1001 nights desert ride – Wahiba sand desert crossing

An exciting new ride in the Sultanate of Oman often referred  to as “The Jewel of the Arabian Gulf”.
A stunning country to visit with mountain ranges, wadis, desert and the sea and, according to the legend home of Sinbad the Sailor. Oman has retained its ancient atmosphere and mystique; now is the time to visit

Day 1

Arrival at Seeb international airport, taxi transfer at your own cost more or less 10 om to your hotel in Muttrah.

Meeting your company representative at your hotel.

Afternoon city tour at your convenence, hotel is well located only 10 minutes walking distance from Muttrah old city and port. Muttrah Souq, one of the most popular souqs in the Middle East. Take a walk in its labyrinths  with a myriad of merchandise, from imported fabrics to exotic Oriental spices, perfumes and richly handcrafted Artifacts. A visit to this frenetic, pulsating hub of Muscat‟s old quarter makes for a delightful experience. After Muttrah 5 minutes by taxi, the magnificent Al Alam Palace, the official residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said the ruler of Oman. The palace is an architectural marvel for both its design and its location between the twin Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali .

Hotel*** HB basis

Day 2

Early Hotel pick up to start an incredible day crossing hadjar mountain via Wadi Beni Awf, threw a sinuous and vertiginous mountain car track. Amazing villages balat Sayt, Al Hamra, Lunch in Al Hamra village. wich is a 400 year old town village wich is also known as Hamra el Abryeen with reference to the Albri tribe who live there.

Al Hamra
We will continu to Nizwa tourist site par excellence and the first capital of the Sultanate of Oman in the sixth and seventh centuries. Nizwa has managed to retain its charm through the centuries with its strong and its guard tower that protects the city against invaders. This is the land of Imam Ibn Al Julanda first democratically appointed imam in the seventh century. Visit the fort surrounded by palm trees. This fort built in the seventeenth century by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya’ruba. Nizwa Souq is the city, famous for its handicrafts and agricultural products, has an expansive souq with an array of products. The souq bustles with vendors selling everything from meat, fish, fruits and Nizwa is renowned for its silver jewelry which is considered to be the best in the country.

Hotel night Nizwa HB basis

Wadi Beni Awf , Balat Sayt

Day 3

Early transfer to Al Wasil around 2 hours 30 minutes Drive where our horses and team are waiting for you.  Nice welcome Arabic Kawah!

This Day is quite important day, each rider will have a horse for all the crossing it is important to adjust our European riding standart to our spirit desert horses,  short morning ride to our desert camp. Horse guide briefing. This day is made to Adjust to desert weather and horses. We will not ride long distance.

Overnight in a confortable Desert camp.

Day 4/5/6/7/8  last Morning sea ride

Breakfast and set off early for this long desert crossing of 180 km of desert tracks and sand dunes! Set off riding on a sand track, firstly along a valley past Bedu homesteads where camels are penned. A picnic lunch and after a siesta under thorn tress, ride on in the cool afternoon to find camp which will be set up ahead by the back up team. Overnight in a mobile tented camp. (B,L,D)

Each day our team is building a confortable camp, Wahiba sand desert is open to strong wind during winter that ‘ s why our team will sett up nice evening camps and Lunch time desert shelters to protect us from strong sun.. Our camp are changing according to weather condition we rarely use same places… Single Igloo Tents are built each night or Dbl tent according to riders request. A Nice camp fire with a tent mess Each Night.

Our cook will provide delicious Omani Dinners along the trail, Majbos Also named Kabsa, this dish is rice mixed with saffron cooked with spicy red or white meat. Majboos translates to be engaged in Oman and is almost always served at special occasions like weddings and engagements!

Mashuai, Another delicious dish you will find in Oman is the mouth watering Mashuai! It is a dish consisting of roasted king fish and savoury lemon rice!!

Another popular street food in Oman is Mishkak, which is grilled pieces of marinated meat, normally chicken, mutton or beef on long wooden sticks. Served hot with tamarind chutney, you can choose whether you want to eat it off the stick or with fresh Arab bread.

Halwa is a sticky, sweet gelatinous snack, made from brown sugar, honey, eggs and various spices. It has a lot of flavours, such as rose water, nuts, chocolate, etc. Some halwas are also made from the Omani dates.  It takes quite a while to make as it is slowly boiled over a wood fire. Halwas can last over four months without losing any of its quality! It is often accompanied with Kahwa as another sign of hospitality.

Without forgetting Omani Kahwa wich is a very strong bitter coffee that is often served in tiny cups either with dates or halwa. Kahwa is made from freshly roasted ground coffee and flavoured with some cardamom.

Over the next 4.5 days you cross the Wahiba, a huge desert of 10,000 square km. This is a real challenge for all but the perfect place to spend time with the Bedu who have inhabited this desert for centuries. The Omanis Bedus are very proud and hospitality is an important part of their way of life. You will be invited into nomadic camps, made of palm leaves, and perhaps meet some of the camel caravans that still traverse this desert – the Omanis are famous for breeding the best camels of the middle east. The ride follows the same route as the caravans, the route of the wells or ‘Tiwis’ where a few Bedu families still live, the most famous of which is Tiwi Amal, owned by Hamal who is over 90 years of age. To avoid the heat of the day you will copy the Bedu and ride in the early morning and late afternoon / evening (or even at night), with long mid-day siestas. You ride south eastward for the most part, along tracks of compact sand which allow good progress, the Arab horses showing you what great stamina they have. Every day is different offering stunning multicolored landscapes and encounters with wildlife before the heat of the day are possible. Every evening the team of Wahiba Bedu will set up the mobile camp and prepare the food. The last camp is close to the sea and hopefully grilled fish will be on the menu! Here you will see fishing Bedu of the coast, who wear green and white ‘kefirs’ (like the turtles) rather than the red and white of the desert Bedu. (B,L,D)

Last camping night with sea view!

Day 8

Morning ride to reach the Indian Ocean!

Guest will pick-up from the Guheid and drive to Sur

it is an ideal location in the northeast province of Sharquia and is a seafaring town, a fishing village and a trading port all in one. The highlight of the town is the dhow builder‟s yard on the coast just beyond the town. Sur started trading activities with the African coast as early as the 16th century A.D. a drive through its labyrinthine streets reveals many fine old houses with caved doors, arabesque windows and other intricate details.  We continu our drive to Wadi Shab; Wadi Shab literally means „Ravine between the cliffs‟. The green pools and abundant shade give Wadi shab an almost ethereal aura.

Relaxing afternnon at Wadi Shab guesthouse on sea side well merited after this long desert ride!

Hotel night Wadi Shab resort DBL HB

Day 9

After breakfast we will pass by Bimmah Sink Hole, it is a spectacular limestone crater created many years ago by a collapsing mountain and filled with blue-green sea water – a real wonder of nature.

Driving back Muscat to our Sea side hotel and relaxing afternoon

Bimah sinkhole

Day 10

End of services departure

Hotels and camp accomodations

  • Day 1: Muscat hotel ***HB
  • Day 2: Nizwa hotel ****HB
  • Day 3: Desert camp* FB
  • Day 4 to 7: Camping FB
  • Day 8: Guesthouse Wadi Shab*** HB
  • Day 9: Muscat hotel****  BB

Package price include

  • 4 X Overnight stay at hotels
  • 1 X Overnight desert camp
  • Dinner at the hotel on day 1/2/8
  • Breakfast from day 2 to day 10
  • Entrances fees for fort and museum
  • Water and Juices on board during the riding tours from day

Kindly note some sites that are subject to closure due to religious festivals, Government holidays and some due to weather conditions and seasonality *

All Known taxes and service charges Package does not include

  • Any item of personal nature
  • Any Meals/ beverages which are not mentioned under “include Services”
  • Tips and porterage Ø Any optional tours/ excursions
  • Oman visa upon arrival Terms and Conditions:
  • This offer is valid for minimum of 4 Pax
  • Offer is on request basis and upon availability
  • Rates are valid from 1st of january, 2019 until 31th of december, 2019
  • All accommodation as mentioned above meal plan
  • All above mentioned rates are in Omani rial and inclusive of currently valid taxes and service charges
  • Package rate is based on the fixed roundtrip. Any changes/ amendments of the hotels & program, package rate will change Ø 4WD vehicle – Maximum 4 persons
  • Please note that Friday and Saturday are public holidays in Oman a lot of points of interest are closed on Fridays Ø Normal Check in Time Muscat is 14:00 hrs and check out time is 12:00 Hrs

RATE PER PAX

The exchange rate for USD to OMR is 2.621

  • 1450 OM in SGL tent igloo and 4/3 stars hotel DBL Basis
  • SGL supplement: 150 om

Kindly note that we can offer riding part only without pre hotel booking and visits.

Meeting point in Wasel