hours ride was perfect for us. Someday I will take a longer trip (I want to see Beduins as well).
The difference between 3 and 7 hours trips is the program of course. Usually, the 7-hours quad biking trip includes a visit to Beduin village, with a show and BBQ. Also, you drive quad bikes for longer.
To be honest, I couldn’t have driven any longer. As I was scared at the once in a while, I was squeezing out the wheel so hard that I didn’t have powers left.
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NEXT: HOW TO DRESS FOR QUAD BIKING SAFARI?
HOW TO DRESS FOR QUAD BIKING EXCURSION IN HURGHADA?
As I said earlier trip started at 8.30 when the car came to pick us, from the front of the hotel. Surprisingly, he was on time. Usually, everyone is Egypt is late.
I was wearing a t-shirt and jeans. Jeans were a good choice because, in the end, the motor started to be very hot. I was afraid that it will burn my legs, even I had long trousers on. Also, the weather in the morning was quite chilly.
Since it was the beginning of November, I should have taken a long-sleeved shirt with me. I had only a t-shirt on and I felt a little cold. Next time I will take an extra shirt with me.
Don’t forget to wear proper shoes! There is a rule that you are not allowed to wear flip flops or sandals, so wear proper shoes.
You also need a scarf. It is a must. If you don’t wear a scarf, you are probably not allowed to participate.
We bought our scarves from the office for 25 le./each. If you forget to take a scarf with you, you can also buy it in the desert. It will be more expensive.
Another must thing to do is to wear sunglasses or goggles. I had my sunglasses on, and they worked fine for me. If you are not protecting your eyes, you can keep your eyes open, there is so much sand in the air.
I also recommend taking a small back bag with you. You can keep your personal belongings and a bottle of water there. There is a place where you can leave your belongings, but I wouldn’t dare to leave anything expensive there.
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MY QUAD BIKING EXCURSION EXPERIENCE IN HURGHADA
After reading instructions and signing papers for responsibility, we started with quad bikes. I have a driving license, but not much experience with quad bikes. I have driven one for ages ago and it ended up to a tree. I didn’t know how to stop it, so my only option was to crash into a tree. But I’m still alive, this time it went better.
There were at least two guides with us, and there were nine of us in our group. One was leading the group and the other was driving behind. Guides were very professional and took good care of safety.
We were driving on the line and they moved people with their quads. The ones who drove fastest (craziest ones) were front and slowest back. I was in the fast group (last one though), even though at some point I wish I didn’t have to drive so fast.
To be honest, at some points I was pretty scared. The RIde was bumpy and we drove full speed. BUT in the end, it is up to you, you can also drive slower if you want.
The guide always waited for everyone, no one was left behind. For me, the first 30 minutes was harder than the last 15 minutes. I’m not sure about times, but the first period felt like a decade.
I was holding a wheel so hard that I used all my powers and my hands started to feel very weak at the end. When we stopped for the pictures, someone told me that it’s a very common mistake for beginners. There is no need to use so much power.
After this advice, I held my grip a little and it was so much nicer to drive after. Talking with others relaxed me also, so I enjoyed the last part much more.
Even I was scared at the moments and thought if my daughter will have a mother after this, I enjoyed quad biking and would do it again. My friends also liked it much and they weren’t scared at all. But I’m the one who always over analysis everything.
NEXT: DRIVING A BEACH BUGGY IN THE DESERT
DRIVING A BEACH BUGGY (SPIDER BUGGY) IN THE DESERT
After quad biking we had a chance to ride spider buggies or beach buggy, you name it. We only drove 20 minutes and I loved it. I would have driven them all day if I had a chance.
The only thing I wished for, that we could have driven faster. It was so much fun. If quad biking was scary sometimes, buggy riding wasn’t at all. I say it was very relaxing.
After driving spider buggies, we went to a desert village and had some coca-cola. You could have also had some drinks or shisha there, but we didn’t. None of our group did.
We also had a chance to leave some tips for tour guides and we did. They were awesome and really professionals. So take some small money with you in case you liked your trip and like to leave a tip.
You can also buy pictures of yourself on a quad bike. There is a real photographer who takes pictures of you. It’s a nice memory.
So is riding a quad bike in the desert. I recommend this trip for everyone. If you have children under 16, they are not allowed to drive quad bikes. But they can still participate excursion since the kids are allowed to ride with grown-ups. This is something you should check with a company.
All in all, a desert safari excursion in Hurghada was awesome and scary (for me). If you want an excursion filled with speed and adrenaline, go for it!