Everybody must have, of course, heard of tourists going for African safari in African countries such as Kenya and South Africa. But have you ever heard of an authentic African safari in an Arabian destination. Utterly surprising and mindboggling, isn’t it! But this is quite true. This is happening in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Would you like to go on African safari in the heart of Arabia? Then, just go on reading here and get a virtual out-of-the-world experience.
This may sound bizarre to you, but this is simply fascinating. Prominent destinations in the Arabian Gulf, particularly Ras al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, have so far demonstrated with the oddest experiment the world has so far seen in global tourism – fake snow, fake islands and fake beaches. But, this experiment has even gone further to yet another level known in recent human history. Now, Abu Dhabi is coming up with a completely fake continent – AFRICA in ARABIA.
Don’t expect another water park or a Manhattan-style skyscraper in Abu Dhabi now. The city is all set to dazzle the tourists here with a fake continent – Africa. Visit Sir Bani Yas Island and you’ll find as if you have arrived in Africa.
Anantara, famous Thai hospitality brand, has developed Anantara Al Sahel Villa Resort in Sir Bani Yas Island. The moment you arrive here, you will find it perplexing with all that you see and experience here. The sight of long grass from your resort’s window will just bewilder you leaving you thinking about such green habitation in the midst of a desert. The sights of gazelle and cheetah relaxing under a thorn tree with its kill are simply fabulous.
These sights and more will force a rethink as if you are really on authentic African safari. The thatched cottage accompanied with paintings and carvings, as well as a free standing bronze bathtub – all are ready to transport you to a make believe world – Africa in Arabia. Even the staff present at the resort will give you a wholly African touch and experience. All the staff here has been hired from African countries such as Uganda, South Africa etc.
Even the cuisines served at the resort are authentic African food prepared by African chefs. Treat yourself to finest game meats during dinner, pap or South African mash and bangers during lunchtime, and peanut butter porridge served for breakfast. All these foods are to be found only in the bush. You will even be served drinks complemented with biltong or African dried meat. Cape Town’s finest red wine Kanonkop from Stellenbosch is also served. The service offered here is truly African – slow, but definitely worth the time spent.
The experience is quite real with all that is provided at Anantara Al Sahel Villa Resort. The lodge has 30 villas surrounding it each with their exclusive plunge pool. Enjoy at the cigar lounge treating yourself to a traditional South African barbecue during the night. The nature trails and walks through canyons seems as though you are in Namibia. The drive around in open-sided Toyota Land Cruisers getting a glimpse of gemsbok from southwest Africa and Arabian orynx – all this amazingly seems as though you are on a real African safari. But, now you know this authentic African safari is surprisingly being experienced in Abu Dhabi.