Oman – Arabian Desert Explorer
Sitting peacefully among its more turbulent neighbours, Oman is a calm and composed nation, renowned for its awe-inspiring natural scenery. From its stark and desolate interior, to its verdant and fertile coastline, our two-week tour will take us through these contrasting landscapes. We’ll meet local Bedouins along the way and camp beneath starry skies.
We start in the bustling town of Muscat, delving into Omani history and heritage. Then we’ll venture out into the Arabian Sea to spot the local dolphins, often seen in their hundreds. The next couple of days see us travelling away from the city and into Oman’s stunning countryside. We’ll pass through traditional villages, the Hajjar mountains and ‘The Grand Canyon of Oman’, or Jebel Shams.
We continue on to Nizwa, the cultural capital of the country. Here we’ll explore its souqs and impressive, ancient fort, before moving on to the enormous dunes of Wahiba Sands. This is home to a surprising amount of wildlife, and populated by Bedouin who eke out an existence around the few desert oases here.
The next leg of our journey takes us through Oman’s least-populated regions, where the wildest and most remote deserts are found. These are home to Bedouin nomads, unusual rock structures and great white dunes, as well as the legendary ‘lost city’ of Ubar.
Having crossed Arabia’s southern deserts via the Empty Quarter and Qara mountains, the tour will finish up in Salalah. Here we can wander through the aromatic alleyways of the Al Husn souq, alive with the colour of cotton headdresses and glittering Omani lanterns. This will be also be a chance to shower off the dust and reflect on our incredible expedition.
This small group tour takes us via Oman’s well-known highlights, to the regions that aren’t so well-known and in fact, are barely visited.