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Wild Wonders of Oman: An Amazing 7 Night Guided Self-Drive Adventure

Create cherished memories when you embark on “Wild Wonders: A  guided Omani self-drive adventure”, designed for nature-loving individuals and families.

Led by Xpedition Arabia’s owner, Marina, and with the help of our trusted Omani guide, this small group tour unveils Oman’s diverse landscapes, hidden gems, and fascinating geology.

Explore the magnificent Huqf Escarpment with its stunning rockscapes and rich fossil record, including remarkable rudist reefs which are over 65 million years old. Experience the serenity of Masairah Island, exploring wadis, relaxing on pristine beaches and snorkelling in crystal-clear waters. Journey through enchanting deserts, encountering roaming camels and vultures soaring high above.

Fully catered, all you need is your personal effects and your sense of adventure.

This off-the-beaten-track adventure immerses you in Oman’s untouched landscapes, offering insights into its culture and heritage. Join us for an authentic, immersive experience, discovering Oman’s remarkable beauty and forging connections with nature on this extraordinary journey.

(Note: this itinerary is based on our classic Rocks, Sea and Sand, with a few tweaks to make it even more family friendly, with 15% less driving and more time to spend on the gorgeous island of Masairah.)

 

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  • Approx 1500kms including 450kms offroad
  • 3 nights Hotel on our 7 night Adventure
  • 1 night “glamping” at a traditional camel farm
  • 3 nights wild camping
  • No previous offroad driving experience is required
  • Family friendly with lots of stops
  • Maximum 6 guest cars
  • Wild Wonders of Oman is based on our most popular Rocks, Sea and Sand itinerary, but with 300kms less driving!
  • Reserve your place today with a deposit of only 10%!

Package A : 7 Nights

Includes

  • Car Rental Nissan Patrol Y62 4.0L Auto
  • Petrol
  • Hotels
  • Camping Equipment Hire
  • Breakfast/lunch/dinner
  • Soft drinks
  • Camping Equipment Hire

Package B : 7 Nights

As for package A, but excluding

  • Rental Car
  • Petrol

Aimed at GCC Residents

  • Using their own 4×4 OR
  • Independently rented 4×4

Package C : 6 Nights

As for package B, using your own 4×4 but excluding

  • Historical tour of Adam
  • Last Night at Muscat
  • Farewell dinner at Rosna

Join us in the evening of day 1 at Adam and leave us when we come off the Wahiba Sands at Bidayer on Day 7 (approx. 1300hrs)

 

Tour Dates
Wild Wonders of Oman is a new itinerary, based on our top selling Rocks, Sea and Sand itinerary.  We have scheduled it when many schools, local and overseas, are on autumn/spring break with both families and educators in mind; you can also request this itinerary as a private tour, subject to availability, between October and April each year, with a minimum charge for 3 cars/6 adults.

Note – we have a minimum convoy of 3 cars/6 adults, and a maximum convoy of 6 guest cars.

 

Sunday 31st March 2024-Sunday 7th April 2023

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT OF 10% applies if reserved before 31st December 2023 , or 5% between 1st January and 29th February 2024

Other dates upon request

 

Please note: this is a great trip for families, however, children should be a minimum of 5 years old at the time of the trip.

Other dates may be added; if you fill in our enquiry form we will email you updates

Day 1: Muscat to Adam
Camels at Isbah, Oman
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Join us before 12 noon at Muscat Airport where we’ll set you up with your Nissan Patrol Y62 (if you don’t have your own 4×4) and go through the essential controls. Next, once we’re all gathered, we’ll head for a coffee and a pre-trip briefing going over everything you need to know. Our convoy sets off for the old city of Adam where we’ll drive around the oasis showing you what a little water can do to bring life to the desert. Our overnight rest is at a camel farm, where we will camp but with all modern conveniences, where we’ll introduce you to some traditional Omani dishes.
Day 2: Adam to Al Huqf
wadi driving
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After a 200km road drive it’s time to leave the blacktop far behind. We’re heading for the Al Huqf Escarpment and our route takes us through some spectacular rockscapes where millennia of weathering has carved the rocks into fantastic shapes. We’ll find a picturesque place to stop for a picnic lunch before heading further down the wadi. Having covered 80kms offroad, we’ll set up camp as the sun sets, cook our barbeque and wait for the night sky to fill with thousands of stars as we enjoy some tea and coffee in the inky blackness. 

 

Day 3: Al Huqf to Mahut
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We’ll start today with a little breakfast before setting off for a 100km offroad drive not only covering gravel plains and tracks but tackling some easy rock crawling along the way. We’ll leave the canvas in the cars and stay overnight at a local hotel in the town of Mahut, where we will have dinner at an Arabic restaurant before turning in for the night.
Day 4: Mahut to Masairah
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the bleak Barr Al Hickmann
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Today we’re heading for Barr Al Hickman after breakfast in Mahut. Our first port of call is the tiny fishing village of Filim, from there we will continue along the coast to try to spot flamingo!  Late morning, we will make our way towards Shannah Port to catch our ferry to the amazing Masairah Island, where we will camp for the night.

Note: if tides/weather not favourable, we will have to skip the visit to Filim and instead explore a nearby wadi

 

Day 5: Masairah Island
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unspoiled beaches
A leisurely start to the day with a walk along the beach or an early morning swim. Breakfast on the beach before we go on our island tour, which includes some offroad wadi driving, as well as, tides allowing, some beach driving.  We will try to spot Egyptian Vultures, snap a pic of a camel with the sea behind it and maybe even find a recent shipwreck, before we head for our hotel and settle in before heading out to catch the sunset over the tied-up dhows and the opportunity to sample some of the local seafood. 
Day 6: Masairah to Sharquiya Sands
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We’ll start the day with breakfast at a local café while we watch the islanders go about their daily business. Then we’re off again to drive round the island finding a shoreside spot for a picnic lunch. We’ll return to the ferry port but this time, catch the National Ferries catamaran for our return to the mainland. Our evening destination is the Wahiba Sands where we’ll have a short offroad drive to reach our camp spot and enjoy our evening meal in the quiet of the desert. 
Day 7: Sharquiya Sands to Muscat
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Time to pack away the tents for the last time as we cross the Wahiba Sands heading for Muscat. At Bidayah we’ll say farewell to our guests who’ve opted for the 6 night package, while the rest of us will head for either the Mysk Al Mouj Hotel or the Crowne Plaza OCEC in Muscat. We’ll officially end our trip with a visit to the lovely Rozna Restaurant; Omani food served in a beautiful building reminiscent of an old fort. Time to exchange email addresses and share pictures taken along the way. 
Day 8: Breakfast and Farewells
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Take off at the sunset
No more scheduled times to meet; enjoy breakfast at your leisure and relax at the poolside. We’ll arrange a late checkout if you want and wish you a safe trip home.

Wild Wonders of Oman What's Included

DetailsPackage APackage BPackage C
Hire of Nissan Patrol Y62yesnono
Extra Driver$60 eachn/an/a
Petrolyesnono
Airport Meet & Greetyesnono
Hire Car delivered/picked up to hotel$15 each wayn/an/a
Ferry faresyesyesyes
Camping Equipment Rentalyesoptionaloptional
Crowne Plaza OCECone nightone nightone night
Local Hotel, Mahutone nightone nightone night
Hotel Apartment, Masairahone nightone nightone night
Glamping at Omani Farmone nightone nightone night
Wadi Campingone nightone nightone night
Beach Campingone nightone nightone night
Desert campingone nightone nightone night
Breakfasts, lunch, dinneryesyesyes
water, tea and coffeeyesyesyes
accompanied by Scottish Guideyesyesyes
Accompanied by Omani Guideyesyesyes
Oman Visa (now free for most nationalities for up to 13 nights/14 daysnonono
Flightsnonono

Wild Wonders of Oman Accommodation and Catering

Season 2023-24: Wild Wonders of Oman USD (payment also possible in GBP, EUR, AED)

10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT FOR BOOKINGS RECEIVED 90 DAYS OR MORE BEFORE DEPARTURE!
DetailsPackage APackage BPackage Ccomments
7 Nights including Car Hire and Petrol7 nights using own 4x4 (or externally hired car)6 nights using own 4x4 (or externally hired car)EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT! Reserve your place 90 days or more before departure for 10% discount, or between 89 and 60 days before departure for 5%
Two Adults 4904 USD (equivalent to 2452 USD per person)*3518 USD (equivalent to 1759 USD per person)*3262 USD (equivalent to 1631 USD per person)*in 1 car, sharing hotel rooms/tent
Two Adults plus one child aged 5-11 5350 USD3964 USD3714 USDIn 1 car; sharing existing bedding in hotels. one extra bed per room available for a small charge
Two adults plus two children aged 5-11 5796 USD4410 USD4160 USDin 1 car; sharing existing bedding in hotels. one extra bed per room available for a small charge
3 adults 5882 USD4496 USD4121 USDin 1 car; 2 hotel rooms
4 adults 6460 USD5074 USD4699 USDin 1 car; 2 hotel rooms
1 Adult 4025 USD2639 USD2439 USDown room in hotels

Season 2023-24: Wild Wonders of Oman AED (payment also possible in GBP, EUR, USD)

10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT FOR BOOKINGS RECEIVED 90 DAYS OR MORE BEFORE DEPARTURE!
DetailsPackage APackage BPackage Ccomments
7 Nights including Car Hire and Petrol7 nights using own 4x4 (or externally hired car)6 nights using own 4x4 (or externally hired car)EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT! Reserve your place 90 days or more before departure for 10% discount, or between 89 and 60 days before departure for 5%
Two Adults 17998 AED (equivalent to 8999 AED per person)*12911 AED (equivalent to 6455 AED per person)*11972 AED (equivalent to 5986 AED per person)*in 1 car, sharing hotel rooms/tent
Two Adults plus one child aged 5-11 19635 AED14548 AED13630 AEDIn 1 car; sharing existing bedding in hotels. one extra bed per room available for a small charge
Two adults plus two children aged 5-11 21271 AED16185 AED15267 AEDin 1 car; sharing existing bedding in hotels. one extra bed per room available for a small charge
3 adults 21587 AED16500 AED15124 AED in 1 car; 2 hotel rooms
4 adults 23708 AED18622 AED17245 AEDin 1 car; 2 hotel rooms
1 Adult 14722 AED9685 AED8951 AEDown room in hotels

Season 2023-24: Wild Wonders of Oman GBP (payment also possible in AED, EUR, USD) *estimated cost based on exchange rate of USD:GBP 1.24:1

10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT FOR BOOKINGS RECEIVED 90 DAYS OR MORE BEFORE DEPARTURE!
DetailsPackage APackage BPackage Ccomments
7 Nights including Car Hire and Petrol7 nights using own 4x4 (or externally hired car)6 nights using own 4x4 (or externally hired car)EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT! Reserve your place 90 days or more before departure for 10% discount, or between 89 and 60 days before departure for 5%
Two Adults 3995 GBP (equivalent to 1998 GBP per person)*2837 GBP (equivalent to 1418 GBP per person)*2631 GBP (equivalent to 1315 GBP per person)*in 1 car, sharing hotel rooms/tent
Two Adults plus one child aged 5-11 4315 GBP3197 GBP2995 GBPIn 1 car; sharing existing bedding in hotels. one extra bed per room available for a small charge
Two adults plus two children aged 5-11 4674 GBP3556 GBP3355 GBPin 1 car; sharing existing bedding in hotels. one extra bed per room available for a small charge
3 adults 4774 GBP3626 GBP3323 GBPin 1 car; 2 hotel rooms
4 adults 5210 GBP4092 GBP3790 GBPin 1 car; 2 hotel rooms
1 Adult 3246 GBP2128 GBP1967 GBPown room in hotels

Season 2023-24: Wild Wonders of Oman EUR (payment also possible in AED, GBP, USD) *estimated cost based on exchange rate of USD:EUR 1:0.93

10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT FOR BOOKINGS RECEIVED 90 DAYS OR MORE BEFORE DEPARTURE!
DetailsPackage APackage BPackage Ccomments
7 Nights including Car Hire and Petrol7 nights using own 4x4 (or externally hired car)6 nights using own 4x4 (or externally hired car)EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT! Reserve your place 90 days or more before departure for 10% discount, or between 89 and 60 days before departure for 5%
Two Adults 4583 EUR (equivalent to 2292 EUR per person)*3288 EUR (equivalent to 1644 EUR per person)*3049 EUR (equivalent to 1549 EUR per personin 1 car, sharing hotel rooms/tent
Two Adults plus one child aged 5-11 5000 EUR3705 EUR3471 EURIn 1 car; sharing existing bedding in hotels. one extra bed per room available for a small charge
Two adults plus two children aged 5-11 5474 EUR4121 EUR3888 EURin 1 car; sharing existing bedding in hotels. one extra bed per room available for a small charge
3 adults 5497 EUR4202 EUR3851 EURin 1 car; 2 hotel rooms
4 adults 6037 EUR4742 EUR4392 EURin 1 car; 2 hotel rooms
1 Adult 3762 EUR2466 EUR2279 EURown room in hotels

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Nissan Patrol crossing the salt flats in Liwa

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