Social Media


Mama Goes On A Challenging Adventure In RAK

Challenging Adventures
TravelPost Category - TravelTravel - Post Category - Short HaulShort Haul
Play & PartyPost Category - Play & PartyPlay & Party

Mountain Climbing, BBQs, Camping & Adventure!

Now I’m an ‘amenities’ kind of girl. While I like to look at nature, I don’t really want it touching me, so I’m still not sure what possessed me to surprise my family with an overnight stay at Challenging Adventure in Ras Al Khaimah. My middle daughter, Allegra, tried to reassure me that it would be fine as we were going glamping ‘which is pretty camping Mummy’. I wasn’t convinced!

However, even I felt a twinge of excitement seeing the mountains rise around us as we drove in to the wadi where the camp is situated. It’s just beautiful and feels a world away from Dubai. I had ‘upgraded’ us to an 8 person bell tent which, while spacious, was still alarmingly tent-like. The kids were delighted. I still wasn’t convinced.

Challenging Adventure

First up was rock climbing, which was on the list of activities my 3 year old, Scarlett, could do. Our instructor, Judith, got us kitted out in harnesses and helmets and off we set. I assumed we were going to a climbing wall so got a bit of a shock when we left camp and headed for a nearby mountain!

Gazing up the sheer cliff face I couldn’t imagine how any of us were going to climb it but with the patience and encouragement of Judith we achieved more than I could ever have imagined. Apparently I gave birth to three little mountain goats whose bravery and determination amazed (and terrified) me. I literally couldn’t have been prouder.

Challenging Adventure

We returned to camp where Mr Y took the girls for a dip in the pool which, while rustic, is filled with warm water piped straight from an underground spring. There are also proper toilets, showers and a small kitchen where the staff can boil water, refrigerate snacks and where you can buy drinks. All basic human requirements if you ask me!

Dinner that evening was a delicious BBQ provided by a local caterer, after which, we headed back to the fire pit outside our tent to roast marshmallows. Later on, as the kids wriggled gleefully around in their sleeping bags my son exclaimed, ‘This isn’t even glamping, it’s proper camping!’

Hmm … I’m inclined to agree. I have to say that it wasn’t the best night’s sleep I’ve ever had despite the mattresses we were given. I’m always freezing and there was no exception here so my top tip would be to double up on mattresses and sleeping bags. However, the wadi did look stunning through my bleary eyes the next morning which (kind of) made up for the sleep deprivation.

Challenging Adventure

Our activity on the second day was survival skills which, thankfully, was considerably less perilous than the rock climbing. We spent the next couple of hours den building, starting a fire and learning some first aid. Once again Judith was brilliant, pitching the activities so that the kids stayed interested and involved.

Challenging Adventure is an incredible place and truly deserving of its name. The staff inspire real confidence allowing you to step (or climb!) way out of your comfort zone while keeping you completely safe. We returned home more exhausted and grubbier than we have ever been but it was totally worth it. I now have 3 little people who say they want to be climbing instructors when they grow up. I’m obviously hoping that doesn’t happen as my heart just couldn’t take it, but the fact that they think it’s possible is pretty cool.


Keen on the idea of camping (or glamping) mamas? Check out a couple of our other features: Glamping on Yas IslandBest Camping Spots in Dubai

more sassy mama

What's New

We're social
Sri Lanka is a favoured destination for so many mamas and families in Dubai. We are devastated by the attacks on this beautiful island and its people- our thoughts and prayers are with them all 💙 #prayforsrilanka via @sassymamasg by @apsi_doodles
Teamwork, confidence, safety, FUN! We love, love love - so many reasons to sign your kids up - read more in the link in bio, mamas! ❤️ 🌊
Motherhood can sometimes feel a bit like this, right?! Chaotic, messy, crazy - exhausting!! But ok, fun too 😉. Disney Channel’s latest original animation series 101 Dalmatian Street explores all the warm and messy complications of domestic life, multiplied by one hundred and one! Catch the new series weekdays at 4pm KSA time, from 1st April – only on Disney Channel, exclusively available on @osn #osn #101DalmatianStreet 
HAPPY UAE MOTHERS DAY, mamas - you got this!!! ❤️🐾🐾
Praying for the people of New Zealand and for tolerance, diversity and love to prevail ❤️ repost @courtneymoorfield #weareone
It’s nearly the weekend!! How about a stroll around downtown Dubai to end the week,mamas? So much gorgeous weather to take advantage of 🦋via @kirsty_and_neve_travels #sassymamadubai
**WIN** 💦 🦞 We’re planning to make waves this summer in super cool Joseph & Alexander swim shorts, the swimwear brand which offers a gorgeous range of patterned shorts made from recycled plastic found floating in the ocean - we love!!! And there's a very cute mini and me collection too (that's Father's Day sorted this year). Want to win a pair? Simply like this post and tag someone you know who loves the ocean and wants to cut back on the use of plastic - too easy! One entry for each person you tag. A winner will be announced via instagram on March 18th, Global Recycling Day. GOOD LUCK! 💦 🦞 
This competition is open to UAE residents and is not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram.
Happy International Women’s Day, mamas! #herestostrongwomen #girlpower

We're social

What we're up to and what inspires us