Muscat Governorate
Desert Safaris

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Our most recommended Muscat Governorate Desert Safaris

  • From Muscat: Red Dunes and Wadi Safari with Lunch

    1. From Muscat: Red Dunes and Wadi Safari with Lunch

    Following pickup from your hotel in Muscat, drive to Fanjah for a photo stop. Be amazed by the scenery as you drive through the Sumail Gap, a natural break between the western and eastern Hajar Mountains. Discover the ruins of Al Mansfah, an old mercantile community near Ibra. Proceed to Wadi Bani Khalid to admire the perfect views of the oasis. See date plantations in the villages that line the road on your way there. Then head to Wahiba, a destination known for its golden sands. Enjoy an exciting dune bashing session. Feel the rush of adrenaline as your vehicle climbs the tallest dunes. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch before heading back to Muscat. You’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

    Great experience, great ride with our guide Mohammed Sharaf, he took good take care of us, it is a must trip especially of you are lucky to have Mohammed as guide

  • Wahiba Sands & Wadi Bani Khalid Private Tour

    2. Wahiba Sands & Wadi Bani Khalid Private Tour

    Cross the desert dunes of Muscat by 4WD vehicle, and experience the adrenaline rush of driving across the rugged terrain in an off-road mode of transport. Make your way to the Wahiba Sands to see the traditional homes of the desert nomads and Bedouin tribes. Keep a look-out for the nomads as they move through the desert with their camels. Visit a Bedouin home in the middle of the desert, and contrast the arid landscape with the clear, blue waters of Wadi Bani Khalid. Enjoy a relaxing siesta in the shade of the palm trees, and catch a glimpse of the pretty villages scattered across the slopes of the wadi. Marvel at how the houses cling precariously to the rugged mountain side. Bring your swimming costume to take a dip in the inviting waters! 

    An enjoyable trip - the driver was particularly helpful throughout the trip. It would be useful to say to take towels in the what to pack section for bathing in the Wadis. Also a picture of what is acceptable to wear when swimming at the wadis (it was displayed on a signpost at the Wadi). We did think lunch was included.

  • From Muscat: 4-Day Oman Highlights Tour

    3. From Muscat: 4-Day Oman Highlights Tour

    Day 1 Get picked up from anywhere in Muscat and drive to visit the beautiful Nakhl Fortress. Lying amongst mountain foothills in a small village with extensive date palm plantations, this magnificent 350-year-old fortress rises out of the mountain rock, towering high above the ancient village, as if still warning would-be attackers of its ominous strength. Tour the inside of the restored fortress and visit all the rooms which have been decorated in their original style. Learn about the network of hidden escape routes and secret passages that riddle the structure. Admire an outstanding view from the top of the fortress over the mountains and green date plantations. From there, drive into the Wadi Bani Awf, a picturesque dry valley. Pass by the impressive Wadi Canyons and several small villages on a scenic 1.5-hour drive before continuing up the road leading into the Jebel Shams Mountai...

  • From Muscat: Wadi Shab & Bimmah Sinkhole Full-Day Tour

    4. From Muscat: Wadi Shab & Bimmah Sinkhole Full-Day Tour

    Discover the incredible oasis of Wadi Shab - one of the last places in Oman where you can chill in fresh blue water surrounded by mountains. Enjoy a rewarding full-day experience as you explore this spectacular waterfall in a cave. Start the tour with pick up from your hotel in Muscat. Hop into an air-conditioned vehicle and set off on a 2-hour scenic drive through the otherworldly landscapes of Oman. Along the route, stop at a local coffee shop to try an energizing Omani tea. When you arrive at your destination, hidden away in the canyon of the dry river Wadi-Shab, take a very quick boat ride to the other side of the bank. From here, embark on your 40-minute hike. During the walk, experience the awesome power of nature which has forged the rock formations of this impressive canyon. Observe how the local farmers live and work, maintaining their crops in rough, rocky lands using the old ...

  • Oman: Jasmin Tour | 3 Days Private Package Tour

    5. Oman: Jasmin Tour | 3 Days Private Package Tour

    First, you'll explore the desert town of Fanya, and admire the ancient mud buildings amid a mountainous backdrop. Continue to the Old Town Mudhairib. The ruins here offer a wonderful photo opportunity. In bustling Ibra, you will stroll the local market and enjoy a midday repast before visiting its ancient village. A romantic night in a desert camp will rejuvenate you after an adventurous 4x4 sand dune drive, topped off by a stunning sunset over desert dunes and followed by a sumptuous dinner surrounded by the warmth of a campfire. On day 2, explore Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the biggest and most beautiful wadis in Oman. Swim, sunbathe, relax, or have a picnic in the scenic wadi canyons. Tour the sights of Sur, including a famous castle, and visit the Turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz. Look for nesting sea turtles and, if you are lucky, baby turtles hatching. Proceed to the overnight hotel/...

  • From Muscat: Private Desert Safari with Camping Overnight

    6. From Muscat: Private Desert Safari with Camping Overnight

    Set off on a complete adventure. This overnight desert safari will help to expand your understanding of Omani heritage with a stay under the star-lit sky at a campsite in the desert. Take this unique opportunity to step back in time and experience Oman as it was five decades ago.  The evening promises incredible views of the sun dropping under the horizon and falcons soaring by. Your overnight stay is accompanied by a number of traditional Middle Eastern activities, which provide a glimpse into the lifestyle of locals. Witness and participate in activities such as henna tattooing, camel rides, sand boarding, sipping traditional kahwa (green tea), belly dancing, tanoura dancing, and much more. Savor a delicious, traditional barbecue before settling in for the night.

  • Oman: Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khamed Private Trip

    7. Oman: Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khamed Private Trip

    To start your full-day visit to Oman, board a 4WD vehicle and get ready to visit the most fantastic wadi. Head towards Fanjah, where you will have the time to make a photo stop to snap some great pictures fo the wadi and marvelous oasis.  Drive through the Sumail Gap that divides the Western and Eastern Hajars, past the ruins of Al Mansfah old mercantile community near Ibra. Head towards Wadi Bani Khalid. Drive past a village with endless plantations before you reach the magnificent Wadi. The pools are cool and deep, filled with silky water perfect for a long swim.  Move on to Wahiba's undulating golden sands to enjoy the experience of dune bushing with your experienced guide. Let your guide show you his talent in driving across the dunes of wahiba, take memorial photos for you and your family, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before you return to Muscat.

  • From Muscat: Nakhal Fort Day Trip

    8. From Muscat: Nakhal Fort Day Trip

    Get picked up from your accommodation in Muscat and drive along the magnificent Batinah coastline to Barka before heading south to reach the Oasis of Nakhal. Catch your first sight of the Nakhal Fort, which lies in a group of mountain foothills near an abundant source of water used to irrigate extensive date palm plantations. Visit the Nakhal Fort, built originally by the Sassanids during pre-Islamic times to defend against invading Arab tribes. Tour the present-day fort, which was reconstructed in the 17th century. Then head to Al Thowarah Hot Springs just a few kilometers from Nakhal Fort. Finally, visit another pre-Islamic fort in Rustaq, the former capital of Oman during medieval times. Get dropped off back at your accommodation in Muscat.

  • Daliah: 2 Day Package Tour

    9. Daliah: 2 Day Package Tour

    Explore Nizwa, the old capital city of Oman, at the famous Nizwa Souq. A wide variety of vendors offer their goods each morning. Here you can find fish, meat, vegetables, pottery, jewelry, handicrafts and souvenirs, sold in authentic market halls. Watch as vendors hawk their livestock at the Friday cattle market. Nearby Nizwa Fortress is architectural testimony to the economic and military achievements of the early Yaruba dynasty from the mid-17th century. It was a military stronghold designed to withstand even the strongest of attacks, with traps galore set for possible intruders in its hallowed halls. The picturesque village Misfath al Abreen lies on a steep slope at the foot of Jebel Shams, and has a large Falaj system which supplies water for many orchards, date palms and vegetable gardens. Then head up Jebel Shams Mountain; at 3000 meters, it is the highest mountain of Oman. Final...

  • From Muscat: North Dunes Safari and Hot Spring Visit

    10. From Muscat: North Dunes Safari and Hot Spring Visit

    Be picked up from your accommodation in Muscat in the morning to begin the tour. Enjoy a scenic drive to the Al Nahda Dunes at Wilayat Al Nakhal, admiring the charming vistas en-route for about 1 hour. On arrival at Al Nahda Dunes, ride over huge sand dunes in a rugged off-road vehicle and experience the excitement and thrill of dune bashing for 50 minutes. After some fun on the dunes, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, travel to the hot springs at Ayoun Al Thowarah. Explore a multitude of hot springs that flow throughout the year. Take some time to relax in the hot springs, surrounded by beautiful mountains and palm trees. After some time in the hot springs, be returned to your accommodation in Muscat.

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What people are saying about Muscat Governorate

We are 3 girls and we had this trip on January 2020. We really love it, mostly the red dunes actually. The dunes are spectacular. We get there in a 4wd car driven by our guide and I think that having a local guide to drive in the desert is the best choice. The road is quite not visible and you have to know how to drive in the desert to make sure that you don’t have any car crash or you get lost. The guide (“Jacob”) was very friendly and kind. The second part of the tour was in Wadi Bani Khalid and we entered a cave where you can see fresh water underground. We really like this trip!

We had a great day with Sharaf! So happy that we booked the trip. He was very nice, very helpful and very funny. Not only as a guide also as a photographer;). I would highly recommend this trip!

Great experience, great ride with our guide Mohammed Sharaf, he took good take care of us, it is a must trip especially of you are lucky to have Mohammed as guide

The tour for me showed a part of the middle eastern world I had visited only once before. So, I found it exciting

Excellent day trip , our guide Mohamed was Great, very experience driver.