Desert Wildlife In Riyadh Desert
Saudi Arabia is home to a surprising number of animals, some of which you might see on a desert safari in Riyadh. Among those animals are:
Sand cat: The only species of cat that lives only in the desert. They have thick fur on their paws to protect them from heat and cold, and to stop them from leaving tracks or sinking into sand when they pounce on their prey.
Arabian oryx: One of the largest mammals in Saudi Arabia, the Arabian oryx was almost hunted to extinction. Successful conservation efforts have boosted the population, and these magnificent creatures have been reintroduced into the wild in some parts of the country.
Caracal: These fierce wild cats have distinctive long black tufts of fur on their ears. Caracals are found in the western part of the country.
Arabian wolf: Preferring to hunt alone or in pairs, Arabian wolves are found in the desert mountain regions of Najd and Tabuk.
Arabian leopard: Critically endangered, fierce Arabian leopards can still be seen in the Asir Mountains in the southwest of the country.
Dromedary camel: Also known as the Arabian camel, dromedary camels are one of the country’s largest mammals. They have a single hump, unlike Bactrian camels, which have two humps.
Other animals: A few other animals you might see on Riyadh desert tours include Indian saw-scaled vipers, Arabian fat-tailed scorpions, eagles, ostriches, quails, and hamadryas baboons.
What to Pack For a Quad Bike Tour
Autumn, especially the months of October and November, undoubtedly is one of the best times of year to visit Saudi Arabia for desert trips in Riyadh. In October, the average maximum temperature is a hot 34.5 °C/94 °F, while the average minimum is a more comfortable 19 °C/66 °F. November is even better, with an average maximum temperature of 27 °C/81 °F, and an average minimum temperature of 14 °C/57 °F. Of course, you can expect plenty of sunshine.
Men should pack loose, lightweight shirts and flowing trousers made of cotton or linen. Short-sleeved shirts and t-shirts are fine for everyday informal wear, although loose, long sleeves are the better option. If it’s not too hot, consider packing a pair of loose-fit jeans for when you go quad biking. Women should pack loose outfits or dresses that cover the shoulders, chest, and legs. Women can wear jeans, although only if they have a top that’s long enough to cover their bottoms. Consider wearing a lightweight abaya when in public.
Hats are a must for men and women, as are sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. When selecting clothing for your trip, choose lighter colours rather than bright ones that could attract negative, unwelcome attention. Clothing also should not have any images or slogans that might cause offence in this highly conservative country. When it comes to footwear, choose sandals and trainers, and formal shoes if you’re planning on dining at good restaurants. Remember to pack a light jacket or cardigan, as it can get chilly at night.