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Nomadic Experience

Duration: Half Day

nomadic experience

Oman is an exotic Middle Eastern jewel, renowned for its sweeping golden deserts, beautiful palm-fringed sandy beaches, green wadis (oasis), dramatic gorges, rugged mountains and fascinating cultural and architectural heritage that dates back over 5,000 years. It is no surprise that this beautiful, diverse country is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination. This exciting day tour will reveal just some of Oman’s unique treasures.

Travel off the beaten track during your holiday in Oman, to remote regions that boast idyllic tranquillity and breathtaking scenery. This tour will take you deep into the desert to the beautiful Wahiba Sands in Oman’s eastern region. This vast sea of deep red-golden sand dunes is a truly breathtaking sight. Wahiba Sands is the traditional home of the desert dwelling Bedouins and they can often be seen travelling through the desert on camels.

Enjoy a picnic lunch and an exhilarating drive across the dunes. In the middle of the desert, we stop for an optional camel ride, which is a fun and amusing experience. You will stay overnight in the desert Bedouin Camp, the only one of its kind in the Wahiba Sands. Meet the friendly nomadic Bedouins, and immerse yourself in their fascinating culture. Enjoy the tranquility of the desert’s vast wilderness as you look out onto golden sand dunes surrounding the camp, stretching as far as the eye can see.

The camp's simplicity and serenity is a wonderful environment in which to relax in after the hustle and bustle of city life. Enjoy a traditional Arabic barbecue meal, Omani coffee and dates in the evening before sleeping under the starry Middle Eastern skies, sheltered under a traditional Bedouin tent. This is a wonderful, memorable experience not to be missed. Breakfast will be provided at the camp the next morning.

We drive back to the capital Muscat in the morning, passing through the tranquil fishing town of Sur on the way. In the past, Sur was Oman's main centre of trade with East-Africa. Enjoy a stroll around the harbour before we visit the traditional dhow building yard, which the town is renowned for. The traditional Arabian wooden vessels are still built by hand here today.

We then travel on to the village of Qalhat where you will see the ruins of Bibi Miriam's Tomb before we continue onwards to Wadi Bani Khalid. The beautiful clear pools of this lush wadi (oasis) are a welcoming sight amidst the dry, barren surroundings. Before we reach Muscat, you will also see the beautiful Bimah Sinkhole, a natural crater formed by a collapsing mounting. The hole is filled with clear, blue-green sea water and is a popular swimming spot for the local people.

Finally, we pass through the charming fishing village of Quriyat, which was a major port centuries ago. Quriyat Fort protects the town centre, and the harbour is guarded by a unique 17th century watch tower, perched on top of a small rocky islet.

We will return to Muscat by the afternoon. Alternatively, you can enjoy an overnight stay in a luxury camp in the desert. Beautifully located, the camp is fully air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms.

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