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Desert Crossings & Adventures

There are not many places in the world that can be considered as peaceful and tranquil as spending some time in the Desert. The Sahara these days is mostly closed to tourists with the exception of Morocco. But the busy Moroccan desert, can in no way be compared to the serenity of the Rub al Khali (The Empty Quarter)

Most of the classic Oman Tours include a night at a semi – permanent Desert Camp in the Wahiba sands and for sure, some of these are very nice. Of course we believe we have selected the Top two camps offering best value.

Some of these camps offer the height of luxury with swimming pools and all mod cons. Come on!! What nonsense!! We are supposed to be there to soak up the atmosphere of the desert and just listen to the “Sounds of Silence“

So what better way to do this then to Wild camp? Just put up some tents, get a camp fire going, put some tasty food on a B-B-Q, walk up a Dune to see the sun setting over the golden sands and then …OK…. we make a small concession to absolute Wild camping and we break out some cold ones.

OK, I bet you are starting to feel relaxed already! So let’s take an adventure and actually cross the desert. Below we have some tours that cross either the Wahiba sands or the Oman Rub al Khali North and the Oman Rub Al Khali South

Hey!! ..Having a stressful time at work in Paris, Munich, Frankfurt, London etc ? Jump on a plane and 6/7 hours later you will be in Muscat preparing for your Desert crossing

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3 DAYS / 2 NIGHT Tour No W3D

MUSCAT + WADI BANI KHALID + WAHIBA SANDS (North to South) + MUSCAT

Day 1

Muscat – Wadi Bani Khalid ­ – Wahiba Sands Camp No 1

From Muscat we will first drive to Wadi Bani Khalid for a relaxing few hours bathing in the pools and catching some sunshine while reflecting on the Adventure to come !

After a Picnic Lunch we will drive into the Wahiba Sands and set up a wild camp in time enough to ensure we can climb a dune to watch the setting Sun. And then perhaps a few cold drinks around a camp fire while some tasty food is grilling on the Camp fire.

This is Wild Camping, nothing to disturb you, no phone calls no emails just the “sounds of silence”

Day 2

Wahiba Sands Camp No 1 – Wahiba Sands Camp No 2

Next morning after Breakfast we strike camp and Drive North – South across the Wahibas

In the direction North-South it is relatively easy going so long as the tyre pressures are correct but at the Southern end it gets more tricky so we must all be prepared to get out the sand boards and the Kinetic ropes and push and pull the cars if we get one stuck . What matters here is Team Work

As we emerge from the Desert the views are simply awesome, as you look down the sand dunes and across the Indian Ocean glittering in the Sun – Light

We will make camp somewhere here.

Day 3

Wahiba Sands Camp No 2 – Muscat

After Breakfast we will head north along the coast and drive back to Muscat following the coast the whole way. This is a long Drive but some Stunning Scenery.

 

MUSCAT + WADI BANI KHALID + WAHIBA SANDS (North to South) Tour No W3D

Note for all Desert Crossings we must take two cars and two guides 

so really to make it economical a minimum of 4 people need to book

Price List 2017-2018
R.O. 1300/- 4 Person Includes all Food & Camping Gear
R.O. 1360/- 5 Person Two 4WD Cars &  Two Divers/Guides
R.O. 1420/- 6 Person  
R.O. 1480/- 7 Person
R.O. 1520/- 8 Person

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Tour No W5D

 

MUSCAT + WADI BANI KHALID + WAHIBA SANDS (North to South) + TOP SECRET LAGOON + MUSCAT

Day 1 Day 2

As per Tour No W3D

Day 3

Wahiba Sands Camp No 2 – Top Secret Lagoon

After Breakfast we will head south along the coast. The drive along the coast with the Sand Dunes to the right of you and the Indian Ocean to your left is truly Magical and at some places the sand Dunes extend straight out to the sea

If the tide is out we will leave the main Highway and drive along the beach

Now after lunch at a local restaurant you will be asked if anyone has a GPS or a smart phone able to record GPS points, you will be asked to ensure they are switched of

We are now going to drive across salt flats to an absolutely stunning Lagoon with lots of Flamingos enjoying almost total solitude

This Top Secret place is not on any tourist routes so let’s keep it that way.

The place is of such exceptional beauty that will camp here for two nights

Day 4              

If you have ever camped at a more beautiful place anywhere in the world please let your guide know our scouts will check it out ..Seriously!!!

Day 5

 On Day 5 we will drive back to Muscat

MUSCAT + WADI BANI KHALID + WAHIBA SANDS (North to South) + TOP SECRET LAGOON + MUSCAT Tour No W5D

Note for all Desert Crossings we must take two cars and two guides

so really to make it economical a minimum of 4 people need to book

Price List 2017-2018
R.O. 2150/- 4 Person Includes all Food & Camping Gear
R.O. 2190/- 5 Person Two 4WD Cars &  Two Divers/Guides
R.O. 2230/- 6 Person  
R.O. 2270/- 7 Person  
R.O. 2310/- 8 Person

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS Tour No W7D

MUSCAT + WADI BANI KHALID + WAHIBA SANDS (North to South) + TOP SECRET LAGOON + SUGAR DUNES + RAS MADRAKA + MUSCAT

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4

As per Tour No W5D

Day 5

Top Secret Lagoon – Sugar Dunes

Today we have to leave this little bit of paradise behind and head back across the salt flats and drive to the Sugar Dunes The Sugar are of course named so as the sand is white and resembles white Sugar We will spend one night camping on a beach with the Sugar Dunes as a back drop

Day 6

Sugar Dunes – Ras Madraka

After breakfast we will drive further South past the new Industrial complex at Duqm and on to Ras Madraka where we will camp on a Majestic white sand beach surrounded by Black rocks.

Day 7

Today we have to head home Guests can either opt for the long drive back to Muscat or can fly back from Duqm airport A further option is available to stay at the very nice Crown Plaza hotel just south of Duqm for one or two nights before flying back to Muscat

MUSCAT + WADI BANI KHALID + WAHIBA SANDS (North to South) + TOP SECRET LAGOON + SUGAR DUNES + RAS MADRAKA + MUSCAT Tour No W7D

Note for all Desert Crossings we must take two cars and two guides

so really to make it economical a minimum of 4 people need to book

Price List 2017-2018
R.O. 3000/- 4 Person Includes all Food & Camping Gear
R.O. 3040/- 5 Person Two 4WD Cars &  Two Divers/Guides
R.O. 3080/- 6 Person  
R.O. 3120/- 7 Person  
R.O. 3160/- 8 Person

Not Included flights to/from Dugm or the crown Plaza hotel

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Tour No RaKN

RUB al KHALI (The Empty Quarter) North

Below a Quote from Encyclopædia Britannica “The Rubʿ al-Khali is the largest area of continuous sand in the world. It occupies more than one-fourth of Saudi Arabia’s total area and features varied topography. In the west the elevation is as high as 2,000 feet (610 metres) above sea level and the sand is fine and soft, while in the east the elevation drops to about 600 feet (180 metres), with sand dunes, sabkhahs (salt flats), and sand sheets.” We are going to follow in the intrepid footsteps of some famous explorers such as Wilfred Thesigner although admittedly we are going to do it in a bit more comfort

Day 1

Fly Muscat – Duqm

Guests will first fly from Muscat to Duqm and spend the first night in the Crown Plaza hotel

Day 2 Day 3 Day 4

Duqm – Rub al Khali North

After Breakfast we drive through a barren Landscape to first visit the Arabian Oryx reserve and afterwards we drive to edge of the Rub al Kali We will spend 4 days and 3 nights traversing and camping in this great wilderness

Day 5

Rub al Khali North – Duqm

Today we will drive back to Duqm where we will either fly back to Muscat or Guests can opt to stay at the Crown plaza and fly out the next day depending on flights

RUB al KHALI (The Empty Quarter) North Tour No RaKN

Note for all Desert Crossings we must take two cars and two guides

so really to make it economical a minimum of 4 people need to book

Price List 2017-2018
R.O. 2400/- 4 Person Includes all Food & Camping Gear
R.O. 2440/- 5 Person Two 4WD Cars &  Two Divers/Guides
R.O. 2480/- 6 Person  Included one night at Crown Plaza Hotel Duqm
R.O. 2520/- 7 Person
R.O. 2560/- 8 Person

Not Included flights to/from Duqm

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Tour No RaKS

RUB al KHALI (The Empty Quarter) South

Day 1

Fly Muscat – Salalah

Guests will first fly from Muscat to Salalah and spend the first night in a Hotel

Day 2 Day 3 Day 4

Salalah – Rub al Khali South

After breakfast we drive to the Rub al Khali We will spend 4 days and 3 nights traversing and camping in this great wilderness

Day 5

Rub al Khali South – Salalah

Today we will drive back to Salalah where we will either fly back to Muscat or Guests can opt to stay at a hotel and enjoy Salalah and the surrounding beautiful landscapes

RUB al KHALI (The Empty Quarter) South Tour No RaKS

Note for all Desert Crossings we must take two cars and two guides

so really to make it economical a minimum of 4 people need to book

Price List 2017-2018
R.O. 2450/- 4 Person Includes all Food & Camping Gear
R.O. 2490/- 5 Person Two 4WD Cars &  Two Divers/Guides
R.O. 2630/- 6 Person  Included one night at a Hotel in Salalah
R.O. 2670/- 7 Person  
R.O. 2610/- 8 Person

Not Included flights to/from Salalah

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS Tour No RaKNS / RaKSN

RUB al KHALI (The Empty Quarter) North to South or South to North

This tour combines both the Oman Northern part of the Rub al Khali and the Oman Sothern part between the two we exit the desert for a day which enables to stock up on supplies ice etc

We might do the tour first to enter the Northern Desert on Day 2 exiting the Desert on Day 5 and re-entering the Southern desert on Day 6 to Exit on Day 10. Or we might do it the other way around entering the Southern part first

 

 Day 1

Fly Muscat – Duqm or Salalah

Guests will first fly from Muscat to Duqm or Salalah and spend the first night in a Hotel

Day 2 Day 3 Day 4

Duqm – Rub al Khali North or Salalah – Rub al Khali South

After breakfast we drive to the Rub al Khali

We will spend 4 days and 3 nights traversing and camping in this great wilderness

Day 5

Rub al Khali North – transit – Rub al Khali South or Vice Versa

Today we will exit the desert and transit to either the desert North or South we will spend one night in a Hotel

Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9

Transit to Rub al Khali North or Rub al Khali South

We will re enter the Desert and spend 4 days and 4 nights traversing and camping in this great wilderness

Day 10

Rub al Khali to Salalah or Duqm

Today we will exit and drive to Salalah or Duqm where we will either fly back to Muscat or Guests can opt to stay at a hotel and enjoy a few more days relaxing in this beautiful country

RUB al KHALI (The Empty Quarter) North to South or South to North Tour No RaKNS/ RaKSN

Note for all Desert Crossings we must take two cars and two guides 

So to make it economical a minimum of 4 people need to book

Price List 2017-2018
R.O. xxxx/- 4 Person Includes all Food & Camping Gear
R.O. xxxx/- 5 Person Two 4WD Cars &  Two Divers/Guides
R.O. xxxx/- 6 Person  Included one night at a Hotel in Duqm/Salalah
R.O. xxxx/- 7 Person  Included one night in a Hotel Day 5
R.O. xxxx/- 8 Person  Not Included flights to/from Duqm/Salalah