Wahiba Sands

Experience the peace and tranquility of the Wahiba Sands in true Hud Hud style
OVERVIEW

The desert landscape of the Wahiba Sands is renowned within Oman for its remoteness and contains some of the most spectacular dunes in the entire country. Have a shower and relax in luxury tents with gourmet food after a day’s camel riding or driving across the sand.

The desert has an almost mystical charm, enhanced by its relationship to historical figures such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger. We normally camp around 40 kilometres into the Wahiba so as to evoke a true sense of solitude and stillness completely removed from the distraction of cars, pollution and electric light. All of our tours are private and can range from one night in the desert to an eight-night 1,000km expedition from Muscat to Salalah via boats, cars and quad bikes.

Here in the Wahiba Sands we sleep in authentic handmade Bedouin tents, carefully selected and situated to suit both the environment and the views. As well as desert based activities such as dune driving, sand-boarding and camel riding, the journey from Muscat takes guests on a spectacular drive over the Eastern Hajar Mountains and includes visits to 2,500 BC tombs; traditional villages; old forts and watchtowers; date plantations; wadis and canyons. We recommend guests spend two nights here to really get a sense of local life and culture in the desert or, for a memorable contrast, combine it with a stay in the mountains.

ITINERARY

The route to the Wahiba Sands begins with a trip over the Eastern Hajar Mountains and across the Selma Plateau, passing ancient villages that were previously only accessible travelling on a donkey or by foot. This long, West-facing ridge is spectacularly lined with numerous beehive tombs built by the Umm Naa people in around 2500 BC. It’s here that we’ll serve a delicious freshly prepared lunch, ‘Bedouin style’, on traditional rugs and cushions in the shade, perched up high amidst wonderful views out over the Eastern Hajar Mountains. After lunch our guides will drive you through traditional villages, past old forts, watchtowers and date plantations before heading west for the Wahiba Sands Desert. As the sun begins to set we’ll pass some russet red dunes and an 18th century fort at Mudayrib before heading south towards our luxury desert camp and starlit skies.

Take a look at what else is possible during your trip to the desert:

Whilst we are happy to organise two-night trips from Muscat to the desert, for those wishing to get a deeper insight into the beauty of Oman we recommend including both the desert and the Hajar mountains as well as some parts of the coast if time permits. Here are some sample itineraries: