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Wahiba Sands (Sharqiyah Sands)
Wahiba Sands (Sharqiyah Sands)

Wahiba Sands (Sharqiyah Sands)

Wahiba Sands, Oman

The Basics

A desert safari is a must to experience Oman’s natural wonders, whether its dune bashing in a 4x4, taking a sunset camel ride, or zipping through the dunes on a sandboard or quad bike. Small-group or private tours leave from Muscat or Bidiyah, and typically include a picnic lunch at a traditional desert camp, swimming at Wadi Bani Khalid, and a variety of optional activities.

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Private Safari Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat
Private Safari Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat
star-4.5
$200.00 per adult
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Highly Recommended
Amazing experience, very nice and friendly driver. We had a great time day visiting these great sites.
Evangelos_M, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Muscat

star-5
An amazing day tour
andrewmclifford, Nov 2021
Desert experience - Private Wahiba sands full day tour
Thank you for an amazing day tour into the Oman desert. We enjoyed the cave pools and drive into seeing local life in the desert. We had the opportunity to try coffee and dates - a must! A very comfortable vehicle with air conditioning and Wi-Fi available. A knowledgeable driver and tour guide whose first language is not English but was excellent. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
star-4
Nice trip
Tania C, Jan 2020
Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid Desert Safari
Nice trip! Our guide was kind and the trip was safety. We expect more adventure in our safari desert tour.
star-5
Great day
Lilia_K, Feb 2020
Desert experience - Private Wahiba sands full day tour
Great experience , the guide was really good and told us lots of interesting things about Oman , the trip was beautiful, make sure you bring a T-shirt and shorts to be able to swim at the oasis as you are not allowed just in bikini , I also recommend swim shoes
star-5
Amazing tour!
miriambausa, Jul 2019
Day Trip To Wahiba Sands & Wadi Bani Khalid (Desert Safari)
We really enjoyed this tour. Spectacular views of the dessert and natural pools. Thank you so much to the tourist guide!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Heading off-road in the desert is only recommended as part of a guided tour with an experienced local guide.

  • It can get hot in the desert and there’s little shade, so bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water. A scarf to protect your face from the sand is also recommended.

  • There is no cellphone coverage or Wi-Fi in the area.

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How to Get There

The Wahiba Sands desert is about a 3-hour drive from Muscat, off the Muscat-Sur Highway at Al-Mintirib. The most popular way to visit is as part of a guided tour.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Wahiba Sands is during the winter months from October to April. During the summer (May to September), temperatures can reach 104°F (40°C) or more.

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Wildlife of the Wahiba Sands

Wahiba Sands is renowned for its unique desert ecosystem and surprisingly rich biodiversity. Some 180 native species of plants, as well as more than 200 species of animals, can be found in the desert, including vipers, desert hares, sand foxes, and birds. The best times for wildlife watching are at sunrise or sunset, but guides will often point out animal tracks as you trek through the desert.

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