Wahiba Sands (10 h)
- Important Info
Escape the city and head to the dunes of Wahiba Sands. Experience the wonders of the desert on a full day tour in the Sharqiyah region of Oman. Learn about the customs of the bedouins that live amongst the golden sands, discover ancient architecture, roam a women’s only traditional market, visit the Sultan’s favourite village and picnic by the luscious natural pools of Wadi Bani Khalid.
At a Glance
- Visit the old city of Ibra
- Shop at a women’s only traditional souk
- The ancient village of Al Minzafah
- Tea and dates with a Bedouin Family
- Picnic at Wadi Bani Khalid
What You Can Expect
Enter the dune landscape of the Sharqiyah region where you will visit the old city of Ibra, the gateway to the desert. On Wednesday mornings a very special event takes place in Ibra: the women’s souk. It is the only market in Oman where the merchants and the clients are only women. Men are not allowed in this market and convene at a nearby coffee shop for a chat. The tour continues to Al Minzafah, one of the Sultan’s favourite villages in the country. This part of Ibra features many old homes built in the traditional Omani architectural style. The houses are close to 300 years old and are said to be the oldest in the country.
Get the chance to visit a Bedouin family for tea and dates in the middle of the Wahiba Desert. You may even get the opportunity to ride a camel (if available). Drive through the ever changing dunes towards the evergreen Wadi Bani Khalid. Enjoy a specially packed picnic lunch and then take the chance to jump into the refreshing pools or explore the surrounding wadi landscape.
- Private guided tour
- Picnic lunch
- Entrance fees
- Tea and dates with a bedouin family
Days of Operation: Daily
Duration: 10 hours
Departure Timings: All other days: 0800h; Wednesdays: 0600h
Meeting Point: Pick up from your hotel or accommadation in Muscat
Know Before You Go
- Tour is in a 4WD
- Please be conscientious of local customs when taking photos
- Women only are allowed into the Wednesday Souk
- Bring swimwear or a change of clothes if you wish to swim in the wadi
- Camel Ride (can be arranged on site if available)
If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.