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Wahiba Sands Tours

Stretching over 125 miles (200 kilometers) from the Eastern Hajar Mountains to the Arabian Sea, the Wahiba Sands desert (Sharqiya Sands) is Oman’s adventure playground. Named after the nomadic Wahiba Bedouin tribes, the region is known for its amber-colored sands and towering sand dunes, some standing up to 330 feet (100 meters) high. 

The Basics
A desert safari is a must to experience Oman’s natural wonders, whether its dune bashing in a 4x4, taking a sunset camel ride, or zipping through the dunes on a sandboard or quad bike. Small-group or private tours leave from Muscat or Bidiyah, and typically include a picnic lunch at a traditional desert camp, swimming at Wadi Bani Khalid, and a variety of optional activities. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Heading off-road in the desert is only recommended as part of a guided tour with an experienced local guide. 
  • It can get hot in the desert and there’s little shade, so bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water. A scarf to protect your face from the sand is also recommended. 
  • There is no cellphone coverage or Wi-Fi in the area.

How to Get There
The Wahiba Sands desert is about a 3-hour drive from Muscat, off the Muscat-Sur Highway at Al-Mintirib. The most popular way to visit is as part of a guided tour. 
 
When to Get There
The best time to visit Wahiba Sands is during the winter months from October to April. During the summer (May to September), temperatures can reach 104°F (40°C) or more.  

Wildlife of the Wahiba Sands
Wahiba Sands is renowned for its unique desert ecosystem and surprisingly rich biodiversity. Some 180 native species of plants, as well as more than 200 species of animals, can be found in the desert, including vipers, desert hares, sand foxes, and birds. The best times for wildlife watching are at sunrise or sunset, but guides will often point out animal tracks as you trek through the desert.

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Private Safari Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat, Muscat, null
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Private Safari Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat

Enjoy a full day 4WD private guided safari tour, limited to a maximum of 5 travelers, to the Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat. Visit Fanjah, with ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Desert Safari: Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat, Muscat, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Desert Safari: Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Visit Wadi Bani Khalid and Wahiba Sands. Visit the Bedouin House, enjoy dune bashing and view the sunset.

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $213.00
Private 4x4 Desert and Wadi Safari - Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khalid, Muscat, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Private 4x4 Desert and Wadi Safari - Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khalid

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Your 4x4 vehicle will take you through the fascinating Hajar Mountains, and the town of Ibra to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of Oman's most beautiful wadis (dry river ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $164.92
Wahiba Sands Desert Safari with Dune Bashing and Lunch from Muscat, Muscat, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road ... 
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Wahiba Sands Desert Safari with Dune Bashing and Lunch from Muscat

Experience the thrill of a 9-hour desert safari with dune bashing at the Wahiba Sands where tall dunes await. Have a picnic lunch at the Oasis of Wadi bani ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $440.00
Private Day Trip to Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat, Muscat, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Day Trip to Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat

Enjoy a day trip to the most attractive place in the north eastern part of Oman, Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid. Wahiba sands is the desert with a vast mass ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $456.25
Private Camel Safari Tour to Oman Wahiba Sands, Oman, Day Trips
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Private Camel Safari Tour to Oman Wahiba Sands

Enjoy a small group private tour (maximum of 10 travelers) to Wahiba sands, and learn more about the culture of the Bedouins. Ride a camel in the desert for ...  Read more

Location: Bidiyah, Oman
Duration: 1 to 8 hrs

From USD $75.00
Private Tour of Wahiba Sands Desert with Wadi Bani Khalid by 4X4, Muscat, Nature & Wildlife
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Private Tour of Wahiba Sands Desert with Wadi Bani Khalid by 4X4

Head out to the Sharqiya Sands, commonly referred to as the Wahiba Sands Desert, on this full-day private tour. Explore this region named for the Bani Wahiba ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $235.00

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