Do I have to do an offroad course before joining your trips?
No – our tag-a-long trips are suitable for rookies. The Desert Diva has almost 8 years’ experience of introducing new sand dune drivers to the desert and is considered to be a patient and expert coach. At the start of each trip she holds a safety briefing, and once on the sand she will teach you enough for you to pilot your car through the dunes in control and safety. If we come to a tricky obstacle she will take time to talk (everyone who needs it) through.
Will there be a big crowd of people on the trip?
Are the trips suitable for children?
Is my car suitable?
If you have a 4×4, in good mechanical order with adequate clearance then chances are it is. Marina has made a list of suitable vehicles which you can read here. It is also important that your car has recovery points front and rear, and these are talked about in the same blog post.
Do I need to buy any recovery equipment before I join your trip?
No need at all – The Desert Diva prefers to recover using her winch, which is the smoothest and normally safest way of extracting a stuck car. If that doesn’t work then she also has an array of snatch straps, shackles and sand boards – in other words, we have you covered! If you have some recovery equipment already, please bring it, and if you don’t know how to use it then you just need to ask and the Desert Diva will show you how.
What if I get stuck?
No problem – it happens to everyone, even your leader sometimes! With almost 9 years offroad experience The Desert Diva will talk you through a self-recovery or if that does not work, haul you out with her winch. She would rather you got stuck 10 times than go too fast, fly and damage your car! She is expert at teaching new drivers and you may be surprised just how few
Will I damage my car?
Our trips, even the ones through massive dunes, are gentle and smooth and vehicle damage is extremely rare. However, very occasionally we have had cars sustain minor damage.
We teach you how to drive your car well in the sand, where to go slow, where to use a little power, with the aim of returning to the road with all vehicles intact.
Remember, your safety is our #1 priority!
Can I hire a car from you?
We are sorry but we do not rent cars out,
Do I need a tent?
You are welcome to take your own camping gear and our trips are cheaper if you do this. However we have a limited number of quality Coleman instant tents and also mattress available for hire, please indicate you require this on the booking form.
What do I need to bring?
You will find a suggested packing list here.
What do you suggest we wear for the trip?
The Desert Diva gives a few thoughts on this blog post.
Are there any stops for photos?
Absolutely! There is no point in going out into the desert without snapping some great vistas to make your friends envious!
On the Desert Diva’s trips, there are always a few stops, for photos, to visit camel farms (or take photos of herds as they move through the desert), short breaks just to let everyone stretch their legs.
What is there to eat?
We cater for carnivores, vegetarians, vegans and also for those following a gluten free diet. We usually have a meat barbeque, cooked breakfast and often a snack lunch. There is always plenty of fruit to eat too!
Where do I find out about the trips?
How do I book?
We’re just building a better system to make booking easier. Right now the season is at an end and the Desert Diva is resting her weary car until next season. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be advised of trips or join the mailing list for all our updates.