Top Adventure Activities In AlUla


June 17, 2024

Top Adventure Activities In AlUla

From swinging across gorges to soaring in hot air balloons, Al Ula in Saudi Arabia promises thrilling adventures with breathtaking views.

Saudi Arabia and AlUla are trending and I can completely understand why. I mean, what’s there not to like. AlUla is a captivating oasis in northwestern Saudi Arabia and it is fast becoming a top destination in the world.

Known for its stunning landscapes, ancient history, and rich cultural heritage, AlUla offers a variety of exhilarating activities that cater to all levels of thrill-seekers. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or simply looking to experience the calm, AlUla has something for you.

But this article is about adventure and here I want to dive into the best adventure activities in AlUla.

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Taking a leap of faith at AlUla’s Gorge Swing

jumping from the gorge swing in AlUla
Hands down! Craziest thing you can do in AlUla

If you’re looking for a true adventure, the Gorge Swing in AlUla is an experience you simply can’t miss. This isn’t just any swing; it’s one of the few gorge swings in the world, and the views are nothing short of spectacular. Picture yourself suspended high above a dramatic canyon, the ancient rocks and sweeping desert landscape spread out below you. As you leap into the void, the rush of air and the sheer drop will take your breath away.

What’s unique about this activity is that it includes a ferrata—an iron path that allows you to climb and traverse the canyon using steel cables, rungs, and bridges. It’s a combination of hiking and rock climbing, making the Gorge Swing an adventure that starts even before you take the plunge. The ferrata adds a layer of challenge and excitement as you navigate the rugged terrain to reach the swing platform.

For thrill-seekers, the Gorge Swing is hands down the most adventurous activity in the whole region. It’s a heart-pounding, once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories and a deep appreciation for AlUla’s natural beauty.

  • More information: AlUla Adventure
  • Price: AED 250 (~ 60  EUR)
  • Best Time: Any time of the day to be honest

Read more: Best Activities To Do In AlUla

Get some fresh air in a Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon in AlUla
Hot Air Balloon in AlUla

For a more serene yet equally awe-inspiring experience, taking a hot air balloon ride over AlUla is a must. As the sun rises, you’ll gently lift off the ground, drifting silently above the stunning landscapes. The vast desert, lush oasis, and ancient rock formations create a mesmerizing tapestry beneath you.

There’s something magical about the tranquility of floating in a hot air balloon. It’s a chance to soak in the panoramic views at a leisurely pace, with the early morning light casting a golden glow over the scenery. This activity is perfect for those who want to experience AlUla from a different perspective, capturing breathtaking photos and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

The balloon ride is not just about the views; it’s also about the experience of the flight itself. The gentle ascent, the quietness of the balloon drifting in the air, and the feeling of freedom make this an adventure that’s both peaceful and exhilarating.

  • Website: AlUla Hot Air Balloon
  • Price: AED 995 (~ 250 EUR) per person in a balloon with 10-20 people
  • Best Time: Early morning for the best weather conditions and sunrise scenery

NOTE: This is one of the most affordable and most beautiful hot air balloon trips you can do. In places like Cappadocia is around 250 EUR or in places like Namibia or Kenya it goes up to 500 EUR.

Get the best view of AlUla with a Helicopter Flight

Helicopter ride in AlUla
Helicopter ride in AlUla

For a more dynamic aerial adventure, hop on a helicopter flight over AlUla. This experience offers a bird’s eye view of the region’s most iconic landmarks, including the famous rock formations and the ancient city of Hegra. The helicopter’s agility allows for a thrilling ride, swooping over the landscape and offering a perspective that few get to see.

As you soar above AlUla, you’ll gain a true appreciation for its vastness and the stunning contrast between the desert and the verdant oases. The helicopter flight is a fantastic way to cover a lot of ground quickly and see the highlights of the region from a unique vantage point.

The best part? The pilot often provides fascinating insights into the history and geology of the area, making this an educational adventure as well. Whether you’re an adventure junkie or a history buff, the helicopter flight offers an exhilarating and informative experience that’s hard to beat.

  • Website: AlUla Helicopter Tours
  • Price: AED 1000 (~ 250 EUR) per person in a 6 seater helicopter
  • Best Time: Morning or late afternoon for optimal lighting and temperatures

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Go at high speeds with the AlUla ZipLine

Zipline in AlUla
Zipline in AlUla was quick, but very exciting.

For those who crave speed and excitement, the ZipLine in AlUla is a must-try. Zipping down a cable high above the ground, you’ll experience the thrill of speed combined with the beauty of the desert landscape rushing past you. It’s an adrenaline-pumping adventure that offers a unique way to see AlUla.

The ZipLine is designed to give you a smooth and exhilarating ride, with safety as a top priority. As you glide down the line, the wind in your face and the stunning views all around make for an unforgettable experience. This activity is perfect for those looking to add a bit of excitement to their AlUla itinerary without committing to a full-on extreme sport.

One of the best things about the ZipLine is its accessibility. It’s an activity that almost anyone can enjoy, making it a great option for families and groups with varying levels of adventure-readiness. Whether you’re a seasoned thrill-seeker or a first-timer, the ZipLine offers a fun and memorable experience.

  • More Information: AlUla ZipLine
  • Price: AED 180 (~ 45 EUR )
  • Best Time: Anytime in the day

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Explore like an archologist Hegra with a Land Rover

Hegra on a Land Rover in AlUla
Hegra on a Land Rover in AlUla feels like a trip to the past.

For a more grounded yet equally exciting adventure, exploring Hegra with a Land Rover is an absolute must. Hegra, also known as Al-Hijr, is Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, and it’s filled with ancient tombs and rock carvings that date back to the Nabatean civilization.

Riding in a rugged Land Rover, you’ll traverse the desert landscape, stopping at key sites to explore and learn about the rich history of the area. The combination of off-road adventure and historical exploration makes this a unique and engaging experience.

As you bump along the desert trails, you’ll feel like an explorer discovering a lost world. The Land Rover’s ability to handle the rough terrain means you’ll get to places that are off the beaten path, seeing parts of Hegra that many visitors miss. The knowledgeable guides provide fascinating insights into the history and significance of the sites, adding depth to the adventure.

In AlUla, every adventure is a new story waiting to be told. Whether you’re soaring above the landscape or diving into its depths, you’re guaranteed an experience that’s as unforgettable as the desert itself. The best adventure activities in AlUla are sure to leave you with lasting memories and a desire to return for more.

  • More Information: Hegra Tours
  • Price: AED 700 (~ 180 EUR) per vehicle and you can share the vehicle with up to 6 people.
  • Best Time: Late in the afternoon to avoid the midday heat and enjoy the golden hour lighting

INSIDER TIP: If you are more than 4 people, getting the land rover is by far the best option. You are fully flexible with the itinerary, you will have the archeological sites for just yourself and you would be able to enjoy the sunset without a bus full of people.

Read more: How to travel around Saudi Arabia

Hiking Under the Stars in AlUla

Night hike in AlUla
Night hike in AlUla was the only acticity I didn’t do. But its still on my bucket list and I end up doing stargazing, which was also incredible.

This adventure is perfect for those who seek tranquility, beauty, and a touch of magic. As you hike through the desert, guided by the stars and perhaps a knowledgeable local guide, you’ll feel a deep connection to the ancient land around you.

Your hiking adventure will typically start in the late evening, just as the last light of the day fades away. Equipped with headlamps and perhaps a guide, you’ll set off into the desert. The trails are well-marked and safe, and your guide will share stories about the region’s history, geology, and the celestial wonders above. You’ll pass through canyons, dunes, and ancient rock formations, all illuminated by the soft glow of the stars.

  • More Information: AlUla Hiking
  • Prices: AED 265 (~€65)
  • Best Time: After sunset for the darkest skies and best star visibility

NOTE: To avoid overcharging travelers, most tours can be directly booked at the Experience AlUla website. Additionally, each tourism office in AlUla (Airport and Old Town) have a concierge service in which a state worker will help you book your tours without any additional cost and will help you plan your itinerary. This is by far one of the best benefits Saudi Arabia offers to travelers.




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