Oman's Deserts & Mountains

Experience Oman’s deserts and mountains by staying in a luxury desert camp under the stars, taking in the fresh air by the coast at Nizwa, seeing turtles on the beaches of Ras al Jinz, and visiting Wadi Ghul – Oman’s answer to the Grand Canyon.

For a real ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ experience, Wahiba Sands is where to head. Tear up the towering sand dunes on 4x4 or quad bike and trek Bedouin-style on a camel, before sitting back and taking in a crystal clear view of the stars after dark. The nomadic Bedouin are the only people who make their home in this harsh environment, and will sometimes guide you on horse and camel treks.

Top it all off by spending the night under the stars in an atmospheric luxury desert camp for a taste of a little exotic 'glamping' - there's nothing quite like the Sands' complete silence to ensure an excellent night's sleep. The elegant Desert Nights Camp will see you staying in luxurious, traditionally-styled tents in the desert and enjoying traditional Bedouin musical performances.

For a breath of fresh air after the heat of Muscat, head to the oasis town of Nizwa, which is known for its hillside fort, sprawling palm groves, and beautiful turquoise wadis where you can take a refreshing dip. Nizwa is known as the ‘Pearl of Islam’, and rich, traditional Arabian culture is everywhere you look. In recent decades it has also become one of Oman’s most welcoming destinations for foreign visitors.

Further up in the mountains, Wadi Ghul is Oman’s answer to the Grand Canyon – magnificent views, and heaven for trekkers. Ghul itself is an atmospheric sight in its own right, a collection of crumbling ruins all that is left of a long-since abandoned village. Hide away in the amazing camp, the aptly-named The View, for far-reaching vistas over Al-Hamra and the mountains, and head to the coast for a spot of turtle-watching at Ras al Jinz. Watching green turtles emerge from the sea to nest here is a truly iconic and unforgettable nature experience.

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