Wahiba Sands
Wahiba Sands
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark4,022 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
An afternoon, night, and morning in the desert are a MUST-DO when visiting Oman. You will be amazed by the soft beauty of the endless sand landscapes in the gentle glow of the sunlight - and you will be (pleasantly) shocked by the perfect silence. Not... a... sound!

The swaying camels on the horizon... The simple flavors of the food... Comfortable beds in a Bedouin tent illuminated by a solar-powered lamp... A shower under the open sky... Sunrise on top of a giant dune early in the morning...

Desert Retreat Camp has it all. We were picked up in a 4x4 at the company's office just outside the desert area, but you can also skip the transportation and follow the big car if you have your own 4WD.

Additionally, we opted for 1 hour of 'sand bashing' in a 4x4, which was a unique, fun, and somewhat expensive experience (but how often are you in the desert?).

The only small 'snake in paradise' was a hefty scorpion visiting the dining tent. Such a creature is not life-threatening, but a sting is reportedly quite painful.

The staff claimed that there are usually never scorpions in the camp - but apparently, one should never say never. Therefore: Walk around the camp with sandals and only take off your shoes when you are about to climb the giant dune in the 'backyard' (surprisingly tough).
Written November 27, 2023
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Brun066
Florence, Italy12,485 contributions
Jan 2023
Most of Oman, due to the hot climate and low rainfall, has a sub-desert appearance, if its surface has not been modified by man (for example through the addition of water). But the desert comes closest to the mental image we have of it (moreover inexact, because most deserts are stony instead) when it's made up of sand. Then the sterility of the soil appears more perfectly, which gives space to vegetation only in isolated corners; and precisely for this reason (that is, because it is more "deserted") it seems to me that it exerts the greatest charm.
After the immense Rub' al Khali, the "empty quarter", which extends for 250,000 sq kms and which only partially falls within the borders of Oman, the largest sandy desert of Oman is this one, and it's also very (too ?) frequented by travellers.
We have visited it in its northern sector, in and out of Bidiyah Oasis, heading almost exactly south to the Safari Desert Camp. It's a journey of perhaps 25 kms in the middle of nowhere, mostly along a very shallow but sheltered valley, which allows some stunted grass to grow in the "winter" season. All around, to the east and west, absolutely barren dunes, more or less high, predominate.
Although I have some desert experience (among other things, I went hiking with the Bedouin tribes for 12 consecutive days through the Sinai peninsula), the Wahiba (or Sharqiya) Sands were a rather unusual experience for me, precisely because they are made of sand, and therefore arouse a feeling of "absolute" that seems made to strike the human soul. I strongly recommend them.
Written April 30, 2023
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Joan R
5 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
What a great time! Spending the night in the desert is always a unique experience. The Omani desert is no different. In Wahiba Sands, most of the camps offer dune bashing right before sunset so you can watch the sunset on top of the dunes. It was breathtaking! Taresh was our chauffeur and he gave us a wild ride! So much fun! Taresh is not afraid to drive up and down the dunes! Not to be missed!
Written April 10, 2023
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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland9,999 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
All desserts have some magic and mystery. If you spend your holiday in Oman try to spend one night in the camp in the dessert. Unforgettable experience.
Written March 8, 2023
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Oliver H
Cologne, Germany23 contributions
Dec 2022
Thank you Salam Hamed Mohammad Al Wahibi called "Salim" for treating us to an unforgettable desert adventure! We were lucky to have you as our guide, with your centuries of knowledge and experience of the Omani Bedouin culture. Salam, you made us laugh with your sense of humour and your warm and friendly nature and our children felt perfectly safe during the entire journey. You read the desert like a newspaper, skillfully navigating the sand dunes with your 4-wheel drive, and taking us to wonderful places and perfect camp sites.

We were mesmerized by the sand storm and sandfishes, and we were amazed to watch the camels at night. We had the privilege of joining your wonderful Bedouin family, singing and dancing around the camp fire and feasting on a delicious goat BBQ.

It was an experience that we won't forget and we thank you for making it so special. If you're looking for a unique and unparalleled adventure in Wahiba Sands, Oman, then take this chance! Give Salam Al Wahibi a call or Whats App Message on +96899033116 or +96892551459 and you will have great times in Wahiba Sands and area.
Written January 23, 2023
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petra
3 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
We came to Al Wasil And followed road towards arabian Oryx desert camp in our 2wd. We were able to get to first dunes, we parked, packed fór camping And Went to dunes walking. It is enough to do short walk and we were fully surrounded by dunes. We had lot of fun there And we stayed overnight there. We ecperienced half And Hour rain:-).
Written December 30, 2022
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Iolanda Guerra e Andrade
Lisbon, Portugal1,904 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
Having been to several deserts in various different countries before, I hadn't any specific expectations as to the sunset. I was nevertheless surprised at the quality of the camp we stayed at overnight. The lodgement (tent like, despite the air conditioning and private bathroom); the open fire place gathering; the swimming pool (tank like); the buffet restaurant and even the oryx and gazelle areas should be mentioned.
Written November 23, 2022
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Shailesh & Sushama
Muscat, Oman11 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Well trained Guides, have passion to give THE BEST SERVICE WITH SMILE. Kudos To Owner and your proud member Mr. KHALFAN.
Written October 24, 2022
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ11,562 contributions
Mar 2022
Before making our way to Wahiba Sands, my wife and I were picked up in sturdy 4x4 SUVs in preparation for some “dune bashing”! We knew we were going to be in for an exciting ride when our driver got out of the car to let a bit of air out of the tires—this maximizes the control the drivers have out in the sands.

After stopping briefly to drops off our luggage and register at the Arabian Oryx Camp, we were back in the SUV and off for some dune bashing.

The skill of the dune drivers cannot be overstated. This driving is not for weekend drivers or folks who want to experiment while on vacation—leave the dune bashing to the professionals!

We went up and down dunes, across dunes, it felt like a great roller coaster ride. Our driver was always in complete control—truly an exhilarating experience. At times it felt as if we were about to tip over, but never fear, our driver knew exactly what he was doing!

Before heading back to the camp, we stopped to sit on a dune and enjoy the breathtaking sunset. This view alone was well worth the trip to the Wahiba Sands; just spectacular!
Written August 24, 2022
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George Vlad
Guildford, UK111 contributions
Mar 2022
This is a place where locals bring their 4x4s to do "dune bashing" and to camp. It's noisy, dirty and full of garbage. Guides circle tourists like vultures trying to make a quick buck. Go to the Empty Quarter instead.
Written March 7, 2022
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