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Muscat: Wahiba Desert and Wadi Bani Khalid Guided Group Tour

1. Muscat: Wahiba Desert and Wadi Bani Khalid Guided Group Tour

Have you ever thought of attending a desert where you can explore the boundless sea of sand and feel the baking temperatures on your own? If your answer is yes, so the Wahiba Wilderness Tour is just for you! Cross the desert dunes 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!

Wahiba Sand and Wadi Bani Khalid Guided Group Tour

2. Wahiba Sand and Wadi Bani Khalid Guided Group Tour

Ever dreamt of exploring a golden desert of the middle East, experiencing the intense heat the Wahiba Wilderness Tour is tailor-made for you! Cruise through desert dunes in a 4WD vehicle, savoring the thrill of off-road navigation. Venture into Wahiba Sands to observe the traditional homes of desert nomads and Bedouin tribes, keeping watch for nomads accompanied by their camels. Explore a Bedouin residence nestled in the desert heart, contrasting the arid surroundings with the crystalline waters of Wadi Bani Khalid. Take a leisurely break in the shade of palm trees, marvel at villages adorning the wadi slopes, and appreciate houses clinging to the rugged mountainside. Remember to pack your swimsuit for a revitalizing dip in the inviting waters!

Oman: Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khaled Private Trip

3. Oman: Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khaled 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: Private Desert Safari and Overnight

4. From Muscat: Private Desert Safari and Overnight

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.  Begin your journey in Muscat and head towards Wadi Bani Khalid, where you will stop for a refreshing bath in the deep pools, and explore the hidden Mukal cave. Relax under the sun and enjoy a nice breeze from the mountains. Tuck into a tasty lunch, and then continue on to Bidiya village. Visit a Bedouin family in the desert. After spending some time with the family and enjoying Omani coffee and dates, arrive at the desert camp. In the evening drive in the desert to watch the sunset from the dunes and take amazing photographs. After dinner, enjoy a friendly conversation with friends around the campfire, and then head to your tent or your room, depending on the option you choose.

Wahiba Sands & Wadi Bani Khalid Private Tour

5. 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! 

Sunset at wahiba desert

6. Sunset at wahiba desert

Leave Muscat and head to wadi bani Khalid, one of the biggest, stunning and beautiful wadi in Oman (apprx 2:30 hrs drive). Its a great time to relax and enjoy swimming in the pools of blue and fresh water. (It's possible to have a picnic by the wadi). After having a great time in the wadi we continue drive to the desert (wahiba sand). You may enjoy the camel ride, sand boarding and quad bike. Enjoy the sunset from the big dunes. (It's an option to have a dinner at one of the desert camps). In the end its time to go back to Muscat.

Private Full Day Tour Desert Dunes, and Wadi Bani Khalid

7. Private Full Day Tour Desert Dunes, and Wadi Bani Khalid

Explore an amazing part of the world that is rarely seen. From the spectacular dunes of Wahiba Sands to the sparkling pools and lush gardens of Wadi Bani Khalid, this trip has something for everyone. Plus, you can take in the local culture and traditions as you explore, from traditional Bedouin henna art to ancient archaeological sites. All in one, this is a unique experience well worth the journey. Total Duration: 8 - 9 hours -Wadi Bani Khalid, Wadi Bani Khalid, Ash-Sharqiyah Governorate, 2 hours -Wahiba Sands, Wahiba Sands, Ash-Sharqiyah Governorate, 2 hours

Muscat: Wahiba Sands Desert & Wadi Bani Khalid Full Day Tour

8. Muscat: Wahiba Sands Desert & Wadi Bani Khalid Full Day Tour

Embark on an extraordinary Omani adventure as your tour commences with a scenic drive through majestic mountains, navigating the Sumail gap. As the landscape transforms, the Wahiba Sands unfold – a poetic desert adorned with undulating sand dunes, and the ancestral domain of the resilient Bedouin. Engage in the thrill of an exhilarating dune drive, immersing yourself in the traditional Bedouin lifestyle by meeting a welcoming Bedouin family. Capture the essence of their desert existence and perhaps indulge in the option of a camel ride for an authentic experience. Continuing your odyssey, venture to the captivating Wadi Bani Khalid. A leisurely stroll along the river bed unveils the sheer beauty of one of Oman's largest and most scenic wadis. Be captivated by the crystalline waters of the rock pools, inviting you to cool down amidst the breathtaking oasis. This tour offers a symphony of experiences – from the rugged allure of Wahiba Sands to the serene charm of Wadi Bani Khalid, providing an unforgettable encounter with the diverse landscapes and cultures of Oman. Immerse yourself in the heart of Arabia's natural wonders and ancient traditions.

Oman: Jasmin Tour | 3 Days Private Package Tour

9. 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/camp in Ras al Hadd. The next day, after a photo stop at the The Tomb of Bibi Mariam (onetime host to Marco Polo) in Qalhat, you'll continue to Wadi Shab. This is an enormous canyon where you'll hike and bathe in the crystal clear pools, crevices, and even a stunning turquoise waterfall. On the way back to Muscat, see the incredible Bamah Sinkhole, believed to have been created by a meteor.

From Muscat: Private Safari Desert, Overnight & Wadi Khalid

10. From Muscat: Private Safari Desert, Overnight & Wadi Khalid

Enjoy a desert safari in Wahiba Sand. Take this unique opportunity to step back in time and experience Oman as it was five decades ago. Begin your journey in Muscat and head towards Wadi Bani Khalid, where you will stop for a refreshing bath in the deep pools, and explore the hidden Mukal cave. Relax under the sun and enjoy a nice breeze from the mountains. Tuck into a tasty lunch, and then continue on to Bidiya village. Visit a Bedouin family in the desert. After spending some time with the family and enjoying Omani coffee and dates, arrive at the desert camp. In the evening drive in the desert to watch the sunset from the dunes and take amazing photographs. After dinner, enjoy a friendly conversation with friends around the campfire, and then head to your tent or your room, depending on the option you choose.

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(4 reviews)

It was really nice experience the deseret as well as the wadi. Our guide Salim was great, we have learned a lot about Oman and its history and culture. We had fun on the dunes. The journey from Muscat is quite long but if you have the guide like Salim there is no chance you get bored.

It was a great day with many special impressions of how diverse the landscape in Oman is! Our tour guide explained a lot to us and was a professional in the desert!

Thank you very much Khair for the pleasant journey, informative conversations and the tour in the desert and Wadi Bani Khaled!!! One of the best tour guides!!!!

Very nice activity, don't hesitate to book this experience. Thanks to our guide Fahar for allowing us to have a pleasant day.

everything about the tour was great there was a lot to see