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An Unforgettable Oman Desert Safari: 12 Days of Exploration and Discovery

Embark on an Oman Desert Safari from January 5th to January 16th, 2025, and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of Oman’s deserts. This 12-day, 11-night camping trip promises unquestionably an unparalleled journey through some of the most breathtaking and remote landscapes on Earth, from the vibrant capital of Muscat to the serene coastal city of Salalah.

Furthermore you experience the thrill of traversing vast desert expanses, exploring ancient historical sites, and embracing the warm hospitality of the Omani people. This adventure offers undoubtedly an exclusive opportunity to discover the majestic Wahiba Sands and the enigmatic Empty Quarter, two of Oman’s most stunning and challenging desert regions.

Your highlights of your Oman Desert Safari

Starting in Muscat, you'll visit significant prehistoric rock art sites, marvel at ancient engravings, and camp among towering dunes in Wahiba Sands. Follow also local tracks through diverse dune formations, encounter the famous racing camels, and enjoy in essence the unique beauty of the desert.

As you journey towards Hamra Ad Duru, you'll experience at this point traditional Omani hospitality and witness the serene beauty of the landscape. Additionally explore the Fahud region, where Oman’s first oil discovery was made, and continue afterwards to Wadi Aswad, camping amidst picturesque dunes. Cross the challenging terrain of Umm Al Samim, known for its formidable salt swamps, and after that camp near recently discovered landmarks.

Desert Specials - Oman Desert Safari

Discover the star dunes of the southeastern Empty Quarter, formed by hard quartz grains from the Dhofar and Hajar Mountains, and navigate through the beautiful white baby dunes of Al Sahma sands. Occasionally, refresh your supplies at Muqshin Wadi, adorned with a giant acacia jungle, and continue to the mega dunes country, where long walks and dune climbs await.

Spend two days exploring the area, in particular seeking new routes through the dunes away from graded tracks. After all, embrace the spirit of adventure and discovery in this remote and beautiful part of the world. At last conclude your incredible journey in Salalah, reflecting on the unforgettable experiences and stunning landscapes encountered during this Oman Desert Safari.

 Muscat to Shanah - Day 1

  • Firstly, begin your Oman Desert Safari in Muscat and travel to Shanah. Secondly, visit an important prehistoric rock art site along the way, with attention to discover engravings of ibex and horse riders. Afterwards, continue to Wahiba Sands and camp among towering dunes.

Exploring Wahiba Sands - Day 2

  • While you follow the local track along linear dunes, you move from north to south. Cross west to a picturesque area of barchan dunes for our campsite. Experience the diverse dune formations and famous racing camels.

 Hamra Ad Duru - Day 3

  • Drive towards Hamra Ad Duru and set up camp. Enjoy also traditional Omani hospitality as much as possible, with potential breakfast invitations from local families.

Fahud and Wadi Aswad - Day 4

  • Journey to Fahud, the site of Oman’s first oil discovery. After refueling, continue to Wadi Aswad and thereafter camp amidst beautiful dunes.

Umm Al Samim - Day 5

  • Presently cross the challenging area of Umm Al Samim, known for its formidable salt swamps. Adjust the route if the area is wet. Camp near a recently discovered landmark.

Star Dunes - Day 6

  • Explore the southeastern Empty Quarter and camp near majestic star dunes. In effect, the orange sand here originates from the Dhofar and Hajar Mountains.

White Baby Dunes - Day 7

  • This time head south towards Al Sahma sands, navigating through beautiful white baby dunes. Camp near the main road.

Muqshin Wadi - Day 8

  • Refresh supplies at a fuel station before camping at Muqshin Wadi, known for its giant acacia jungle.

Mega Dunes Country - Day 9

  • Continue to the mega dunes country and set up camp in a spectacular location. Enjoy especially long walks and dune climbing.

Dune Exploration - Day 10 & 11

  • Spend two days exploring the area straightaway, finding new routes through the dunes away from the graded track.

Arrival in Salalah - Day 12

  • Finally conclude your journey in Salalah, where we drive you to your hotel.

Rates:

  • 4 Travellers Group: €3800 per person
  • 5 Travellers Group: €3200 per person
  • 6 Travellers Group: €2800 per person
  • 7 Travellers Group: €2500 per person
  • 8 Travellers Group: €2250 per person

Note: Rates do not include flights or hotels.

Route: Muscat – Shannah – Al Hawiyah – Wahiba Sands – Umm Adailan – Hamara Ad Duru – Fahud – Wadi Aswad – Umm Al Samim – Qurun Al Fiddah – As Sahma – Ramlat Muqshin – Qitbit – Marsawdad – Ramlat Masah – Ramlat Al Hishman – Wadi Atyah – Shisr – Thumrayt – Wadi Dawkah – Salalah.

Important Information:

  • Our tour starts in Muscat and ends in Salalah. Flights should arrive in Muscat and depart from Salalah.
  • Crew and cars will drive back to Muscat if anyone prefers to travel back with us.
  • The Empty Quarter is challenging due to extreme heat. We only explore this area in January and February. All travelers should take precautions for desert travel regardless of experience level.
  • This Authentic Desert Adventure is perfect for travelers seeking a unique and challenging experience in one of the world’s most beautiful and remote regions. Join us for a journey that combines stunning landscapes, rich history, and traditional culture in Oman.

Booking and Cancellation Policy:

  1. Reservation Confirmation:

    • We require a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the total tour cost to secure your booking.
    • The remaining balance must be paid in full 60 days before the tour start date.
  2. Payment Methods:

    • You can do your payments via bank transfer, credit card, or PayPal.
    • All payments must be made in US Dollars ($).
  3. Late Bookings:

    • If you do your booking less than 60 days before the tour start date, full payment is required at the time of booking.
  4. Travel Insurance:

    • We strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking to cover any unforeseen circumstances.

Cancellation Policy:

  1. Traveler:

    • More than 60 days before departure: Loss of deposit (25% of the total tour cost).
    • 30 to 59 days before departure: 50% of the total tour cost.
    • Less than 30 days before departure: 100% of the total tour cost (no refund).
  2. Operator:

    • In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the tour due to unforeseen circumstances, you will receive a full refund of all payments made.
    • We are not responsible for any additional expenses incurred by you, such as non-refundable airline tickets, travel insurance, or other personal expenses.
  3. Changes and Amendments:

    • If you wish to make changes to your booking (such as altering travel dates), requests must be made in writing and will be subject to availability and any applicable fees.
    • We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary if necessary due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions, safety concerns, or other factors beyond our control.
  4. Force Majeure:

    • Any delays, changes, or cancellations caused by force majeure events, including but not limited to natural disasters, pandemics, war, civil unrest, or any other events are beyond our control. In such cases, we will make every effort to offer suitable alternatives or reschedule the tour.

By booking with us, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agreed to the above booking and cancellation policy. We recommend reviewing our terms and conditions for a comprehensive understanding of our policies and your responsibilities as a traveler.

  • Private Tour
  • Accommodation 1 Hotels
  • Accommodation 10 camps.
  • Meals 12 B/ 12 L/ 10 D
  • 4x4 cars like in program
  • Transfers mentioned
  • All camping equipments : (tent, matresses,)
  • All entrance fees
  • Oman guide
  • Program as mentioned
  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance and all kind of insurances.
  • No transfer Muscut - airport
  • Meals not mentioned.
  • Tips for the guide and staff.
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the program.
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Our tour package includes accommodation in desert camps, transportation between destinations, guided tours, meals as specified in the itinerary, and all necessary permits and entrance fees.

Accommodation will be in comfortable desert camps equipped with basic amenities. You'll experience traditional Bedouin-style camping, immersing yourself in the authentic desert environment.

Pack light, breathable clothing suitable for desert conditions, including long-sleeved shirts, trousers, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Additionally, bring sturdy walking shoes, a refillable water bottle, a flashlight, and personal toiletries.

While children are welcome, desert travel can be physically demanding and may not be suitable for very young children or infants. Assess your child's comfort level with long drives and outdoor activities before booking.

Your safety is our top priority. Our experienced guides are trained in desert travel and first aid. We provide safety briefings before each activity, carry communication devices for emergencies, and monitor weather conditions closely.

Participants should be in good health and have a moderate level of fitness to fully enjoy the activities. Some walking and hiking may be required, especially during desert excursions. Inform us of any medical conditions or mobility concerns before booking.

We strive to accommodate special dietary requirements whenever possible. Inform us of any dietary restrictions or food allergies at the time of booking, and we will do our best to make appropriate arrangements.

While we make every effort to ensure a smooth experience, desert weather can be unpredictable. In case of inclement weather, our guides will assess the situation and may adjust the itinerary to ensure your safety and comfort.

To book the tour, fill out our online booking form or contact our reservations team via email or phone. A non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking, with the remaining balance due before the tour start date.

Our cancellation policy varies depending on the timing of the cancellation. Refer to our booking and cancellation policy for detailed information on cancellation fees and refund eligibility.