The tour will start from the Trotters Office located at Fort Road, Gopa Chowk, near the Fort Main Gate, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
The Overnight Camel Safari is a great option for those who want to live the nomadic desert life and connect with the environment of the desert. These tours offer you the freedom to explore the desert in a unique way as you will be taken through varied landscape of the Thar desert including – arid scrub land, fields ploughed by tenacious farmers, rocky outcrops, dotted with huts & temples and affording plenty of opportunities to spot the local wildlife. This tour will be completely off-the-beaten track and you would be spending the night sleeping under the stars in a warm & cosy bed. You will be taken to our camel pick-up point by a jeep to watch the beautiful sunrise in the desert. After that, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast of fruits, bread, porridge, biscuits; and boiled eggs (in winters). Then you will start off with a wonderful camel ride through the varied landscape of the Thar Desert after having. After an amazing camel ride of approximately two hours into the desert, you will stop for a lengthy lunch break in the shade, where the camels will be unsaddled, hobbled and allowed to browse the shrubs. The duration of the lunch break varies – in the summer months it will be longer so as to avoid the worst of the midday heat, so do bring a book or something to keep you occupied. After lunch, the camels will be saddled up again and we will set out for our final destination of the day. This session of riding will last approximately ninety minutes to two hours, after which a set of isolated sand dunes will come into view – our campsite for the night. You’ll reach the dunes in time to watch the sunset over a cup of chai and some freshly cooked snacks. After sunset, you’ll be served dinner before bedding down for the night under the light of the Milky Way. Mattresses and blankets will be provided. The following morning, you may rise up early and watch the sunrise over breakfast before setting off on your camels again. You will ride for approximately one/one-and-a-half hours to the jeep point, where our drivers will meet you. On the way back to Jaisalmer you will visit a natural oasis, which is an important water source for local villagers, farmers and animals, and the ruined Khaba Fort. The fort houses a small museum (no entry fee) and is frequently inhabited by peacocks: it also affords excellent views of the deserted village that lies beneath it. We can also, on request, arrange a visit to an inhabited desert village. You will generally be back in Jaisalmer by approximately 11am. We can drop you at any hotel, or you’re welcome to return to our guesthouse where we can store your luggage and give you an access to a guest room for you to shower and rest in until you’re ready to move on. These tours include visits to a natural oasis, an important water source for local villagers, farmers and animals. Then, you will proceed towards the ruined Khaba Fort, which houses a small museum and is frequently inhabited by peacocks. It also affords excellent views of the deserted village that lies beneath it. You will enjoy this camel safari as you will not only explore the hidden jewels of the desert, but will also get fresh delicious, hygienic and mouth-watering meals; adequate packaged drinking water; a clean hygienic bedding; and jeep support.
The tour will start at 6:30 AM and will end at 11:00 AM (next morning).
We also offer a great accommodation at affordable prices, right next to the Jaisalmer Fort. The rooftop restaurant at the Desert Cow Guest House offers a great panoramic view of the Jaisalmer Fort.
Inclusions & Exclusions
Know about the inclusions, the add-ons as well as about the things to carry on your safari.
English speaking guides
One camel per person
Full jeep support
Freshly-prepared vegetarian meals, (breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner, depending on your departing/returning time), chai/coffee and plenty of bottled water. A full menu is available at our office, or on request by email. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements.
Bedding for overnight tours (mattresses and plenty of blankets: you are welcome to bring a sleeping bag if you have one but it isn’t required).
Secure luggage storage and the use of our guesthouse facilities for showering and resting both before and after your safari.
Free pick-up service from your hotel/transport on the day of your safari: just let us know your hotel name or arrival time and method of transport. We can collect from any hotel outside the fort, and pick-up time is half an hour before the scheduled start of your safari. Otherwise the starting point is the Trotters office (reporting time half an hour before the scheduled start of your safari).
Music & Dance Programmes: This consists of a groups of 4/5 singers, dancers and musicians from the local gypsy community, performing Marwari music and playing traditional instruments. The performance lasts for approximately two hours.
Please ask for current prices.
We can arrange a private performance for you/your group, or you can choose to share the performance with any other guests who happen to be on safari with you. Please note that guests who have not specifically requested the music & dance programme may choose to contribute but are under no obligation to share the cost.
Tent: Spending the night out in the open under the stars is a truly magical experience, but you can choose instead to sleep in a 2/3/4-person trekking tent (unfurnished – standard bedding provided) for a small additional fee per night, depending on tent size.
Please ask for further details.
Non-Veg: Our regular trips come with vegetarian food (daal, rice, chapatti, vegetables curries, pakora etc.) included – please ask if you’d like to see the full menu. Non-veg can be provided as well for an additional cost. Both mutton and chicken are available and will be cooked fresh at the campsite. Please enquire for further details.
Camel Carts: Our camel carts can seat a maximum of 4 people, and are suggested for those who might not want to ride camels for long periods of time, and for groups with young children.
Sightseeing: Our trips include visits to the Khaba Fort and the Jassu Oasis (or a desert village if requested), though we can also provide additional visits to other historical monuments and other desert village locations. Due to time constraints this is recommended only for travel on our multi-day tours.
Private Safari: Usually we will form a group from the guests who book for a particular day, but if you’d prefer a private trip – riding and camping away from other guests – this can be arranged at no additional cost. Just let us know at the time of booking.
Note: you may have to share a jeep with other customers unless you wish to pay for the hire of a private jeep. We require a minimum of two people to arrange a private safari at no additional charge.
Long-sleeved shirt and long trousers.
Sunglasses, sunhat, and scarf. (We don’t recommend that you wear contact lenses as the very fine sand can easily get behind them. Please bring your prescription glasses instead.)
During winter, a warm jacket or shawl for the evening and early morning.
A torch (flashlight) – no light source is available at the campsite.
For morning departures / late afternoon returns, something to occupy yourself during the long lunch break (books, cards, music etc).
Camera (be very careful with electronic equipment as the sand can easily enter the mechanism).
Please bring any medication you think you might need.
Off-The-Beaten-Track Tours Trotters specialises in non-touristic, off-the-beaten-track safaris. This is the option we recommend, as the touristic areas (such as Sam and Khuri) can be very crowded. It is a much more rewarding experience to trek away from the beaten path. Our guides are constantly seeking out the best and most isolated routes and camping sites available. On our non-touristic safaris you usually won’t see tourists from any other company during the entire trip. Please note that the Thar Desert, while it has its own charm, is not like the Sahara, and you will be riding through farmland and arid scrubland as well as areas of rolling dunes (we do camp at an impressive set of dunes). It is also the world’s most populated desert. We do our best to avoid the area’s ubiquitous wind turbines – it’s almost impossible to avoid them entirely on our shorter treks, especially at the beginning and end of your ride, but we choose trekking routes that veer away from them as soon as possible.
Children Children aged 4-6 are half-price and must share a camel with a responsible adult guardian. Children aged 7 and over are charged full price and can ride their own camel at their guardian’s discretion. There is no charge for children under the age of 4. We do not recommend overnight safaris for very young children, but are happy to recommend our half day tour. For safety reasons, children under the age of 4 will not be permitted to ride camels, even when accompanied by an adult, as both parties need to be capable of holding on to the saddle horn/ropes for the duration of the ride. They must remain in the jeep and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times.
Campfire Campfires are lit during the winter months (approximately November – February, dependent on the weather). We do not light a campfire during the summer months as the light can draw insects to the campsite. Please note that, for the same reason, no fixed light source is available at the campsite: we recommend that you bring your own torch (flashlight), but to limit its use.
Jeep-only option While the desert landscape is best experienced from the back of a camel, the jeep is available for anyone who cannot or does not wish to ride. If you would like to try a shorter ride at the dunes, just to get a taste of camel riding, this can be arranged. Please note that the jeep route is mostly on roads and farm tracks – it does not follow the camel route and is not a dedicated ‘jeep safari’ as such: just an alternative means of reaching the campsite.
Facilities PLEASE NOTE: there are no washing/bathroom facilities available after leaving Jaisalmer. Please try to minimize the use of toilet paper: it spoils the dunes and is difficult and unpleasant for our staff to clean up. We recommend that you adopt the local method of washing with water. If you do use toilet paper, please do not bury it or leave it in the open: either bag-and-bin or burn it (we can provide matches). Wet wipes must be bagged and returned to town for disposal.
Please help us to keep the desert tidy by returning all your litter to camp.