Desert Safaries In Oman
Qantab Tourism offers a day tour to experience the desert. Your Omani tour guide will meet you at your hotel at 8:00am and drive around two hours from Muscat to the Wahiba Sands through the mountains and passing through Sumail Gap, across the desert plains and through the townships of Bidbid, Al Qabil and Ibra where you will get a glimpse of Omani village life. On the way, you will be able to visit the abandoned village of Al Mansfah near Ibra before continuing the drive to the golden sands.
Once there, you will be able to experience the exhilarating sensation of ‘Dune Bashing’, scaling the tall sand dunes, racing around the top and descending down, then up to the top again just like a rollercoaster. You will also visit a local Bedouin camp for traditional Omani Coffee, snacks and Camel rides.From there, you will then drive to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the largest and most picturesque wadis, or valleys, in Oman where water flows all year round. Nestled deep into the mountains, it is a true oasis where you can cool down in the pools or walk up the wadi and see the waterfalls.
Once you are completely relaxed, we will then drive back to Muscat and return you to your hotel.
We start from Muscat in the early morning, at approximately 8:00am, where a 4WD car will drive you into the interior of the Sultanate via Fanjah, lzki and Nizwa. In Nizwa you get the chance to walk through the Old Quarter and have a look at the traditional Souq. Our journey brings us to Al Hamra, an old mountain village, where you can see the abandoned Persian ruins in Ghul, as well a traditional Omani village. Soon after, we travel up the canyon to Nakhr to explore the canyon and stop near Nakhr village for a photo opportunity.
From there, we drive via Ghul to the top of the canyon near to the summit of Jebel Shams, where we can enjoy the breath-taking view over the unique canyon, and return to Muscat around 5:00pm.
Jebel Shams (Sun Mountain) is a mountain located in north-eastern Oman, north of Al Hamra town. It is the highest mountain in the country and part of Al Hajar Mountain range. It is a popular sightseeing area located 240 km (149 mi) from Muscat. In the summer, the climate is significantly cooler than the city, and the temperature is around 20°C (68°F), while in the winter it drops to less than 0°C (32°F).
The highest point is the North Summit occupied by a military base and is a restricted area. As per the Ministry of Tourism, Sultanate of Oman, the North Summit reaches 3009 metres (9872 ft).
Jebel Akhdar means the ‘Green Mountain’ in Arabic, but it is also known as the Sayq Plateau. Your guide will take you on an incredible journey, starting with the picturesque village of Birkat Al Mauz, located at the foot of Jebel Akhdar. You will be able to wander in the old streets of abandoned houses made of mud and straw. Your guide will then take you to the top of Jebel Akhdar, which is also famous for its rose, fruit and nut plantations, and there are many small villages which farm some of the best in Oman.
Depending on the season you can visit the rose water factory. Rose water from Jebel Akhdar is very famous in Oman and exported throughout the region. You will be able to see the villages on the other side of the mountain, clinging to the rock walls, as well as the terraced rose plantations, and then on to the hanging gardens before heading to your last stop, Wadi Bani Habib. A charming little abandoned village perched on a wadi, there is a trek to reach the village but you can also see it from the road. This tour is a delightful way to escape the heat in the cooler mountain air and spectacular surroundings.
If you wish, you can do the trek the wadi from Al Aqur village, and your guide will meet you at the next village. You can also explore the hanging gardens before heading to your last stop, Wadi Bani Habib - a charming little abandoned village perched on a wadi, where you can trek further inland to the village or see it from the road. This tour is a delightful way to escape the heat of Muscat and enjoy cooler mountain air.
From the Batinah Coast to the west of Muscat, along the base of the jebels, are several key towns of special interest. Along the coast is the town of Barka with an impressive fort and Bait Al Naman Castle, an early home for the Al Bu Said dynasty, ancestors of the current ruling family.
Further along the coast is the Jazir Sawaidi, a small chain of islands near the shore where beach combing, fishing and exploring are the prime leisure activities. Closer to the mountains lie the majestic fortresses of Nakhal, Rustaq and Al Hazm, which have been restored by the government and preserved as national treasures.
For those keen on trekking, there are many wadis running through the foothills and mountains, many of them with running water. Wadi Abyadh is ideal for picnicking, while Wadi Bani Awf, Wadi Hajir, Wadi Haylayn and Wadi Bani Kharus offer challenging trails for those who enjoy canyoning. Wadi Sahtan and the Ghubrah Bowl extend into the upper reaches of the Western Hajar Mountains, while Wadi Hoquein and Wadi Ghafir offer challenging drives through lush low-lying valleys.