Private 4x4 Desert and Wadi Safari - Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khalid
On the way back to Muscat there is a final stop at the village of Mudairib to see its traditional watchtowers.
- Picnic lunch
- Private 4x4 vehicle transport
- English speaking guide
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Food and drink, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A current valid copy of your passport is required on the day of travel
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- Buses used for excursions are of the highest standard available. All buses are air-conditioned and equipped with a microphone.
- 4x4 vehicles used for the off-road safaris are air-conditioned with a maximum capacity of 6 passengers plus driver. All drivers are qualified off-road professionals, first-aid trained and carry cell phones. All vehicles are equipped with seat-belts and passengers are required to wear them at all times.
- Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but sweaters or jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings. Good quality sunglasses are advised, and photo-chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles. Hats or some protection for the head are advisable when in direct sunlight. Oman has conservative dress traditions. Swimwear should be confined to the beach and hotel pools. Men and women should ensure shoulders and knees are covered when in public, especially in souks, shops and villages.
- Normal tourist photography is acceptable, but it is considered offensive to photograph Arab women. It is also courteous to ask permission before photographing men. Photographs of government buildings or military installations are not allowed.
- The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any part of this tour for reasons of government decisions, public holidays, weather conditions, or similar.
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!
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.
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.
Excellent guide who was very good with our 6 year old. Country is amazing and the desert safari was very exciting.