• Location: Muscat, Oman
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 164.92 View price calendar

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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.


  • Drive through the Hajar mountains on your own private 4x4
  • Visit one of Oman's most beautiful Wadis
  • Stop for a scenic picnic lunch
  • See some traditional watchtowers

What You Can Expect

Private 4x4 Desert and Wadi Safari - Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khalid

Camel Riding in the Arabian desert

Depart your central Muscat hotel with a private guide in a private, air-conditioned 4x4. Let your guide know if there’s something you wish to see or do more of: your tour is private, so the itinerary can be adjusted to suit your preferences.

Relax and enjoy the views as you travel south through the rugged Hajar Mountains to Ibra, one of Oman’s oldest towns. Hear about its history from your guide and then continue on to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the country’s most beautiful wadis.

Drive along the rocky wadi and stop to snap photos of the lush palm groves, shimmering rock pools, tiny villages and steep gorges.

Then, stop at a local beauty spot for a picnic lunch on route to the awe-inspiring Wahiba Sands. Head into this dune filled desert region, and enjoy a thrilling dune bash with your guide at the wheel.

After skidding down the sandy slopes, take the opportunity for a camel ride, and then relax on your drive back to Muscat.

Along the way, stop at the old village of Mudairib to see its traditional watchtowers: pretty, rounded turrets perched on the nearby hilltops.

Your day trip then finishes at your Muscat hotel.

Customer Reviews

Mariam M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Driver was on time actually early to pick us up at our hotel. He was very nice and respectful. His driving was extremely good considering that my mom has a back issue and can't handle rough driving like in other Middle Eastern countries. The dune bashing was more like light dune driving. It was still very exhilarating and exciting, we went down some very tall dunes. The Bedouin experience was a bit short as was the camel ride which is extra, not included in the price. But everything went as scheduled due to the long drives to the desert and then to the Wadi. The Wadi is so beautiful and pristine. While we did not swim in the wadi, we dipped our feet and small fishes cleaned our feet. The boxed lunch was good, a bit heavy on the bread but it was filling and nice.

Our driver was a bit young and shy so he was quiet. It would have been better to have someone who was more talkative and outgoing. On the other hand, we all fell asleep on the drive back, so maybe a quiet driver was better!

Michael D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Excellent tour of the wadi and dunes, our driver was very polite, drove safely and full of knowledge. Would recommend highly it is worth the price, not much to do in Muscat so great idea to book this

David W United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2010

At times, the 4x4 feels like we’re teetering at a 45 degree angle, sliding down the sand banks and oversteering out of control. It is, of course, all part of the ride. The car kicks up outrageous amounts of sand as we plough through, spraying the (mercifully closed) windows as if they’re enduring a blackout.The second major stop of our day trip is Wadi Bin Khalid – one of the country’s most famous beauty spots. Once there, we walk along a traditional Omani water system; a man-made channel that snakes gradually downhill from its underground source in the mountains. It’s a wonderful spot, and when the sun gets too hot, you can dive into the surprisingly deep gorge for a swim. It’s what the great outdoors should be about. Note from Viator: This review is from David Whitley, who wrote a detailed article on his trip to Oman over on the Viator blog.

Pauline G United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2008

Excellent guide who was very good with our 6 year old. Country is amazing and the desert safari was very exciting.

Nicolo M

4 star rating: Recommended March 2018

Surely a must do trip in Oman to experience a very adrenaline dune bashing and the sensational and unexpected oasis in the middle of Oman highest mountain range. The trip is long and very exhausting given that you have to drive for 3 hours to reach the desert from Muscat. I would certainly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Oman but prepare yourself to be exhausted at the end of it.

Julián J

4 star rating: Recommended March 2016

Very Good excursion. Perhaps the guided was very quick and we do not have enaugh time to enjoy the places.

Fred B

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

It was a very interesting experience with lots of relevant information supplied by a very capable tour guide. Basim did an excellent job to make a long trip most interesting. His driving skills are excellent as well - the sand was loots of fun! The visit to the wadi was also very interesting. The best part of these trips is that everybody can relax and observe and there is no driver who misses out on most of the good stuff.


4 star rating: Recommended October 2008


John B

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2017

Picked up on time in a very clean Land Cruiser, by polite and friendly tour guide. Asked in transit by our guide if we would like to go to a Perfume factor, we said no, but still ended up at the Perfume factory...45min wasted. Thought that we would then head to Wadi Bani Khalid for swim and lunch, but headed to the desert! We thought at this point we would complete our 4 x 4 Sand Dune/of road experience, but had Dates and Coffee this was lovely in a tent and then proceeded to head to the Wadi and swum and had our Picnic lunch, much later than we thought! At this stage we were getting concerned we would run out of time. After some gentle persuasion more then once, as our guide didn't seem to want to go off road we headed back to the desert why 2 trips, drove 50m up one sand dune, stopped and was encourage to take photos how exciting is that! I noticed at least 6 other vehicles doing amazing things across and up and down the dunes while we drove at pedestrian pace along a road! We were left disappointed that we didn't experience the 4 x 4 Sand Dune/of Road adrenalin rush we expected and paid for! We head pack to Muscat quite confused and disappointed, arriving home after 7pm.
Summarising. Tour Guide was clearly on different agenda! He provided minimal local knowledge. He wasn't experienced in off road driving, or I would not be writing this. The trip to the Wadi and then back to the Sand Dunes added at least an hour to our trip total perplexed by that. Not sure why the Perfume factory was part of the deal. We felt that we spent our money on being driven to Wadi via the North pole, when we could have walked there quicker. It was suggested to us that we could do the 4 x 4 experience next time....
Signed. Disappointed traveller.

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