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

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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.

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.

Anonymous

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2008

Recommended.

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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