WAHIBA SANDS

WAHIBA SANDS

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In Oman‘s middle, desert dunes extend for miles, forming what is called the Wahiba Sands. This is where the Bedu people live, and for those in search of the real, authentic, and traditional Oman it is a popular travel destination. Experience the nomadic way of life in the Wahiba Sands by joining a tour that […]

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In Oman‘s middle, desert dunes extend for miles, forming what is called the Wahiba Sands. This is where the Bedu people live, and for those in search of the real, authentic, and traditional Oman it is a popular travel destination. Experience the nomadic way of life in the Wahiba Sands by joining a tour that lets you travel on a camel’s back and sleep underneath the stars in the desert. Ibra town serves as the main gateway to the Wahiba Sands, and this is where many guided tours commence.

The Wahiba Sands is a large region of the desert just four hours drive from Muscat. The geology is mixed: in the north there are smaller hills and wide-range areas, in the east there are hills rising up to 100 meters against the sea, and in the south, at Barr El Hikman, there is a vast expanse of flat sand with challenging salt pads and home to gigantic colonies of winged creatures relocating.

A surprisingly big cluster of vegetation is calling the sands home, as are around 3,000 Bedouins, some of whom you get the chance to meet when you visit the Wahiba. Additionally there are camps in the desert to go through the night, an outstanding experience that starts with a dazzling nightfall, continues with a thickly lined sky and ends with the delicate light of a day break in the desert.

Leaving the Wahiba Sands, a spectacular drive goes between the revamped slopes of the eastern Hajar mountains and the coast, past the magnificent water pools and the mysterious gulch of Wadi Bani Khalid. On the beach, Ras Al Junayz is a little sandy sound where green tortoises come to settle all year round (although the essential settling season is July to September) and there is a chance to settle down. Through here you follow the shoreline, going through small towns and cities dissipated along the shoreline. The region is outstanding, despite strong signs of the harm caused by the destructive Gonu wind of 2007. Closer to Muscat, sparkling white shorelines settle under rough shades, and a fallen cavern has made an amazing sinkhole.

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