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Oman Desert | © Carlo Scherer / Flickr
Oman Desert | © Carlo Scherer / Flickr

The Best Desert Adventure Tours in Oman

Picture of Gehad Medhat
Updated: 19 December 2017

Oman is known for its magnificent mountains that can be found throughout its lands. It is also distinguished with some of the most unique deserts in the Middle East, like Al Rub’ Al Khali (The Empty Quarter) in the south and Al Wahiba Sands in the east. For the ultimate Arabic safari adventure, here are the best desert tours in Oman.

Oman Desert Adventure

The Oman Desert Adventure tour is organized by Wild Frontiers and lasts 11 days. This tour promises a host of adventure, fitness, cultural discoveries and comfort. Tourists will enjoy discovering the Al Hajar Mountains of northern Oman, the Al Wahiba Sands in the Al Sharqiya region in eastern Oman, the historical forts of Nizwa and Jabrin in the Al Dakhliya region, and finally, the biggest sand sea in the world in Al Rub’ Al Khali desert in southern Oman. This tour includes three meals a day in local restaurants, a minibus and a 4×4 for transportation as well as accommodation in hotels, beach villas and in desert and beach camps.

Camel Safari Tour

The Camel Safari Tour offers options for tours that range from a few hours to a whole day, depending on your booking. During the tour, visitors will explore hidden wadis, an oasis, Bedouin villages and sand dunes in the magnificent Al Wahiba Sands. Tourists can rest inside Bedouin camps and savour traditional food, delicious dates and Omani Qahwa (coffee).

Safari Desert Camp

On this tour, visitors will experience the Bedouin lifestyle. Watch the sunset between sand dunes and ride from the camp using a 4×4 or a camel. Then, enjoy a filling Bedouin dinner, followed by Omani Qahwa and delicious dates around a warm camping fire. Later, chat with Bedouins or sleep under stunning crystal stars.

Camping in Al Rub’ Al Khali

Camping in Al Rub’ Al Khali is a tour in which visitors can enjoy one night under the charming stars of this amazing desert. Explore famous attractions around the desert, including the Lost City of Ubar, golden sand dunes and the frankincense trees of Wadi Dawkah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Camel Safari and Camping With a Bedouin Family

On this tour, visitors will enjoy two nights with a Bedouin family under the Arabian stars. They will explore the desert in eastern Oman with Bedouin guides, go for camel rides and enjoy the crystal waters of the Sea of Oman.

Two Night Under South Oman Stars

Another great tour for camping lovers, this three-day adventure takes place in the Al Rub’ Al Khali desert. Along with exploring the desert and stargazing, tourists will enjoy discovering the Al Qamar mountains of Dhofar and savour a refreshing swim at Alfazayeh Beach.

Oman Family Adventure

Run by Audley Travel, the Oman Family Adventure tour lasts 10 days and nine nights and it takes tourists on a unique, self-driven experience in the northern part of Oman. The tour starts in Muscat, where visitors will enjoy its beautiful attractions for two days, followed by a visit to Nizwa for a taste of Oman’s unique culture, history and heritage. Then, continue to the Al Wahiba Sands for three days, and finally, to Ras Al Jinz to see green turtles on their journey to lay eggs and return to the sea before sunrise. This tour then returns to Muscat for a final coastal adventure before coming to an end.