Over the weekend around 20 people including me headed west towards the Saudi desert for camping. The weather was perfect since it was warmer compared to a couple of weeks back. So we started our trip from Fintas, Kuwait around 4:30 am on Thursday heading to the northern Saudi desert, precisely 40 KM away from Samouda village.
Almost towards the end of the 6th ring road, right after Jahra, we turned on road 70 which ends at Al Salmy borders after around 100KM. By that time, the sun just came out. Refuel, and off we go towards Hafer Al Baten City. Civilization still had its marks on that road, a concrete building or strucuture every few kilometers. Passing through Hafer Al Baten, we now have only 70 KM to the end of civilization. We refuel one last time and enter rural territories. Now we’re around 130 KM away from our final destination. As we turn on road 6262, there is no clean fuel supply, and water supply is very scarce – one baqala in more than 100KM of asphalt. At a certain point we stop, take a right into the desert and drive around the sand dunes looking for a decent place to camp. We found it. Route from Fintas (including stops) was somewhere around 7 hours.
The camp set-up did not take forever, we were 20 guys and 4 out 5 tents were Coleman tents so that wasn’t hard. After the camp was erected some fell asleep others sat on hill tops while food was prepared. We ate, we sat. Night came along, and the party started. Bonfire, coffee, tea, and snacks all night long and the topics discussed were everything you’d ever imagine. There was no other human beings around us for at least 10 KM in every direction; no limits. Next morning after breakfast, I went with a friend to find some water. On the way back we had the ultimate off-roading experience: sand dunes like you’ve never seen. I didn’t even tell him how much I was in fear, instead acted normal!
Friday afternoon was a bit dusty and sand covered the camp, so I thought I might as well return and spend a day at home (in bed) before work. Therefore, I decided to drive back by Friday evening with two friends, meanwhile the others stayed back until Saturday. The drive back home wasn’t bad. Thankfully no traffic, fog, or dust caught us on the way back. We stopped again at Hafer Al Baten for a meal, this time it was Mandy, and headed back straight away to Fintas again. Return trip was again around 6 hours with stops.
Next time around we’ll hopfully be better equipped and stay even longer. Although you’re in no-man’s land, but there are many things you can do there you’ll be occupied all day long. I have to admit that I slept in the car that night it was a really comfortable sleep!