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Wahiba Sands
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.
Address: Wahiba Sands, Oman
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Wahiba Sands (Desert tour )

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. Depart Muscat continue drive to wahiba sand desert visit bedouin Family scat with them you can drink coffee with them and you can ride camel there also around RO.5/-Omani Riyal per person then you can had lunch there at local Omani restaurant then drive back to Muscat .
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  • 8 hours
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3 Days 2 Nights 4 pers - Desert Cross from Wahiba Sands to Indian Ocean

Come with us for a unique experience, cross the desert of Wahbia Sands with our experienced guide. Overcamp one night in the desert, after the beach in Indian Ocean. We provide you camping equipment, food and assistance during your cross. You will drive your own car to enjoy. If it's your first time desert driving, do not worry, we will give you advices and help you get stuck in the sand!
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  • 72 to 80 hours
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Private 4x4 Desert and Wadi Safari - Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khalid

Swap Muscat for the delights of inland Oman and a thrilling dune drive in the Wahiba Sands on this private full-day trip with a private guide. Drive south by air-conditioned 4x4 through the craggy Hajar Mountains to one of Oman’s most stunning ‘wadis’ (dry river beds) — Wadi Bani Khalid. Ogle the shady canyons, tiny villages and rock pools, and after a picnic lunch, head for the vast dunes of the Wahiba Sands. Take an exciting dune bash and if you wish, a camel ride, before heading back to Muscat.
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  • 9 hours
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Multi-day Tours

3 Day Package TOUR JASMIN

Oman’s most scenic spots are out of reach of most travelers, unless you have your own transportation. During this in-depth, multi-day tour, you’ll cover the top sights in the desert, from towering dunes to picturesque wadis, or valleys. Travel between locations in a sturdy, comfortable vehicle, guaranteeing access to off-road attractions. Enjoy a night under the stars around a desert campfire and swim in a real-life oasis.
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  • 3 days
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Multi-day Tours

4 Days Package TOUR FARAH

Oman’s interior offers dunes, ‘wadi’ gorges, and mountains, all easiest to explore by chauffeured tour due to their challenging terrain. This 4-day private tour from Muscat delivers: with private transport and a driver-guide to negotiate the sands, tracks, and steep roads. Visit Nizwa and Sur, watch for sea turtles, explore 'wadis,' and bash the dunes and stay overnight in the Wahiba Sands, all without self-driving or having to arrange accommodation.
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PRIVATE DAY TRIP TO WAHIBA SANDS & WADI BANI KHALID (DESERT SAFARI)

Its nature and adventure day trip, drive out of muscat, visit wadi bani khalid, enjoy swimming in 9 meters deep sparkling clear water pools, from there visit wahiba sands live the adventure dune bashing with our experience tour guide, have fun in high orange sand dunes.• Explore the Nature & landscape of Wadi Bani Khalid and Wahiba sands on this day trip • Travel in comfort 4x4 Air-Conditioned vehicle • All fees and taxes Included• Private Day Trip• Pick up and Drop off your Hotels, Port (For shore excursions passengers),Airport, Residence
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Private Safari Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat

Head into Oman’s Wahiba Sands without having to worry about transport or missing out on the desert’s Bedouin heritage. This private full-day tour from Muscat serves up all the desert essentials and more: a dune bash, interaction with local Bedouin, and time at the palm- and pool-dotted canyon of Wadi Bani Khalid. Private 4x4 transport from your hotel, Muscat port or airport, and plus entry fees are included.
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Desert Nights Safari Tour – 2 Days Oman tour

Two unforgettable days in the desert and oases of Oman. Immersion in the life of nomads. Subtleties of Arabic cuisine, rest near the ancient lakes with crystal clear water surrounded by date palms.
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Desert Safari: Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat

Visit the Wahiba Sands and gorgeous Wadi Bani Khalid on a private day trip from Muscat. Board a 4x4 with a professional driver-guide, and pass the Hajar Mountains and plantations of Fanjah on route to Bani Khalid. Admire the paradise-like ‘wadi’ (river canyon), with its jewel-blue pools, boulders and palms; and savor a picnic lunch and swim. Next, head into the rolling dunes of the Wahiba Sands. Enjoy a sunset dune bash, visit a Bedouin camp and ride a camel (additional cost) in this epic setting before your return trip.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Day Trips

WAHIBA SANDS AND WADI BANI KHALID

Get out of the city and explore the deserts of Oman on this full-day tour. Depart from your Muscat hotel in a private vehicle and make your way to Wahiba Sands. Accompanied by a guide, visit with a Bedouin family and sample local coffee and dates. Explore the rolling dunes and visit wadis with green pools and waterfalls.
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

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03 NIGHTS 4 DAYS MOUNTAIN DESERT BEACH

-this Tour is a very unique one as you are going to drive to the highest Peak in Oman ,Jabal Shams Mountain 3000 m high,and enjoy the view to the grand canyon of Oman.-the city of Nizwa is the religious Capital of Oman with its traditional Souq and gigantic Fort considered to be the one of the highlights of your visit to Oman.-another attractive in this program are the Wadis , where you can enjoy the nature in Oman and swim in the natural pools there.. there are two of the most beautiful wadis in Oman included in this program, Wadi bani Khalid and Wadi Shab.
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Wahiba Sands Desert Safari 4X4

Oman’s Wahiba Sands may lie within day-trip distance of Muscat, but exploring the high dunes is a no-no for inexperienced desert drivers. With this private tour, ride across the dunes by 4x4 to experience the desert’s beauty, and get the opportunity to enjoy the pools and caves of Wadi Bani Khalid—one of Oman’s river gorges. Entry fees and round-trip transport from Muscat port, airport, and hotels are included.
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2 Days Package TOUR JAMILA

Skip the hassles of planning—but keep the thrill of adventure—on this multi-day tour of Oman’s top desert sights. Accommodation, meals, and transportation are included, meaning you can focus on the stunning scenery. Get a peek at the country’s largest wadi and bathe in a real-life desert oasis. You’ll also sleep under the stars at a desert campfire, with an exhilarating 4x4 ride over sky-high sand dunes.
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Private Day Trip to Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat

Delving into Oman’s Wahiba Sands desert and 'wadi' river gorges alone isn’t advisable for inexperienced off-road drivers. This private day trip solves the issue: transporting you into the sands and Wadi Bani Khalid aboard an expertly driven 4x4 so you can concentrate on the scenery. Speed over the Wahiba's dunes to meet Bedouins and ride a camel, and then relax at the mountains, palms, and natural pools of Bani Khalid.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Wahiba Sands Desert Safari with Dune Bashing and Lunch from Muscat

Visiting the Wahiba Sands from Muscat is essential for adventurous travelers, but the desert itself is off-limits to all but expert off-roaders. With this private full-day tour, enjoy a dune bash with a trained driver: the perfect opportunity to absorb the desert’s vastness and beauty. Plus, visit Wadi Bani Khalid river gorge to explore, have a picnic, and swim in its pools. Hotel or port transfers are included for ease.
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Nature & Wildlife

Private Camel Safari Tour to Oman Wahiba Sands

Explore Oman's Wahiba Sands on this small-group camel safari from Bidiyah. With a small group limited to 10 people or fewer, you are guaranteed personalized attention as you ride your camel through the desert and learn about Bedouin culture. Snack of Arabic coffee and dates included.
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Wahiba Sands (Desert Experience)

Board on A/C 4WD as you drive through the Hajar mountains, first stop is the enchanting Wadi Bani Khalid and drive the village with its endless dates plantations. In the Wadi itself, the water pools are cool, deep and absolutely stunning. From here we drive to the golden sands of Wahiba, indulge in some daring dune bashing and visit the bedouin settlement before returning to Muscat.Highlights :- A day filled with adventure as you experience Oman's diverse nature.
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  • 8 hours
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Wadi Bani Khalid & Wahiba Sands Tour

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Essence of Oman (Elite)

This tour offers guests a variety of tourist attractions, mountains, wadis, desert and sea.
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Oman oases, deserts & sea

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  • 8 days
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Private Day Trips

Private Tour of Wahiba Sands Desert with Wadi Bani Khalid by 4X4

Venturing into Oman’s Wahiba Sands isn’t recommended for inexperienced off-roaders, so making your own day trip from Muscat won’t do this vast desert justice. With this private full-day tour, experience desert scenery and life close-up with a guide for cultural insight and to introduce you to local Bedouins. Plus, visit Wadi Bani Khalid, a shady oasis of palms and pools. A boxed lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
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Country that has preserved its authenticity in the heart of the Middle East, Oman is a hidden treasure with very varied landscapes: mountains, deserts, traditional villages, wadis, beaches, fjords and incredible seabed ... The richness of its cultural past, the warm welcome of the Omani people and the natural splendor of the country bring out all the magic of this destination. From mountains with impressive canyons to ocher sand deserts, discover the striking beauty of the Omani coast. The waters bordering the country possess an impressive marine fauna and flora, perfect for lovers of diving and snorkelling (fins, mask and snorkel)
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Sharqiyah Desert Safari

Oman’s name is closely associated with desert. The desert in Oman is an extension of the Bedouin lifestyle with its ancient associations of traditional culture and authentic original customs.The Omani desert is characterided by the diversity of its plants and animals. And wadis (valleys) form a unique environmental system characterised by variety, diversity, and a wealth of natural attractions.
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  • 8 hours
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