Bear Grylls Explorers Camp
The Bear Grylls Explorers Camp in Ras Al Khaimah, nestled amidst the breath-taking Jebel Jais Mountain, is thrilled to announce it will be reopening for the new season on Sunday 1st October. Operated by RAK Leisure, this unique camp is the only Bear Grylls Explorers Camp in the world and promises an even more exciting and thrill-seeking experience for all adventurers.

Bear Grylls Explorers Camp offers an array of survival courses and activities designed to challenge adventurers of all ages. As a certified partner of Bear Grylls Survival Academy each survival course has been crafted by Bear Grylls OBE and his team. Adventurers are given the opportunity to unearth their inner wild spirit, discover their hidden compass, and learn invaluable survival skills.

A new addition for this season is the introduction of the thrilling Via Ferrata adventure, spanning 3kms through the mountainous terrain. Via Ferrata, which means “iron path” in Italian, uses steel cables and equipment for safety, allowing adventurers to explore steep mountain terrain with ease. This heart-pounding adventure includes high-adrenaline zip lines, swinging Burma bridges, and vertical climbing sections that will test courage and skills. To fully enjoy this experience, a head for heights is a must, as the routes include thrilling heights and breath-taking vistas. With three distinct routes to choose from, Via Ferrata caters to intermediate adventurers, from 14 years and above, seeking an adrenaline rush.

Chief Scout, Bear Grylls OBE, himself shared his enthusiasm, stating, I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve created in Ras Al Khaimah. This camp is all about having some incredible adventure training, having fun, and developing a real inner strength. Outdoor challenges build us like nothing else, and the goal is for you to leave with memories and skills that will last a lifetime.”

Philip Durrell, Director of Adventure Activities at RAK Leisure, expressed his excitement for the new season saying, “We are delighted to welcome adventurers back to the Bear Grylls Explorers Camp for another season of unforgettable experiences. With the addition of the Via Ferrata, we are taking adventure to new heights. This camp is not just a place to visit; it’s a place to discover the explorer within you.”

At Bear Grylls Explorers Camp, there are a variety of programmes, designed to cater to a range of adventure preferences:

  • ESSENTIAL SURVIVAL: Learn the fundamental skills needed to survive in the wild during this fast-paced 4-hour course on the slopes of Jebel Jais.
  • WILD SURVIVAL: Dive deeper into Ras Al Khaimah’s harsh mountainous wilderness, learn advanced survival techniques, and leave exhausted but exhilarated.
  • PRIMAL SURVIVAL: Push yourself with this intense 24-hour survival experience, learn practical life-saving skills, and discover what it takes to truly thrive in nature. Suitable for 14 years and above with an accompanying parent or guardian.
  • FAMILY PRIMAL SURVIVAL: Bond with your loved ones and create lifelong memories as you conquer the wilderness together during this 24-hour adventure. Suitable for 12-16 years and above with an accompanying parent or guardian.

In addition to the courses, adventures can also experience a wide range of outdoor activity including abseiling, air rifle shooting, archery, high ropes courses, hiking, rock climbing and the new Via Ferrata.

After a day of activity and adventure, experience the magic of sleeping under the stars in either comfortable tents or cabins, and enjoy deliciously cooked meals by the campfire. The 16 cabins in the main campsite offer self-catering accommodation, each equipped with a private BBQ pit and picnic bench. Safety is paramount, and as such all necessary safety equipment is provided, as well as medical facilities on site, and 24-hour security.

The fearless team at the Bear Grylls Explorers Camp, are a crew of true adventurers who bring unparalleled expertise and passion to the wilderness experience. Ray Betts, the Camp Manager has served as Senior Instructor at the prestigious Bear Grylls Survival Academy in the UK and spent nearly a decade serving in the British Army. His active service has taken him around the world with roles including mine detecting and laying, demolitions and explosives and building defenses.

Tembelihle (Tee) Batala, the Camp’s Chief Instructor, joined in 2021 and has quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned. He spearheads all school groups and team building activities, bringing his unique expertise to the forefront. Tee is renowned as one of the South Africa’s leading team building consultants making him the ideal guide to forge unforgettable bonds and memories at Bear Grylls Explorers Camp. In addition, Lauren-Mae Sparrow the Assistant Leader is a proud recipient of the Gold Scout Award.  She’s no stranger to the world of adventure, having worked at both the Bear Grylls Survival Race and the Bear Grylls Gone Wild festival, under Lauren-Mae’s guidance adventurers are guaranteed a journey filled with excitement and camaraderie. As the Bear Grylls Explorers Camp reopens its doors, it invites all adventurers to embark on a journey of self-discovery, courage, and unforgettable memories. Book your adventure today follow in the footsteps of Bear Grylls.

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